Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Summer Picnic Afternoon Tea at Corinthia Hotel London

This Summer dine alfresco at the heart of the Corinthia Hotel London with The Courtyard Summer Social, a gastronomic celebration of Britain’s best loved Summer past times.

Sit surrounded by the fragrant scent of seasonal strawberry bushes and enjoy a delicious picnic afternoon tea in the open air setting of the Courtyard.

Executive Chef Garry Hollihead has cultivated the British strawberries plants in his own garden and, now displayed in The Courtyard, can be hand-picked and eaten fresh with your tea.

The charming menu showcases the very best in British produce with a delightful range of Summer themed fancies, including:

Summer Solstice Pudding
The Picnic Basket Strawberry Tart
On The Beach Victoria Sandwich
Summer Meadow Pimms Jelly
Strawberry Fields Lemon Éclair
Lazy Day’s Champagne Granita
And a Mint Chocolate Macaroon Deckchair

For a special indulgence enjoy a glass of Laurent-Perrier with your Afternoon Tea and celebrate the Summer.

The Courtyard Summer Social is available throughout the Summer season and is priced at £39 per person.

To book please email or call +44 (0)20 7321 3150.


Celebrate the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty’s coronation in the finest traditional style. In honour of this wonderful event The Milestone  have created a special Afternoon Tea that includes Her Majesty’s favourite treats. Darjeeling is the tea of choice at Buckingham Palace and the Queen personally favours these simple delicacies at this time of day: 

Smoked Scottish salmon and cream cheese
Raspberry Jam and unsalted butter
Cucumber and a pinch of sea salt

To this selection they have also added those which have proved particularly popular with our guests:

Chicken mayonnaise with chopped almond
Free-range egg mayonnaise and Hampshire watercress
Roast Ham and English mustard
Mull of Kintyre Cheddar and tomato
A warm selection of freshly baked scones served with Devonshire clotted cream and homemade strawberry preserve

Tea time is also a wonderful opportunity to indulge one’s sweet tooth! 
 Selection of pastries, which features some of the Queen’s favourites:
Ginger Cupcakes
Honey Sponge
Chocolate éclairs
Chocolate and cherry cake

Also includes a dish of these popular classics:
Fruit Tartlets
Short Bread
Vanilla Cheesecake
Chocolate Brownie

It’s an experience fit for a Queen, served either in the sumptuous surroundings of the Park Lounge or in the Conservatory for £35.00 per person, or £45.00 including a glass of Champagne.

Meadow Afternoon Tea At Coworth Park, The Luxury Country Hotel Berkshire

Celebrate summer At Coworth Park with a truly indulgent Meadow Tea, a summery update on traditional afternoon tea inspired by flowers that grow on the estate. Served in the stunning Drawing Room guest will be served Beautiful pastries and a new exclusive fragrant hand-blended tea.

Pastries are accompanied by estate grown elderflower cordial, a selection of finger sandwiches and scones, and complemented by seasonal homemade compotes.

2 sittings: 2:30pm – 4:15pm, 4:45pm – 6:30pm
£20.00 per guest Monday – Friday
£29.00 per guest Saturday - Sunday
£42.00 per guests for Champagne Meadow tea

Selection of traditional English finger sandwiches

Strawberry jam and seasonal compote, clotted cream

Raspberry Rose Battenburg
Lemon Tart with Poppy
Blood Orange and Geranium Jaffa Cake
Pink Grapefruit and Pistachio Tulip

Meadow Tea will be served in the elegant Drawing Room when the meadow blooms, anticipated from 12th June until October. A discretionary service charge will be added to your bill. All prices include VAT

Art Deco Afternoon Tea, The Palm Court London

The Palm Court is London's most prestigious Afternoon Tea lounge. The beautiful Art Deco setting takes you back in time to an era of style and elegance in the heart of London Mayfair. The Palm Court has been awarded with The Tea Guild's Award of Excellence 2013

Located in the heart of The Park Lane Hotel and is just one of the original features of the hotel from when it was completed in 1927. The tapestries, marble floor, stunning ceiling details all date back to this era, surrounding you with Art Deco features. The bar is also completely original and takes you back in time to the prosperity of late 1920s London.

