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04th February 2022

Afternoon Tea at Exeter College – back by popular demand!

Exeter College Cream Tea

This Easter vacation Exeter College will once again open its doors to the public for their now-legendary homemade afternoon teas.

This is a rare and exclusive opportunity to take tea in Exeter’s Jacobean Dining Hall – once graced by JRR Tolkien, William Morris, Philip Pullman and Roger Bannister – and sample homemade scones and jam, sandwiches and petit fours created by their award-winning chefs.

Tickets will be available to purchase from the Exeter College Porters’ Lodge from Friday 25 February for bookings on Wednesdays–Sundays from 16 March to 14 April.

You can choose from the following options:

  • Cream tea (a freshly brewed pot of tea or coffee served with two fruit or plain scones, homemade jam and clotted cream), £10.00 per person
  • Afternoon tea (a cream tea plus finger sandwiches, mini savouries and petit fours), £20.00 per person
  • High tea (an afternoon tea plus a glass of Prosecco), £27.00 per person
  • Children’s tea (fruit juice or milkshake served with a scone), £5.00 per person

For more information, please email

Why not make a night of it! Exeter is also offering the chance to stay in one of their historic bedrooms in the heart of Oxford and enjoy breakfast in the Dining Hall. Stay in the room that Tolkien once called home, look out onto the quad where Inspector Morse famously collapsed, and take in the location that inspired the fictional Jordan College in Sir Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials.

For B&B rates and availability, or to book, click here.

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