Lady Herbert's Afternoon Tea

Sundays 26 June, 31 July & 28 Aug | 12 - 4.30pm

Join us for afternoon tea on the lawn in the newly-revived Lady Herbert's Garden. 

Thanks to the success of last year's event, Lady Herbert's Afternoon Tea is back by popular demand!

Lady Herbert's Garden has recently undergone a transformation thanks to extensive new planting by Coventry City Council and Historic Coventry Trust. Hidden in plain sight in Coventry's city centre, the historic garden in now looking lovelier than ever. To mark this new chapter and celebrate the garden's heritage, we are hosting a series of summer events in the garden in collaboration with Esquires Coffee. On select Sunday afternoons we will be dishing out traditional afternoon teas on the main lawn. What better way to spend a summer's Sunday!

Pre-booking is essential, tickets and further info below.


26 June

31 July

28 August

Afternoon Tea

There are two afternoon teas to choose from:


  • 2x salmon, cream cheese and cucumber sandwich
  • 2x egg mayo and cress sandwich
  • 2x cheese and tomato sandwich
  • Scone with clotted cream and jam pots
  • Brownie
  • Fruit garnish


  • 2x falafel and hummus sandwich
  • 2x avocado, sun-dried tomato and spinach Sandwich
  • 2x vegan sausage sandwich
  • Blackcurrant crumble traybake
  • Vegan brownie
  • Fruit garnish

Each tea box also comes with either a tea, coffee or soft drink.

Lady Herbert's Garden

The garden was developed in the 1930s by Sir Alfred Herbert, a local industrialist and philanthropist famous for his many charitable acts in Coventry. Sir Alfred designed the garden for his wife Florence, aka ‘Lady Herbert’, to be a ‘haven of peace and floral beauty’ in the busy city centre. A big supporter of local heritage, Sir Alfred also sought to make visible and best highlight the surviving section of medieval city wall and two gatehouses.

Sadly, Florence died just one day before the official plans were approved to build the garden, so she never saw the project completed. However, Sir Alfred made sure that she would always be remembered by using her initials ‘FH’ on all the original gates and railings as well as atop Swanswell Gate. Next time you’re in the garden, see if you can spot them!

Recently, Historic Coventry Trust have been working with Coventry City Council and volunteers to carry out extensive new planting in the garden, inspired by the original 1930s planting plan. Lady Herbert’s is now looking lovelier than ever.. the perfect place to spend a summer Sunday!

Further info

All children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

Dogs are welcome in Lady Herbert’s Garden, but we do ask that they please be kept on a lead at all times.

As this is an outdoor event, visitors are advised to wear sensible footwear and weather appropriate clothing.

All tables will be covered by an umbrella, in case of strong sun or light rain. If the weather is extreme, visitors will be notified ahead of the event that they should collect their afternoon teas from nearby Esquires to enjoy inside the café or elsewhere.

There are no toilet facilities in Lady Herbert’s Garden itself, visitors are advised to make use of the facilities at neighbouring Esquires.

There is no alcohol permitted on site.


Visitors are asked to access the event via the main garden gate nearest the Transport Museum, or the side gate on Chauntry Place.

Please note that the only step free access to the main lawn will be via the side gate on Chauntry Place.

Visitors are advised that the main lawn where the event will be taking is uneven underfoot throughout and not suitable for wheelchairs.

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