Afternoon Tea at The Bedford

Afternoon Tea at The Bedford is a treat not to be missed. Enjoy a classic Devon Cream Tea, complete with local strawberry jam and rich clotted cream, or push the boat out and order our full Afternoon Tea (with a glass of Prosecco perhaps?).

Devon Cream Tea

Home-baked scone served with Hogs Bottom strawberry jam, Devon clotted cream, and a pot of tea or coffee – £6

Duchess of Bedford Afternoon Tea

Devon Cream Tea, plus a selection of sandwiches and home-made cakes – £14

Sparkling Afternoon Tea

Our Duke of Bedford Afternoon Tea, plus an indulgent flute of Prosecco – £19

Times and bookings

Devon Cream Teas are served all day, every day. Full Afternoon Tea is served from 3pm until 5pm. Just drop in, or call our friendly Reception team to book.

Groups and special occasions

We can also welcome large groups for a Devon Cream Tea or a full Afternoon Tea at The Bedford, and can cater for up to 120 guests in our stylish Gallery 26 function suite.  If you’re planning a special occasion, a group visit, or just a well-deserved afternoon tea with your friends or family, call our Events team on 01822-613221 and we’ll be happy to make all the arrangements for you.

The Bedford Hotel:

Home of the Devon Cream Tea

The Bedford Hotel originally formed part of Tavistock’s Benedictine Abbey. The Abbey was established in the 10th Century, but was badly damaged by Vikings in 997AD. Restoration of the Abbey was undertaken by local workers and monks, who were rewarded with bread, clotted cream and strawberry preserves. And so the Devon Cream Tea was born!

Tavistock’s afternoon teas are closely tied to the Earls of Bedford, and since 1694, the Dukes of Bedford who called The Bedford Hotel their home. Anna Maria Russell, Duchess of Bedford (3rd September 1788 – 3rd July 1861) is said to have created the “afternoon tea” whilst visiting the 5th Duke of Rutland at Belvoir Castle in the mid 1840’s. It is reported that dinner had come to be served later and later in the day, until an extra meal called luncheon had to be created to fill the gap between breakfast and dinner, but as this new meal was very light, the long afternoon left people feeling hungry. The Duchess found a light meal of tea (usually Darjeeling) and cakes or sandwiches was the perfect balance!

> Read an insight into the history of the English Afternoon Tea, by our guest contributor Dr Geri Parlby

Afternoon tea at The Bedford Hotel in Tavistock
Comfortable sofa at The Bedford Hotel in Tavistock
Devon Cream Tea
Coffee at The Bedford Hotel