Afternoon Tea

Afternoon tea is currently only available for group bookings of 15 or more during the winter season (subject to covid guidelines). Please call if you would like more information. Our traditional Afternoon Tea for smaller bookings will resume in Spring 2021.

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?


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