Gifts for tea and coffee lovers

20 Dec 2019

An afternoon tea experience is the ideal Christmas gift for a tea or coffee connoisseur. Whether you're looking for a friend, family member or colleague, an elegant afternoon tea with a choice of loose-leaf teas or top-quality coffee accompanied by sumptuous sandwiches and cakes is the perfect option.

We have a range of amazing afternoon tea experience options to satisfy lovers of this very British tradition. Search through our selection of afternoon tea deals and give the gift of luxury this Christmas. Discover why afternoon tea is the best gift for a tea and coffee connoisseur here:

Why afternoon tea is the best gift for tea and coffee lovers 

The gift of an afternoon tea isn't just a quick cuppa around the kitchen table -- it's a lovely treat that's perfect for the tea and coffee lover in your life. 

Venues offering afternoon tea are often opulent and luxurious, making the occasion a real experience. Whether your loved one would prefer a quirky tea room with mismatched crockery or a posh, high-end hotel or restaurant surrounded by glittery grandeur, you'll be able to find the ideal afternoon tea gift with the help of Travelzoo.

The history of a very British tradition

Afternoon tea is a popular tradition, but where did this tradition come from? During the early nineteenth century, the consumption of tea in Britain increased. It was during this time that Anna, 7th Duchess of Bedford introduced the act of consuming a light snack along with a pot of tea during the late afternoon.

The Duchess was said to complain of "a sinking feeling" around 4pm, and this is what prompted her to take a snack and a pot of tea in her boudoir. At the time of Anna adopting her new eating habit, it was customary for people to eat only two meals a day -- breakfast in the morning and dinner in the evening.

A sumptuous selection of afternoon tea deals 

We have an amazing selection of afternoon tea deals to satisfy even the pickiest tea and coffee connoisseur this Christmas. One of our favourite deals is the afternoon tea for two at one of 14 Hotel du Vin locations across the country.

You can choose from an extensive list of delicious teas, accompanied by mini sandwiches, warm scones and delicious assorted cakes.

Tea selection at Hotel du Vin

  • Great British Cuppa -- a classic English Breakfast tea
  • Earl Grey Crème -- a light Earl Grey with hints of creamy vanilla
  • The Digester -- a ginger and fennel tea designed to help with digestion
  • Mojitea -- a peppermint and lime green tea
  • Nearly Nirvana -- a white blend with hints of jasmine and spearmint
  • Peppy Mint -- a classic mint tea with blue cornflowers
  • Dozy Girl -- a lavender, chamomile and rose petal tea
  • Fruit Salad -- a fruit tea with fresh raspberries
  • Gingerbread Chai -- a rooibos tea with ginger, cardamom and cinnamon

This is a fabulous selection of mouth-watering teas and is sure to pique the interest of any tea connoisseur -- the ideal gift!

If you're searching for a non-traditional option, why not opt for this amazing deal on afternoon tea for two at a vintage-style tea room in Evesham? Rather than the traditional finger sandwiches and cake selection, this tea room offers a gorgeous afternoon tea alternative. Along with your choice of tea or coffee, your loved one will be served a cup of warming soup accompanied by finger sandwiches and hot buttered crumpets. It doesn't end there -- they'll be able to sink their teeth into a scrumptious scone with clotted cream and jam, plus a cake selection and Belgian chocolate.

Whether your loved one is a connoisseur of tea or coffee, an afternoon tea experience is the gift they've been hoping for. You're sure to discover the perfect gift in our selection of afternoon tea deals, and also in our collection of special Christmas gifts.

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