For Anglophiles

10 Delicious Resources for Afternoon Tea

I’m updating this post to bring you my most delicious afternoon tea resources, 2018 edition! These 10 recommendations should set you up for some tasty indulgences, recipe ideas, and delightful inspiration.

Afternoon Tea Resources | Pauline Wiles

1) The original post was inspired by National Cream Tea Day in Britain, typically held in June. The website for the Cream Tea Society makes a great first stop, with resources including finding a tea room near you (England only, sadly). For fundraising, they also have a guide for hosting a charity cream tea.

2) I was quickly smitten by this wonderful  book:  Tea & Cake London by Zena Alkayat is a scrummy guide to lesser-known places to enjoy a cuppa and something sweet in the city. Read my review here.

Tea & Cake London

3) Afternoon tea can be an expensive undertaking, although personally I like to guzzle so many scones and sandwiches at 4PM that I can easily skip dinner. To help you track down not only a splendid tea but a discount offer, try AfternoonTea.co.uk

Afternoon Tea UK

4) To learn more about English tea and traditions, the wonderful site Tea in England is well worth a visit. It’s not currently being updated but has a wealth of lovely posts and one of the cutest blog headers I’ve ever seen:

Tea in England

5) And if you’re concerned about tea etiquette, look no further than this exhaustive guide from William Hanson. I promise you, few Brits will disown you if you break a couple of these rules, but it’s fun to see how we “should” be enjoying this quintessential tradition. I clearly come from working class roots as I’ve definitely been known to put the milk in first.

6) Where to go for afternoon tea if you’re not in England? Well, you’ll probably need to hunt a bit harder for a pleasing experience, but these best places in the world seem like credible options.

7) Alternatively, you could stay home and enjoy a top-notch tea party there. If you keep the menu limited, afternoon tea isn’t difficult to pull off. A little fiddly perhaps, and your first attempts at scones may be a tad heavy, but the effort is well worth it. To inspire your baking, this is a comprehensive collection of recipes.

BBC Good Food

8) What? Baking is too much effort when all you want to do is sink into a squishy armchair, pour the tea and sample some dainty delights? Fair enough. Devon Hampers will send freshly baked, beautifully packaged treats (clotted cream included) across the UK.

 

Photo: Cream Tea Society

9) And for those of us on the other side of the pond, some of the most authentic-tasting (purchased) scones I’ve tried come from the talented people at Scone Henge. They’re based in Berkeley, California, but if you buy in quantity, they’ll ship their scones to you. They’re in a number of San Francisco area stores, too.

10) Finally, you’ll want something appropriate to slather on your scones. Happily, English jams and lemon curd are becoming widely available in the USA (try Trader Joes), but if you’re not within easy reach of a good shop, here’s my very own list of stores and services which supply British food in the USA. Whether you put the cream or the jam on first is up to you!

Please do leave a comment if you know of afternoon tea resources (including your own site) you’d like to share.

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3 Comment

  1. Reply
    Jean | DelightfulRepast.com
    June 24, 2016 at 12:20 pm

    Pauline, National Cream Tea Day is a day I can definitely get enthused about! I need to make another batch of clotted cream soon — craving it.

  2. Reply
    April J Harris
    July 1, 2016 at 8:47 am

    Love Afternoon Tea! It’s such a fun way to enjoy some of our best British treats. Really enjoyed this post, Pauline, as it shares so many great ways to enjoy this fun tradition, no matter where you live!

    1. Reply
      Pauline
      July 1, 2016 at 10:47 am

      Yes, April, I often think if I had a hearty brunch and then a super afternoon tea, I really wouldn’t need any other food that day!

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