Nothing says quintessentially British quite like afternoon tea and so it seems only right that we have a week dedicated to celebrating this national favourite. From house scones with rhubarb to tea with a tour of London, we take you through what Afternoon Tea Week has to offer
Fortnum & Mason
For a modern spin on this British classic, try Fortnum & Mason’s new Afternoon Tea inspired ice-cream range. A real treat for the tastebuds, with flavours ranging from cucumber and mint sorbet to rose ripple and strawberry and scones ice-cream. For the ultimate indulgence, you ought to visit The Parlour where you can enjoy an ice-cream sundae crammed will all the exciting new flavours. Or, why not sample the equally refreshing Champagne Pops. Afternoon Tea Ice-Cream Tubs, £4.95 each and Afternoon Tea Ice-Cream Sundaes, £14.
Treat yourself to Afternoon Tea at the picturesque Dalloway Terrace where al fresco dining sets the scene with bespoke wicker picnic baskets. Pastry chef Martiatu Kargbo has created an exquisite menu that boasts smoked salmon & crab rillette and lemon & poppy seed posset among other treats. As a guest you are also invited to wear a premium Laura Aspit Livens hat throughout the Afternoon Tea. All in all, a truly unique and wonderfully British experience. Prices start at £30 per person.
Escapism is the word at The Falcondale. This Victorian country house is set within the Cambrian mountains and offers a feeling of Italy in its villa style design. With all the usual suspects for a scrumptious Afternoon Tea, you get the added bonus of choosing whether to enjoy your feast in the lounge, conservatory or the terrace. And with views overlooking the Teffi valley towards Lampeter there are few locations more idyllic to sit back and enjoy the best of British. Prices start at £18.50 per person.
Bakery Bus Afternoon Tea Tour
Indulge in all your Afternoon Tea favourites whilst taking in some of London’s best sights on board the vintage Bakery Bus Tour. Enjoy London’s rich culture and history with views of Westminster Abbey, The Royal Albert Hall and Marble Arch among other notable London attractions, all whilst indulging on a lovely cup of tea and an array of tasty sandwiches, cakes and pastries. Prices start at £45 per person.
Sheraton Grand Park Lane
To celebrate 55 years since the release of 101 Dalmatians, The Sheraton has launched a Dotty Dalmatian Afternoon Tea, served daily until August 31 in the hotel’s iconic Palm Court. Expect to see Percy’s paw recreated with the mouth-watering combination of lemon mousse and Oreo biscuit and the spirit of devilish Cruella de Vil to be captured in the dotty chocolate sponge and raspberry jelly. As an added bonus, your furry friends will be taken on a walk around the original movie set, nearby in Green Park, leaving you to relax. Prices start from £37 per person.
Outside of London, Oulton Hall offers a superb Afternoon Tea with melt in your mouth cakes and a house scone that boast chunks of locally sourced rhubarb. You will be taken back to the mansion’s 18th century roots as your Afternoon Tea is served by a traditional butler in the Drawing Room. Set against the backdrop of lovingly restored interiors, and grounds that are second to none, this is Afternoon Tea done in the most British of ways. Prices start at £21 per person.
Main image: Dalloway Terrace