Afternoon Tea is unmistakably a truly British custom known worldwide, with origins in 19th century England. The history of Afternoon Tea credits Anna, the 7th Duchess of Bedford, for creating this most British of traditions – dinner was served around 9:00 pm, which left the Duchess hungry and to stave this, so she would order tea, bread, and cakes in her room. The habit caught on and afternoon tea was born. A traditional tea starts with finger sandwiches, followed by scones with butter, jam and or cream, then cakes and, of course, tea. If you’re headed out to celebrate, see our guide to the best afternoon teas near Oxford. Or make your own at home with our afternoon tea recipes.
This egg and watercress salad sandwich is a perfect addition to any afternoon tea or a summer picnic.
This slightly herbed Cucumber and Cream Cheese Sandwich recipe makes for a refreshing addition to any afternoon tea or summer picnic.
This egg and watercress salad sandwich is a perfect addition to any afternoon tea or a summer picnic. Allow 3 to 4 sandwiches per person.
This delicious creamy baked cheesecake topped with seasonal summer berries is an indulgent addition to any summer lunch or alfresco dinner.
This crumbly Gruyère cheese and chive scones are best eaten straight out of the oven with lashings of melted butter. You don’t have to bake all 12 at once, just wrap the others in cling film and freeze for up to a week.
This delightful Strawberry Tarts with Crème Patissiere recipe is quick and easy to prepare, making it an ideal dessert for entertaining.
This traditional British recipe has been given a contemporary twist by using brioche rather than good old-fashioned white bread, which surprisingly lightens the pudding.