What is afternoon tea?
It’s a meal that is enjoyed in the mid afternoon. It traditionally consists of tea, sandwiches cut into fingers, scones with clotted cream and jam, along with assorted sweet pastries and cakes. However, you will find plenty of variations if the traditional tea is not for you.
What time is afternoon tea?
It is traditionally served at 4pm. If you are booking a tea at a restaurant or a hotel then you can typically book between 2pm-5pm, however this varies from restaurant to restaurant so you might want to check ahead of booking.
How much does afternoon tea cost?
Costs can really vary and of course will be more expensive if you upgrade to things like Champagne options. Typically prices can start from £15pp, right up to £150pp for the most extravagant choices.
What do you wear to afternoon tea?
Traditionally, it’s a smart but casual occasion and most restaurants will have a ‘smart-casual’ dress code, so smart jeans, trousers, skirts or dresses would all be suitable. This can vary from venue to venue and some hotels have a more formal dress code. If you are unsure, ask the restaurant at the time of booking if there is a dress code and they will be able to advise.
What is high tea?
Similar to an afternoon tea, high tea is a little more substantial, with savoury options included. It was traditionally served when workers arrived home, so it is served a little later, from 5pm.
What is cream tea?
Originating from the West Country, traditional cream tea is English breakfast tea served with scones, clotted cream and jam. We make no comment on whether it’s jam or cream first!