Sit back and enjoy these surroundings while enjoying one of the best traditional afternoon teas in London and listening to the relaxing sounds of the harp.

Art Deco Afternoon Tea 

The Palm Court is a proud member of the UK Tea Guild of Afternoon Tea, a prestigious group of only the best Afternoon Teas in London. 

A Glass of Mumm Champagne ‘Special Brut’ 

Selection of Finger Sandwiches:

Coronation smoked chicken and watercress on white bread , Roast beef, wasabi mayonnaise and roquette on white bread ,Roasted and smoked salmon on pesto bread , Grated egg, crème fraiche and cress on carrot and herb bread , White and brown crab meat with cucumber on brown bread 

Choice of Scones, Clotted Cream and 

Seasonal Preserves 

Variety of fine French Pastries 

Your choice of loose teas from our collection 
£41 per person

Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Traditional French Tea At Hotel Daniel, Paris

Hotel Daniel, a Relais & Châteaux, ideally located, 
between Champs-Elysées avenue and rue du faubourg Saint Honoré.
An exceptionnal haven of peace,
Intimate like a private house, 
a hidden secret in the heart of Paris…

Afternoon tea at the Daniel is an experience to remember, featuring an assortment of mouth-watering home made pastries and multi-coloured macaroons, as well as a superb collection of teas sourced from exotic corners of the world. A haven of peace and elegance, ideal for a gourmet break in this vibrant district.

Traditional French tea

The “Gourmandises” 

Homemade cake 10€ 

Homemade pastry by “La Pâtisserie des rêves” 12€ 

Our freshly baked scones, clotted cream 12€ 

and a selection of jams 

Tea-time Daniel/28€ 

Selection of finger sandwiches, 

Our freshly baked scones, clotted cream and a selection of jams 

Homemade pastry by “La Pâtisserie des rêves” 

Your choice of tea, coffee or hot chocolate 

Tea-time “Champagne”/35€ 

Selection of finger sandwiches, 

Our freshly baked scones, clotted cream and a selection of jams 

Homemade pastry by “La Pâtisserie des rêves” 

Your choice of tea, coffee or hot chocolate 

A glass of champagne

True luxury is to have breakfast at any moment of the day,to enjoy traditonal tea with exquisite home-made pastries while sinking in the deep satin of the sofas… At the Daniel, culinary excellence is a must.

Monday, 29 July 2013


Restaurant Le Dali wants to surprise you by inviting you every day from 3.30 p.m. to 6 p.m. to discover its “Tea Time” in a cozy and welcoming atmosphere.

In its new offer, Le Dali has imagined a tea stand served at the table where you will savour delicious scones with their amazing clotted cream and jams. You will appreciate the delicate finger sandwichs and the imaginative creations of our Pastry Chef, and taste an incredible variety of flavours that will delight your sight and taste buds.

Food lovers will appreciate the delicious and appealing cakes, pleasantly positioned on a buffet, near the astonishing Pastry display.

To accompany those delicious treats, you will discover a wide selection of the best teas, coffees, and infusions, or a smooth Guanaja and Caribbean cocoa hot chocolate.

Give in to temptation and experience the “Tea Time au Champagne” offer or succumb to the “Tea Time Fleur de Thé” formula that will give you the chance to observe, through a transparent teapot, a flower blooming while your tea infuses.

46 € 

Selection of Finger Sandwiches 

Homemade scones, clotted cream and jams 

Sweets created by Pastry Chef 

Choice of tea, coffee and hot chocolate 

 60 € 

Your tea time with a glass of White Brut Champagne Deutz 

Your tea time with a glass of Champagne Cuvée Rosé Laurent-Perrier 
 64 € 

TEA TIME « Fleur de Thé » 
48 € 

Tea time served with a tea “Fleur d’Orient” 

Hand-crafted green tea flavoured with jasmine. Adorned with 

chrysanthemum flowers (the Chinese symbol of autumn), jasmine, and rose 

(representing love)

Net prices in Euros, tax and service included 

'ICE CREAM TEA' at The Dorchester, London

Putting a modern twist on the traditional cream tea, The Dorchester's Ice Cream Tea is a tasting of mouth-wateringly delicious, home-made ice creams in four natural flavours served on a perspex arch in miniature cones and - should you choose - La Passion de Fressa cocktail or an ice cold glass of bubbles.

