A Taste Of North Devon
Hand prepared, freshly cut, filled breads, cakes, mini desserts, scones, and cream. Gluten free, vegan, and vegetarian options are always available.
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Afternoon Tea in Ilfracombe
Afternoon Tea is a quintessential English treat. Being introduced to the good folk of England by Anna, the peckish Duchess of Bedford, in the year 1840. Today you can join us at The Carlton for a delicious homemade afternoon tea with the classic Devonshire element, where the cream goes on first, of course. And just like the Duchess you will leave satisfied and full with our Afternoon Tea offer. Our classic Afternoon Tea is £16 per guest.
New for 2023, our Vegan Afternoon Tea (sample menu) menu can be adapted to cater for gluten free / coeliac guests. In fact, you are very welcome to let us know of any special dietary requests when you book and we will do our best to accommodate this into your Afternoon Tea.
Festive Afternoon Tea
During December we are serving our special Festive Afternoon Tea Menu, with extra treats like our mini Baileys falvoured yule log, gingerbread tea and delicate flaky puff pastry mince pies. See the sample menu here. Price per head is £19.50 or £24 with a chilled glass of fizz.
Book your Festive Afternoon Tea online now, or call us on 01271 862446.
On warm days our French doors are open, and you can take Afternoon Tea in our airy Brasserie or one of our lounge areas. You can also choose to have Tea on our terrace, weather permitting, or our library for a cosier afternoon tea experience.
Open to Non-Residents
The Carlton’s Afternoon Tea is served to both in house and external guests. If you’re thinking of making your tea part of a group event, family celebration, baby shower or hen party, let us know and we can adapt our menu to suit. We can accommodate groups of up to 60 for a great Afternoon Tea experience.
Kindly please note, we require a minimum of 48 hours’ notice for our classic tea and 72 hours for our vegan menu. Sorry, we ‘re unable to accept walk in or on the day reservations.
We serve gluten free options at all meal times. Because we cook from scratch it is easy to meet individual dietary requests including gluten free and coeliac needs. Let us know beforehand and we’ll ensure you can experience the majority of our menu.
Enjoy Afternoon Tea in our airy Brasserie dining room which has plenty of space, or our cosy Library room. Dining in comfort, complemented by our well stocked bar and carefully curated wine list. Or relaxin our more intimate library or weather permitting enjoy tea on our mini terrace.
Ladies that get together once a month went for afternoon high tea at the Carlton. Wow what a fantastic selection of sandwiches cakes, scones and deserts. All served in a private cosy room. So much food and such a great selection we had to take the remainder home in doggy bags. Thank you Eliot.
Our seasonal menus use the freshest local produce from North Devon’s natural larder. Menus adapt to the seasons, so there’s always something new to excite your tastebuds!
North Devon's Larder
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The Carlton Hotel
Runnacleave Road, Ilfracombe, Devon, EX34 8AR
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