Afternoon Tea at Kilworth House

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The Kilworth House Afternoon Tea is a classy affair. Served in the most beautiful orangery, it’s a treat for the tastebuds and the eyes.

Kilworth House is in England’s south Leicestershire. A gorgeous country house, that offers much more than just Afternoon Tea. There’s a spa, hotel rooms, unique events and with stunning grounds, it’s probably of no surprise that you can get married there.

But let’s focus on the Afternoon Tea at Kilworth House…

Kilworth House Afternoon Tea
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Kilworth House Afternoon Tea

Valentines Day Afternoon Tea at Kilworth House
Valentines Day Afternoon Tea at Kilworth House

There are a number of Afternoon Tea options, from just savoury to both sweet and savoury, and dry to sparkling.

The Afternoon Tea at Kilworth House is served in what I think is the best part of this country house – The Orangery. Unlike the rest of the property it’s bright and full of light. It looks out onto stunning grounds and I can imagine it’s completely dreamy in the winter, with frosted trees and white lawns.

The Orangery at Kilworth House where Afternoon Tea is served
The Orangery at Kilworth House where Afternoon Tea is served
The Orangery at Kilworth House where Afternoon Tea is served
The Orangery at Kilworth House where Afternoon Tea is served

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Smartly dressed staff spring to attention as soon as you enter and despite the booking usually calendar being full, it really doesn’t feel very busy. Book for the start of the Afternoon Tea slot to make the most of the quietness.

The Drinks at Kilworth House

A variety of ten teas, including herbal ones, and coffee are on offer. You can also choose to opt for the Prosecco or Champagne, which goes down very well indeed – so well, you’ll probably end up ordering a few more glasses.

A Champagne Afternoon Tea at Kilworth House
A Champagne Afternoon Tea at Kilworth House
A Champagne Afternoon Tea at Kilworth House

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The Afternoon Tea Sandwiches at Kilworth House

Sandwiches are offered from a selection of classics, such as egg mayonnaise, cucumber and smoked salmon. You can also choose whether you’d like brown or white bread, and vegetarians like myself are easily catered for too.

Egg and cress sandwich at Kilworth House
Egg and cress sandwich at Kilworth House
Meat and vegetarian sandwiches at Kilworth House
Meat and vegetarian sandwiches at Kilworth House
The first course of the vegetarian Afternoon Tea at Kilworth House
The first course of the vegetarian Afternoon Tea at Kilworth House
Smoked salmon at Kilworth House
Smoked salmon

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The Scones at Kilworth House

The scones are on the larger side, but despite this you’re each given two; one vanilla and one fruit. Although nice, they weren’t anything to write home about. They did start the debate about which should come first; cream or jam. I’m totally on the ‘cream, then jam team’.

The scones at Kilworth House
The scones at Kilworth House
The scones at Kilworth House
The scones at Kilworth House

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The Desserts at Kilworth House

Expect around four mini desserts per diner, served on a typical Afternoon Tea cake stand.

We enjoyed macarons, gooey chocolate boxes, custard tarts and more. Admirably we worked our way through the lot, rating each one on its taste. Surprisingly the strawberry and custard one scored highly, mostly thanks to the tasty chocolate heart that decorated it.

The dessert selection changes throughout the year. We visited during Valentine’s Day weekend, so ours were suitably themed.

Valentines Day Afternoon Tea at Kilworth House
Valentines Day Afternoon Tea at Kilworth House
Valentines Day Afternoon Tea at Kilworth House
Valentines Day Afternoon Tea at Kilworth House

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Kilworth House Afternoon Tea Menu

The menu is regularly updated. You can find the latest menu here. Choose from:

  • Full Afternoon Tea (scones, sandwiches, pastries and teas)
  • Savoury Afternoon Tea (cheese scones, savoury bites, sandwiches and teas)
  • Sparkling Afternoon Tea (as per Full, but with a glass of Prosecco)
  • Champagne Afternoon Tea (as per Full, but with a glass of Champagne)
  • Children’s Afternoon Tea (squash or hot drink, sandwich fingers, scone, gingerbread man and a berry trifle)

Kilworth House Afternoon Tea Prices

Afternoon Tea at Kilworth House starts from £25 per person for the Full or Savoury Afternoon Tea.

The Sparkling option costs £32 and the Champagne Afternoon Tea costs £35.

Children are welcome and benefit from a reduced price of £9.50.

Kilworth House Theatre

Why not pair your visit with a trip to Kilworth Theatre? The theatre was added in 2007 and is housed in a beautiful wooded glade close to the lake in the grounds. There are often shows and events on, like jazz evenings, murder mystery nights and performances like West Side Story. You can see the list of Kilworth Theatre events here.

The views from Kilworth House
The views from Kilworth House

Kilworth House

Kilworth House is a grade II listed 19th-century country house that’s home to a very English hotel, a cute theatre and as mentioned, a very classy orangery where they serve Afternoon Tea.

It’s very clear from the moment you walk in the door that it’s full of English charm, with rooms named after notable figures of our history. Huge chandeliers hang above impressive staircases and it’s hard to know whether to gawk at them or the huge stainless glass windows. If you love Harry Potter, you’ll be completely taken with the style of the property.

Stained glass window inside Kilworth House
Inside Kilworth House
Kilworth House grounds
Kilworth House grounds

Even the flooring is a tale in itself, morphing from art-deco style tiles to traditional carpets. The roaring fire just adds to the country home charm.

The hallway inside Kilworth House
The hallway inside Kilworth House

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Overall, if you’re within an hour or so of the area it’s worth a visit (more so for the venue, than the food itself, though it is tasty). Just make sure you book ahead as the diary fills up quickly. 

Address: Kilworth House Hotel, Lutterworth Road, North Kilworth, Leicestershire, LE17 6JE, England

Timings: Afternoon tea is served from 2pm to 4.30pm, Monday to Saturday, and from 4pm onwards on Sundays.

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