Looking to celebrate Afternoon Tea Week in style this August? There can’t be many more classic ways to treat a friend or relative on a summer’s day. Should you need any excuse to indulge though, we’ve assembled a feast of novel ideas, offers and themed afternoon teas to take your fancy. From adding a glass of bubbly, to fresh strawberries or even a drop of craft gin, there’s sure to be something to tempt you among ourGift Voucher Brillianceclients:
This garden-themed tea treat is a deliciously imaginative take on tradition. Inspired by all things home-grown, botany-themed fancies are served in flowerpots on a pretty lawn presentation plate. Highlights include the ‘Organic Flower Pot’ – a spiced carrot cake with Chantilly cream, fresh herbs and edible flowers – and the ‘Pick Your Own Pot’ – macerated strawberries, strawberry cream, crushed meringue and melt-in-the-mouth chocolate soil (yes, really!).
To top it all off, the English Garden Afternoon tea is served with a palette-cleansing flowering tea. A taste sensation, individual tealeaves and dried aromatic flowers are hand-tied to form a tea bud that not only looks beautiful but, when supped, is said to hold health-giving qualities. Eight different flowering teas are available to choose from. CallNetherstowe House, 01543 254270,www.netherstowehouse.com
Gentleman’s Afternoon Tea – from £17.50pp atHorton Grange, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Offering a playful twist on the traditional afternoon tea, Horton Grangeis now offering a summer special for the chaps. A mouth-watering blend of the sweet and savoury includes beef and horseradish sandwich, smoked salmon and cream cheese bagel, mini shepherd’s pie, scotch egg, mini pork pie, sherry triffle, malt loaf, cheese and chutney. These are accompanied with Pumphreys freshly brewed loose-leaf tea or a coffee of your choice; although you could also opt for something more therapuetic with a glass of Glenfiddich 12 whisky or Graham’s Late bottled vintage port? Call Horton Grange, 01661 860686, www.hortongrange.co.uk
Promising a miniature feast of culinary delights,Mount Pleasant Hoteloffers a choice of settings between the elegant Garden Restaurant or the more relaxed Captain’s Bar Lounge. Whichever you pick, the chefs’ naughty but nice treats are a must, all crafted using local produce. Besides excellent brews, the addition of a teapot full of Sipsmiths Gin is sure to make the afternoon even more relaxing too. Why not partner your gin with a Fevertree tonic to tantalise those taste buds? CallMount Pleasant Hotel, 01302 868696,www.mountpleasant.co.uk
For those in search of a real sweet tooth’s treat –Hotel Bristol in Newquay have just what you need! Opt for a Thunder and Lightning Cream tea in the relaxed, comfortable lounge, just a few steps from Tolcarne beach. This Cornish tradition includes freshly baked plain or fruit scones served with lashings of Trewithen clotted cream, golden syrup and a choice of delightful tea or coffee. CallHotel Bristol, 01637 875181,www.hotelbristol.co.uk
Can we tempt you to tea with added bubbles? Heart-warming and elegant in all the right measures,Washingborough Hall Country House Hotelis the perfect spot to enjoy afternoon tea in Lincoln. Treats include delicate finger sandwiches, a savoury shot, homemade fruit scones with strawberry jam and clotted cream, plus other sweet seasonal treats. Add a glass of Moutard champagne, and you have the sort of tea service summer afternoons were made for. Why not make the most of the sunshine and dine alfresco on the terrace? CallWashingborough Hall, 01522 790340,www.washingboroughhall.com
Abundant gardens, eclectic design and award-wining dining all contribute to theCrazy Bearexperience. TheCrazy Beargroup have been entertaining guests since 1993 and still never fail to disappoint. Why not raise the profile of Afternoon Tea Week with a Dim Sum Tea Party? Choose from tea or a large collection of infusions, a selection of classic or vegetarian dim sum and a raspberry ripple cocktail served in a glass teapot with cream on the side.(Minimum age requirement for cocktail is eighteen years). CallCrazy BearStadhampton, 01865 890714,www.crazybeargroup.co.uk
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