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Afternoon Tea at Down Hall Hotel

Matching Road, nr Bishops Stortford, United Kingdom, CM22 7AS
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At Down Hall, we serve Afternoon Tea daily between 1pm and 5pm, as all our Afternoon Teas are freshly made to order, reservations are required.

Facilities
  • Families and Children Welcome
  • Outside Seating Area
  • Free WiFi
  • Private Dining
  • Disabled Access
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About Afternoon Tea at Down Hall Hotel

Visit Down Hall Hotel and Spa to experience the much-loved English tradition of Afternoon Tea at its finest! Served in the historic splendour of our lounge or Ibbetsons Tea Lounge, with a choice of delicious menus combined with a selection of the finest teas make for an unforgettable afternoon.

Cuisine: Afternoon Tea
Dress Code: Smart Casual
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Visited On Tuesday, 16 April 2019

Lovely afternoon. Waitress couldn’t have been more obliging. Only negative was the man on the table near us was a very noisy eater!

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Visited On Monday, 15 April 2019

Thanks for the welcome this afternoon. All staff were very helpful and the children enjoyed the playground before we left.

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Visited On Monday, 15 April 2019

Great food and service, in a great setting. Thankyou!

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Visited On Sunday, 14 April 2019

A lovely afternoon tea for my mum’s birthday!

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Visited On Sunday, 14 April 2019

Lovely afternoon tea! Sandwiches were really yummy but not cakes were not as expected from the chocolate themed afternoon tea. That aside the cakes were tasty and we really enjoyed our visit.

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Visited On Sunday, 14 April 2019

A title disappointed no macaroons , children's goat cheese was very strong maybe a quiche something else to choose from

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Visited On Friday, 12 April 2019

The waitress who serviced us was most attentive and welcoming and a real asset to the hotel.

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Visited On Tuesday, 09 April 2019

A very pleasant way to spend the afternoon with delicious cakes and sandwiches

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Visited On Monday, 08 April 2019

Wonderful service from Jane who just couldn't have been kinder and more helpful - thank you for making our tea so enjoyable. The food was lovely and generous. We think the room could do with some updating in terms of style in line with the lounge and rest of the hotel which is fabulous but other than that we loved the experience.

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Visited On Saturday, 06 April 2019

A real pleasure to spend the afternoon at such a glorious setting - loved it

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Visited On Saturday, 06 April 2019

I booked for my Sister's 40th birthday. I provided this information at the time of my booking and my sister received a lovely and much appreciated gesture of a little cake on a plate which was decorated in Chocolate with 'happy 40th birthday'. How Lovely! Thank you Down Hall. We had a most delicious and filling afternoon tea and you made her feel very special.

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Visited On Friday, 05 April 2019

The staff were lovely, I was on my own so they paid special attention to make sure I was OK and happy. The food was delicious, the goats cheese tart and chocolate tart were fantastic! And a little birthday surprise treat at the end made me smile. A great way to start my weekend stay here

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Visited On Thursday, 04 April 2019

Fabulous, delicious food, really relaxed environment and great service

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Visited On Tuesday, 02 April 2019

We thought this was overpriced for what it was.

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Visited On Sunday, 31 March 2019

Had a lovely afternoon. Bit of a delay on hot drinks and had to get the waitress to find out what happened to a drink we ordered. Hot drinks weren't very hot more warm. But apart from that very lovely experience.

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Visited On Saturday, 30 March 2019

The grounds and the room that we were in for the afternoon tea are beautiful. The staff were friendly, however, it took 25 minutes for our teas to come and then another 10 minutes after that for our food to arrive. I go to afternoon tea often and have never had to wait that long to get a pot of tea. There were tables that arrived after us and received their order much earlier. The staff did apologise for the wait and were very attentive when our food did eventually arrive. In terms of the food, the scones were great, however, the cake selection (which were floral themed) tasted quite bland. We couldn't decipher what the different flavours were, as they all tasted of vanilla. I'd recommend the atmosphere and the location, however, the afternoon tea itself could definitely be improved.

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Visited On Sunday, 31 March 2019

The quality of the food was, at best, average. At worst, unpleasant. I had the vegan afternoon tea and the scones were not edible. Shame the Jane wasn’t a higher quality. The bread for the sandwiches tasted low quality. My husbands tea tasted unpleasant and you didn’t have lapsong souchong tea or any similar smoked teas.

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Visited On Sunday, 31 March 2019

Fancy and great location

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Visited On Sunday, 31 March 2019

Lovely experience. Would visit again.

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Visited On Sunday, 31 March 2019

The place was great took mum and wife for afternoon tea food drink and service was excellent

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Visited On Sunday, 31 March 2019

We were quite underwhelmed when we were led to part of the hotel where there are stained glass windows on the right as you go in. There was no atmosphere or wow factor like in the large room at the front of the hotel. We had not been to Down Hall before and were expecting something amazing for the extra cost. The room was small with a gloomy feel. The afternoon tea had little visual impact. We could not see what the extra £15 per head compared with other afternoon teas in the area, was spent on. The staff were keen to help and pleasant, it wasn’t a staff issue at all. This was a mother’s day treat for my mother so we breezed through it. But afterwards my husband and I confessed we both felt underwhelmed and let down.

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Visited On Sunday, 31 March 2019

I booked Down Hall Afternoon tea for my wife and little one (8 weeks old) for her first Mother's Day. The atmosphere was nice although, feel that a little background music could go a long way. Service was good but the food was generic and quite tasteless to be frank. Considering that the Mother's Day premium is £40 per Head, you expect something special, but it wasn't. We were left hungry and simply bored by the selection. In my opinion the cakes on top should not be duplicated. Instead they should all be different so that the customers, can share more choice of cakes together. Make it more fun, more of a tasting experience! Also the Mother's Day Gift that justified an additional £20, was a little pot with a few flowers that would have cost no more than £3 to buy yourself at a garden centre. A lovely hotel, good service but this was not value for money and the food was dull.

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Visited On Saturday, 30 March 2019

Special requirements were accommodated in full with a friendly service. Everything we asked for was delivered. (We had quite a few requests) We weren't rushed & all drinks were replenished without asking. Only mild criticism is the cost because we've been coming here for afternoon tea for a few years & whilst we appreciate that price rises are inevitable to accommodate overheads, we feel the cost is a little more expensive compared to other venues, that said, a lovely afternoon! Thank you

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Visited On Sunday, 24 March 2019

Lovely venue. Had vegetarians having to share plates with meat eaters. Didn’t seem organised for a service point of view. Food was pleasant enough but have had better tasting at a lesser price. Not saying I’d never go again but it wouldn’t be my first choice

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Visited On Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Beautiful food and setting for my Mums 50th Birthday. Amazing service too. Thank you 😊

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