Afternoon Tea

Afternoon tea at Bank House is afternoon tea done properly.

Served in the wonderful setting of the Counting House, looking out onto King’s Staithe Square and the iconic Custom House, our afternoon tea offers a classic combination of a selection of finger sandwiches, filled scones served warm, and sweet cakes and pastries.  The heart of afternoon tea is, of course, the tea itself and we stock 6 varieties of leaf tea, and also offer a special “Tea of the Week”, all selected and supplied to us by a specialist tea merchant.

Tea is served 2.30 to 5.30pm. Booking for the Bank House afternoon tea is essential.

We offer gluten free, dairy free, veggie and vegan options (please let us know your dietary requirements at the time of booking).

Afternoon tea –
the background

Although tea drinking was popularised in England during the 1660s by Charles II, afternoon tea, that wonderful British institution, did not become established until the mid nineteenth century.

Anna, 7th Duchess of Bedford and a friend of Queen Victoria’s, is said to have complained of “having that sinking feeling” during the late afternoon, at a time when people generally only ate two meals a day, breakfast, and dinner at around 8 o’clock in the evening. The solution for the Duchess was a pot a tea, some delicious little somethings to eat, and a gathering of friends.

Afternoon tea was soon all the rage, and quickly became established as a convivial and restoring part of every day.

Sadly nowadays, afternoon tea for most of us has become little more than a tea bag in a mug and a biscuit.  But not at Bank House!    So gather up some friends, order an afternoon tea with us and you’ll have a treat that the Duchess would have applauded.


Classic Afternoon Tea – £15.00

Celebration Afternoon Tea – £22.50
A traditional afternoon tea becomes a real celebration when served with a chilled glass of champagne!

Children’s Afternoon Tea – £7.50
We are delighted to welcome younger guests for Afternoon tea.   Suitable for children aged 5 – 10, our Children’s tea offers the same as our Classic, with a few variations to appeal to younger tastes.

Do you have something extra special to celebrate?
Ask about our special occasion teas, made for you to include all your favourite things, perfect for birthdays, leaving parties, hen parties, baby showers, or just when you need an extra treat.