From Mad Hatters to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, here’s 20 unique ways to celebrate this Great British tradition
With 165 million cups of tea guzzled every day in Britain, tea-lovers everywhere can make each and every cuppa count this Afternoon Tea Week [10-16 August 2016] and explore the very best in variety at delectable destinations across the UK.
From quirky creations to traditional treats, for those with a thirst for thrift or who fancy a splurge, money saving website Voucherbox.co.uk investigated where to find some of the nation’s favourite afternoon tea delights.
For the quirky
For those looking for something a bit different, London has an array of spots to wow, from mesmerising themes to travelling treats. Sanderson’s Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea is an adventure from start to finish, including menus hidden inside vintage books, tailor made teas inspired by the Lewis Carroll classic and chocolate-coated, coffee-flavoured pocket-watch macaroons.
Whilst Great John Street in Manchester offers something quite unique for the gentlemen in the style of ‘wholesome canape-style bites’, including chicken and leek pie, a mini beef burger and a scotch egg.
Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea is available at Sanderson, London for £48-65 per person
Gentleman Jack Afternoon Tea is available at Great John Street for £25-30 per person
Other options include Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Afternoon Tea at One Aldwyh, London (£39-£52 per person), Afternoon Tea Bus Tour run by BB Bus, London (£45-£48 per person) and Hotel Chocolat Afternoon Tea at Roast + Conch, Leeds and Rabot 1745, London (£20-£25 per person)
For the traditional
Bettys is the place for a traditional feast. Established in 1919, you would be forgiven for thinking it was still that era as all six Yorkshire tea rooms and the staff are dressed the part. Meanwhile if you fancy a traditional Devonshire tea, but don’t want to leave the comfort of your home, Delimann has got it covered – even adding clotted cream fudge to the mix.
Bettys is available in 6 Yorkshire locations (£18.95-£26.85 per person)
Delimann will deliver Traditional Devonshire afternoon tea nationwide for £23.50
Other options include Cuthbert’s Classic afternoon tea at Cuthbert’s, Liverpool (£18-£21 per person), Classic Afternoon Tea at Rothay Manor, Ambleside (£18-£24 per person) and Afternoon Tea at The Balmoral, Edinburgh (£35 per person).
For the thrifty
Many of these Afternoon Teas will provide you with a feast, even better when they do so at a reasonable price. And the Dish Ran Away With The Spoon is a quaint little cafe in Manchester which gives you an abundance of pastries and cakes for a mere £14.50. It may surprise and delight people to know that Patisserie Valerie offers an afternoon tea in some of its stores offering a selection of its scrumptious cakes, again very reasonable at just £12.50 or £15 if you add on a glass of Prosecco.
Other options include the British Museum, London (£19.50-£25.00 per person), Abbot’s Traditional Afternoon Tea at Coombe Abbey Hotel, Warwickshire (£19.95 per person) and Julien Plumart Cafe et Patisserie, Brighton (£14.50 per person).
For the fancy
Of course The Epicurean Tea at the Ritz is the bee’s knees, yet at £95 per person, it’s nice to know there are other options available. The Rubens at the Palace offers The Royal Afternoon Tea at £32-£49 per person and you can tuck into your cherry eclair as you overlook Buckingham Palace. Whilst on the Titantic in Belfast you dine in the luxury surroundings of the Titantic Suite featuring the replica staircase, an experience that will cost you just £24-£34 per person. Other options include Ice Cream Champagne Afternoon Tea at The Dorchester, London (£65 per person, only available throughout August) and Marco Pierre White Steakhouse, Birmingham (£29.99 per person).
Shane Forster, Voucherbox UK Country Manager stated: “It’s quite amazing that 84% of the British population drink tea on a daily basis – consuming a total of 60.2 billion cups of tea every year. It’s no wonder that afternoon tea is as popular today as it was all those years ago and has become a must for establishments to include on the menu – many of which are choosing to create a signature piece.
Afternoon Tea Week is a great excuse to get together with friends, drink tea and eat cake, not that we need one of course! Keep a look out for some great deals online as the week approaches.”
Denby has been associated with afternoon tea and tea drinking since the 19th Century. Richard Eaton, Denby Design Director stated: “As Voucherbox has highlighted, afternoon tea is currently enjoying a renaissance. We’ve noticed a return to more traditional sponge cakes served on Denby plates, alongside the more contemporary cupcake.
Although it was originally introduced into the day to fill the gap between breakfast and dinner, it soon became practice for friends to take afternoon tea together, ultimately becoming a social event for ladies climbing the echelons of society. Today, as it was in the 1840’s, afternoon tea enables people time to catch up with friends during the daytime.”