Here at And Mary there is nothing we love more than a great cup of tea. So when we heard it was Afternoon Tea Week we jumped with joy!
Afternoon tea - a brief history..
Afternoon tea became a British tradition in the early 1840s, and was primarily associated with those in higher society. During this period of time only two meals a day were consumed (breakfast and dinner), therefore a small snack and tea was taken around mid-afternoon in order to bridge the long gap between meals. This became increasingly popular and fashionable, until the tradition we know today was created.
A traditional afternoon tea normally includes finger sandwiches, sweet pastries, cakes and, of course, tea. Scones were not introduced to the tradition until the twentieth century.
Our top 3 spots for Afternoon Tea:
1. Roseleaf, Edinburgh
If you fancy a traditional afternoon tea with a mad twist then this is the ideal place for you. Enjoy a mad hatters tea party - crazy hats provided! Enjoy a cup of loose-leaf tea, or if you fancy something a bit stronger Roseleaf's Pot-tails (cocktails served in teapots) will not disappoint.
Booking advised as it's a popular spot.
2. Bettys, York
Booking advised again - otherwise you may need to queue for your cakes! If it's a traditional afternoon tea you're after, Bettys is the place to go. Promising a "quintessentially English treat", afternoon tea at Bettys offers you a cake stand full of traditional sandwiches, fresh scones and delicious fancies. There are six Bettys cafes spread across Yorkshire, catering for a variety of occasions.
3. sketch, London
Combining food, art and music, sketch provides a unique dining experience not to be missed.
Offering a traditional afternoon tea with a modern flair, including caviar and quail egg sandwiches. The best bit is that everything is unlimited!
Let us know how you will be celebrating Afternoon Tea week!
With love, And Mary