The Afternoon Tea Menu
Afternoon Tea Menu was conceived as a relatively basic meal consisting of sandwiches – such as readily available beef and game - and tea. If you are interested you know more about Afternoon Tea, you can read our article The History of Afternoon Tea. The menu evolved to include cake as it became a more formal occasion and much more recently scones were added served with clotted cream and jam. Today’s Traditional Afternoon Tea menu has been similar for approximately 100 years albeit with various offerings, below is a very classic take on an Afternoon Tea.
Traditional Afternoon Tea Menu
A Cream Tea Menu
We’ve written an article on Cream Tea which can be found here. Below is a very standard Cream Tea menu:
A High Tea Menu
You can learn more about high tea by reading our article on High Tea.
Champagne Afternoon Tea Menu
A Champagne Afternoon Tea menu is a normal afternoon tea menu served with a glass of champagne. More recently Prosecco and Cava are offered alongside afternoon tea. Most hotels don’t distinguish between Afternoon Tea and the Champagne Afternoon Tea choosing to offer champagne by the glass with all Afternoon Tea Menus. Here’s a bit of insiders info, we’re currently working on an Afternoon Tea Menu to perfectly compliment champagne…it’s surprisingly hard work to drink champagne before noon.
Traditional Afternoon Tea Sandwich Selection
The Cakes, Sweet Pastries and Petits Fours
This is where it gets a fun, there are really no real patterns of rules for the sweet side of Afternoon Tea. Chefs take an individual approach to the desserts serving a huge range of sweets and cakes. That said don't be surprised to see Victoria sponge on more than one menu and who could forget the macarons served alongside the fizz.
The Tea Menu
Some hotels have gone nuts on their tea menu – partially because it has a great shelf life – serving 10s and 100s of teas from all round the world, some with out of this work price tags. That said it quite common to find a selection of all the major types of tea: black, green, Chinese, Japanese, Indian (almost always Darjeeling) and English favourites like Earl Grey.