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Nothing captures the true spirit of Britain quite like an afternoon tea. There’s so much to love about afternoon tea, it gives you a reason to get all dressed up and socialise with your friends and family all while dining on delicious food and drinking tea of course. It can be as inexpensive or as fancy as you like, here is our pick of the best afternoon teas that are worth checking out.
Sketch – Mayfair, London from £59 per person
For afternoon tea with a difference, the fabulously quirky Sketch offers you a show stopping afternoon tea in the ultra-pink 18th-century townhouse tea room. The fun menu provides you with a delicious array of yummy little morsels varying including egg truffle gougères and Passion Fruit Opera Cake, all delivered to you on an award-winning David Shrigley cake stand and bone China.
Mad Hatters Afternoon Tea – The Sanderson Hotel from £48
Speaking of different…Take a tumble down the rabbit hole and discover a tea party beyond your wildest imagination, inspired by the whimsical world of Alice in Wonderland. With menus hidden inside vintage books and teapots adorned with kings and queens, ardent Alice fans will love this place. The Mad Hatters Afternoon Tea just isn’t for you if you like traditional. Forget the usual finger sandwiches and French patisserie, this tea is loaded with quirky and brightly coloured delights to tantalise your taste buds. The savouries include: Classic Cucumber on bright green bread, Goat Cheese Croque-Monsieur, White Crab Éclairs and Smoked Salmon Scotch Quails eggs. When it comes to the sweet selection the choice is unending. Choose from red velvet Ladybird Cake, toadstool marshmallows and more!
Laura Ashley the Tea Room – Buckinghamshire and Warwickshire from £20 per person
Laura Ashley the Tea Room has recently launched a brand-new vegan afternoon tea menu at its tea rooms in Burnham Beeches, Coventry, and Solihull. As many of us know afternoon tea isn’t usually a vegan-friendly meal however, Laura Ashley the Tea room manages to provide a tasty afternoon tea from tomato and shallot chutney sandwiches to vegan scones lathered in jam.
Brigits Bakery – London and Bath
Brigits Bakery in Bath specialises in afternoon tea with a French twist. Overlooking the weir and river, it’s a beautiful spot to relax and enjoy a sumptuous afternoon tea this summer. Both the Bath and London branches provide quirky afternoon tea experiences such as a picnic afternoon tea, boat or bus experiences as well as a number of other themed afternoon teas. The traditional afternoon tea includes a pastrami burger with tomato, salad and a mustard mayonnaise followed by a vanilla and raspberry jam choux. With the afternoon tea experiences you can really take in the sites of the capital or Bath and its surrounding areas whilst enjoying a cup of tea and some cake.
Claridge’s – London from £65 per person
The traditional institution Claridge’s provide a high end afternoon tea with a twist. The Parisian pâtissier Jérôme Chaucesse introduces an elegant yet tasty collection of pastries to the Claridge’s. The afternoon tea includes roast chicken with lemon and tarragon mayonnaise sandwiches and Paris-Brest with caramelised hazelnut. This pricey yet delightful afternoon tea makes for a perfect birthday treat.
Browns – Nationwide from £15.95 per person
Browns are providing and giving us a quintessentially British treat for reasonable price. This traditional afternoon tea celebrates the season with a nod to all things British. This affordable afternoon tea includes smoked haddock fishcake and Victoria Sandwich. For this price you could go every week! Click here to find your nearest Browns.
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