What better way to engage in this age-old British custom than in a beautifully refurbished, 400-year-old English country mansion, surrounded by spectacular Essex countryside. Only a 20-minute drive from Chelmsford and 10 minute drive from Billericay, afternoon tea at Downham Hall is a unique and luxurious treat, within easy reach of London, the A12 and the A127.
Enjoy afternoon tea at its best in our light and airy Orangery, with its glass roof and panoramic views, or in our De Beauvoir suite with high chandeliered ceiling, grand bay window, and stylishly modern fireplace.
Our afternoon tea features a delicious selection of freshly prepared, delicate finger sandwiches, freshly baked home-made scones served with clotted cream and home-made strawberry preserve and a delightful selection of exquisite cakes and pastries. Enjoy with a refillable pot of freshly brewed English Breakfast tea, fruit tea or Columbian filtered coffee, served with traditional bone china teacups. Or for that extra special touch, why not add a glass of chilled prosecco?
Afternoon tea is served daily from 12 noon until 4.30 pm, subject to availability. Prior booking is essential and special dietary requirements can be catered for if advance notice is given.
Prices for adults on weekdays is £20 per person, for an additional £5 you can add a glass of prosecco. Afternoon tea at weekends is £25 per person. Children (aged 3 years to 11 years) is £12.50.
Celebrate with us
Celebrate in style with Afternoon tea at Downham Hall. We offer exclusive private hire of our De Beauvoir suite, a perfect setting for a truly memorable baby shower, corporate event, birthday party or other special celebration. We are also able to offer many wonderful additional touches to compliment your celebration, from a beautiful flower wall, to balloons or even a cake. Please contact us to discuss how we can help make your celebration one to remember. Minimum booking is 20 people for exclusive use.
Downham Hall hosts several luxury afternoon tea events across the year. Treat your mum to our luxury Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea in this most tranquil of settings with complimentary a glass of chilled prosecco or our Christmas event.