Posted 10th Aug 2015
Afternoon tea is traditionally tea, scones and sandwiches, however this Afternoon Tea Week (10th to 16th August 2015) we round up some of our favourites which are offering a twist on tradition.
From delicious speciality cupcakes, gooey triple chocolate brownies and other home-cooked delights, Sweet Things is an award-winning tea room that puts the homemade touch into afternoon tea. Their classic afternoon tea includes sourdough sandwich bites, mini quiches, scones with homemade jam and clotted cream, as well as mini brownies and cupcakes that have the seal of approval with a Great Taste Award. Drink away the afternoon with loose leaf teas, indulging in either the classic afternoon tea or mixing it up with their prince, princess or luxury afternoon tea options. They also offer a gluten-free afternoon tea, all of which reflect the delicious home baking that Grandma used to do. Afternoon tea is priced at £16.95 per person.
Amba HotelVisit the Amba Hotel at Charing Cross and enjoy a slice of magic with the limited edition Mad Hatter's afternoon tea. Jump down the rabbit hole and have a whimsical afternoon with 'eat me' cakes, toadstool treats and pocket watch bakes served with tea in traditional floral cups and saucers, and a beautifully designed tea pot to finish off the Wonderland-themed afternoon. Scones, cream and jam, as well as finger sandwich favourites also make an appearance.
The Grand in Brighton
Pop down to the coast this summer and try The Grand in Brighton's seaside twist on afternoon tea as you sink your teeth into a seafood plater instead of your traditional sandwiches. Pair your pot of tea with salted scones served with crème fraiche, chives and Keta caviar, treacle cured salmon, Poole Bay oysters, fresh crab, pickled shellfish and brown bread gelato ice cream. Afternoon tea by the sea is priced at £26.95 per person.
The Bistro at the DistilleryThe Bistro at the Distillery's history is rooted deep in the Lake District and is reflected in their hearty, flavoursome food. Enjoy an afternoon tea with a difference as you visit what used to be a Victorian cattle parlour and treat yourself at England's newest and largest whisky distillery. Between 3pm and 5pm each day, the Bistro serves its afternoon offering, tempting you with tasty savoury sandwiches paired with indulgent sweet cakes and scones. After your tea admire the newly renovated 1850s Victorian Model Farm which is now home to the Lakes Distillery, which has preserved the character and history of the Victorian period.
Bel & The Dragon
Take a sip of some of the finest tea in Britain when you visit Bel & The Dragon in Windsor, as their cups are made with history on their side. Direct descendants of the 7th Duchess of Bedford, who created the afternoon tea in 1840, and George Cadbury, of Cadbury chocolate, each pot of tea, slice of cake and triangle of bread has been hand-cut to offer a deliciously British experience. Breaking from the norm, they also offer a speciality menu, the Eton Messing menu, which offers a range of historic local dishes including old fashioned toasted crumpets with lashings of Jersey butter and handmade jams, as well as Eton Mess and pancakes, should the freshly baked scones not be enough to satisfy your sweet tooth. The afternoon tea is priced at £13.95 per person for the standard option and extras from the Eton Messing menu start from £5.