by Ella Perryman on August 14th, 2017
Afternoon tea was first introduced to the UK back in the 1840’s by the seventh Duchess of Bedford, Anna Maria Russell. It is said to have all started when she complained of a sore stomach after only being able to eat twice a day, and began enjoying a small afternoon snack accompanied with a cup of tea. Afternoon Tea Week is an entire week dedicated to the delicacy. In celebration, we are featuring some of the wonderful places that you can relish an Afternoon tea around the UK.
Officially opening it’s doors this year, Lympstone Manor is the latest project of celebrity chef, Michael Caines. The contemporary manor house is set alongside the beautiful Exe Estuary, and provides expansive views over Devon’s rolling green hills. Afternoon tea can be taken either inside or outside on the terrace, and consists of freshly made sandwiches and cakes as well as a traditional devon cream tea.
Regent Street, London
At Cafe Royal, Afternoon tea is served in the Grade II listed, historic Oscar Wilde room, which dates back to 1865. After being awarded the title of the UK’s ‘Best Traditional Afternoon Tea 2017’, Cafe Royal have decided to collaborate with leading French perfumer diptyque to create a new Autumn Afternoon tea. This new sensory sensation experience will be available from the 1st of September, and will offer a number of delicate pastries that have been infused with flavours and ingredients found in four of the brand’s iconic scents. We’d recommend pairing these dishes with one of our bespoke herbal infusions, which include olive leaf, lavender flowers, turmeric root and dandelion root.
Hotel Endsleigh has a particular link to the story of Alice Russell and the Bedford family, as it was built by the family themselves. After deciding that the hotel’s Devonshire grounds were the prettiest place in the country, the family decided to build their shooting lodge. As such, some of the very first Afternoon teas may well have been taken here. The Hotel still continues to serve up a heavenly all-you-can-eat selection of cakes and sandwiches, as well as Canton’s Rooibos and Darjeeling, all in the grand library room.
Weighhouse Street, London
At Deliciously Ella, Afternoon tea is held on a monthly basis, and can be enjoyed in 2 of the London delis. The menu is a delectable celebration of some of the deli’s finest dishes, including their salads, pates and baked goods. As a dairy and gluten free eatery, this Afternoon tea is a twist on tradition, but still retains all of the goodness. You can partner coconut cream with homemade scones and red berry jam, then refresh your palate with the savoury notes of Canton’s Jade Tips.
Barley Wood Walled Garden, Bristol
Founded on the idea of connecting diners with the native land, The Ethicurean is a country-side kitchen and garden restaurant, which sits within the pretty Barley Wood Walled Garden. You can enjoy a peaceful Afternoon tea, eating local and home grown produce, whilst looking out over South Somerset’s spectacular views. The restaurant’s jams are even made from the very fruits that grow on the garden’s Victorian walls.
Mill Lane, London
Found nestled on the corner of a quiet street in West Hampstead, the Curled Leaf is a lovingly run tea house, cafe and yoga studio. Here you can eat delicious home-cooked food paired with one of Canton’s loose leaf blends, such as the organic Curled Chakra or Lemon Verbena. These charming tea rooms are the perfect place to savor an Afternoon tea, whilst revelling in a quiet oasis of calm and tranquility.
Thomas Street, Manchester
This small, yet vibrant cafe found in Manchester’s Northern Quarter pride themselves in serving the perfect cup of tea. Their large tea selection can be drunk alongside a vast selection of unique, brightly coloured cakes and even heart shaped scones. With 3 Afternoon tea options to choose from, Teacup Manchester is a lovely place to catch up with friends.