The Best Afternoon Tea Deliveries
If, like many things in lockdown, you’re missing a visit to your favourite tea room, or perhaps you have a special occasion to celebrate, these afternoon tea deliveries – featuring decadent finger sandwiches, sumptuous sweets and the occasional bottle of Champagne – are sure to put a smile on your face. After all, as playwright Arthur Wing Pinero once stated, ‘Where there’s tea there’s hope’. We’re sure he wouldn’t mind if we swapped the tea for fizz though…
The Best Afternoon Tea Deliveries
Oblix at The Shard
Renowned London restaurant Oblix at The Shard is delivering this scrumptious afternoon tea offering to doors across the capital (within a six mile radius of Zuma Knightsbridge). Finger sandwiches have been given a sumptuous upgrade: think wagyu beef and horseradish and lobster mayonnaise, alongside an assortment of toothsome treats, from mini mandarin and sherry cheesecakes to mixed berry and madagascan vanilla choux. Scones are not forgotten, served with jam, honeycomb and traditional clotted cream. But what is afternoon tea without a good cuppa? The Rare Tea Company has supplied the brew for this affair – we do however recommend opting for the bottle of Billecart-Salmon Brut Réserve Champagne also. We are in lockdown, after all. Available to order Friday to Sunday from the Zuma website. £75 for two or £115 to include a bottle of Billecart-Salmon Brut Reserve. Delivered within a 6 mile radius of Zuma Knightsbridge.
The Fortnum’s Afternoon Tea Hamper
Comprising everything you’ll need – and more – to create the perfect high tea at home, The Fortnum’s Afternoon Tea Hamper is ideal for those missing a trip to the luxury department store’s historic Tea Salon. Presented in Fortnum’s signature wicker basket, items include the brand’s chocolossus biscuits, strawberry preserve and fruit cake, plus a delicious range of Fortnum’s tea, from Taiwanese oolong to a classic Earl Grey – not forgetting an array of afternoon tea accessory essentials, including two charming Camelia mugs and matching teapot. £500, fortnumandmason.com
Noted for his seasonal pop-up restaurants and catering business, chef and restaurateur Jimmy Garcia has launched an enticing afternoon delivery offering for those looking to spruce up a virtual event or simply indulge in tea and scones at home. Savoury treats include an appetising mini blue cheese and tender stem broccoli tart and wild boar and apple sausage roll served alongside seasonal chutney. But the real pièce de résistance is the customary homemade scones, served with strawberry jam and clotted cream. Deliverees will also be treated to lavender shortbread and a moreish chocolate brownie. Count us in. £50 per box + VAT, jimmygarciacatering.com
Pique’s delicious picnic hampers served us well over the summer, and now the luxury catering company has launched an afternoon tea bundle filled with delectable finger sandwiches, smoked salmon and cream cheese bagels, buttermilk scones, chocolate brownie bites and more. Sandwich fillings include that of organic egg mayo with chopped capers and herbs, coronation chicken with baby spinach, and Somerset cheddar and tomato chilli jam with rocket. There’s also a separate vegetarian menu featuring a tasty sweet potato and feta frittata with aioli, caramelised leek, gruyere and thyme puff tarts, plus cucumber, cream cheese and watercress mini bagels – something for everyone to enjoy. £40 for two, piquefood.co.uk
Cutter & Squidge
Beloved London bakery Cutter & Squidge is delivering its delightful afternoon tea box to homes across the UK. Best enjoyed by those with a sharp sweet tooth, the bundle features an array of tasty treats from indulgent brownies to mini lemon drizzle cakes, buttery scones (to be warmed up on 180c for five to seven minutes) served with Rodda’s clotted cream and jam, plus Cutter & Squidge’s very own fine loose leaf tea. For those looking to enjoy an afternoon tea spread this Valentine’s Day, opt for the bakery’s Valentine’s hamper, enhanced with a fondue bomb and bottle of mini prosecco. £29.90 for the afternoon tea at home, £50 for the Valentine’s hamper, cutterandsquidge.com
Devon-based farm shop Darts Farm is offering a range of decadent afternoon tea hampers for delivery, from G&T cream tea to an adorable bundle served with a bottle of fizz. Each comes with four fluffy scones from Kenn-based third generation and family-run Ryder’s Bakery; strawberry jam from award-winning Waterhouse Fayre; Rodda’s Cornish clotted cream and expertly crafted Brew tea bags. If you’re looking to support local and independent businesses, this is the afternoon tea option for you. From £25, dartsfarm.co.uk
The Gentleman Baristas
Experts in roasting sustainably-sourced and “well-mannered” coffee, The Gentleman Baristas’ afternoon tea offering is perfect for those who prefer a cup of java to tea. The menu features an eclectic mix of sandwiches and sweets, from prosciutto, rocket and shaved parmesan on slice brown bread to vegan coffee and walnut cake. Scones are included, naturally, served alongside jam and Cornish clotted cream as well as some scrumptious caramel slice bites. If you’re sharing with a coffee lover but are really team tea, not to worry; the box also comes with Chash English breakfast tea. £30 for two, available for delivery across the UK. thegentlemenbaristas.com
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