THE famed tradition of afternoon tea is being transformed at one of the Lake District’s quintessentially English country houses.

Storrs Hall, on the shores of Windermere, has challenged tea specialist Judit Kovacs to create an entirely new menu featuring more than a dozen different teas and infusions.

As well as the usual Earl Grey, Assam or Darjeeling, there are some more unusual blends on the menu including bespoke recipes made with whole rosebuds and another created from hand rolled jasmine.

Judit, who is accredited by the UK Tea Council, said: “I have loved having the freedom to create a new afternoon tea menu from scratch and being able to source some amazing blends and infusions that I don’t think you can find anywhere else in the region."

The expert has sourced a range of Jing teas for her menu, a brand used in more than 50 Michelin-starred restaurants across the world.

And, for those who prefer a more familiar cocktail, her tea-inspired drinks sit alongside Bellinis and Royales in a range of different flavours.

“Tea has become my obsession since I trained in London," she added. "As part of my Tea Council accreditation we had to sample more than 80 teas in a day – I couldn’t sleep because of the amount of caffeine we consumed!

“That’s not something I’d recommend to our guests, which is why I’ve included some decaffeinated blends and a large range of fruit and floral infusions on our menu.

"The fruit teas also make great cocktails, which is another love of mine - I like to experiment with flavours like lime, jasmine and red berry for non alcoholic cocktails, while raspberry and peach puree go beautifully with wine.”

Judit’s teas will be served alongside a new choice of afternoon tea experiences, which range from a simple cream tea to a full celebration tea complete with English sparkling wine.

Stephen Johnson, general manager of Storrs Hall, said: “Judit’s creativity and attention to detail is excellent which is why we’ve given her free rein to create the new afternoon tea menu – right down to the type of tea pots she wants to use."