National awareness days are there to build awareness and celebrate traditions … but for national Afternoon Tea Week on 12th to 18th August 2019, we are not sure any ‘building’ is needed. Afternoon Teas are now so loved that many lunch services have been replaced with afternoon tea sittings. The Luxury Restaurant Guide is certainly celebrating though, and publishes ten of the most luxurious and uniquely different afternoon teas you can enjoy around the UK:
As part of an exclusive time-limited promotion for Afternoon Tea Week, the Luxury Restaurant Guide is extending a gift afternoon tea experience at China Tang at The Dorchester. See details at the end of this blog.
The Dim Sum Afternoon Tea
China Tang announced one of the most exciting new afternoon teas at the beginning of the year, with the launch of ‘Tea at Tangs’. It brings a fresh Cantonese take on afternoon tea with the most beautiful of teas. Available Monday-Friday between 2.30pm – 4.30pm, the decadent tea features savoury and sweet dim sum treats, alongside refined desserts created by the pastry team. It is their first ever Afternoon Tea and it pays homage to their late owner, Sir David Tang. Tea at Tangs Dim Sum afternoon tea is £46 pp. Luxury Restaurant Club members enjoy champagne upgrades when dining in a party of two to four people, see details, (except when using the exclusive gift experience shown below).
The Arty Afternoon Tea
Voted as the Best Contemporary Afternoon Tea in the UK for the second year running, Executive Pastry Chef, Mark Perkins, has created an artful afternoon tea with a colourful collection of pastries, inspired by the works of the famous painter Vincent Van Gogh. Served in the elegant surrounds of the Mirror Room, enjoy a selection of mouth-watering finger sandwiches, freshly baked scones and loose leaf tea, followed by three show-stopping desserts inspired by some of Van Gogh’s most famous masterpieces, including Sunflowers, The Starry Night and Almond Blossoms. The Van Gogh Afternoon Tea £60 pp, or with a glass of R de Ruinart £70 pp, or children’s art afternoon tea (featured) is £35 per child with a special gift. Luxury Restaurant Club members enjoy champagne upgrades when dining, see details.
The Quintessential Afternoon Tea
The Lanesborough is the quintessential London hotel on Hyde Park corner, serving the most British afternoon teas in the majestic setting of Céleste. Tea is served with freshly-baked scones, thick, velvety clotted cream and home-made fruit preserves, with the finest hand-crafted pastries and traditional British heritage cake. Served daily in the naturally-lit surroundings of the hotel’s Michelin-starred dining room, Céleste, the expert team will guide guests through the afternoon tea menu whilst piano music plays softly in the background. ‘Sweet Summer’ Afternoon Tea £49 pp, or with a glass of Moet & Chandon Imperial Brut £68 pp. Also available vegan and vegetarian at the same price, and children’s afternoon tea £18 per child available at the weekends (shown). Luxury Restaurant Club members enjoy champagne upgrades when dining, see details.
The Chic Country Afternoon Tea
Coworth Park, the Dorchester Collection’s luxury country house hotel and spa bordering Windsor Great Park, is a stunning destination at which to enjoy afternoon tea, which is served in the Drawing Room twice a day, with a delectable selection of scones and sandwiches. Traditional Afternoon Tea £38 pp. Champagne Afternoon Tea with a glass of Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label, France £50 pp, or served with a glass of Veuve Clicquot Rosé, France £58 pp. Luxury Restaurant Club members enjoy 10% discount on afternoon tea dining, see details. Main blog image also of Coworth Park Afternoon Tea.
Classic Country House Afternoon Tea
Whether it’s the location, the 17th century architecture and room sizes, or staffing, everytime we have visited Lainston House we always feel exactly at home and fully relaxed. When you take afternoon tea, it is normally for a special occasion and Lainston House delivers, being both intimate and elegant. Traditional afternoon tea £32.50 pp, or enjoy with a glass of Ridgeview Bloomsbury £42.50 pp, with a glass of Ridgeview Fitzrovia Rosé £46.50 pp, or with a glass of Taittinger Champagne £45.50 pp. Luxury Restaurant Club members enjoy 20% discount on afternoon tea dining, see details.
