The week of 8th-14th August is known in the UK as National Afternoon Tea week as people throughout the UK celebrate one of the nations most popular culinary pastimes. Whether enjoyed in a AA rosette establishment, a cafe by the coast or even baked at home, we British love the combination of sweet and savoury treats along with the 165 million plus cups of tea we down as a nation daily!
Said to date back to the 1840s thanks to the Seventh Duchess of Bedford who would become hungry around 4pm as her supper was served at the traditional time of 8pm, leading to a long time between meals. The solution was for the Duchess to enjoy a pot of tea and a light snack, thus Afternoon Tea was born.
Here on the Island we have a lot of places you can enjoy a high tea. Here is a small selection to get you started:
Vernon Cottage sits in the heart of picturesque Shanklin Old Village and offers traditional dining. They are well known locally for their cream scones – enjoy with a glass of Prosecco!
The Royal Hotel has luxury down to a tee (or should that be tea?) with their award winning afternoon tea. Expect dainty sandwiches, cakes and pastries. For extra special occasions, try the Champagne Tea, with all the above plus a bottle of Ayala Champagne. Booking is essential.
For breathtaking views whilst you enjoy your tea, try IW Pearl Cafe along the legendary Military Road. Sip from china cups whilst you look out across the English Channel. Bliss.
For cakes amongst culture, Julia’s Tearooms at Dimbola Lodge hits the spot. Set in the former home of Julia Margaret Cameron, famousVictorian Photographer, they offer their take on a Victorian Afternoon Tea. Booking is advisable.
This is just a small selection of what is offer, so make the most of #afternoonteaweek and get out there and try for yourself!