August 14 to 20 marks Afternoon Tea Week – a whole week dedicated to the classic British pastime.
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For years it was subsequently enjoyed by the British wealthy social classes, but by the end of the nineteenth century it was observed by the middle classes as well as the upper echelons of Victorian society.
It’s always traditionally been served alongside cucumber or egg and cress sandwiches with the crusts cut off, scones, and delicious cakes and pastries like Victoria sponge and Battenburg. There’s also, of course, the option for Champagne or prosecco too, for those of us who love the bubbles.
These days, however, it’s become something of a special treat and you’ll find virtually everywhere has a scrumptious afternoon tea offering. From the Ritz, to your local tea room, everywhere has its own unique iteration.
It truly has become a British classic and a must-try experience when you fancy a treat. It’s perfect after a pamper day at a spa or for celebrating a special occasion with family.
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