This quintessentially English tradition is credited to Her Grace Anna, 7th Duchess of Bedford, who in 1843 enjoyed staying at Belvoir Castle as a guest of the 5th Duchess of Rutland and was served “a beverage together with minute wafer thin triangular sandwiches and exquisite little fancy cakes”. The popularity of this practice blossomed and so the tradition of the English afternoon tea was born. Now you can experience this for yourself!
In the company of Their Graces the Duke and Duchess of Rutland and accompanied by music from the Castle’s resident pianist or harpist guests can enjoy a fine selection of teas, traditional sandwiches and pastries in the magnificent Regent’s Gallery. As part of this truly memorable day guests are invited on a guided tour of the Castle and gardens.
PRIVATE DINNER & OVERNIGHT STAY
Nothing in the world can compare with staying overnight in a real English Castle. Guests are accommodated in one of the 13 wonderful bedrooms where noble guests – including such renowned Englishmen as the Duke of Wellington – have stayed for centuries.
Enjoy an aperitif in one of the stately rooms before repairing to the majestic State Dining Room for an exquisite 4 course meal accompanied by wine from the Duke’s cellar, before retiring to the Library and Billiards Room for postprandial drinks.
The following morning, guests are invited on a guided tour of the Castle and gardens.