Afternoon Tea in Torquay
What trip to Devon would be complete without the indulgent delight of an Devon Cream tea? For the finest of cream teas in Torquay look no further than The Livermead House. With freshly baked scones and cakes, quality tea, and a generous helping of fresh clotted cream and jam, our impeccable service is perfectly matched by the delightful views and charm of the hotel.
Visiting patrons are also very welcome to join us for afternoon tea, but booking may be necessary during busy times. Please call reception on 01803 294361
For that special treat join us for
Tea at The Livermead
A Selection of Fine Traditional Tea
A Choice of Freshly Made Cut Finger Sandwiches of Smoked Salmon, Egg & Cress,
Cucumber, Home Cooked Ham and Mature Cheddar Cheese
Two Warm Home Baked Scones served with Devonshire Clotted Cream
And Strawberry Preserves
A Selection of Edwardian Fancy Cakes, Fruit Tartlets, Petits Meringues,
Chocolate Cake and Rich Fruit Cake
Served with a glass of House Sparkling Wine - £20.95 per person
Served with a glass of House Champagne - £23.95 per person
A short history of the British Afternoon tea
Suffering from “a sinking feeling” during the long wait between lunch and dinner, we have Anna Russell, The Duchess of Bedford to thank for the invention of afternoon tea. What started out as simply ordering tea and light food to her room when peckish soon evolved into a gowns-and-all social affair, inviting friends to join her in her country house.
By the middle of the 19th century, afternoon tea was an everyday occurrence, The service would normally take place in the lady’s parlour, or withdrawing room, or boudoir and be served on low-decorative tables. Hence this event also became known as “low” tea.
The light food served with afternoon tea gradually evolved to include more elaborate fare such as crustless finger sandwiches, scones with clotted cream and jam, and a final course of sweets and pastries. The idea was to provide easy-to-manage portions suitable for entertaining in a sitting room.