A selection of carefully chosen ice cream flavours are available including earl gray ice-cream in lemon cone, elderflower sorbet in strawberry cone, cinnamon and cox apple sorbet in chocolate cone and honey ice cream in a chocolate cone. Ice Cream Tea also includes a selection of finger sandwiches, warm scones from the in-house bakery with homemade jam and Cornish clotted cream, a selection of French pastries and our especially selected grand and rare teas.

Ice Cream Tea is available from Monday July 8 - September 1, 2013

Priced from £41 per person excluding service charge

Ice Cream Tea is served five times daily at The Dorchester, 1.15pm, 2.30pm, 3.15pm, 4.45pm and 5.15pm in The Promenade and in The Spatisserie.

For further information, please telephone The Dorchester on +44 (0)20 7629 8888 or email

Sunday, 14 July 2013

THE ART OF AFTERNOON TEA, Harvey Nichols Edinburgh

Join Harvey Nichols Edinburgh for an exclusive guided tour of two Edinburgh Art Festival exhibitions, followed by an exquisite afternoon tea at the Forth Floor Restaurant with an art-inspired menu.

Starting at the City Art Centre with an introduction to Coming into Fashion, A Century of Photography at Conde Nast, you can view the images that were responsible for making fashion an art form, including works by Cecil Beaton, Helmut Newton, Corinne Day and Mario Testino.

This is followed by a tour of Man Ray Portraits, at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery. The first major museum retrospective of this highly influential artist’s photographic portraits, the exhibition includes his iconic images of Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dalí, Ernest Hemingway and of his muses Lee Miller and Kiki de Montparnasse.

After feasting your eyes, the Artworks Afternoon Tea at the Forth Floor Restaurant offers a delicious menu that celebrates these iconic photographs in a unique interpretation by our talented chefs.


Man Ray Cocktail – Prosecco with tapioca pearls 

Mario Testino multicoloured meringues 

Guy Bourdin banana fritter with coconut and lychee 

Cecil Beaton roulade 


Corinne Day fish and chips 

Erwin Blumenfeld pepper gel with goats cheese and caramelised onion 

David Bailey mini English bangers 

Tickets are available for £25 per person, which includes afternoon tea, cocktail, and entry to the featured exhibitions as part of the tour on either Sunday 18 or Sunday 25 August. 

For more information or to make a reservation please call 0131 524 8350 or email

The Art of Afternoon Tea at Harvey Nichols Edinburgh

John Rawlings, American Vogue, March 1943 © 1943 Condé Nast
SølveSundsbø, Love, Spring/Summer 2011 © SølveSundsbø/Art + Commerce

The Art of Afternoon Tea at Harvey Nichols Edinburgh

Erwin Blumenfeld, American Vogue, March 1945 © 1945 Condé Nast
ConstantinJoffé, American Vogue, September 1945 © 1945 Condé Nast

Tuesday, 9 July 2013

Afternoon Tea At The Ritz Madrid

Afternoon tea is served from 4.30pm-7.30pm daily in two locations. The first location is outside in the hotels gardens where a live pianist serenades you with delightful melodies throughout your afternoon tea seating. The gardens are pleasing with large water features and bright flowers; once again in keeping with the very high standards of the hotel the area is spotless with well presented white furniture matching the colour of the hotel. The second location is inside the hotels’ lobby bar which is equally luxurious with its own charm for days when the weather is a little more reminiscent of the weather back home. 

