We took Nanna out for afternoon tea in Bury St Edmunds last Saturday and she loved every second of it!
The tea room with big, bright and beautifully decorated and as we huddled around our little round table, out came the pots of tea and the three tiers of sandwiches, scones and cakes. In fact, there was so much, we just about managed to fit it all on the table between us.
And so we sat for a good few hours, merrily munching salmon and cucumber sandwiches, sipping tea and slapping on thick clots of cream and lashings of strawberry jam on to our scones, before devouring them messily.
Finally, we pondered upon the selection of cake in the bottom tier, choosing between chocolate brownie, lemon drizzle and good old fashioned fruit cake with chopped cherries in.
By the end of it we were stuffed! But the experience had been brilliant and we will definitely take Nanna back there again. It's lovely to make an old lady happy, and she really couldn't have been more content than with a nice bit of cake and a cuppa.
Our waitress even boxed up the leftover cake for her to take home and eat another day.
Afternoon tea can be a lovely gift experience to share with someone special, so it's ideal for Mother's day, a birthday or even just an excuse to sit down and catch up with someone important in your life.
Traditional Afternoon Tea
With this type of experience, you will get the choice of having your afternoon treat at a number of charming tea rooms and hotels nationwide, making it easy for you to pick the one that suits you best.
There will be a slight variation of your afternoon tea, which will depend on your location, but in each case you’ll choose from a selection of freshly made sandwiches, scones filled to the brim with cream and jam, pastries or cakes and of course, and of course a pot of tea.
Champagne Afternoon Tea
Why not try an afternoon tea with a twist and add a bit of fizz?
Once again, there will be a choice of stunning hotels and tea rooms around the country, where you and your guest will be presented with a number of delectable delights, complimented with an elegant glass of champagne.
This would be a lovely gift to celebrate Mother’s Day, where you and your mum can indulge in sweet and savoury treats, as well as a cheeky glass of fizz!
Surprisingly, there are a number of different types of afternoon tea experiences to choose from, such as an afternoon tea cruise on the Thames, Royal Pavilion entrance with afternoon tea and a luxury tea at Alnwick Castle.
Food is great way of socialising and bringing people together, so whether you’re treating your best mate or you dear Nnna, afternoon tea is a great way to spend quality time with the important people in your life.
Of course, afternoon tea can also turn into a bit of a debate, with many people having strong opinions on the subject. For example, how do you pronounce the word scone? Do you prefer to put the cream on the bottom or the top? And should it be milk in first or last when making tea?