I was an afternoon tea virgin until about six months ago. My leaving present from my last job was a (very generous) voucher for afternoon tea for two at Sketch and since then, I’ve been on a scone/unlimited tea/baby sandwich roll (geddit??) Here is a run down of four of my favourite places I’ve visited so far – naturally I couldn’t write this post without having something sweet on the go and I am awaiting an apple crumble in the oven…
The ‘on-the-budget’ afternoon tea – M&S, £12.95 for two
Although not well advertised, M&S cafe offer a lovely afternoon tea option. Their festive offering gets you a scone with clotted cream and jam, shimmering macaroon (rose gold say whuuuut?), a mini Christmas pudding, finger sandwiches and a pot of tea each. Working out at around £6.50 apiece, this is a really lovely option if you’re tight for money and fancy treating someone!
The ‘shopping day’ afternoon tea – The Tea Terrace in House of Fraser, Oxford Street, £16.10 for two
This is a hidden away gem on the top floor of House of Fraser on Oxford Street. The decor is like a little vintage Pinterest dream with velvet sofas, opulent designs and chairs that look like thrones. With unlimited tea in cute floral china, too much cake and real-sized sandwiches, this is a great pitstop on a Christmas shopping trip! They also have gluten free options and proper meals too, as well as a branch in Guildford.
The ‘vintage tea shop’ afternoon tea – Gorgeous Gerties, Dorking, £12.95 each
This little gem caters for your afternoon tea and cute trinket needs all in one. The sandwiches may only be a mouthful but they compensate with massive chunks of cake alongside scones with cream and jam and, of course, unlimited tea! While you dine downstairs, upstairs is filled with bits and bobs that you never knew you needed but feel compelled to buy. The winding staircase, low ceilings and small windows makes it feel like you’re snooping in someone’s house.
The ‘hey big spender’ afternoon tea – Sketch, London, £39 each
Yes yes yes, this is pricey, but it’s so bloody worth it and such a treat! Who knew you needed to experience tiny warm paninis wrapped in paper with a ribbon?! Or egg sandwiches with the tiny egg plopped on the top of the bread? Or that crockery could be cute?! I’ve written a full review of Sketch here but needless to say, I would go every week if I could!
Where’s your favourite place to go for afternoon tea?