Afternoon Tea


It's the multi-award winning service we're most famous for: four gorgeous tiers served to you under glittering chandeliers!

We have Anna, the seventh Duchess of Bedford, to thank for gifting us the most quintessential of English customs: afternoon tea. Keen to dispel the sinking feeling between breakfast and dinner, the Duchess asked for a tray of tea, bread and butter and cake to be brought to her room in the late afternoon.

By 1845 - around 90 years after The Assembly House opened - her high-tea tradition had become a fashionable social event attended by friends and family and before long, afternoon tea was all the rage in fashionable society.

Join us between 12 noon and 3.30pm in The Assembly House's dining room for an indulgent afternoon of dainty sandwiches, light-as-air scones, perfect pastries and delicious themed cakes and enjoy a slice of luxury in the city's most beautiful building.

Classic Afternoon Tea at The Assembly House costs £29.50 for one and children’s afternoon teas cost £18 for a smaller version of our tea and are available for guests aged 12 and under. Please note that ALL the afternoon teas we serve are themed, unless you have pre-booked for a private dining event and chosen your own bespoke tea.

We very much suggest that you book in advance of your visit as we are often unable to accommodate walk-in diners (although we will always try!).

Book your table using the 'BOOK A TABLE' button. If you have any dietary requirements, please make sure these are noted in the notes section. Please make sure your booking corresponds with the service times above if you wish to have our afternoon tea menu. You may be seated in one of several of our dining rooms, including the main restaurant and the exquisite Ivory Room.

The photographs here represent just some of the themed afternoon teas we have presented in the past few years, check our menu page to see which theme is currently being served in the restaurant and for our Cakeaway takeaway service.

We look forward to welcoming you! Love from The Assembly House

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