Afternoon tea or not

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Hi, I'm new here and starting up a B&B in Antwerp, Belgium.

I was planning on having a daily (small) afternoon tea for the guests; tea, coffee and some homemade cake or cookies. Nothing big.

Now my dad was saying that it wouldn't be worth the hassle, because most of the guests will be business travelers or city trippers and nobody will come back to the B&B for tea.

Would this be the case? Do any of you have experience with business guests or having a b&b in a city?

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Thanks for your comments. I guess I'll put some snacks and fruit in the rooms then or something.

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I have 3 rooms. I never did do the baked goods, tea, wine & cheese. etc.  My guests arrive at such diverse times and are often 1-nighters traveling. (I did have 1 that stayed 1 night a week apart - going and coming - and I heard him say as he got out of the sar, "It's so nice to be home!")

Stayovers are out and about, going out to dinner - it would be a waist (mine).

Instead of baked goods, I put a basket with bananas, apples, and snacks in the guestrooms.

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I agree with your dad. My guests are almost never around here at that time of day.

I keep a Bunn K-Cup machine on 24/7 with coffee pods, tea and hot chocolate along with fresh cookies and they help themselves.

 

Then you aren't trapped waiting around to see if someone shows up for tea.

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We do what Mort does.  There are cookies out and the coffee pot is hot.   I'd not like to organize my afternoon around being ready for an afternoon tea.

As a guest, I don't necessarily want to socialize with the other guests in the afternoon. We are generally out and about.

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We don't do an organized tea, but the kettle is out so guests can help themselves to tea or coffee and a little snack like scones or cookies.

Same reason your dad gave - our guests are in and out all day and not going to rush back to have tea at a certain time.

You may find it different after you've been open for awhile. You can change as you settle in to what your guests would like.

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I am in a conference town - id do it later ie put things out at say 5pm when they are likely to come back - we put christmas cake out at christmas but few eat it - I would recommend some kind of sign which said "complimentary" or people think they will be charged for taking and don't eat.

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