Don’t look now, but autumn is coming. It’s true, summer is drawing to a close and while we’ll miss the sunshine and warm, longer days, there’s still time to make the most out of what we have left. And what better way to do so than with a delicious, creative take on the traditional – and oh-so-British – afternoon tea? Exeter is full of places to take part in one of the nation’s favourite pastimes, but at The Terrace, we promise to make it unique and ever so delicious.
As you well know, afternoon tea is a quintessentially British tradition that perfectly breaks up that long and gruelling stretch between lunch and dinner. But surprisingly, it is relatively new, dating back only to 1840. It began when the Duchess of Bedford, becoming habitually hungry at around 4 o’clock in the afternoon, would ask that tea and cake along with bread and butter be brought to her room. But eating alone is, well, quite simply a lonely affair! So, she began inviting her friends to join her. And wouldn’t you know it? The trend took off (because let’s be real, everyone gets a bit peckish between lunch and dinner, don’t they?). Thanks to Duchess Anna, we can all stop what we’re doing, have a sit down, and enjoy some afternoon tea. Exeter’s city centre is jam-packed with hundreds of businesses, shops and things to do, but we’ll be the first to admit it, you’ve got to take a break from time to time!
Nowadays, no matter what you call it – high tea, cream tea, or the traditional afternoon tea – all around the country, we take great pleasure in it. We know it today by its tiers of little sandwiches, cakes and scones, and of course, a delicious cup of tea that warms the body and soul.
At The Terrace our chefs put a delicious little twist on everything they do, so your afternoon tea with us won’t ever become a tasteless affair. Next time you find yourself gallivanting about the city centre in these last days of summer, why not stop by The Terrace, sit at an outdoor table and soak up the last of this year’s summer sun, while we serve you a unique and scrumptious afternoon tea? Exeter offers no finer place to revel in this charming British tradition.