The best traditional afternoon tea in Northamptonshire
When visiting Northamptonshire, afternoon tea at Rushton Hall is a must-do
Afternoon Tea is steeped in history and tradition.
Legend has it that tea was first discovered in 2737BC when a gentle breeze lifted a few leaves from a tea tree into the pot of boiling water belonging to Emperor Shen Nung as he rested.
Move forward a few hundred years and the 7th Duchess of Bedford is inviting friends to her quarters to enjoy a sandwich and cake in the 1840s.
In-between these dates, of course, Rushton Hall has established itself as the ancestral home of the Tresham family; Charles Dickens has stayed and Glen Miller is yet to play his final concert.
There could be no better setting to enjoy a traditional afternoon tea.
Our menu has been designed by our Tea Academy trained Afternoon Tea Manager and the pastry chefs from our 3 rosette kitchen.
We offer a range of finger sandwiches, homemade scones with clotted cream and strawberry preserves and beautiful patisseries.
This is complemented by a selection of 12 loose-leaf teas and tisanes.
To accompany your Afternoon Tea, we have partnered with Laurent Perrier Champagne and the Copenhagen Sparkling Tea Company to offer a glass of Brut or Rose Cuvee Champagne, or non-alcoholic Sparkling Tea.
Join us in summer when the sun streams through our bay windows, or in winter with a cosy crackling fire.
Whatever option you choose, whenever you choose to join us, Rushton Hall provides the perfect setting for your relaxing and elegant afternoon tea.
Varieties of Afternoon Tea
Rushton Hall is delighted to serve the finest Afternoon Tea in Northamptonshire, so you can experience tradition and finery for yourself.
We serve two varieties; Traditional Afternoon Tea and Traditional Champagne Afternoon Tea.
Our Afternoon Tea menu boasts a fantastic offering of scones, clotted cream and preserves as well as a beautiful selection of sandwiches, cakes and patisseries.
A pot of tea or coffee tops this delicious culinary experience and a glass of Laurent Perrier Champagne is included in our Traditional Champagne Afternoon Tea offering.
Traditional Afternoon Tea
£30 per person
Champagne Afternoon Tea
Served with a 125ml glass of Laurent-Perrier Champagne
£40 per person
Sparkling Tea Afternoon Tea
Served with a 125ml glass of Copenhagen Sparkling Tea
£38 per person
Rosé Champagne Afternoon Tea
Includes a 125ml glass of Laurent Perrier Rosé Cuvée Champagne
£45 per person
Afternoon Tea Timings
Currently served Monday to Saturday, we request that bookings for your Northamptonshire Afternoon Tea experience be made at 1.30pm, 2.00pm, 3.30pm or 4.00pm.
On Sunday booking times are 3.30pm and 4.00pm when available.
Your Afternoon Tea experience will include table availability for 90 minutes. While tables in the Great Hall are suitable for up to 8 guests, larger tables will require private dining.
When you join us for Afternoon Tea, Kettering itself takes on a whole new lease of life.
You can explore the area before or after you dine – we recommend doing so prior to your meal as the anticipation will help your appetite.
We request that guests adhere to Rushton Hall’s smart casual dress code in the Great Hall.