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Thursday, 11 August 2016

FOOD | 5 ways to celebrate Afternoon Tea Week

Did you know that this week is Afternoon Tea Week?

Afternoon tea is one of the nations best loved traditions - its effortlessly classy, completely British and is often the perfect way to treat yourself to something quite glamorous without having to splurge too much.

For a long time, I associated afternoon tea with places like garden centres or just gardens in general - because they were the only places I'd ever tried afternoon tea! And I love afternoon tea - especially any sandwiches with salmon and delicious scones.

It turns out, however, afternoon tea can be enjoyed in a number of different unique places - from the top of the Gherkin in London to on and during a vintage bus tour - and let's not forget all the different themes, too. 

Afternoon tea isn't always traditional...

Here's my pick of ways in which you can enjoy Afternoon Tea Week, whether its this weekend or in the future.

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CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY AFTERNOON TEA
ONE ALDWYCH, LONDON
If you love chocolate - this afternoon tea (as shown above) is for you. The offering includes homemade candyfloss, lime, coconut and white pops and a golden chocolate egg filled with vanilla cheesecake and mango, and drinks include chocolate caramel milk and an optional extra - Cocktail Charlie, with whisky, Grand Marnier Cherry and chocolate bitters topped with champagne. Oh, and there's also the classic tea and afternoon tea nibbles, too. 

PUNK AFTERNOON TEA
THE BALTIC SOCIAL, LIVERPOOL
Naturally, I love this. For an alternative afternoon tea, the Baltic Social instead offers a punk twist to the tradition - which makes sense as Liverpool is well known for its music!. The menu includes mini burgers, pigs in blanket, sage and shallot rings, red velvet cake, oreo sponge cake, bubblegum cake and a boozy teapot - and more. Plus there's a veggie menu and, because this menu is so bad ass, I bet there would be no complaints if you tried to drag your boyfriend along to this... I would totally travel all the way to Liverpool for this...

NOT AFTERNOON TEA
THE OXO TOWER, LONDON
It's bascially afternoon tea but with booze and cocktails instead of tea. Definitely one for the grown ups or perhaps one to do with the girls whilst enjoying views of London. The cocktails sound amazing though, and some of the food selections are a bit different, too. For example, beside the seaside is made up of an apricot sandcastle, strawberry ice cream cone, fennel and raspberry stick of rock, cinnamon life rings and a shark bite cocktail.

YANG SING AFTERNOON TEA
YANG SING, MANCHESTER 
Enjoy afternoon tea the Cantonese way with homemade dim sum delights such as paper wrapped prawns with water chestnuts and shredded coriander, pan fried sticky water chestnut cake and, er, cuttlefish bumblebee, since apparently the bumblebee is the mascot of Manchester. I'd say this afternoon tea is definitely for the brave, but why not try something new anyway?!

BB AFTERNOON TEA BUS TOUR
LONDON

Finally, if you really want to stick to tradition, why not try this afternoon tea which is served on a vintage double decker bus? Take in the sights of central London from the warmth of the bus and whilst nibbling on goodies such as cucumber finger sandwiches with cream cheese and fresh mint, winter savoury cake and traditional homemade plain scone with clotted cream and marmalade - you simply can't go wrong. Very chic indeed.

How will you be celebrating Afternoon Tea Week? Will you be trying any of the above? Or can you recommend somewhere else fun and quirky? Let me know with a comment!

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1 comment:

  1. I should not have read that there's a Charlie and the Chocolate factory afternoon tea! Sounds amazing! We had a scone at home - not quite the same! lol

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