What a great gift this book would make to anyone who has been or would like to visit The Ritz for afternoon tea.

This gorgeous book is a must to have on your shelf for any lovers of afternoon tea and everything that comes with it, including some fantastic recipes to try.

The contents start with ‘Tea at the Ritz’ – is the last delicious morsel of Edwardian London. The light is kind, the cakes frivolous and the tempo calm…………..
This chapter takes you through the menu you will enjoy at the Ritz with some recipes for chocolate éclairs, strawberry tarts and puff pastry.

‘The History of Tea’ – the Chinese, of course, were drinking tea even on the misty borders of recorded time ….
This chapter explains all about tea, the democratic herb, Victorian Worthies and the Invention of afternoon tea and afternoon tea now.

‘Sandwiches and Savoury Dishes’ – afternoon tea must always start with sandwiches, you are not allowed to move on to the cakes and muffins until you have blunted your teeth of your appetite with a sandwich …
This chapter explains The Archetypal Afternoon Tea , how to make the best cucumber sandwich, and recipes for the Ritz’s special egg sandwiches, potted shrimps, scotch woodcock and English Rabbit.

‘Winter Teas’ – the English and particularly English men, find it comforting to draw the curtain on a leaden afternoon sky, turning with relief to an open fire in front of which they toast and butter some little delicacy for themselves …
This chapter has lots of recipes for toasts, cinnamon toast, crumpets, English muffins, tea cakes and drop scones as well as The Art of Buttering Crumpets and muffins!!

‘English Cakes’ – in England it is possible to have your cake and eat it without being in turn consumed by guilt …
This chapter has loads of recipes for Madeira cake, coconut cake, seed cake, marble cake, sponge cake, Victoria sandwich, brandy snaps and Fruit cake.

‘Foreign Cakes and Wicket Cakes’ – all the cakes in this chapter and culinary ’emigres’ which have succeeded in winning plain English cooks to their delectable foreign ways …
This chapter has a load of recipes including Madeline, macaroons, meringues, Florentine, brownies, Pan-forte, and Devil’s food cake.

‘High Tea’ – unlike afternoon tea, high tea is not a dainty affair …
This chapters recipes are Rock cakes, flapjacks, Eccles cakes, shortbread, Dundee cake, gingerbread husbands, Helen’s rich gingerbread and Grantham gingerbread’s.

‘Summer Teas’ – golden summer afternoons in England are now scarce and fleeting, possessing the same umbra of mythicality as unicorns…
This chapter has recipes for every type of jam your can think of, strawberry, raspberry, damson, blackberry, rose petal and the novice guide to making jam. Other recipes are for lemon curd, scones and strawberry shortcake.

‘A Directory of Teas’ – everyone should build their own hoard of teas …
This final chapter in this lovely book is a tea guide through Assam, Darjeeling, nilgiri, Ceylon, keemun, lap-sangggggg souchong, jasmine, gunpowder, lung ching, formusa oolong, early grey, lady londonderryRussiaussia caravan – many I have never heard of and finally it finishes with ‘how to brew and not to stew’.

I do hope you have enjoyed my chunks from this beautiful book….


Afternoon Tea at Quince

If you tap into Google ‘ Afternoon Tea’ you will have a choice of over 64,100,000 sites to choose where to have your afternoon tea !!!

‘Betty’s’ which has been famous for its ‘afternoon teas’ for decades is now relegated to page three after you have browsed ‘afternoon tea’ at places like ‘The Mayfair Hotel’ in London and I had to actually type in ‘Afternoon tea at the Ritz’ to get those details.

The question is which one should go on your bucket list – well without a question of a doubt if you have not been to Betty’s then that should be on your list and The Ritz as I feel that’s where it all started and it oozes luxury.

At the heart of The Ritz London lies The Palm Court, an elegant salon originally designed as a destination for glamorous guests from high society to ‘see and be seen’. Originally known as the Winter Garden, The Palm Court is a dramatic room of fanciful design, flanked by high walls of gleaming mirrors, a ceiling seemingly woven together with intricate gilded trellis, romantic birdcage chandeliers adorned with ornate metal flowers, a striking stone fountain inhabited by large gilded statues and at the centre of the room a soaring, vibrant floral display.

The Palm Court remains a pivotal social point as the venue for the famed Afternoon Tea at The Ritz, an institution in itself and the quintessential British experience. The menu offers guests a selection of 17 loose leaf teas, cut finger sandwiches with traditional fillings, a daily selection of tea cakes and pastries as well as warm baked scones with strawberry preserve and rich, delectable Devonshire clotted cream. Afternoon Tea is theatrical: the glamorous setting of The Palm Court filled with chattering guests, immaculately presented waiters flitting amongst the tables that are topped with pretty chinaware and gleaming silver tea services, and the resident pianist playing the soundtrack to accompany it all.