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Afternoon Tea

a (very) brief history

The origins of afternoon tea could not be pinpointed exactly, but rumour has it that it was first introduced by the 7th Duchess of Bedford in 1842.

She requested for a tea and small delicate sandwiches and cakes to be introduced into the household, as mealtimes during that era were formally set and she had a ‘sinking feeling’ between lunch and dinner. Very soon after this in upper class circles, afternoon tea became a regular feature. In fact, it was considered such a British institution by the 1860s, university life and schooling provided instruction in the art and etiquette of afternoon tea.

 

Others say that it originated due to a change in eating culture and was served due to entertaining guests in the afternoon. Whatever the reason for its creation, as a nation we have embraced the delightful cheer it brings over the centuries. 

These days there is no formal rigid structure that must be adhered to. At Vintage Days, we aim to create whatever atmosphere your event needs from recreating Victorian classics through to a modern twist on a classic British institution - the choice is yours.

 

Nothing encompasses the essence of the British quite like Afternoon Tea

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Luxurious Afternoon Tea

Menus from £8.95, so get in touch as we would love to hear from you to discuss your requirements and we can give you a personalised quote

Sandwiches

Salmon & Cream Cheese

Honey Roast Ham & Wholegrain Mustard

Egg Mayonnaise

Coronation Chicken

 

Savoury Selection

Mini quiche

Mini Pork pie

 

Sweet Treats

Freshly baked fruit & plain Scones with Cheshire Clotted Cream & Strawberry Jam

Victoria Sponge Cake

A choice of 2 from the following:

Lemon Drizzle Cake, Ginger Cake, Cupcakes, Meringues and Butterfly Buns

 

To Drink

A selection of Tea & Coffee

Cordial

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High Tea

Menus from £8.95, so get in touch as we would love to hear from you to discuss your requirements and we can give you a personalised quote

Sandwiches and Wraps

Salmon & Cream Cheese

Sweet Chilli Chicken

Cheese Ploughman’s

Pastrami & Gherkin

Prawn Mayonnaise

 

Savoury Selection

Mini Quiche

Mini Pork Pie

 

Sweet Treats

Freshly baked fruit & plain Scones with Cheshire Clotted Cream & Strawberry Jam

Victoria Sponge Cake

A choice of 3 from the following:

Lemon Drizzle cake, Ginger Cake, Cupcakes, meringues, Macarons, Fruit Tea loaf and Butterfly Buns

 

To Drink

A selection of Tea & Coffee from Fortnum & Mason

Cordial

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Children's Menu

Menus from £8.95, so get in touch as we would love to hear from you to discuss your requirements and we can give you a personalised quote

Sandwiches

Jam

Ham

Cheese

 

Savoury Selection

Mini pizza

Mini sausage rolls

Cocktail sausages

 

Sweet Treats

Cupcakes

Chocolate cake

Cookies

Jelly & Ice Cream

 

To Drink

Cordial and Fruit Shoots

One of the following will also be provided:

pick and mix sweets, a mini doughnut selection, popcorn or a mini chocolate fountain

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Gentleman's Afternoon Tea

Menus from £8.95, so get in touch as we would love to hear from you to discuss your requirements and we can give you a personalised quote

Sandwiches and Wraps

Sweet Chilli Chicken

Cheese Ploughman’s

Fish goujons with mushy peas and tartar sauce

 

Savoury Selection

Scotch Egg

Pork Pie

Sausage Roll

 

Sweet Treats

Freshly baked fruit and plain Scones with Cheshire Clotted cream & Strawberry Jam

Individual Victoria Sponge Cake

 

To Drink

A selection of Tea & Coffee from Fortnum & Mason

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Cream Tea

Menus from £8.95, so get in touch as we would love to hear from you to discuss your requirements and we can give you a personalised quote

A heavenly combination of crumbly scones with sticky fruit jam and lashings of clotted cream served with a selection of cakes and perfectly brewed tea.

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Picnic Afternoon Tea

Menus from £8.95, so get in touch as we would love to hear from you to discuss your requirements and we can give you a personalised quote

Crafted with the same love and attention to detail as our other choices, Picnic Afternoon Tea enables you to take your decadent treat to wherever you are going. Freshly made sandwiches, cakes and savouries are wrapped and packed in boxes alongside your very own vintage china trio which you get to keep. All you would need to take is a flask of boiling water!

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