Luxury Devon Cream Tea
There is nowhere more special than Lympstone Manor to enjoy the full Devon afternoon tea experience. The chefs prepare: freshly made sandwiches, scones just out of the oven to be spread with thick Devon clotted cream, local jams and preserves as well as a selection of cakes and French pâtisseries made daily in their kitchens. Served from 3.00pm, enjoy traditional afternoon tea at £48 pp, or alternatively enjoy a glass of bubbles with the Champagne afternoon at £61 pp. No current afternoon tea offers for Luxury Restaurant Club members, but lunch and dinner privileges are available, see details.
The Majestic Afternoon Tea
Meghan chose it as her special place with her mum before her wedding, and for very good reason – it is one of the greatest Italianate palaces in the UK. Enjoy a majestic afternoon tea, served in The Great Hall on Sundays, and in The Cliveden Dining Room Monday – Saturday. 12pm -2.30pm (Monday to Saturday), 2.30pm – 4.30pm (Sunday Only). Classic afternoon tea £40 pp, Cliveden Champagne afternoon tea £57 pp, Veuve Clicquot Rich Afternoon Tea £57 pp. Luxury Restaurant Club members enjoy 10% discount on afternoon tea dining, see details.
Luxury Tea on the Move
Obsessed with Poirot and art deco, or just a timelessly classical era – then take a seat on the iconic Belmond British Pullman train and enjoy one of their luxurious trips while indulging in the great British tradition of Afternoon Tea. The round-trip from London Victoria on certain dates from 3.00 pm to 6.15 pm, £250 pp. Luxury Restaurant Club members enjoy 10% from published rates, see details.
The American Afternoon Tea
There is not one dish we wouldn’t devour. Spend a memorable afternoon dining on a selection of delights including the hotel’s famous Wagyu beef sliders and mac & cheese created exclusively by executive chef, David McIntyre ‒ without a traditional sandwich in sight! Relaxed lounge music also adds a modern vibe. CUTCakes & Tea £55 pp, with American Sparkling Wine £72 pp, with Champagne £68/ £84 or £120 pp pending Champagne choice, or with Jing Tea £75 pp. No current afternoon tea offers for Luxury Restaurant Club members, but lunch and dinner privileges are available, see details.
The Haute Couture Afternoon Tea
Prêt-à-Portea at The Berkeley, is the legendary designer afternoon tea inspired by the world of fashion, at the iconic Knightsbridge hotel. For this season the iconic designs of Christian Dior take to the ‘cakewalk’ to match the unprecedented solo show inspired by Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams at the V&A Museum. The Dior Couture Collection transforms landmark pieces into exquisite biscuits, bakes and fancies. From the Junon Dress worn by Theo Graham at Le Pré Catalan in Paris 1949, to the Bar Jacket which has been synonymous with Dior since it took to the catwalk in 1947 as part of the ‘New Look’. Each piece this season takes inspiration from Dior’s fashion history. The afternoon tea includes a flavoursome collection of miniature savoury skewers, taster spoons, elegant canapés and tea sandwiches. Prêt-à-Portea is £60.00 pp. Champagne Prêt-à-Portea, with a glass of Laurent-Perrier, £70.00 pp. Luxury Restaurant Club members enjoy a glass of Mimosa when dining, see details.
DOWNLOAD GIFT EXPERIENCE
To celebrate Afternoon Tea Week and receive a gift afternoon tea to experience China Tang at The Dorchester, worth £46, simply join the Luxury Restaurant Club before midnight on 18th August 2019. This exclusive gift experience is valid when dining with one or more guests taking Tea at Tangs, and will be placed in the ‘Experience’ section of the app in the form of a one-off digital experience voucher. To join the Luxury Restaurant Club, simply download the free app here and follow steps to join the club, either £10 per month or annually £105 inc. VAT. Alternatively, please call membership services on 01276 850581.
A member already of the Luxury Restaurant Club? We have gifted this experience to you, and you’ll find it in your Experience wallet. Bon AppeTEA!