First created by the Duchess of Bedford in 1830 to stave off her mid-afternoon hunger pangs, afternoon tea was firmly established as a British staple in Victorian England, a light meal of tea (usually Darjeeling) and cakes or sandwiches was the perfect balance.
The Duchess found taking an afternoon snack to be such a perfect refreshment that she soon began inviting her friends to join her. Afternoon tea quickly became an established and convivial repast in many households.
Tea has been served daily at The Chester Grosvenor since 1882 and the tradition of “taking tea” has been enjoyed by many since its launch.
Please note that afternoon tea on 29th and 30th March is now fully booked. Lunch is available on Mothering Sunday in La Brasserie and 'Simon Radley at The Chester Grosvenor'. Click here for details.