Venture a few minutes south of Mendocino Village to the historic Glendeven Inn, home of intimate winemaker dinners, and experience the venerable English tradition of afternoon tea. With so many things to do outdoors and in the lovely villages and small towns along the coast, it’s a welcome relief to drop by and relax in the inn’s ocean view Tea Room lounge. An afternoon at tea adds a special and memorable touch to your stay.
Although the custom of drinking tea was first popularized in England during the 1660s by King Charles II and his wife, Queen Catherine, it wasn’t until around 1840 that the custom of afternoon tea became established. Anna, the seventh Duchess of Bedford, is credited with being its inventor; it seems she would become hungry around four in the afternoon, and dinner wasn’t until eight. The idea caught on at the court of Queen Victoria, and spread throughout English society soon after.
Glendeven’s Afternoon Tea Includes delicious and beautiful homemade finger sandwiches, hot homemade scones with homemade clotted cream and lemon curd, French macarons, and a selection of fine teas. Prepaid reservations are required, and seating is at 3 p.m. sharp, Thursdays and Saturdays.