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Wimbledon and afternoon tea – two of the finest English traditions
11th Jul 2018

You might expect such an esteemed historic venue as the Grade I-listed Ston Easton Park to host all manner of wonderful events that are entrenched in British tradition – and you would be quite right!

Consider the unmistakably English phenomenon that is afternoon tea, for instance. This light meal – typically eaten between 3pm and 5pm – has been one of the staples of national life since its popularisation among the wealthiest social classes in the mid-18th century.

It is a practice that continues to be strongly observed today, and there may be no better surroundings in which to experience afternoon tea at its most fabulous – at the height of Wimbledon, no less – than those of our own luxurious hotel near Bath.

No shortage of thrills at SW19

We cannot, of course, possibly ignore that other great British tradition at this time of year, The Championships themselves, not least given that they have already served up no shortage of entertainment as the men’s and women’s finals loom at the weekend.

Great rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal remain on course to meet on Sunday, the Swiss having produced a nigh-on flawless performance to outclass Frenchman Adrian Mannarino on Centre Court to reach the last eight. Nadal, meanwhile, hadn’t gone beyond the fourth round since 2011, but is in the quarter-finals once again after his straight-sets triumph over unseeded Czech Jiri Vesely.

It’s a slightly unfamiliar women’s last eight this year, however, with no top 10 women’s seed featuring in the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam for the first time in the Open era. Serena Williams is firmly in contention, though, as the 25th seed was just too much for fellow mum Evgeniya Rodina in their last-16 encounter on Monday. Camila Giorgi is the American’s next opponent today.

Keep track of every serve, ace and backhand with us

As the action continues to unfold in southwest London, there is simply no more delightful place to be than Ston Easton Park, particularly when you take advantage of the opportunity to sample afternoon tea with us and any family members or friends who may also wish to come along.

Residents and non-residents alike have long adored our Somerset Afternoon Tea, with the assortment of sweet and savoury treats that can be enjoyed in our opulent hotel. So why not book your place for the coming days or weekend, by emailing reception@stoneaston.co.uk or calling +44 (0)1761 241631?

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