The only excuse you need to indulge: Afternoon Tea Week in the UKMonday 14 August 2017 by Jessica Mendoza Want to party like it’s the 1840s? If so, you can’t do much better than an afternoon tea. Since this week (from August 14th) is the official period set aside to celebrate this wonderful tradition, there really is no reason why you can’t indulge in a few dainty sandwiches, scones laden with cream and a good old cup of tea. So where are the best places to celebrate Afternoon Tea Week in the UK? Read on to find out.
Metro Deco, Brighton
They know how to do things in style in Brighton and the afternoon tea at Metro Deco is no exception. Whether you’re enjoying a romantic outing with your other half, indulging in some girly time or treating a member of the family, everyone will get excited by the ambiance and art deco furniture. Sipping Silver Needle white tea out of mismatched china in a gold-trimmed vintage armchair is the stuff that dreams are made of. Add delicate cakes, pastries, sandwiches and scones into the equation and you have the recipe for the perfect afternoon tea. For an extra kick, the tea-infused cocktails certainly hit the spot.
Where? 38 Upper St James Street.
OXO Tower Brasserie, London
The perfect taste of London comes in the form of the OXO Tower Brasserie’s Not Afternoon Tea experience. Despite its name, there are definite links to a classic afternoon tea, but the team at this London hotspot have taken it to a different level. Enjoy an incredible selection of desserts that all have a distinctive link to the capital and each come with a cocktail to match its flavours impeccably. All this while taking in panoramic views of St Paul’s Cathedral, the London Eye and Tate Modern.
Where? Tall tower on the South Bank – you can’t miss it!
With a name like Rosylee, you can be assured that this establishment in Manchester knows a thing or two about tea. Combining modern elegance with the traditional elements of afternoon tea, Rosylee has hit the sweet spot. The décor is chic and the treats are served on cake stands, but well-tried favourites, such as chicken sandwiches are given an extra dimension with mustard mayo, while the red onion marmalade in the goat’s cheese creations is something not to be missed. The Victoria sponge is as light as a feather and the tea selection is second to none.
Where? Make your way to the Northern Quarter for a bite of the action.
No round-up of afternoon tea would be complete without Bettys, which has been serving it since the 1920s. While there are a few different options available, the traditional version certainly hits the mark. From Scottish smoked salmon sandwiches to a sultana scone with clotted cream and jam and a fresh fruit tart, you are easily transported back 100 years. Wash it all down with a pot of the Tea Room Blend for an authentic experience. It’s not hard to see why Bettys proudly states that it sets the standard for afternoon tea everywhere.
Where? In the wonderful surroundings of St Helen’s Square.
Colonnades at the Signet Library, Edinburgh
The height of elegance, you can’t beat afternoon tea in a neoclassical library. That means heavy silver teapots, cosy alcoves and seasonal ingredients going into the most delicious savouries and cakes you could possibly imagine. Whether you prefer the Signet Blend, another choice from the vast tea selection or a Signet Gin cocktail to accompany your towering stand of delights, the ever-attentive staff will guide you through the options.
Where? Parliament Square is conveniently located on the Royal Mile and where you’ll find the Signet Library.