Thursday, 11 August 2016

‪‎Afternoon Tea Week‬

Did you know that this week is ‪‎afternoon tea week‬? What better excuse for a scone! From 8 - 14 August, people throughout the UK will be celebrating one of the nation's favourite pastimes. Afternoon tea was first introduced in England by Anna, the seventh Duchess of Bedford, in 1840. As the Duchess served dinner late, around 8pm, she would become hungry in the afternoon and began to take tea and a light snack around 4pm, to fill the gap between lunch and dinner. It was when she started to invite friends to join her, that this became a trend in fashionable households.

The Roof Top Kitchen at Alfies serves a fantastic afternoon tea, which consists of a selection of sandwich fingers, cakes, scones, clotted cream and homemade jam, plus a pot of tea of your choice. The roof top terrace couldn't be more pleasant spot to enjoy this in the summer months.

Scones and cakes from the Roof Top Kitchen

The Roof Top Kitchen terrace

To celebrate this week long celebration of tea, we're launching a competition to win a decadent Champagne Afternoon Tea for two at the luxurious Landmark Hotel, London, based just around the corner from Alfies. See our Facebook page for details on how to enter.

Alfies has a whole host of wonderful antique and vintage tea ware, from cups and saucers, to teapots, strainers and cake stands. Here are a few of our favourites:

Antique silver cake stand, c1910. From Goldsmith & Perris

Antique silver serving tongs. From Goldsmith & Perris

Antique silver tea strainer. From Goldsmith & Perris

Antique silver sugar spoon. From Goldsmith & Perris

Hulkin & Heath antique silver teapot, 1890. From Goldsmith & Perris
Conran 'Nature Study' stylecraft saucer, 1950s. From Robinson Antiques

Conran 'Nature Study' stylecraft cup and saucer, 1950s. From Robinson Antiques

Jadeite milk jug and matching cup and saucer, more available. From Robinson Antiques
A selection of teacups available from Beth

Vintage reproduction of  a Wedgewood early Victorian tea set. From W & L Antiques

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