Afternoon Tea Week from 12-18 August celebrates the wonderful British tradition. We have chosen our favourites here:
For Lake District Lovers – Gilpin Hotel & Lake House, Windermere from £22.50 per person
A Very Cumbrian Afternoon Tea at Gilpin Hotel & Lake House, created by their Michelin starred chef Hrishikesh Desai, includes nods to the beautiful region, including the pretty and delicious Percy The Sheep, a vanilla panna cotta set on a pistachio cake, and a coconut frangipane soaked in Malibu with lemon butter cream referencing the famous daffodils. Savoury treats include their take on potted shrimps, with local Dewlay Farm herb butter, and their home-made sausage roll.
For Countryside Lovers – Lucknam Park, Bath from £44 per person
Spend a day outside London at Lucknam Park, six miles from historic Bath. This 42-room Palladian mansion offers a traditional Afternoon Tea. Enjoy a glass of Joseph Perrier Champagne with a selection of sandwiches including ham and tomato, egg and cress, and smoked salmon.
Their home-made scones are paired with light clotted cream, seasonal preserves and a selection of dainty patisserie prepared daily by their expert Pastry chef. To accompany, choose your favourite blend by Gillards of Bath.
For Sake Lovers – Mandarin Oriental, Hyde Park, London from £56 per person
The iconic Afternoon Tea at Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London is served in the picture-perfect Rosebery Lounge, named after Lord Rosebery. The hotel’s oriental roots are present throughout with sandwiches including Teriyaki salmon, asparagus and pickled ginger, Portland crab, wasabi tobiko, crayfish, miso and coriander with yuzu and Cotswold egg with black truffle.
Freshly baked scones are accompanied with rose petal jelly and fresh lemon curd. The five handmade pastries include a cherry and pistachio tart and to finish, three varieties of mignardises are served: a matcha choux, a chocolate financier and a wild berry tart.
For something a little different, try the Sake pairing which includes Akitabare "Shunsetsu” Honjozo (Spring Snow), "Oka” Ginjo (Cherry Bouquet) and Ume No Yado - Aragoshi Umeshu. Sake supplement £19 per person.
For Italy Lovers – Baglioni Hotel London, Kensington from £42 per person
Baglioni Hotel London’s Afternoon Tea with an Italian Twist has incorporated culinary traditions and flavours from Italy in the quintessentially British tea menu. Sandwiches have been updated using the tramezzino bread, delicious white bread made even softer by using milk in the recipe. Tramezzini are filled with grilled vegetables, swordfish, cream cheese and chives, gorgonzola cheese and walnuts.
Those with a sweet tooth will be delighted by chocolate praline filled with mascarpone cheese, panna cotta with wild berries, Italian biscuits La Pesca – with Alkermes and chocolate – and Brutti ma Buoni – with hazelnut. Don’t miss the cannoli filled with ricotta cheese and chocolate chips.
But Afternoon Tea wouldn’t be the same without scones. There are both plain and raisin varieties available, complemented by raspberry jam, clotted cream and Italian favourite, Nutella.
All of this is rounded off nicely with a glass of Ferrari Sparkling Wine.