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Top 5 Alternative Afternoon Teas


For centuries, afternoon tea has been a luxury past time amongst us British. Originating from Anna, the seventh Duchess of Bedford in 1840, it has gone on to be an internationally recognised quintessential English tradition. Fast forward two centuries, and afternoon tea is seen as a sophisticated way to socialise and catch up with friends. There are many settings across the UK offering delectable teatime frills, but we wanted to bring you something a little out of the ordinary. These places below allow you to experience this great British institution with a unique twist as we take a look at our top 5 alternative afternoon teas.

Top 5 Alternative Afternoon Teas

1. Mad-Hatters Afternoon Tea

Mad Hatters Afternoon Tea Party Hallmark Hull Top 5 Alternative Afternoon TeasLeading us straight down the rabbit hole into the magical world of Alice in Wonderland is the Mad-Hatters tea party at our Hallmark Hotel in Hull. Set next to the iconic Humber Bridge, you can enjoy an afternoon filled with delectable treats inspired by Lewis Carroll. So what’s on the menu? You can expect, oversized scotch eggs served with tomato toadstools, eat me popping candy cupcakes and sweet mushroom meringues. One not to miss is the ‘Drink me’ strawberry syrups, all accompanied with copious amounts of tea. With afternoon tea coming in at £17.50 or £22.50 per person if you want to add on a glass of bubbly.

2. Asian Afternoon Tea

England is not the only place that is famed for being a nation of tea-drinkers. With China being known as a country for producing a variety of flavoursome teas, master wok chef Harry Yeung MBE has created his own take on the traditional English afternoon tea and added a Cantonese twist at his Manchester restaurant, Yang Sing. The experience includes an extensive menu of rarer and vintage loose leaf tea handpicked by a master tea merchant in China. The unique tasting teas include, high grade Orange Tekoe, fermented dark Pu’er and many more exotic flavours. Now, an afternoon tea wouldn’t be served without tasty treats to accompany it and to stop those afternoon hunger pangs. Yang Sing serves up a feast of Asian delights in the form of paper wrapped prawns with water chestnuts and shredded coriander, cuttlefish bumblebee, steamed creme patisserie bun ‘lai wong bau’ and pan fried sticky water chestnut cake. Enjoy a glass of prosecco along with the above for just £17.50 per person.

3. Gin Afternoon Tea

Afternoon TeaWhat better way to enjoy a quintessentially English tradition than overlooking the beautifully landscaped gardens at our picturesque hotel, Hallmark Hotel The Welcombe, Stratford-upon-Avon. Next on our top 5 alternative afternoon teas list is the Countess Afternoon Gin Tea, an exciting twist on an English classic. Swap your usual glass of high tea bubbles for a cool Hendricks gin and tonic. Served in a China tea pot over ice and lemon, and accompanied by luxury finger sandwiches, freshly baked scones with homemade jam and clotted cream, as well as luxurious macaroons. The most eloquent choice in our list of alternatives has to be this one. On a warm summer’s day enjoy this refreshing twist alfresco in the courtyard for just £29.50 per person.

4. Honey Bee Afternoon tea

Top 5 Alternative Afternoon Teas Honey BeeRelax in the private beautiful grounds of our Hallmark Hotel Stourport Manor and enjoy a delectable honey bee afternoon tea spread. This is one for all age groups, the little ones will adore the the bee themed cupcakes, as well as the assorted sandwiches and the sweet tasting hot chocolate. Freshly baked scones, cakes and tea will also be served. Adults can enjoy these too as well as a glass of bubbles to toast the wonderful Worcestershire bees! So sit back and enjoy this very British tradition in our countryside setting for just £12.95 per person or £16 with Prosecco and £5 for the little ones.

5. Vegan Afternoon Tea

[caption id="attachment_8869" align="alignright" width="300"]Top 5 Alternative Afternoon Teas Vegan Sourced: La Suite West[/caption] Our top 5 alternative afternoon teas list concludes with this option. With 2016 being the year of the vegan, it would be wrong not to include an animal-free healthy take on this very English tradition. Spend an afternoon at La Suite West’s RAW in London tasting the combination of designer sandwiches, home-made scones made with coconut cream and fresh strawberries and a mouth-watering array of home-made vegan pastries, all served with your choice of loose leaf tea or coffee. Try this delectable afternoon tea with a difference for £27 per person including a glass of non-alcoholic fizz.  

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