Nothing quite says "quintessentially British" like afternoon tea. Although the classic treat has evolved somewhat since it began in the 19th century -- and has seen something of a resurgence over the past few months -- a tiered cake stand filled with finger sandwiches, scones and cakes, alongside the essential pot of tea, is one of our most favoured traditions.
This week (13-19 August) is National Afternoon Tea Week and here at Travelzoo, we’ve come up with some cracking offers to help celebrate.
The Market Place Wine & Bistro is offering a traditional afternoon tea for just £19 for two. Sip tea produced in the neighbouring Yorkshire Dales while sampling freshly baked fruit scones and finger sandwiches -- a fantastic spread for less than £10 each.
Taking things to rather luxurious level is Hotel on the Park in Cheltenham; this 5-star hotel (a previous winner of Condé Nast Johansens' Most Excellent City Hotel Award for the UK and Ireland) is offering two Travelzoo subscribers champagne afternoon tea for £29. You’ll get homemade scones, sandwiches and cakes alongside a glass of champagne each, plus your choice of coffee or tea (we love the sound of the exotic orange, mango and cinnamon blend).
If you’re after something a little less traditional, take a look at this deal from Hilton London Tower Bridge. This Japanese afternoon teafor two combines traditional British fare with a more contemporary Asian flavour. You’ll dine on sushi and Japanese green tea alongside more typical items like warm scones and pastries, plus enjoy a glass of bubbly each, all for £17.50 per head. One of our London-based producers went last week and said it was, "delicious food in a peaceful, sophisticated location. A great mix of sushi".
The Hilton Cardiff has also come up trumps with this spa and afternoon tea offer. You and a friend can dine on an afternoon tea with a glass of bubbly each, plus get access to the hotel’s spa facilities, for £29. A dip in the pool is the perfect way to burn off the finger sandwiches, Welsh cakes and warm fruit scones.
Another winning combination comes courtesy of No1 Folly Bridge, a restaurant which was described by the Oxford Times as "a waterside delight". Two can dine on afternoon tea by the river (including sandwiches, scones and a glass of bubbly each) for £18. Travelzoo subscribers can also book a 50-minute river cruise through Oxford for £9 per person -- a great way to see the city on a lazy afternoon!
So, whether you like your afternoon tea served the classic way or with a more contemporary twist, make sure you raise your teacups this week in celebration of one of Britain’s finest dining traditions.
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Assistant Producer Stephanie Bartup contributed to this post.