As to be expected from such a distinguished hotel, afternoon tea at the Ritz Madrid is a grand affair with a well planned menu catering for a range of dietary requirements. Whilst the inspiration behind the afternoon tea menu is heavily influenced by English tradition; the menu incorporates Spanish flair into the food items within this afternoon tea. Another feature to the menu which is both enjoyable and novel is the wide array of items that you can order in addition to your afternoon tea. A popular add-on is a local treat, hot chocolate accompanied by Churros (which in essence is a Spanish style doughnut) with a pot of Valrhona chocolate for dipping. This is just one example of how the Ritz Madrid stunningly combines local food, and indeed an insight into local life within the confinements of unrivalled luxury. It is also worth noting that all of the items served within this afternoon tea (and additional on items) are fresh, alongside being sourced from the very best pick of local produce. We can personally testify this yields a truly splendid taste. In light of the above information, our levels of excitement were reaching very high levels as we began to imagine what our first afternoon tea in Spain would entail.

We were guided to our table by our waiter David; whom from the onset took great delight in ensuring we really enjoyed our afternoon tea experience. Our table was perfectly presented with a crisp white table cloth, and exclusive Ritz Madrid chinaware (delicate blue flowers, with a gold rim) and silverware. As we sat down, David provided us with a little stool to avoid our bags touching the ground and proceeded to tuck us into our table before placing the napkins on our laps. Afternoon tea began with the menu being explained to us before we selected our first tea (throughout the afternoon tea we were informed you could change teas). We selected a  classic ‘Jasmine’ which had a refreshing taste and ‘Diana Cazadora’ a black tea exclusive to the Ritz Madrid. We were told that the tea was first introduced by a Sultan from India who was staying at the hotel. The tea proved to be very popular with other guests and has consequently stayed on the menu ever since. Our tea was served in elegant silver tea pots, and poured for us through delicate strainers.

As we sat sipping our tea, taking in the beautiful surroundings whilst the pianist melodies played in the background we could not have felt more content or relaxed. David returned within a suitable time frame with our tantalising afternoon tea, presented on a silver three tier stand. We were talked through the differing tiers before we proceeded to indulge. The lower tier consisted of finger sandwiches served on white bread with their crusts removed; the selection entailed the following cucumber and tomato, chicken, egg, salmon and ham from Extremadura. We really enjoyed this selection, and although a subject of much deliberation between us the ham sandwich was our favourite. The middle tier was filled with freshly baked scones (sultanas/plain) and plum cake accompanied with clotted cream and strawberry confiture. Once again we really enjoyed the contents of this tier, but our preference edged towards the plum cake due to intense flavour. The top tier of the afternoon tea, our favourite was adorned with delicate handmade pastries ranging from fruit tarts, mini meringue cakes and pastries filled with light cream. We are unable to determine a favourite for this tier, but can happily agree each one tasted delicious. I must also mention that throughout our afternoon tea David kept a watchful eye over us, to ensure we were enjoying our food, clean plates were provided to us between tiers and even to offer helpful suggestions such as a change from hot tea to refreshing mint iced tea.

Feeling what can only be described as extremely naughty, perhaps encouraged by our lovely surroundings we decided to indulge further by exploring some of the additional items on the menu. There are three items on the menu that we really enjoyed; and think perfectly compliment the afternoon tea, or are divine enough to be enjoyed on their own. The first item is lemon macaroons with cinnamon dusted raspberries. This dessert is beautifully presented on a long white plate and comprised of four light purple macaroons with a succulent lemon filling. The macaroons are bursting with flavour and can only be described as heavenly. The second item is inspired by an exhibition devoted to the artist Salvador Dalí being held in Madrid at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía. The Ritz Madrid has designed a fabulous caramel cake, with admirable attention to detail to recreate one of the artist’s most famous pieces of work ‘Melting Clocks’. The cake itself is the very essence of indulgence, with a rich taste and bursting with popping candy that yields a unique yet enjoyable experience in your mouth. Our last recommendation was our favourite, violet sorbet served in a martini glass. We were told the inspiration behind this desserts creation was based on the King of Spain Alfonso XIII. Every year of marriage, and every birth of an heir the King would give his wife a diamond flower, based on the popular Madrid based violet candy of that time. The Ritz has transformed this into a freshly made sorbet, with an enticing aroma and unmatchable taste.

