Afternoon Tea Week

We're celebrating one of the nations favourite traditions with Afternoon Tea week this August. 

Afternoon tea dates back to the 1800's when Anna, the 7th Duchess of Bedford would become peckish late afternoon and began to ask for a tray of tea, bread and butter. This soon became a regular occurrence and she would often invite her friends to join her. From this afternoon tea was born. In the UK today Afternoon Tea is usually enjoyed as an occasional indulgence or to celebrate a special event with a group of friends and family like this lovely setup from @wheatsheafsandbach.

Drinking tea dates back to the 1660's in England but didn't become a common pastime until the 19th century. Tea today is an integral part of British culture with 100 million cups of tea drunk each day in the UK. Our range of cosy, curved cups and saucers are perfect for enjoying a cup of tea. Our Super Vitrified body also helps to keep your drink warmer for longer. 


The savoury part of Afternoon tea is made up of a selection of sandwiches usually delicately cut into fingers. Classic fillings include cucumber, egg mayonnaise and cress, smoked salmon with cream cheese, coronation chicken and ham with mustard. Plate up in style on our small rustic and hand-decorated Stonecast triangle plates in a range of colours.

Expertly baked cakes and sweet treats are another delicious part of Afternoon Tea. Traditional flavours include lemon drizzle, Victoria sponge and carrot cake. Add a touch of indulgence and serve up on Barley White walled plates, perfect for enhancing the presentation. 

Scones were not a common feature of early afternoon tea and were only introduced in the twentieth century. Now they are an essential part of any traditional Afternoon Tea. Our soft duck egg blue range is the perfect palette to serve up on like @thecopperspoon. Our dip pots are also great for piling full of jam and clotted cream.

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