We believe that eating should be one of life’s greatest pleasures and what better philosophy is there than that to shape our moreish menus?

Our expert Legacy chefs indulge in their appetite for quality, seasonal dishes by sourcing exceptional ingredients from their networks of trusted, local providers. That’s because fresh, honest food & drink prepared with skill, love and passion, we think, tastes better.

Each hotel offers its own unique menu, carefully tailored to the availability of produce locally. Whether it’s a brasserie dinner with river views in the  countryside, a slap-up Sunday lunch in a 16th Century Manor House, you’ll find something to whet your appetite.

At Legacy, we inspect our hotels’ restaurants regularly to ensure they continue to meet the high standards we expect. Many Legacy hotel restaurants also boast AA Rosettes, awarded by independent assessors, for the quality of their food.

Explore our hotel portfolio to indulge your own food fetish in your favourite part of the country.

Afternoon Tea at Legacy Hotels

“There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.”

Henry James

Afternoon tea, that most quintessential of English customs .

Afternoon tea was introduced in England by Anna, the seventh Duchess of Bedford, in the year 1840. The Duchess would become hungry around four o’clock in the afternoon. The evening meal in her household was served fashionably late at eight o’clock, thus leaving a long period of time between lunch and dinner. The Duchess asked that a tray of tea, bread and butter (some time earlier, the Earl of Sandwich had had the idea of putting a filling between two slices of bread) and cake be brought to her room during the late afternoon. This became a habit of hers and she began inviting friends to join her.

This pause for tea became a fashionable social event. During the 1880’s upper-class and society women would change into long gowns, gloves and hats for their afternoon tea which was usually served in the drawing room between four and five o’clock.

Treat yourself to a scrumptious homemade Afternoon Tea in one of our hotels with wonderful surroundings and soak up the ambience (and a perhaps some sunshine). This traditional English occasion is the ideal way to entertain close friends, relatives or colleagues.