Is tea and cake the answer to everything?
When you want to catch up with friends or your mum, tea and cake provides the perfect opportunity. When planning a lovely walk in the countryside who doesn’t check to see where the nearest cafe is. When you’re feeling down, boy does a nice cuppa and slice of homemade cake cheer you up. Presidents sit and talk world business over a cup of tea and a piece of cake. Even the Queen invites hundreds of people to come and partake in the ceremony of afternoon tea and dainty cakes as a thank you for serving her Country.
So yes it could well be!
Afternoon Tea at The Duck
If you feel the need for a slice of proper homemade cake and an honest cup of tea (or coffee), for whatever reason, then plug The Duck at Burtle into your sat nav and come and find us. We promise you’ll be delighted, as we’ve been very lucky to team up with Baked with Love by Alice, cake maker extraordinaire, to offer you a choice of the most delicious cakes around these parts! (Please note not all sat nav’s take you straight to The Duck so check the street address as well!)
Plus through the months of April and May 2017 we’re giving you a FREE REFILL with every afternoon tea. We have a large enclosed garden for the kids to play in. Free wifi for those who want to catch up on a bit of work and your four legged friends are very welcome too.
The Duck is a local’s best kept secret to be stumbled upon. Perfectly located in the internationally important Somerset Levels. An ancient land of reed swamps, peet, willow and eels. There are plenty of nature reserves for some lovely walks and bird watching near by and it’s quiet flat lanes are a dream for cyclists. The pretty hamlets and villages dotted around make for a lovely day’s drive in the countryside. With plenty to see and do who wouldn’t want to come!
History Of Afternoon Tea
Tea consumption increased dramatically during the early nineteenth century and it is around this time that Anna, the 7th Duchess of Bedford is said to have complained of “having that sinking feeling” during the late afternoon. At the time it was usual for people to take only two main meals a day, breakfast, and dinner at around 8 o’clock in the evening. The solution for the Duchess was a pot a tea and a light snack, taken privately in her boudoir during the afternoon
Later friends were invited to join her in her rooms at Woburn Abbey and this summer practice proved so popular that the Duchess continued it when she returned to London, sending cards to her friends asking them to join her for “tea and a walking the fields.” Other social hostesses quickly picked up on the idea and the practice became respectable enough to move it into the drawing room.
There are now many ways to take afternoon tea, for some its a tea bag and a rich tea biscuit and for others it’s all pomp and finery at The Ritz. Wherever and however you take it, it’s always a lovely thing.
A Bit About The Duck
There has been a pub on this site since 1856 when The Railway Hotel was built next to the Edington Burtle railway station. Then almost 100 years later, in 1966, the station fell foul of the Beecham Axe and merged with the hotel to form a larger pub, renamed The Tom Mogg Inn, after a local rail employee. Jump forward another 50 years and following a stylish country contemporary refurbishment, we are The Duck.
We offer an award winning dining experience in our light and bright restaurant overlooking the gardens. A generous bar serving local beers and ciders with comfy sofa’s in front of the open fire. A private and fully equipped fabulous function venue for weddings, parties, family gatherings and business use. Plus we have a skittle alley!
Although we may seem in the picturesque middle of nowhere, we are in fact located only 10 mins from the M5 (Bridgwater or Burnham Junctions) offering easy access from Bristol, Taunton and further afield and are just a leisurely drive from Glastonbury, Street, Wells, Shepton Mallet and other local towns and villages.
The Duck at Burtle, Station Road, Burtle, Somerset, TA7 8NU