VALENTINE’S DAY THEMED AFTERNOON TEAS…

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, I was interested to see if venues were theming their afternoon teas around Valentines Day. Well, lot’s are and the best place to find them is on the Afternoon Tea’s site.

They start from £18.95 – £75.00 ( some are per couple and others are pp) and they have a choice of 70 on their site. 

One of my favourites on the list and also one of the most expensive ones are at the Sunborn Yacht Hotel London who is promoting a Valentine Prosecco Afternoon Tea for Two and Dirty Dancing Screening.

They say “Spoil your loved one this Valentine’s to a luxurious Prosecco Afternoon Tea followed by a screening of the timeless classic, Dirty Dancing. Have the time of your life with that special someone in this romantic experience available on 18th February.

The Afternoon Tea features a selection of handcrafted delicate cakes and sweets, mini rich butter fruit scones served with fruit preserves and Devonshire clotted cream, and traditional finger sandwiches. Afternoon Tea can be booked between 12:00 and 15:00 with the screening of the film starting at 4pm.

Sunborn Yacht Hotel London offers a first-class destination to indulge in Afternoon Tea. This hotel is set in a yacht that is permanently moored in the Royal Victoria Dock. 

This impressive 108-metre floating hotel possesses stunning views of Canary Wharf and the surrounding Docklands.

Afternoon Tea is served in their sophisticated Lands End restaurant.”   More about Sunborn Yacht Hotel London.

Check out the long list of Valentine Afternoon Teas available on the Afternoon Tea website. 

 

 

 

 

THE PURPLE PUMPKIN BLOG AND 50 AFTERNOON TEA RECIPES…

The Purple Pumpkin Blog is a blog written by Michelle from London. Her blog is full of photographs, recipes, printables, seasonal inspiration, crafts and lots more.

Amongst her amazing array of recipes, I came across her 50 Afternoon Tea Recipes which caught my eye with the amazing picture above.

She starts off with a list of ten sandwiches explaining along the way the etiquette involved in a proper English afternoon tea. ” Cutting the crusts off is a must; cut into finger lengths or triangles. Dainty rolls are great to use, and turn flat breads into pinwheels for something different.”

Next is cupcakes and muffins which she says are “All the taste of a big cake, but in a perfect one-person portion.” and gives you a choice of six recipes to try from.

Sweet and savoury tarts are next on Michelle’s list with six recipes to choose from and her tip to “buy ready-made pastry to cut down on preparation time.”

Next is biscuits with five recipes to choose from another tip from Michelle is  “Instead of opening a packet, make a tray of them instead. Decorate plain sugar cookies any way you like.”

Not forgetting the gluten and dairy free recipes. Michelle has included three free from recipes so you don’t forget the guests with food intolerances.

There is a choice of 12 recipes for Cakes and Bakes which she suggests you “display on a pretty platter; pre-cut for portion control, or throw caution to the wind, and let guests cut a slice as big as they like!”

A choice of 3 scones is accompanied with a note to “not forget the clotted cream and jam for the sweet scones. Cream cheese for the savoury?”

Finally, pastries and patisserie finish her list with five to choose from in this category and a little note to anyone who wants to try them that “these recipes might require a bit more skill, but the end results are worth it.”

 

THE LAVENDER TEA ROOM IN BAKEWELL…

While on a day trip out to Bakewell we popped into The Lavender Tea Rooms for a spot of tea and cake.

It is centrally located in Hebden Court, in a charming courtyard setting. The decor is period and you feel like you have stepped back in time to a bygone era when you step inside the tea room.  It’s set over two floors with a lovely outside little courtyard with a few tables which have blankets on chairs in case the temperature drops. Dogs are also welcome in the courtyard area and they provide water bowls so your canine companion can enjoy a little refreshment too.

They offer an Afternoon Tea Deluxe, an extra special treat which consists of a pot of tea or cup of coffee, sandwiches with the choice of tasty fillings, a sultana scone, strawberry preserve and Rodda’s clotted cream, Bakewell Tart and a selection of cakes served on vintage five tier stands to add a touch of drama to the experience.

Other afternoon tea choices, starting with a pot of tea, a scone, jam and Roddas clotted cream, or a simple tea or coffee and a slice of one of their scrumptious which is what we had. The tea and cake was delicious and I am sure we will make another visit to The Lavender Tea Room next time we pop to Bakewell.

 

 

7 FASCINATING FACTS ABOUT THE SCONE…

This Scottish Quick Bread is said to have taken its name from the Stone of Destiny (or Scone) the place where Scottish kings were once crowned.

Scones became popular and an essential part of the fashionable ritual of taking tea in England when Anna, the Duchess of Bedford (1788 – 1861), one late afternoon, ordered the servants to bring tea and some sweet breads, which included scones.

