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Afternoon Tea


Treat Yourself to an Afternoon Tea on the Coast

Here at The Red Lion Hotel, we offer a delicious selection of afternoon tea that will more than exceed your expectations. But if you’re ever planning on visiting Bournemouth, we’d thoroughly recommend popping into our sister hotel, The Connaught Hotel and Spa, to sample their equally delicious afternoon teas!

Who can resist the temptation of dainty finger sandwiches, sumptuous mini cakes, and pastries to make your mouth water? All washed down with a cup of tea or even a glass of prosecco if the mood takes you!

Afternoon Tea

Why Not Check Out Bournemouth?

Bournemouth is just 30 miles away from Salisbury and there is so much to do for all ages.

With a beautiful beach to splash around on (or just for a leisurely stroll on a cooler day), to entertainment options and nightlife in the town centre.

The Connaught Hotel and Spa is just a few minutes’ walk from the beach and five minutes from the town centre, so you’re never too far away from the action. Shopping, theatre, gastronomy, history, architecture, fun for the family….you name it, you’ll find it in Bournemouth!

On top of that, why not enjoy a morning swim in the hotel swimming pool or even a few treatments in their luxury Bluewater Spa. And every spa day comes with an afternoon tea thrown in for good measure!

Of course, when evening falls, you might want to enjoy a tipple or two, and in that case, head to The Connaught Gin Bar to try out some of their 100 varieties of this popular alcoholic beverage.

Afternoon Tea

What is so Special About an Afternoon Tea Anyway?


Perhaps it’s the pomp and ceremony and the way an afternoon tea is presented. It’s certainly a special experience to have. Of course, the food is delicious too.

The origins of afternoon tea can be traced back to 1840, when the 7th Duchess of Bedford started to become peckish around 4pm. Of course, dinner wasn’t until around 8pm and she couldn’t wait that long, and so the afternoon tea was invented.

You can read more about the origins and what afternoon tea is in this article.

Afternoon Tea

Laid out in the most traditional of ways, enjoy finger sandwiches, scones with cream and jam, cakes, pastries, and a delicious cup of tea (or go for the alcoholic version).

The cakes piled up daintily on a silver serving platter certainly makes for an Instagrammable moment and you can make everyone jealous back home!

So if you’re looking to get away to the coast, why not try an afternoon tea in Bournemouth. Whether the sun is shining or the rain is pouring down, this is a delicious treat that you won’t want to miss.

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