Book an Afternoon Tea

Something of luxury
Accordingly to Twinings, the tradition of Afternoon Tea started in the 1800’s when Anna, the 7th Duchess of Bedford who, at the time was a close friend of Queen Victoria complained of “having that sinking feeling” during the late afternoon. She wanted something small to satisfy her hunger, nothing too large just something to see her through till dinner time. The solution for the Duchess was a pot a tea and a light snack, taken privately in her boudoir during the afternoon. From this, the afternoon tea ritual was born.

During the 1880s upper-class and society women would change into long gowns, gloves and hats for their afternoon tea which was usually served in the drawing room between four and five o’clock. The popularity of afternoon tea is enjoying a soaring renaissance these days and is seen a celebration and something of a luxury.

It’s as British as a good old-fashioned cup of tea, by the way, did you know the most expensive tea bag was created in 2005 to celebrate the 75th birthday of PG Tips? The bag was studded with 280 diamonds and worth £7,500.

At the China Fleet, you can treat yourself to a traditional Afternoon Tea (pre-booking only) with delicate sandwiches, home-made cakes and scones with delicious jam & Cornish clotted cream, served alongside a pot of tea or coffee….and to make it really special; you could add a glass of Prosecco too! (Sorry, no diamond studded tea bags!)

See you next week & see you at the Club soon,


On the Devon and Cornwall border on the banks of the River Tamar, China Fleet Country Club is one of the South West’s leading country clubs. With award winning golf, spa, beauty, gym, exercise classes, accommodation, bistro & brasserie, the Club is set in 180 acres near Plymouth. TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence, TripAdvisor Green Leaders Gold Level & South West Green Tourism Silver Awards.