Afternoon Tea with Panache

Vintage Afternoon Tea

£15 Per Person

(Min 2 people)

Selection of finger sandwiches

2 Warm scone, clotted cream and home-made jam

Selection of miniature cakes and biscuits

1 Pot of tea, coffee or hot chocolate

soft drinks or alcohol available at additional cost

Vintage Afternoon Tea
Sparkling Vintage Afternoon Tea

Sparkling Vintage Afternoon Tea

£21.95 per person

(Min 2 people)

A single serve bottle of Prosecco (187ml)

Selection of finger sandwiches

2 Warm scone, clotted cream and home-made jam

Selection of miniature cakes and biscuits

1 Pot of tea, coffee or hot chocolate

soft drinks or alcohol available at additional cost

Setting the scene

On arrival you will receive a warm and friendly Devon welcome by either Donna or Simon.

You will be invited into the lovely large lounge and dining room where the authentic ambience of the wartime classics will play softly in the background. You might like to visit the little farmyard and see the goats and miniature donkey or chickens in the woodland while Donna bakes your scones and prepares the centre piece for your table the 3 tiered cake stand with a selection of fresh home made tea-time favourites.

When you return you can take a seat at your table set with the cutest bone china trio sets and let’s not forget Donna’s delectable home made delights. Simon will take your drink order and you will be left to enjoy your tea.

The spread

All of the food served for tea is freshly made by Donna on the day you arrive. There are no rules or pomp about afternoon tea at Mad Henry's. We like to keep the atmosphere light-hearted and relaxed. Our vintage afternoon tea consists of a tier of finger sandwiches (no crusts); a tier of miniature cakes (2 or 3 depending on size) and finally a tier of hot plain scones with homemade jam and always Devonshire clotted cream. 

All complemented by a great selection of teas and cafetiere coffee.

For an extra special treat or for a special celebration why not book the Sparkling Vintage Afternoon Tea which includes a glass of sparkling wine.

pavilion garden tea


It is traditional to serve a range of tea and we do offer loose tea. We serve a good selection of Pavilion teas in bags. Please note that only 1 pot of tea is included in your afternoon tea. We will come and offer you more tea or coffee but this will incur an additional charge.

Teas Pavilion Selection

Breakfast Tea

Earl Grey

Peppermint Tea

Green Tea

Decaffinated Tea

Red Berries

Honey and Camomile

Filter Coffee

Hot Chocolate

Sparkling Rose




Most of our fillings are home made, with salad, ham and cream cheese supplied by our local farmer. Fillings are made in advance and sandwiches assembled just before arrival to avoid the dreaded soggy sarnie.

We can cater for vegetarians, vegans and gluten and wheat intolerances please advise us at the time of booking.

Free Range Egg Mayonnaise

St Helenian Tomato Paste (Bread ‘n Dance)

Ham, Cream Cheese & Cucumber

Three Cheese and Onion

Home made Smoked Mackerel Pate & Cucumber

Salt Beef & Wholegrain Mustard

Coronation Chicken

Pulled Pork and lettuce

Cream tea


Scones are best eaten when they are just served fresh out of the oven. They don’t take too long to prepare and bake so Donna bakes her scones 12 minutes before you sit down. We serve plain and frutit scones with lashings of homemade strawberry jam and Devonshire clotted cream decanted into pretty little bowls.

We also serve gluten free, wheat free and dairy and soy free scones if required.

Traditional Plain Scone

Traditional Fruit Scone

Bluberry and Lemon Scone

Cheddar & Sage Scone

Apricot and Almond Scone

Orange and Fig Scone


Little cakes are always the order of the day so there are usually no large cakes on offer only little dinky cakes on the 2nd tier of your centre piece cake stand.

Cakes can be made without buttercream for lactose intolerant

Classic Victoria Sponge with Strawberry Jam and Mascarpone Cream (GF)

Chocolate Victoria Sponge with Chocolate Butter Cream

Old Fashion Cherry & Almond Cake

St Helenian Coconut Finger

Lemon Drizzle Cake

Orange Palenta Cake (GF)

Lemon Cake with butter cream and lemon curd

Cherry Bakewell Tart

Lemon & Poppy Seed cake with butter cream and lemon curd

Lemon & Coconut Cake with lemon and coconut buttercream

Cookies & Cream Chocolate Brownies

Spiced Ginger & Treacle Loaf

Coffee & Walnut Cake with a coffee buttercream

Carrot Cake with cream cheese frosting

Viennese Tartlets


All of our jams are homemade and strawberry is usually served with your cream tea. However, you can request raspberry jam if you prefer. Again time permitting there maybe other jams available.

Strawberry Jam

Raspberry Jam

Jumbleberry Jam


When time permits biscuits are baked in the morning prior to your arrival and are sometimes included in your vintage afternoon tea offering.


Yo Yo Biscuits 


Home made show stoppers

For special occasion and again if time permits Donna pulls out all the stops and serves up an extra little something special.

Raspberry Ganache Tarts

Lemon Cheese Cake

Little Lemon Meringue Pie

Persimmon & White chocolate Tart with Pistachios

Lemon Bakewell Tart

Banana Custard Éclairs

Coconut Ice Marshmallows

Strawberry & White Chocolate Choux Buns

Apple Crumble & Custard Cup Cakes

Bakewell Cheesecake

Frozen Raspberry & White Chocolate Cheesecake

For a more intimate experience, you can enjoy a private tea for 2, right beside the river in the newly refurbished summerhouse on the terrace.

Guest staying at the B&B in the Balcony room can take their afternoon tea on the Balcony and guests staying in the self-catering apartment can enjoy their afternoon tea in the Apartment at the breakfast bar directly overlooking the river.

Mad Henry’s is open to resident and non-resident guests. Vintage Afternoon Tea is by reservation only. Walkers and cyclist always welcome. Dogs are welcome in the summer house or outside only please keep on a lead at all times.

We are finding more and more people requesting to host parties here at Mad Henry’s. So if you are getting together for a small party to celebrate something special please give us a call. We do not charge extra for venue hire, we simply charge you the same price for afternoon tea for max of 20 people. We are delighted to be able to keep our price low for everyone to enjoy afternoon tea, and are therefore unable to offer discounts for any occasion or group booking.

Special dietary requirements:

We offer meat free goodies for vegetarians.

We can provide gluten free, wheat free and dairy free baked products, although please be advised that our kitchen is small and cross contamination with wheat products is possible.

Please advise us when booking your Vintage Afternoon Tea if you suffer from any form of food allergy.

We accept payment by cash and most debit and credit cards.

We are open Friday, Saturday and Sunday 1pm to 4pm by reservation only.

Mad Henry's Vintage Tea Room operates in the dining room of Riverside Cottage Guest House, which is an adults only B&B, therefore this Tea Room is not suitable for young children.

Bookings can be made directly with Mad Henry’s on 01237 459203 or via e-mail at: