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The Best Places to Celebrate Afternoon Tea Week

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Posted by , 15th August, 2017

Afternoon tea is potentially one of Britain’s finest traditions, not least for the tiers upon tiers of delicious finger food. Anna, the 7th Duchess of Bedford, introduced afternoon tea in the 1800s when she complained of being hungry mid-afternoon knowing her dinner wouldn’t be served until around 8pm. And I’m so glad that she complained, speaking for us all after a busy morning and a lunch that was a little on the light side. Granted, afternoon tea is a much more elaborate affair now, and our dinnertimes may be a little earlier than 8pm, but how can we resist a myriad of decadent British delights and classic drinks in one of these indulgent settings?

The Tamburlaine Hotel, Cambridge
All the finger sandwiches, scones, cakes and pastries you’d expect with a traditional afternoon tea, served in a visual paradise. The beautiful colonial-inspired Garden room is sure to fill you with tranquillity as you sit back on one of the luxurious velvet sofas and sip on the finest loose leaf tea infusions.

classic drinksThe Tamburlaine Hotel, Cambridge
Traditional Afternoon Tea
£21.50 >

Sanderson Hotel, London
Watch your childhood dreams become realised with this Alice-in-Wonderland-inspired afternoon tea. Tumble down the rabbit hole to find familiar characters and stories conveyed through vanilla pocket watch macaroons and cinnamon, apple and peach “Drink Me” potions, but of course not forgetting the warm scones with cream and preserve.

classic drinksSanderson Hotel, London
Mad Hatters Afternoon Tea
from £48pp >

The Pump Room, Bath
Enjoy live music inside the elegant restaurant overlooking the Roman Baths, with period features and historical connections. The menu provides an array of delicious options, including a Jane Austen Tea showcasing Bath chap and ham hock terrine and scones with plum jam and earl grey butter. The Champagne Pump Room Tea would suit any special occasion, too.

classic drinksThe Pump Room, Bath
Jane Austen Tea
£26 >

Fortnum & Mason, London
Having sold tea since 1720, and with over 50 teas on the menu to choose from, Fortnum & Mason know what they’re doing when it comes to this British tradition. Finger sandwiches, scones and cakes are prepared with the finest British ingredients and served in the sophisticated Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon, an ‘oasis of calm’.

classic drinksFortnum & Mason, London
Fortnum’s Afternoon Tea
from £44 >

Holbeck Ghyll, Lake District
Take afternoon tea out on the terrace, overlooking the boats on the Lake Windermere and the endless scenic landscape, or on cooler days, by the cosy inglenook fireplace of the arts and crafts lounges. Enjoy the famously indulgent dainty cakes and sandwiches in this classically British setting with impeccable attention to detail.

classic drinksHolbeck Ghyll, Lake District
Afternoon Tea
from £25 >

At Home
Bring the luxury of afternoon tea to your own home; amongst the greenery of the garden in full bloom or around the table if the weather, too, is being traditionally British (i.e. raining). Here’s what you’ll need for your afternoon escape. You could even make your own Victoria sponge with our recipe.

Waitrose
Finger Sandwich Platter
£17 >

Waitrose
Strawberry & Vanilla Mini Cupcakes
£10 >

Waitrose
All Butter Sultana Scones
£1.60 >

Fortnum & Mason
Strawberry & Champagne Preserve
£5.95 >

Rodda’s
Cornish Clotted Cream
£2 >

Fortnum & Mason
Afternoon Blend Loose Leaf Caddy
£10.95 >

Fortnum & Mason
High Tea 2 Tier Cake Stand
£92 >

John Lewis
Puritan Teapot
£30 >

Fortnum & Mason
Stripe Tea Cup & Saucer
£25 >

If you enjoyed reading this article, click here for our Victoria sponge Recipe.

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