Our afternoon tea experience at the Ritz Madrid was a truly fabulous affair, We left feeling relaxed, very spoilt and suitably full! We think this afternoon tea would be a perfect choice for birthdays, anniversaries or like us because you are feeling rather indulgent on a Sunday afternoon. We had a magical weekend staying at the Ritz Madrid, which must be accredited to not only the beauty of the hotel and reputation but the courteous, and helpful staff under the guidance of Alvaro Marzal that really; make sure your satisfaction and happiness is maintained the entire duration of your stay.

Served 4:30 – 7:30pm 
Price: €32 per person, VAT included

Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Brit Rocks & Tea Pots Afternoon Tea At The Metropolitan Bar

A modern take on a British institution, Brit Rocks and Tea Pots afternoon tea showcases the best of traditional British produce. The tea is served in the cool and contemporary space of the iconic Met Bar every Thursday to Sunday from 2.00-5.00pm.

The Tea is the perfect couples treat or group celebration, and includes a refreshing fruit infusion, pot of London Company tea or for those in need of something stronger, a glass of chilled Champagne.

The Savoury
Selection of Sandwiches including mildly spiced Coronation Chicken & Free Range Egg & Cress
Meltingly good mini Pork Pie, served with homemade Piccalilli on the side
Tender prawns with crisp lettuce in a creamy cocktail sauce
Mini Crumpet, with English Cheddar and tangy onion chutney
Bite size Sausage Roll, with crisp homemade pastry encasing a delicious Lincolnshire sausage

The Sweet
Bitter cocoa mousse with craquantes and cherry compote
Raspberry cupcake
Pecan and maple syrup tartlet
Crumbly, buttery scone served with Cornish clotted cream and homemade strawberry jam

Tea & Infusions
London Tea Company, 100% Organic & Fairtrade Tea
English Breakfast, Darjeeling, Earl Grey
Green Tea, Chamomile, Jasmine,
Fresh Mint, Fresh Ginger & Manuka Honey

£29 per person with your choice of pot of Tea or Infusion
£35 per person with a glass of chilled Champagne

Rolling Stones Afternoon Tea, Park Lane Hilton

To celebrate the return of the Rolling Stones to Hyde Park, experience a one-off 'Rolling Scones Afternoon Tea', that offers Rolling Stones fans a four-course feast of exquisite treats inspired by the world-wide hits of Britain's most famous Rock and Roll band.

Starting with freshly prepared open sandwiches, you are presented with a tiered stand offering freshly baked scones served with Stone strawberry jam, chocolate Swagger cupcakes and chart-topping miniature fancies displayed on an edible chocolate plate.

All delicacies are freshly made by the hotels pastry chefs with the finest quality ingredients, including delicious Valrhona chocolate, 70% cocoa.

Teas from Harney & Sons have been specially blended for Hilton Hotels, from Earl Grey Tea infused with lavender and blue cornflowers to White Tea picked at dawn.

Rolling Scones Afternoon Tea

Forman's smoked salmon | horseradish
honey roast ham | Pommery mustard
prawn mayonnaise | baby gem lettuce
cucumber | cream cheese | chives
egg | cress

Rolling Scones
plain | raisin scones
chocolate Satisfaction spread
clotted cream | Stone strawberry jam

chocolate Swagger | space cake
lemon and sherbet popping cake
Let It Bleed | raspberry cupcake
sticky toffee cupcake

Miniature fancies
Cherry flavoured | biscuit lips
'78 Records' | liquorice lolly
'She's A Rainbow' | rainbow lolly
'Between The Buttons' | chocolate button cake
'Tattoo You' | tattoo cheese cake
'Exile on Main St' | tumbling dice

Harney & Sons fine teas
selection of loose leaf teas
Rolling Scones Afternoon Tea