In anticipation of 'Afternoon Tea Week' next week (that's an entire week dedicated to all things related to afternoon tea) we've chosen a few of our favourite places to enjoy a delicious afternoon tea around the UK.
Afternoon tea was first introduced to the UK back in the 1840's by the seventh Duchess of Bedford, Anna Maria Russell. She was said to have complained of a sore stomach after only being able to eat twice a day, for breakfast and dinner. The solution for her hunger was to have a small afternoon snack, accompanied with a cup of tea. From this, other social hostesses took the idea and thus, the act of enjoying an afternoon tea begun.
In honor of both the Duchess of Bedford and Afternoon Tea Week, we've chosen some of our favourite Canton partners where you can enjoy a delicious afternoon tea.
Convent Garden, London
Last year Bookatable crowned this luxury five star hotel as 'Best Afternoon Tea in London', and for good reason. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory comes to life with One Aldwych's chocolate themed afternoon tea.
Piccadilly, London and Bicester Village, Oxfordshire
The Wolseley is one of London’s best loved restaurants. Last month they launched a new ‘Best of British Afternoon Tea’ menu, following hot on the heels of their opening of Café Wolseley at Bicester Village in June.
Set in the European Grand Café style, the afternoon tea menu offers a carefully curated selection of Canton teas, alongside handmade scones, pastries and sandwiches.
Serving up afternoon tea amongst the glorious Devon countryside, and within a Grade I listed house is Hotel Endsleigh. The hotel is set amongst a plethora of beautiful flowers, and engulfed by 100 acres of beautiful woodland. An all-you-can-eat selection of cakes and sandwiches is served up in the archaic library room, which boasts a magnificent open fire and stunning antiques.
Regent Street, London
At Hotel Cafe Royal, afternoon tea is served in the Grade II listed, historic Oscar Wilde room, which dates back to 1865. The majestic surroundings, with walls adorned of gold and glass, are paired with a delicate selection of sweet and savoury treats, and accompanied with a selection of over 20 carefully chosen tea blends. It's clear why Hotel Cafe Royal's Afternoon Tea was last year awarded the title of 'Best Traditional Afternoon Tea 2017' in the UK.
Mill Lane, London
Found nestled on the corner of a quiet street in West Hampstead, the Curled Leaf Tea Rooms is a lovingly run tea house, cafe and yoga studio. Here you can enjoy a wide range of teas, as well as delicious home-cooked food, whether it's a large meal or just a small bite. It's a lovely place to escape from the bustling city, and enjoy an afternoon tea, whilst revelling in a quiet oasis of calm and tranquility.
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 s rolling green hills. Afternoon tea can be enjoyed either inside or outside on the terrace, and consists of freshly made sandwiches and cakes as well as a traditional devon cream tea.
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 fruits that grow on the garden's Victorian walls.
Thomas Street, Manchester
This small, yet vibrant cafe found in Manchester's Northern Quarter prides themselves in serving the perfect cup of tea. Their large tea selection can be enjoyed 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.