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High Tea in Rye

The Origins of High Tea also know as "Meat tea"

High tea is properly served around 4.00pm although in the 1700's could be between 5 and 6 within the working classes. Afternoon tea became fashionable in the early 19th century, thanks to Anne Maria Russell or Catherine of Braganza depending on your historical beliefs. It was never intended to replace dinner but rather to fill in the long gap between lunch and dinner at a time when dinner was served at 8pm. Lifestyles have changed since although afternoon tea is still every bit as delightful at Saltcote Place.

What is a traditional High Tea

High tea typically consists of a hot dish, followed by cakes and bread, butter and jam. Occasionally there would be cold cuts of meat, such as ham salad. If you wish to adapt this please be our guest, convention has its place but so do free spirits.

Rye High Tea at Saltcote Place - Exclusive to you min 25 people

Gather around someone special, perhaps a birthday or to celebrate an anniversary and bring up-to 30 friends, we promise to spoil you and your guests, arrive at 3pm to a drinks reception with warm nibbles. Roaring fires welcome you in the Winter and delightful gardens with amazing views in the summer. See the pictures above for an idea of how your high tea could look.

The Saltcote Place high tea content

Where possible we source local clotted cream, local scones, local strawberries and conserve in preference to jam (pips under the plate are to be avoided where possible). Fresh rocket and lettuce adorn the home style crockery which many will recognise from the 1970's; at Saltcote we avoid where possible the "Same old" crockery and cutlery you find in countless hotels and tea rooms.

We only offer High Tea by prior arrangement, and whilst we are happy to receive the initial enquiry by email it is always nice to have a chat and get the details perfect whenever possible.

Do give us a call and on 01797 222220

Something sweet

High Tea in Rye

We have an extensive range we are flexible should you have particular preferences.

Something savoury

Rye High Tea celebration for families

If any of your guests have special dietary needs please let us know well in advance.

Always elegant

High Tea in Rye for groups

Let's discuss your preferences

Always well presented

High Tea in Rye in private setting with disabled access

We have a concert grand and a baby grand. Our Piano can be booked if required

Arrange a visit

We have plenty of free Parking at Saltcote and a document you can share with your guests to ensure they arrive in good time. If you are celebrating a special event and want specific arrangements please do give us a call as we really enjoy helping you create a special event for a friends.

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We create the setting for you and your guests to enjoy yourselves and give you the time you may need to have your speeches etc.