Boxed up afternoon tea allows for al fresco eating experience at Coombe Abbey near Rugby

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People can now enjoy freshly made sandwiches, cakes and scones with clotted cream and jam in a picnic setting in the grounds of Coombe Abbey Hotel near Coventry.

The hotel has introduced an “Afternoon tea to go”.

This is the same selection of food available as part of its indoor afternoon tea, but packaged in a box which can be taken outside, giving customers the chance to choose where to sit among the 500 acres of parkland in its grounds.

Manager Ron Terry said: “We have been really pleased with the way we have grown our afternoon tea service.

“We have people coming from outside the local area because of the quality of the offer and the surroundings.

“As you can imagine, serving up 800 afternoon teas a week is a major operation.

“It would be hard to accommodate many more customers indoors, but we have some fantastic gardens and parklands.”

Set in 500 acres of parkland, Coombe Abbey was originally built as a Cistercian Abbey in the 12th Century.

For details about Coombe Abbey and its afternoon tea service, visit www.coombe