Let’s Celebrate National Afternoon Tea Week!

By Issy August 10, 2015

We’re British and we know a thing or too about tea. Let’s begin National Afternoon Tea Week by celebrating this great institution. The taking of afternoon tea can come in many guises – on a River Thames cruiser, in a luxury spa, during a bike tour, from an English vineyard, castle, royal pavillion or palace, or even after walking a llama (we say don’t knock it until you have tried it). Grab yourself a cuppa and check out some of our more unusual offerings.

VEGAN AFTERNOON TEA

Vegan afternoon tea for national afternoon tea week

With today’s ever changing tastes, more people follow different diets and the trend towards veganism continues to gain in popularity. Our afternoon tea without meat or dairy includes delights such as spinach with garlic aubergine and cauliflower mousse, Portobello mushroom with basil pesto and cherry tomatoes, butternut squash with cream of artichoke and truffle and hummus with cucumber, onion and rocket. Set in the sumptuous surroundings of the contemporary design hotel La Suite West on the edge of Hyde Park in London, we think it’s pretty hard to resist, whether you are an established vegan or just want to taste for yourself what it’s all about.

FAMOUS VEGANS include actors Brad Pitt, Samuel L Jackson and Anne Hathaway, musicians Moby, Sir Paul McCartney and Pink, athletes Venus and Serena Williams, David Haye and Victoria Pembleton, as well as politicians and philanthropists Bill Gates, Tony Benn and ex President, Bill Clinton.

FRENCH AFTERNOON TEA WITH CHAMPAGNE AT A CAKE BOUTIQUE

Cake Boy afternoon tea for national afternoon tea week

As the title and the picture suggest, this one is luxurious and lives up to every expectation. A favourite place to visit, amongst our own staff as well as customers, the unique and glamorous Cake Boy in Battersea offers delicious creations from Eric Lanlard’s award-winning kitchen. For the definitive contemporary take on a French afternoon tea, look forward to filled petit pains, mini croissants and fine mini pastries including French macaroons, fruit tarts and gourmet shots. With champagne as well as tea to wash things down, it doesn’t get much more decadent than this!

ALICE IN AFTERNOON TEA LAND

Alice in wonderland tea for national afternoon tea week

This year sees the 150th anniversary of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Since 1865, children and adults alike have been enthralled by the magical tale of a girl called Alice, who fell down a rabbit hole and found herself in a topsy-turvy world of adventure. Based on this theme, our Alice based afternoon tea aboard the prestige Belmond Northern Belle train, for a Mad Hatter’s tea party is definitely a must for any Alice in Wonderland fans.

DID YOU KNOW… that Lewis Carroll’s real name was Charles Dodgson and he worked as a maths lecturer at Oxford University? The character of Alice was based on a real person called Alice Liddell, with a long mane of brown not blonde hair. The Alice books were banned in China in 1931, on the basis that “animals should not use human language”. Curiouser and curiouser…

LLAMA TREK FOLLOWED BY AFTERNOON TEA

Llama afternoon tea for national afternoon tea week

Up in Lancashire they like to do things a little bit differently and The Wellbeing Farm in Bolton offers guests a chance to get to know a llama by taking it for a long country walk, before heading back to the farm for a slap up vintage afternoon tea. You will certainly have built up an appetite by the time you get your sandwiches, farm cakes, animal shaped shortbread, homemade scones with jam and cream, tea or coffee and a homemade vanilla milkshake served in a mini milk churn!

Has all this talk of tea and scones got you excited? Then make sure you head over to our Facebook and Twitter pages tomorrow to enter our competition, where you could be in with a chance of winning a Gin and Jam High Tea for Two in Mayfair courtesy of Hush. Good luck!

IMAGES: RLD and Chris Tofalos

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