Traditional Afternoon Tea In The New Forest, Hampshire
“There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea."
Henry James, The Portrait of a Lady
Ever since the seventh Duchess of Bedford introduced afternoon tea to England in 1840, making time for tea has been one of life’s great pleasures.
Our beautiful English country garden is the perfect backdrop to a traditional afternoon tea, with nothing to disturb the peace but the lazy hum of bumblebees and the chink of china cups.
Our afternoon tea is a course-by-course tasting journey, which travels from thinly-sliced finger sandwiches to delicate pastries and warm scones smothered with fruity homemade jam and thick, soft clotted cream.
Blending tradition with a modern twist, we have also created a savoury afternoon tea, perfect for those who prefer sumptuous savouries to sweet treats.
Sugary pastries are replaced with a hearty Scotch egg, a warm sage and home-grown apple sausage roll, and a homemade pork pie with a tangy pickle. Then there are fresh Dorset cheddar and bacon scones, perfect with creamy Dorset soft cheese and fruity homemade chutney.
Served from 2.30pm-4.30pm
The best afternoon tea in Hampshire makes the perfect birthday gift or a fitting way to celebrate a special anniversary, baby shower or private party. Call 01590 612324 to find out more about holding your celebrations at The Montagu Arms Hotel.
Afternoon Tea - £17.50 | £8.75 for children
(Advance booking only. Served 2.30pm-4.30pm)
A selection of traditional finger sandwiches - Thinly sliced cucumber with cream cheese, free range egg with black pepper and chives, honey roast gammon with dijon mayonnaise, organic whisky smoked salmon with lemon and dill.
Home-made fruit scone with Devon clotted cream and home-made strawberry preserve
A homemade cake from our pâtisserie
Add a glass of our partner Champagne Taittinger for £13
Cream Tea | £8.50
Two home-made fruit scones with Devon clotted cream and home-made strawberry preserve
Sandwiches and Tea pairing | £7.50
Served on your choice of Granary or White Farmhouse Loaf with salad garnish and Potato Crisp
Free Range Egg Mayonnaise with Assam Tea
Tuna Crunch, Red Onion, Cucumber and Lemon Mayonnaise with Chun Mee Green Tea
Smoked Gammon and Dijon Mustard Mayo with Russian Caravan Tea
Mature Cheddar and Chutney with Darjeeling Tea
Rare Roast Hampshire Beef and Horseradish with Gun Powder Green Tea
Organic Smoked Salmon with Cream Cheese (Supplement 0.45p) with Lapsang Souchong Tea
Free Range Chicken and Bacon in a Lemon Mayonnaise with Jasmine Tea, Darjeeling Tea
Tea & Coffee
All our teas are high quality loose leaf tea which have been carefully selected from our fair trade and ethically registered companies
A dark tea prepared from fresh leaves that has been fully fermented (oxidated) before being dried
Montagu Royal English Breakfast
A tea from the finest estates in Kenya and Rwanda. Picked, fermented and packed fresh in Kenya. The taste is a slight nutty flavour that is complemented with a subtle acidity and characterised by a fruitiness on the palate. A little milk enhances the teas creaminess. A fine tea for the morning
A full bodied tea with good malty flavour, grown in the Assam valley in north-east India. A strong taste that has a lot of fruity overtones on the palate, often with grape or raisin flavours. The tannins come through at the end of this tea and the ‘mouth feel’ is often described as more grainy than that of the creaminess associated with English Breakfast. Good for morning breakfast or paired with dark chocolate or carrot cake.
Known as “The champagne of Teas”. A large leafed, bright and light golden tea from the foothills of the Himalayas and characterised by its Muscatel honey nose. It has a crisp flavour that is first noted by its slight peppery taste. It has a sophisticated depth to its taste with a pleasant tannin finish that evolves as the tea cools. Great on its own or with fruity desserts such as white chocolate, smoked ham or cheddar cheese.
A soft and mellow tea with a distinctive citrus Bergamot oil that gives a lime skin aroma. This tea was known to be the Queen Mother's favourite tea. The taste is a delicate, smooth blend that has a perfume on top of the tea. It has a slight smokiness that evolves into citrusy and fragrant overtones. Recommended on its own, with or without milk or with lemon. Good with cheese.
A smoky china black tea using Oolong, Keemun Chinese teas. The taste is smoky but not to the extent of Lapsang Souchong and often evokes the evocative taste and aroma of a pine forest. Best with smoked food and red meat.
Jasmine with flowers
A semi green leaf tea from the Fukien province, China with jasmine flowers added to it.
A light Liquoring tea, tasting of jasmine flowers. Good for cleansing the palate which helps to get the full flavour of the food. The Chinese use this tea between each courses of meal to cleanse the palate
Black large leaf china tea from the Fukien province, China. This tea gets its smoky flavour from being smoked over pine fires. A distinct smoky tea with silky tarriness with a wonderful depth of flavour. Recommended with smoked ham or smoked salmon
Green tea originates from China and is made solely with the leaves of the Camellia Sinensis that have undergone minimal oxidation during processing.
Chun Mee Green Tea
This is a popular green tea originally from the Jiangxi province, China. It has a delicate acidity with hints of plum like sweetness but astringency to help clear and clean the mouth. A yellow liquoring tea with a lingering sweet fragrance. Good on its own or with salads and white meat.
An unoxidised tea, with a rolled leaf which explodes when brewed. Tastes as soft as honey but with a slight smokey flavour, somewhat grassy and minty. Ideal as a relaxing afternoon tea
Tisanes is a Greek word which covers all herbal teas that do not actually contain any tea. Any drink that is made using hot water infusing parts of plant including leaves, root seeds, berries, buds, flowers etc is a tisane.
Made from the heads of Camomile flowers, probably the most popular tisane. It is well know for its calming influence and digestive aid. It is also believed to be good at relieving aches and pains. A very mild taste with a floral quality like roses or jasmine, with a slight astringency. Often taken with honey or sugar.
Peppermint is a North American grown herb that contains no caffeine. Quite often, peppermint is consumed after meals as the oils stimulate the flow of bile to the stomach and helps relieve gas pains. Additionally, it has been reported and written that peppermint sweetens the breath and calms the digestive system, plus it helps heartburn , stomach ache and nausea. Good to have after a meal with no milk added.
Fresh mint Tea
Freshly picked garden mint leaves from our garden (subject to availability).
Coffee - £4.50
We have carefully selected our coffee from a local company who specialises in sourcing
some of the worlds finest and fair trade coffees.
Please let us know if you have an allergy or intolerance to any food.
Due to the wide range of ingredients used in our kitchen we cannot guarantee against the risk of cross contamination of different allergens.
We have a comprehensive list of all of the dishes/foods and drinks available throughout the hotel which highlights 14 key allergens if present. This guidance document is readily available from any member of our team upon request.
Two car parks are located to the rear of the hotel with garage spaces also available. Disabled spaces are located at the front of the hotel. If the car park is full, please ask for assistance at reception and a member of our team will be delighted to park your car for you.