Afternoon tea aboard the Northern Belle is a true institution and a celebration of the nation's culture. Enjoy this quintessentially British experience as you embark on a round trip through Britain’s breathtaking countryside.Explore Journeys
Tea as it’s meant to be - the perfect blend of delicious treats, affable company and elegant surroundings. Nobody does Afternoon Tea quite like us. Combining the British love affair of trains and our obsession with tea this is the ultimate indulgent treat or gift.
In line with tradition we start with savoury and finish with sweet. Enjoy dainty sandwiches, scotch eggs, quiche, delicious cakes, homemade baked scones and fresh strawberries with lashings of jam and cream. All silver served by our attentive stewards as the train meanders through the beautiful British countryside.
Elegant, graceful and great fun - a nod to the past but the perfect present.View Afternoon Tea Journeys
A peckish Anna, the seventh Duchess of Bedford is often cited as starting this very British tradition. As it became fashionable to serve the evening meal at a later hour Victorians bellies started to rumble during the day.
To satiate her stomach Anna began to have tea and light bite in the afternoon. Soon she began to invite friends to join her in this ritual in the drawing room of Woburn Abbey and the trend spread to high class homes across Britain.
In the 1900’s tea rooms sprang up across the country and the social occasion of taking Afternoon Tea continues with earnest today.View Afternoon Tea Journeys