Fancy afternoon tea?

The annual Afternoon Tea Week is a celebration of one of Britain’s favourite traditions and this year it takes place between August 10 to 16. 

As a nation famous for our tea drinking it is only appropriate that we have a yearly celebration, after all tea drinking is arguably our country’s biggest ritual. 

Introduced in Britain in the early 1840s afternoon tea started off as a mini-meal used to curb people’s hunger before their evening meal at 8pm. 

The delightful affair usually comprises delicate finger sized sandwiches, scones with clotted cream and jam, sweet pastries and cakes. 

Afternoon tea can be enjoyed almost anywhere including at home or in the park. However, the most splendid way to enjoy this British tradition is whilst being waited on in a hotel or tea room.

No matter your budget or taste, there is guaranteed to be an afternoon tea venue on this list to suit your preferences.

Sara's Tea Garden

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The traditional afternoon tea at Sara's Tea Garden costs £19.50 and includes: a variety of freshly cut homemade finger sandwiches, scones, cakes, cream and jam as well as other sweet treats and everything is homemade. 

Owner, Sara Welton said: "Our afternoon tea is special because it's traditional and completely homemade. 

"We don't have any of the little bits in shot glasses that you see, we are completely traditional." 

Tea Beside the Sea

This award winning tea room recently won the TripAdvisor's Travellers Choice award, putting them in the top 10 percent of restaurants worldwide.

Whilst the rooms themselves are currently unable to open due to the coronavirus, Tea Beside the Sea have been offering afternoon tea deliveries.

For £18.95 per person you can get a selection of finger sandwiches, homemade scones with cornish clotted cream and jam, and a variety of homemade mini-desserts.You can upgrade to include prosecco for an additional £6.50. 

Evie's Parlour

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Opened in 2014, Evie's Parlour is a family run business that offers a range of homemade goodies and freshly baked treats. 

They are also taking part in the Eat Out to Help Out scheme offering 50% off their food and afternoon teas Monday through to Wednesday for the rest of the month.

The afternoon tea costs £18 per person and includes: a selection of sandwiches, scones and clotted cream, two slices of cake, a macroon, eclair and brownie. All served with bottomless tea and coffee. 

Roslin Beach Hotel 

The epitome of spoiling yourself has to involve heading to a hotel for afternoon tea. 

The Roslin Beach Hotel has a variety of afternoon teas to suit all dietary requirements and you can even add a glass of champagne.

Included in the high tea: finger sandwiches, freshly baked scones, jam, clotted cream, cakes and pasties served with unlimited tea. 

If you don't mind forking out £25 in the week or £29 at the weekend for a traditional sweet or savoury afternoon tea then try popping in to the Roslin Beach Hotel. 

The hotel is taking part in the Eat Out to Help Out scheme which enables you to recieve £10 off your afternoon tea between Monday and Wednesday for all of August. 

Did we miss your favourite place off the list? Let us know about it in the comments.