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Afternoon Tea

Traditional English Afternoon Tea

A 5 Star Hotel isn’t complete without a traditional Afternoon Tea.

Afternoon Tea in DurhamCome and relax in our magnificent flagship restaurant, The Orangery or sumptuous Morning Room lounge, located in the 18th Century Old Hall and enjoy our quintessentially English Afternoon Tea.

We pride ourselves on finding ways to serve this ultimate English tradition with a modern and original twist. There is always a good reason to come and enjoy afternoon tea at Rockliffe Hall and we ensure that there is something to suit every need and taste.

Our tea is sourced by the acclaimed Jing Tea and our delicious cakes, sandwiches and savoury treats will make you will want to stay and relax for the day!

Service Hours:

  • Afternoon Tea in the Orangery: daily between 1pm and 2pm.
  • Afternoon Tea in one of our lounges: Monday to Friday 1pm to 5pm; Saturday and Sunday from 1pm to 4pm.

The Menu:

Our Afternoon Tea menu changes seasonally to ensure we are using the best of our seasonal, local produce. Winter, spring, summer or autumn, all of the traditional seasonal goodies are used to give you a different experience each time you visit.

Download the Lounge and Afternoon Tea Menu

To reserve a table please call Resort Desk on 01325 729999 or click here to make an online enquiry. Advanced booking is recommended, particularly at weekends. We also serve a range of teas, coffees, sandwiches, light bites and refreshments from our Lounge Menu each day from 11.00am till 5.00pm.

Traditional English Afternoon Tea

Back in 1840, breakfast and dinner were the only meals of the day. Anna Maria Russell, Duchess of Bedford, who couldn’t stand her midday cravings, decided to create a light meal consisting of Darjeeling Tea, cakes and sandwiches. This meal would be eaten at around 4pm and would invite friends to join her. Afternoon Tea was born. Rockliffe Hall intends to maintain this tradition and develop it to everyone taste.

As well as our traditional afternoon tea, we offer the below twists on the classic:

Champagne Afternoon Tea

A traditional Afternoon Tea doesn’t get any more luxurious than when it iss served with a chilled glass of Perrier Jouet Champagne.
Price – £31.50 per person


Sparkling Diamond Afternoon Tea

A quintessentially English Afternoon Tea with our ‘Sparkling diamond’ cocktail.  The result, a glass of shimmering fizz and the appearance of a diamond in the glass which will surprise and delight.
Price – £35.50 per person


G & Tea- Afternoon Tea

We’ve teamed up with Hendrick’s to offer a gin cocktail (served in a special teapot!) to complement the usual Afternoon Tea delights including cakes, sandwiches and savoury treats.
Price – £29.50 per person*
* minimum 2 guests per G&Tea booking


Baby Shower Afternoon Tea

Celebrate the arrival of a new baby with family and friends with a fabulous Baby Shower inspired afternoon tea. A glass of Prosecco on arrival and a lovely non-alcoholic drink for the mum-to-be, accompanied by a lovely baby shower gift.
Price – £28.00 per person*
* minimum 6 guests per Baby Shower Afternoon Tea booking


Gluten Free Afternoon Tea
Enjoy a relaxing, completely gluten free English Afternoon Tea with a selection of teas, freshly cut sandwiches, cakes and homemade scones with cream and preserves.
Price – £19.50 per person

Afternoon Tea Gift Vouchers

We sell a range of Afternoon Tea Gift Vouchers, the perfect gift for any loved one. Each of our vouchers are presented in a beautiful black gift box and make the perfect gift for any occasion.


Please note: there is a £2 per person supplement on Saturdays & Sundays


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