Is there any more British an indulgence than afternoon tea? We aren’t sure, but we do know that Scotland knows how to do afternoon tea as well as the best of them!
For anyone who needs an introduction, afternoon tea is a quintessential tea-related ritual, introduced in Britain in the early 1840s, that involves sitting down for an afternoon treat of tea, sandwiches, scones, and cake. It was intended to fill in the long gaps between lunch and dinner at a time when dinner was served as late as 8pm. Since then, lifestyles have changed, and afternoon tea is now more an indulgence, rather than a stop-gap!
Perfect as a treat for a partner or as a thoughtful gift for a friend, you can’t beat the intimacy and comfort of tea for two, or the satisfaction of biting into delicious finely-cut finger sandwiches, beautiful cakes and buttery cream scones, baked and prepared each day by a team of pastry chefs. Add to this a fancy venue with elegant décor, exquisite silverware and china, and luxurious furnishings, or throw in a few Champagne bubbles or a cheeky G&T, maybe a spa treatment or a visit to a world-famous location such as the Palace of Holyroodhouse and Gleneagles Hotel and have yourself the perfect day out.
Will you pile cream onto fresh scones in Colonnades at the Signet Library, ponder over smoked salmon in the crystal-chandeliered Georgian Tea Room at The Dome, or enjoy it in a classic Harris Tweed chair whilst overlooking the gardens of Blythswood Square Hotel?