The 18th Century tearooms were very popular and even fashionable, becoming social venues where people could talk and exchange ideas freely. Catherine of Braganza, wife of Charles II, introduced tea to England and in 1841 and the tradition of afternoon tea was born. Autumn 2018 saw Highbullen Hotel, situated in in beautiful North Devon, partnered with one of the most quintessentially British brands in the UK and opened its doors to the first ‘Laura Ashley The Tea Room’, in the Southwest.
Tea.co.uk estimates that 84% of the British population drinks tea every single day. That is around 60.2 billion cups of tea per year!
Highbullen provides a tremendous location in which to create a dedicated tearoom, with 74 covers and unrivalled panoramic views. An oasis of tranquillity with manicured lawns and meadows that stretch out to the edges of its 127-acre estate with Exmoor National Park lying in the distance. In the heart of this beautiful countryside, Laura Ashley The Tea Room brings together the quintessence of England: the timelessness of afternoon tea, elegant country living and one of our most iconic English brands. Designed in the distinctive Laura Ashley Style, inspired by the stunning and wild local landscape, the tearoom is the ideal place for indulging, following a long country walk, a game of golf or a relaxing massage in the ELEMIS spa – a stunning new, light-filled space in which to celebrate special occasions with family and friends.
The menu offers a delicious homemade Devon Cream Tea as well as Full Afternoon Teas and Laura Ashley’s own special tea blend, all featuring a delicious array of locally-sourced and seasonally changing homemade sandwiches and jams, buttermilk scones, cakes and other sweet treats. For brunch there are hot flatbread steak or hot-hickory-smoked salmon sandwiches, as well as hearty alternatives such as Eggs Benedict and sharing platters of cured meats. Savoury afternoon tea includes hot fish goujons, warm duck and quail Scotch egg and open smoked salmon crostini – and for children there are finger sandwiches, chocolate treats, candyfloss, fresh fruit and more. As well as a wide range of teas, there is a wonderful selection of wines.
2019 will see Highbullen announcing a series of literary afternoon tea salons with a selection of authors, each of who will host the event and talk about their latest novel.
B&B is priced from £110 per room per night