It is especially popular in the UK, US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Belgium, and Ireland.

The original triangular shaped scone was made with oats and griddle-baked.

Today’s scones are more flour-based and baked in the oven and made of wheat, barley or oatmeal with baking powder. They can include raisins, currants, or cheese.

In 2005 it was estimated that the UK scone market was worth £64m, showing a 9% increase over the previous five years.

Scones can be savory or sweet and are usually eaten for breakfast, but are also served with tea and in coffeehouses.

 

 

 

 

TEA AND CAKE AT HOUSE OF FRASER…

It’s been a while since we popped into House of Fraser in Nottingham so while we were there I suggested we gave the Restaurant a try.

I chose the Bakewell Sponge and my husband had the Rich Fruit Cake, both were delicious and reasonably priced.

The reason we had not been in for such a long time was because John Lewis offers rewards with their My John Lewis card which just for creating an account with John Lewis you are rewarded with free coffee and cake every month and you needn’t spend a penny!

It’s quite obvious that this get’s you into the department store and sometimes we have just gone in to use the voucher up before it expired. It’s just a shame other department stores don’t offer the same service as you nearly always end up buying something from the store you pop into.

AFTERNOON TEA IN STYLE…

As I not only write on this Afternoon Tea Blog but also for a local Tea/Coffee shop I have the best excuse ever to go and try out different afternoon teas and write a blog post about them.
 
Today I went quite local to me to Cockliffe Country House Hotel – which is a 17th century former farmhouse set in the heart of rural Nottingham, bordering the historically significant Sherwood Forest. Situated in the heart of Burntstump Country Park.
 
They specialise in banqueting and conferences, and offer a peaceful and private environment in 3 acres of private grounds.and is well known in the area for it’s intimate restaurant experience.
 
There was a choice of an afternoon tea menus –
 
A freshly baked plain scone and sultana scone with clotted cream and traditional preserve. A selection homemade pastries and cake to include; Double chocolate brownie Traditional Bakewell Tart Carrot & Walnut cake and a selection of Traditional sandwiches Scottish smoked salmon & cream cheese Honey roast ham & wholegrain mustard Rare roast beef & horseradish Lincolnshire poacher & red onion marmalade. A choice of free flowing tea or Coffee for £18.95p
or a Joseph Perrier Champagne Afternoon Tea of A Traditional Cockliffe Afternoon Tea served with a Rhubarb & stem ginger tart and a glass of chilled Joseph Perrier champagne for £21.95pp
or a Traditional Cream Tea Homemade plain & sultana scone, Devonshire clotted cream and Preserve served with free flowing tea or coffee for £5.95pp
 
We had the Champagne Afternoon Tea. The sandwiches were fresh and delicious especially the Rare roast beef & horseradish. The scones were warm and tasty and far to many cakes to choose from. I managed the double chocolate brownie and the carrot and walnut cake which was excellent and my friend had a lemon curd tart which she really enjoyed. There was still so many cakes left over that I asked for a doggy bag to bring home for hubby to enjoy (which he did). All in all a lovely afternoon tea but a shame that we were the only customers in the Restaurant.

THIEVES BREW(BEV’S TEA CO) AND PISTACHIO SCONES…

I have written before that I receive the Tea Tourist tea box’s which come with a surprise selection of loose teas from some of the hottest artisan tea companies each month. They are sent in taster size portions for you to try. In this month’s box I had yet another amazing selection to try from and after sampling the Thieves Brew from Bev’s Tea Company, I decided to try and bake with it as well. I turned out rather tasty to say the least.

THIEVES BREW AND PISTACHIO SCONES…

Makes 14 to 16 scones

Working time: 35 mins
Resting time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Baking time: 20 minutes

1 teaspoon Thieves Brew Tea (By Bev’s Tea) seeped in 100g/3.5oz of boiled water for 3-4 mins
250g sultanas
160g  milk
150g unsalted butter
600g plain flour
30g baking powder
150g caster sugar
160g double cream
75g crushed pistachios
1 egg
Pinch of salt

Method

  1. Seep the tea in the water for 3-4 mins.
  2. Add the sultanas and leave to infuse for two hours.
  3. Place the milk in a pan and bring to a simmer. Turn off the heat and leave to cool.
  4. Pre-heat the oven to 180°C.
  5. Rub the butter into the flour. Add the baking powder and sugar. Stir in the cream and milk. Drain the sultanas from the tea infusion and add them and the pistachios to the bowl and stir into the mix until you get a soft dough.
  6. Dust with a little flour and rest the dough for half an hour. Roll it out to 3cm thick and cut out your scones.
  7. Place the scones onto a tray.
  8. Beat the egg in a cup with a pinch of salt and use to glaze the top of the scones.
  9. Bake for 20 minutes or until light golden brown. Leave to cool.