Since tea arrived in the 1670’s from China it has been part of our UK tradition for centuries, skip forward to the 1850’s and the story goes that Anna, the Duchess of Bedford of Woburn Abbey requested a small plate of sandwiches with a pot of tea creating another meal to add to the day. In its heyday Afternoon Tea was the hottest ticket in town. It was opulent, exciting and the place to be. There are some comparisons to draw on from the mid-19th century when the experience went commercial and left the stately country homes, at this time only the elite would benefit from the enjoyment of the dainty, delicate & decedent meal.
The ritual of afternoon tea owes its origins to Anna, the 7th Duchess of Bedford. As a young women in the early 1800s she lived during a time when it was common to eat only two main meals a day, with breakfast scheduled early in the morning and dinner occurring late in the evening. Weakened and irritated by hunger pangs each day, she decided to schedule time to take tea and snack each afternoon. This private ceremony was firstly done furtively in her bedroom, but over time well-heeled acquaintances joined her and the practice was perpetuated. Nowadays tea rooms and hotels across the country offer permutations of this centuries-old tradition.
We’ve put together a list (we're currently working our way through this list) of Afternoon Tea venues where you can enjoy a cup of Suki Tea too….and look who appears at the very top of the list, only Woburn Abbey, where Duchess Anna Maria, wife of the 7th Duke of Bedford, began the tradition of Afternoon Tea all those years ago.
Enjoy an Afternoon Tea at The Daffodil and prepare to indulge, not only in the delectable treats but also the stunning lake views. Their talented Pastry Chef, Sarah Howe has created an artistic yet generous contemporary Afternoon Tea featuring the very best selection of local produce and of course, their very own freshly baked cakes (pictured above!).
Gift Vouchers for Afternoon Tea at The Duchess' Tea Room make a perfect treat, providing a special day out for family and friends. An Afternoon Tea Gift Voucher includes:
A selection of sandwiches, homemade cakes and scones with clotted cream and jam, a pot of Suki tea or coffee of your choice, Entry to the wonderfull Gardens
Their Afternoon Tea is made up of three delicious layers: homemade soup & miniature sandwiches, freshly baked scones with clotted cream and jam, and a selection of our desserts and tray bakes, all accompanied with a pot of Suki loose leaf tea or coffee.
Available Monday - Saturday, 2pm - 4pm. £14.95 per person. Booking required, please ring us on 028 9042 7210 to check availability.
London's favourite handmade cakes and pastries are now available in Belfast with their brand new store next to Belfast City Hall. Traditional Afternoon Tea starts at £12.50 per person, with an amazing selection of finger sandwiches, scones with clotted cream and jam, and Patisserie Valerie's famous mini patisserie slices. Even just staring in the window will have you drooling!!
Shetland Afternoon Tea, the traditional way to spend the afternoon and what a view to enjoy. Afternoon tea is available every day and it is priced at £10 pp.
At Dobbies they love an excuse for cake which is why they have created a range of Afternoon Tea packages. Starting from just £8 for two, treat yourself and a friend to a Cream Tea, indulge in Traditional Afternoon Tea or go all out with the Luxury Afternoon Tea. Advanced booking for their afternoon tea range is required to ensure freshly baked treats are ready for your arrival.
They also have an amazing Kids Afternoon Tea especially for your little ones. Check out the Kids Afternoon Tea menu Available from 2pm in most stores.
Our Champagne Afternoon Tea for 2 is the ideal present this year. This gift will offer a memorable experience spending quality time together. A selection of freshly baked scones, cakes, sandwiches and mini creme brulee. Served with Fresh leave Suki Tea and a glass of chilled Duval Leroy Champagne.
Wherever you enjoy Afternoon tea this week, make sure to share a pic with us using the hashtag #SukiTea