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Enjoying Afternoon Tea at Great Fosters

I recently spent a lovely Friday afternoon at Great Fosters, having afternoon tea with my closest friend. It couldn’t have been a nicer way to finish a busy week and it was one of the nicest afternoon tea experiences I have had so I thought I’d write about it in case you wanted to have a lovely, indulgent afternoon tea experience too.

What is Great Fosters?

Great Fosters is a luxury 5 star hotel and part of The Alexander Hotel Collection. It’s near Windsor in Egham, Surrey, and is home to a Michelin starred restaurant, beautiful grounds and the Utopia Retreat. It’s one of the most popular wedding venues in the area and as soon as you drive through the gates you can see why. It’s beautiful.

Enjoying Afternoon Tea at Great Fosters

The Great Fosters estate is of Tudor heritage and steeped in royal history – not surprising for such an old building located so close to Windsor! It’s set in 50 acres of gardens and grounds that include listed parterres, a fountain, the Saxon moat, a Japanese bridge and even a sundial gifted by Sir Francis Drake.

The actual hotel is made up of 56 individually designed rooms and suites, including the famous Historic Named Suites. Plus, there are two dining options – the 2-AA rosette Estate Grill restaurant that offers delicious informal dining, and The Tudor Pass for a Michelin-starred experience. 

Afternoon Tea at Great Fosters

Afternoon Tea at Great Fosters is served in the historic Anne Boleyn drawing room, Garden Room and Cocktail Bar and in the summer months on the terrace overlooking the parterres. As we booked afternoon tea in February we were seated in the Anne Boleyn drawing room which was beautiful.

The setting couldn’t have been nicer – there were real fires, flowers on the tables and crockery that matched the sofas and chairs perfectly. Plus, the staff we spoke to from arrival to being seated were absolutely lovely.

Enjoying Afternoon Tea at Great Fosters

Our afternoon tea came with bottled water and an optional champagne afternoon tea upgrade – which we declined – plus, our choice of tea or coffee. We had to wait a while for our afternoon tea to be served – I think as we had booked at the very start of the tea service at 12pm. But, the drawing room was a lovely place to relax and catch up. We didn’t mind the wait.

Enjoying Afternoon Tea at Great Fosters

At Great Fosters, the afternoon tea menu changes regularly depending on what is in season and what the talented chefs feel will appeal to guests. You can see the current luxury afternoon tea Great Fosters menu here

Our afternoon tea started with a selection of four dainty finger sandwiches – Coronation Chicken, Smoked Salmon, Dill Mayonnaise Cucumber, Cream Cheese & Cracked Black Pepper Egg Mayonnaise & Mustard Cress.

Enjoying Afternoon Tea at Great Fosters

The sandwiches were a great start to the afternoon tea and we were able to buy extra plates of sandwicges at a cost of £6 per plate if we wanted to.

Enjoying Afternoon Tea at Great Fosters

Next we had scones and they were wonderful! Warm, freshly baked fruit and plain scones served with clotted cream and strawberry jam. They were so filling and absolutely delicious.

Enjoying Afternoon Tea at Great Fosters
Enjoying Afternoon Tea at Great Fosters

The afternoon tea finished with a Mont Blanc Tart, White Chocolate and Pineapple Choux, Dark Chocolate and Passion Fruit Dome and a Apple & Crème Fraiche Mousse. These were all absolutely delicious – and we were given a little box to put any we couldn’t quite manage in to take home with us. 

Enjoying Afternoon Tea at Great Fosters

We loved our Great Fosters Egham afternoon tea experience and think it would be lovely for a birthday, anniversary or just a lovely treat. Plus, they have special offers and different menus for special occasions like Mothering Sunday too. 

Great Fosters Afternoon Tea key information

Afternoon Tea at Great Fosters Egham is served from 12 noon until 4:30pm daily. The Great Fosters afternoon tea price is currently £35 per person on weekdays and £37 per person on weekends and they also offer a dog friendly doggy afternoon tea if you’re like to take your furry friend along with you.

Many places offer Great Fosters Afternoon Tea gift vouchers and gift experiences which would make a really beautiful gift idea:

You can find out more about Great Fosters and Alexander Hotels over on their website and their afternoon tea menu and packages are here. For reference, the hotel address is: Great Fosters Stroude Road Egham Surrey TW20 9UR

Enjoying Afternoon Tea at Great Fosters


  • Donna Wishart

    Donna Wishart is married to Dave and they have two children, Athena (12) and Troy (11). They live in Surrey with their two cats, Fred and George. Once a Bank Manager, Donna has been writing about everything from family finance to days out, travel and her favourite recipes since 2012. Donna is happiest either exploring somewhere new, with her camera in her hand and family by her side or snuggled up with a cat on her lap, reading a book and enjoying a nice cup of tea. She firmly believes that tea and cake can fix most things.

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