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Afternoon Tea in the UK
Quintessentially British – Afternoon Tea is becoming an increasingly popular treat, either to spoil yourself or someone else and the ukmums.tv team was recently treated to Afternoon Tea, which was just amazing!
This saw us nibbling our way through an incredible selection of finger sandwiches as well as scones with clotted cream and preserves, home-made cakes and pastries and washed down with endless cups of either tea or coffee. All in the beautiful surroundings of local Northamptonshire country manor house, Fawsley Hall, which saw us having a wonderful afternoon and we all agreed that it was a brilliant treat to receive. Details can be found here
So, where can you go for your treat? ukmums.tv has been investigating the top spots to enjoy Afternoon Tea – maybe you’ll be able to visit one soon.
If you’re in London, then why not take tea in the Oscar Wilde Bar at the Hotel Café Royal on Piccadilly, where you will enjoy a selection of sandwiches including coronation chicken, prawn cocktail and wild boar, as well as Pear “Regent” and Boston choux pastries and other classic cakes. Accompanying these is a choice of exclusive tea blends. Further details
Or try the Chelsea Harbour Hotel just minutes from the fashionable King’s Road and overlooking the River Thames, where you can watch the river cruisers and yachts while taking tea. The menu changes each month so find out what mouthwatering treats are in store. More info
Another lovely place to visit is Great Fosters, in Surrey. This is a Tudor hunting lodge close to Heathrow and Windsor and, whilst in the winter, you can enjoy tea in the wonderful historic surroundings, when it is warmer, tea can be taken on the terrace overlooking the magnificent gardens. More details
For those of you in the Devon area, try out a Full Afternoon Devon Cream Tea at Combe House, near Exeter. To follow delicate finger sandwiches come warm scones with Devon clotted cream and home-made jam, as well as an assortment of cakes and fancies, along with a variety of teas, coffee or hot chocolate. For more information.
If you are visiting Birmingham, then Afternoon Tea at the Hotel du Vin & Bistro in the heart of the city centre could be just the treat you need after a hard day’s shopping! Take a look here
An old furniture store in York, transformed into an elegant café by designers of the Queen Mary, is now home to Bettys Café Tea Rooms, where Afternoon Tea is served with a wide choice of speciality teas and freshly made sandwiches and cakes. More details.
If you’re in North wales, then visit Ruthin Castle for Afternoon Tea where legend has it that King Arthur disguised himself for a romantic tryst with his mistress! And of course, Welsh Rarebit is included on the menu here! More information.
The Tea Parlour is situated on the first floor of a Grade II listed warehouse turned art gallery on Mathew Street in Liverpool. Relax to the music of the resident pianist whilst enjoying either a traditional Afternoon Tea of finger sandwiches and home-made cakes, or a proper Gentleman’s Tea of meat pie, Scotch egg, cheese and open faced roast beef sandwich, followed by scones and hunks of homemade cakes. Find out more
A former railway hotel, the Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh – The Caledonian has a reputation as a venue for the rich and famous – the original hotel has hosted stars from Charlie Chaplin, Elizabeth Taylor and Sir Sean Connery to name but a few. And you can enjoy the same surroundings while taking Afternoon Tea in Peacocks Alley which boasts over thirty fine loose leaf teas and infusions to choose from to accompany decadent sweets and freshly cut sandwiches. For more information
Don’t worry if you can’t get to any of our choices above – there are lots of places with Afternoon Tea on the menu so keep your eyes peeled while you’re out and about or, alternatively, check out the website http://www.afternoontea.co.uk which is absolutely brimming with ideas of places to visit.