Why You Should Indulge In Afternoon Tea

“There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.”

– Henry James (1843-1916) said in his book “The Portrait of a Lady”, published in 1881 and we couldn’t agree more!

Quintessentially English, the tradition of enjoying dainty sandwiches, delectable scones and piping hot tea from lovely teapots and china cups and saucers is thanks to the seventh Duchess of Bedford, Anna getting hungry around 4:00pm most days back in 1840. The routine in her household was that the main evening meal was served late at 8:00pm, leaving a long time between midday lunch and dinner. The peckish Duchess would often request that a tray laden with bread, butter, cake and tea be brought to her during the late afternoon. After forming the luxury habit, she started welcoming friends to partake in Afternoon Tea with her.

Making time for Afternoon Tea soon caught on and quickly became a trendy social event to participate in. The upper-class and stylish-society women of the 1880s ended up donning their most fashionable gloves, hats and dresses for their Afternoon Tea, which they savoured while chatting with their peers in the drawing room, between 4:00 and 5:00pm most afternoons.

Of course, in today’s world, anyone can have fun with a luxury Afternoon Tea. And they don’t need to be ‘posh’ or extremely wealthy and dressed up to do so! In fact, we offer a scrumptious Afternoon Tea here at Barcaldine Castle (£21pp) next to our roaring fire, ideal if you’ve spent the day out and about in the areas and attractions local to our beautiful castle.

Afternoon Tea

5 Reasons to Indulge in Afternoon Tea:

1) Time Out

It’s mentally rewarding and essential that we take time out of our hectic schedules, away from screens and stress, and take time to unwind and reflect. The tea and sweet bites are a happy bonus!

2) Socialise with Those That Matter

Good friendships and relationships only remain strong if they are kept well maintained. What better excuse for meeting and catching up with a few friends than sharing some delicious light snacks?!

3) Keep the Tummy-Rumbling at Bay

When broken down, the custom is basically eating a meal to keep your energy levels up, giving a boost to your productivity, concentration levels and mood. “Afternoon Tea” simply adds to the delight and charm.

4) Locally Sourced

If you opt to indulge in Afternoon Tea at Barcaldine Castle, we’ll treat you to our Locally Sourced Smoked Salmon, with Cream Cheese on Farmhouse Bread as one of the tasty choices.

5) Food That’s Kind

Again, if Barcaldine Castle is your choice of Afternoon Tea venue, ethical and healthy options such as Free Range Egg and Fresh Watercress on Brown Bread and Chicken & Rocket Sandwiches on Granary Bread are available.

Do you want to indulge in Afternoon Tea? Book your slot at Barcaldine Castle by calling us today on +44 (0) 1631 720598.

Set in a picturesque location, Barcaldine Castle is on the banks of Loch Creran. There’s so much to do!

Don’t take our word for it, see what other people have said about their stay

Aleksandra Lebedeva
Aleksandra Lebedeva
December 27, 2023.
This is an amazing place to stay for a big group! Normally the castle operates as a hotel, but we got it for an exclusive use for 6 couples during Christmas. Each couple got a separate bedroom with an en-suite bathroom, each offering its unique vibe. There is a large main hall with a long table for your celebration(s) that has a huge fireplace for cozy evenings. Adjacent is a small lounge with a small bar area where you can helpf yourself with a cocktail. The interriors are well maintained and you get immersed into the vibe of a couple of centuries ago. It was also decorated for Chirstmas (incl. a Christmas Tree) which was a nice addition. Before arriving we had expected stone cold castle inside and were prepared with thick sweaters and socks but the rooms were surprisingly warm. The castle is located in a walking distance from a loch surrouneded by farms with cows, chickens and turkeys. It is also a good base for exploring Scotland with an aprox. 1-hour drive to Glencoe or Glenfinnan. The kitchen was professionally equipped (because it is a hotel) and had all the cookware you may ever need for your cooking as well as enough tableware and cutlery for your large squad. Only thing to be aware of is that the kitchen is one floor below the main hall so you will need to do some leg excersice bringing plates up and down.
Manilyn Ritchie
Manilyn Ritchie
November 12, 2023.
An amazing stay where history meets luxury, we stayed at argyll Room, the pillows, and the mattress is very comfortable and had a sound sleep, we also have a nice touch with our disposable sleepers and a bathrobes..complete set of coffee maker. The breakfast is very nice, stayed in the living room with the log fire ? roaring the night before while enjoying our drink.. the staff are very kind and friendly, the room was clean.. so yeah, I would definitely come back and highly recommend the place..
B Ritchie
B Ritchie
November 7, 2023.
What a lovely stay booked this last minute. It's a luxury stay that combines history, we spent 1 night and couldn't fault it. The room is cosy and comfortable with a luxury touch on it.. maybe a magic mirror ? the lounge room/ dinning room is what we loved on our nights stay, we sat on the sofa at the log fire with our drinks in hand . The host and staff are amazing and made sure our stay that we were well looked after . Definitely would recommend and come back again, thanks for our wonderful stay.
Ilja Gellart
Ilja Gellart
October 31, 2023.
Very relaxing place.
S Walmsley
S Walmsley
October 27, 2023.
Wonderful welcome on arrival. The castle is small but stunning. Stayed in the Caithness room. Very characterful - loved the turret room. Beautiful views. Enjoyed sitting by the open fire in the evening, and chatting to another couple of guests. Breakfast was enjoyable. Didn't see, or hear any spooks, but I'm sure they're about. Thoroughly recommend a night or two here. Take a bottle of wine, a book, and walking shoes.
Cole Young
Cole Young
October 9, 2023.
This place is amazing. Hard to put into words.
Steven Hatten
Steven Hatten
October 4, 2023.
The staff at the Castle was amazing. They did a fantastic job making us all feel at home while we were there including going above and beyond in several instances. The castle was beautiful and the views were unbelievable. Highly recommend for anyone looking to get away from it all but still treated like family.
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