“There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea,” wrote Henry James in The Portrait of a Lady. And of course we’d agree. From quintessential scones with jam & cream, to the perfect cuppa, afternoon tea is a delightful & indulgent summer treat that’s just perfect to share with friends & family.
This British tradition may have begun in the Duchess of Bedford’s boudoir, but afternoon tea has become the ultimate in civilised traditions. It was introduced to the UK in the 1840’s, by Anna, the seventh Duchess of Bedford & companion of Queen Victoria. The Duchess served evening dinner fashionably late at 8 o’clock. Because of the long gap between meals, she complained of a “sinking feeling” at around 4 o’clock. To curb this hunger & lapse in vitality, she ordered tea & sandwiches (that clever snack invented by the 4th Earl of Sandwich a century earlier) & sweet pastries to be served in her private boudoir. She enjoyed it so much that she started inviting her friends over & this quickly grew into a formal, high society event.
To celebrate ‘Afternoon Tea Week’ 14-20 August 2017, why not come & join us for a decadent treat. At Alexander’s we love that mix of history, elegance & sophistication. The most delicious of English traditions, our afternoon tea is served with a twist; a celebration of local produce made into tasty treats & delivered on our wonderful collection of vintage china. Afternoon tea is the signature event of the Parlour & the Terrace, and is served daily from 12 – 3PM.
You can savour our
Moorland tomme cheese & balsamic onion scone
Smoked salmon with lemon crème fraiche on rye
Confit duck rillette crostini with red onion jam
Yorkshire rarebit with beavertown chutney
Cucumber & dill finger sandwich
& enjoy our elegant sweet treats
Trio of freshly baked scones – Plain, cherry & almond, orange & date With preserves & clotted cream
Individual custard tart with nutmeg & caramelised almonds
Chocolate salted caramel mille feuille
Pecan & banana friand
Strawberry & greek yoghurt delice
All served with a pot of your choice
Loose leaf tea, coffee or hot chocolate
& if you’re treating yourself, it seems silly not to add a glass of champagne
Sparkling Afternoon Tea
Includes a glass of Alexander’s house champagne Perrier-Jouet. Fresh & lively with spiraling bubbles its delicate bouquet & oral & fruity fragrances make it the ideal companion for our afternoon tea.
Afternoon Tea For Two makes the perfect gift
Add the icing on the cake. Why not buy a friend or loved one an Alexander’s Gift Card so they can treat themselves to afternoon tea.