5 Places to enjoy perfect pastries for Afternoon Tea Week
There is nothing more quintessentially British than afternoon tea, which is why we’re going all out to celebrate the start of Afternoon Tea Week, kicking off Monday 13th August.
From the traditional to the truly decadent, we’ve rounded up our favourite places to enjoy afternoon tea, so that you can have your cake and eat it!
Keep it traditional in the scenic Sussex countryside with afternoon tea for two in Bailiffscourt rose-clad courtyard. Served daily between 3:30pm and 5:30pm, the Bailiffs Afternoon Tea has everything to indulge your appetite including a selection of perfectly prepped finger sandwiches, scones served with clotted cream & preserves, all dished alongside a selection of homemade cakes and pastries. Not indulgent enough for you? Upgrade to their celebration afternoon tea which includes a glass of Sussex sparkling wine to slowly sip in the sunshine while your troubles melt in to the distance…
Bailiffs Afternoon Tea – £32pp
Celebration Afternoon tea – £44pp
Merrion Hotel, Dublin
With an astonishing collection of 20th Century art, quite literally good enough to eat, it’s no wonder the Art Tea at the Merrion Hotel has become legendary on the Dublin art scene. Each of the nine delectable pastries on offer have been inspired by a work of art adorning the hotels walls, so that every bite becomes a nod to some of Irelands most influential and iconic artists including J.B Yeats, William Scott and Louis Le Brocquy – all of whom are represented in the National Gallery of Ireland just across the road!
The Merrion’s Art Afternoon Tea – £88 for two people sharing
The Merrion’s Art Afternoon Tea with a glass of Champagne – £115 for two people sharing
Barnsley House, Cotswolds
When the smells of freshly baked bread and perfectly crisp pastries come floating through this idyllic Cotswolds Country Retreat, there’s no saying no to Barnsley House’s selection of afternoon tea packages. Opt for a traditional cream tea for two or go all out with their new summer G & Tea experience which includes a selection of finger sandwiches, homemade fruit scones served with clotted cream & jam and a selection of cakes and pastries, all washed down with one of their ‘Gin of the week’ G&Ts.
End the afternoon with a stroll in the summer sun through Rosemary Verey’s world-famous gardens and you’ve got yourself the perfect day.
Afternoon Tea – £20.50pp
G & Tea – £28.50pp
No.15 Great Pulteney, Bath
Set on the grandest street in Bath, it comes as no surprise that No.15 Great Pulteney have come up with the ultimate experience for those looking to turn afternoon tea in to a truly luxurious affair…
Embrace Bath’s historic spa culture and get things started with a glass of prosecco in their hot tub before continuing the relaxation with a decadent champagne afternoon tea in the plush surroundings of the hotels Sitting Room. Expect to see all the usual suspects including delicate sandwiches, glorious cakes and warm scones, as well as a few unexpected flavour pairings along the way.
Afternoon Tea – £28pp
Hot Tub and Afternoon Tea – £100 for two people sharing
Victoria Jungfrau, Switzerland
Say ‘auf weidersehen’ to everything you know about this British tradition as the Victoria-Jungfrau Grand Hotel & Spa in Switzerland pays homage to the days of Queen Victoria with their traditional champagne afternoon tea. Available exclusively on the weekends, you can choose to make it a private affair with your own selection of sweet and savoury delicacies for two or simply head to their afternoon tea buffet packed with a vast array of decadent delights. Either way, this Swiss surprise is sure to get our royal stamp of approval…
Afternoon Tea with glass of Champagne – £38pp
Afternoon Tea Buffet with a glass of Champagne – £45pp
*Prices correct as of 3rd August 2018. Subject to availability. Bookings are recommended.