READER REQUEST | AFTERNOON TEA
Claire (one of our lovely readers) got in contact recently to ask for our help as she wanted to organise an afternoon tea for a group of friends. She didn’t mind travelling into London but was also happy to stay locally in the Chilterns. We racked our brains and here is what we came up with (we’d love to hear where you’d recommend too ☺ so ping us an email with your suggestions):
CHOCOLATE AFTERNOON TEA AT STOKE PARK
Perfect for chocoholics, Stoke Park’s Chocolate Afternoon tea includes homemade chocolate cakes & pastries, raisins & chocolate chip scones, an ultimate hot chocolate as well as the traditional assorted finger sandwiches. The afternoon tea could be part of a well deserved pamper day (hint, hint) a romantic getaway or just a remedy for a sweet tooth ☺.
Times: 2.30pm to 5.30pm Monday to Sunday.
Website: Stoke Park
DIM SUM TEA PARTY AT THE CRAZY BEAR, BEACONSFIELD
The Crazy Bear, in Beaconsfield is a luxury hotel that is an eccentric mix of fur-lined ceilings and crystal-encrusted chandeliers. If you haven’t been before it’s well worth a visit. The Dim Sum Tea Party would be perfect for those who prefer savory dishes. The Dim Sum Tea Party offers a selection of 12 dim sum pieces each including Pork buns, Venison puffs, pork & prawn shuimai and Diver scallop shuimai. And the Raspberry Ripple cocktail is served in a teapot with cream on the side.
Times: Midday until 5pm
Cost: £39.50 per person (minimum of 2 people)
Website: Crazy Bear
HOUSE OF HIGH TEA, BERKHAMSTEAD
The House of High Tea was voted the Best Chiltern Tea Room in 2014 by The Chiltern Society ☺ Although we haven’t been before, this is most definitely on our list of places to try out. House of High Tea is a traditional Tea Room located in Berkhamsted offering breakfast, lunch, loose teas, coffees and freshly home-baked cakes! Have a read of some of their reviews on their Facebook page – it seems like it’s the place to be ☺
Times: Wednesday to Saturday, 9:30am to 5pm, Sunday 10am until 4pm.
Facebook: House of High Tea
AFTERNOON TEA BUS TOUR, LONDON
This is afternoon tea with a twist. This vintage London double decker bus will drive round Central London, taking in some of the City’s best sights (including The London Eye, Big Ben, The Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, St James’s Park, Buckingham Palace, Hyde Park, The Royal Albert Hall, Marble Arch, Piccadilly Circus, Nelson’s Column, Downing Street and more), whilst you can indulge in the fabulous BB Afternoon Tea. This sounds like the perfect way to do sight seeing in London.
Tour Times – 12:30pm & 3pm, Monday – Friday and 12.30 pm, 3pm & 5:30 pm Saturday – Sunday
Cost £45 per person
Website: Afternoon Tea Bus Tour
As I (Sarah) used to live in the Big Apple, we had to include NYC import Balthazar, which is located in the heart of Covent Garden and offers Afternoon Tea from a very reasonable £25 per person. The restaurant offers all day brasserie dining and is open for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner.
Cost: Starting from £10 for Cream Tea, £25 for Traditional Afternoon Tea and £35 for Champagne Afternoon Tea
Website: Balthazar London
MAD HATTER’S AFTERNOON TEA, THE SANDERSON, LONDON
Last year a group of us went to the Sanderson Hotel for the Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea and what an experience that was ☺ The menus are hidden inside vintage books and the linen napkins are wrapped with a riddle, thereby beginning the theatrical afternoon. Each tea blend is presented at the table so guests can sample the aroma of every variety from miniature glass caddies. Teapots are adorned with kings and queens and sandwich plates feature zebras, birdcages, carousels and ticking clocks. The sweets included ‘strawberries and cream’ homemade marshmallow mushrooms; a carrot meringue served on a bed of pea shoots; a ‘Tick Tock’ traditional Victoria sponge clock and a melting mango cheesecake coated in rainbow patterned white chocolate. We had an amazing time and thoroughly recommended it, although I think this would suit someone with a sweet tooth as there is A LOT of cake to be eaten ☺
Times: Afternoon Tea is served daily from 12.30pm to 5.30pm
Cost: £38 to £58 per person excluding service.
SPECIAL OFFER: Enjoy Sanderson Hotel’s famous Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea for only £32 per person, usually £38 per person. Available Monday to Friday until 30th June 2015. More information here
Website: Sanderson Hotel
FORTNUM & MASON, LONDON
Afternoon Tea at Fortnum & Mason is about as British as it gets! It’s one of London’s most famous institutions for Afternoon Tea, selling over 100 rare and exotic teas from India, China, Nepal, Japan, Ceylon, along with their own traditional blends and a new range of green teas.
Afternoon Tea is served in The Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon which was opened in 2012 by HM the Queen, accompanied by Their Royal Highnesses the Duchess of Cornwall and the Duchess of Cambridge.
Fortnum & Mason also cater for people with Special Dietary requirements including Vegetarian, Vegan, Diary Free, Gluten Intolerant and Diabetic – you can view the menus here
Cost: Starting at £40 per person
Website: Fortnum & Mason