Celebrate Afternoon Tea Week

One of Britain’s greatest pleasures

There’s no better excuse for treating yourself or a special someone to an elegant day out. I for one regularly enjoy an Afternoon Tea with my family. There’s something special about the tradition and the extra care taken to produce little savoury delights and tiny work-of-art pastries. So good I almost can’t bear to eat them…almost!

The tradition of Afternoon Tea started in the 1800’s when Anna, the 7th Duchess of Bedford who, at the time was a close friend of Queen Victoria complained of “having that sinking feeling” during the late afternoon. She wanted something small to satisfy her hunger, nothing too large just something to see her through till dinner time. The solution for the Duchess was a pot a tea and a light snack, taken privately in her boudoir during the afternoon. From this, the afternoon tea ritual was born.

During the 1880s upper-class and society women would change into long gowns, gloves and hats for their afternoon tea which was usually served in the drawing room between four and five o’clock. The popularity of afternoon tea is enjoying a soaring renaissance these days and is seen as a celebration and something of a luxury.

At the China Fleet, you can treat yourself to a Traditional, Prosecco or Gin Afternoon Tea (pre-booking only) with delicate sandwiches, homemade cakes and scones with delicious jam & Cornish clotted cream, served alongside a pot of tea or coffee. Treat the kids too with our children’s afternoon tea .

See you next week & see you at the Club soon,