St. Marys Guildhall
St. Marys Guildhall

Enjoy Afternoon Tea at Tales of Tea in Coventry 

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Royally exquisite afternoon tea

Dine like royalty and enjoy tea and tasty treats with an afternoon tea experience in Coventry like no other. Visit Tales of Tea in the Undercroft of St Mary’s Guildhall for an unforgettable afternoon tea experience and indulge in an array of delicious food and drinks. 

Please note afternoon tea is only available via advance pre-booking at least 24 hours in advance. Please clearly state at time of booking the required quantity and if selecting the sweet of savoury option. Please note table reservations for afternoon tea are for a duration of 2 hours.

The history of afternoon tea

Afternoon tea, the great British tradition, was introduced in 1840 by Anna Maria Russell, the 7th Duchess of Bedford. The Duchess would become hungry at around 4 o’clock in the afternoon, and with her household evening meal served fashionably late at 8 o’clock, she needed something to fill the long gap between lunch and dinner. She requested that a tray of tea, bread and butter and cake be brought to her room during the late afternoon.

And that’s where the quintessential British custom began, an event with years of history behind it – making our afternoon tea quite fitting as it takes place next to one of the country’s most historic buildings, St Mary’s Guildhall.


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Afternoon tea in Coventry at St Mary's Guildhall
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Enjoy afternoon tea in the atmospheric undercroft

Celebrate quality mouth-watering food in a truly unique and historic setting in the heart of Coventry city centre. 

Tuck into our handmade tasty treats and enjoy one of our combined sweet and savoury afternoon teas. All whilst learning about the history of Afternoon Tea in our magnificent restaurant setting.

*Advance booking required subject to availability.

Please note table reservations for afternoon tea are for a duration of 2 hours.


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Enjoy brunch or lunch at our Tales of Tea restaurant in Coventry

Think classic dishes, carefully selected ingredients and a range of brunch, lunch and vegan options for you to choose from.

Advance booking is recommended due to demand however lunch and brunch is available to book on the day subject to availability.

Please note table reservations for afternoon tea are for a duration of 2 hours.

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Tales of Tea private hire

Celebrate your special event with evening private dining at Tales of Tea available from 5.30pm a minimum of 30 guests to a maximum of 60 guests. 

Whether you’re planning a birthday party, baby shower, anniversary celebration, engagement party, funeral wake, or a christening, this location is the ideal choice to make your event unforgettable. 

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Please note: the Guildhall will close early at 2pm on 13th June. Additionally, it will be closed all day on Monday 3rd June and Friday 7th June, for private events. The Tales of Tea restaurant will remain open during these times. Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Kilo Sale due to take place this Sunday, 26th May, at the Guildhall has now been cancelled. Therefore the Guildhall will be open as usual. We are sorry for any inconvenience this has caused.
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