Castle Howard launch their Jubilee Afternoon Tea

Castle Howard have announced the launch of a special edition afternoon tea to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee this summer.

Giving visitors a taste of royalty at one of Europe’s grandest palaces, the limited-edition experience will be hosted in the famous Long Gallery, which was the location of a previous royal dining event when Queen Victoria and Prince Albert’s visited in the summer of 1850.

Curated by the House’s Head Chef Nathan Richardson-Kelly, the afternoon tea includes an exquisite array of delicious sweet and savoury items, with the bespoke menu featuring many locally sourced Yorkshire ingredients, all with a nod to the historic royal occasion. 

Guest will be able to indulge in raspberry meringue tarts, inspired by the Queen of Puddings recipe made famous by Queen Victoria and chocolate choux buns, delicately painted silver to represent the Platinum Jubilee as well as finger sandwiches and traditional scones with clotted cream and jam. 

The Castle Howard team will launch the unique experiences on the 27th May and as part of the special events, visitors will take their seats amongst the historic surroundings and be treated to a talk from Castle Howard’s Curator Dr Chris Ridgway about the house’s many royal connections and offer visitors the chance to view the family’s rare collection of royal memorabilia as we as an exact replica Crown Jewels.

Set amongst the Howardian Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Castle Howard is a private residence and has been home of the Carlisle branch of the Howard family for more than 300 years. 

Commissioned by the 3rd Earl of Carlisle in 1699 the house itself took over 100 years to complete, with successive generations welcoming visitors to the House after it was first opened to the public by George Howard in 1952. 

Alongside the special Jubilee Afternoon Tea this summer, guests can enjoy the dramatic interiors and world-renowned art collections inside the House as well as the extensive gardens, woodland walks, temples, lakes and fountains.

The Jubilee Afternoon Tea is available from 27th May – 12th June and begins at 4pm each day.  For more information and to book online visit