Originally introduced in England by the Duchess of Bedford in around 1840, Afternoon Tea became a social event towards the end of the 19th century, with upper-class society changing into their most fashionable clothes to sit down for tea in their drawing rooms between 4.00pm and 5.00pm each day.
Now a quintessentially British treat, Birmingham has a whole range of exciting and delicious Afternoon Tea experiences that cater to every occasion.
Available daily from 12.00pm until 6.00pm on Saturday and 12.00pm until 9.00pm from Sunday to Friday, The Edgbaston Hotel is renowned for its elegant Afternoon Tea experiences. Located on Highfield Road, the Boutique and Cocktail lounge offers a selection of artisan savouries, traditional scones with Cornish clotted cream and strawberry jam, sweet treats and Organic Loose Leaf Jing Tea.
Available from £26.50 per person, the Afternoon Tea experience must be pre-ordered at least 48 hours in advance.
For more information visit here: https://www.theedgbaston.co.uk
Located at the front of the Mailbox, Malmaison offers a selection of Afternoon Tea options. From a Classic Cream Tea with a small selection of desserts, a dainty and delicious Mal Afternoon Tea with a variety of sandwiches or a luxurious Cocktail Afternoon Tea, there’s something for everyone who wish to indulge in a treat in the city centre.
Vegetarian and gluten free options for the cream and afternoon teas are available.
Available from Monday – Sunday 12.00pm – 5.00pm, the Classic Cream Tea costs £12.00 per person, Mal Afternoon Tea: £19.95 per person and Cocktail Afternoon Tea £27.00 per person.
For more information visit here: https://www.malmaison.com/locations/birmingham/afternoon-tea/
Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar and Grill
With panoramic views of the city from the 25th floor of the iconic Cube restaurant Marco Pierre White’s Steakhouse Bar and Grill serves a selection of Afternoon Tea options Monday to Sunday 12.00pm – 5.00pm. Each Afternoon Tea includes Tea or Coffee, a range of traditional finger sandwiches, warm sultana scones, clotted cream, jam and a delicious range of cakes and sweet treats. For something a little different, try the ‘Gin and Tea,’ including a gin & lime cupcake, pink gin & raspberry cheesecake, gin & lemon drizzle cake, gin jam on orange and juniper scones and a Beefeater pink gin & tonic for £49.90 for two people, or add a sparkling twist with a glass of prosecco or champagne.
Prices start at £19.95 per person for a traditional Afternoon Tea.
For more information, visit here: https://www.mpwrestaurants.co.uk/our-brands/steakhouse-bar-and-grill/birmingham/afternoon-tea
Three Church Road at St. Georges Place
Available from Monday to Sunday 14.30pm -17.30pm, Three Church Road on Church Road, Edgbaston offers a range of Afternoon Tea experiences: a traditional Afternoon Tea with all the trimmings, including a selection of finger sandwiches, a selection of cakes and pastries and homemade scones and, and a ‘G & Tea’ – a contemporary twist on a classic Afternoon Tea with English gin and tonic served in a china cup.
Feeling like a little something different? Themed Afternoon Tea experiences can be adapted to suit a special event.
Vegetarian options are also available.
For more information, visit here: https://www.threechurchroad.co.uk/menus
Park Regis 1565 Restaurant and Bar
Served in the 1565 bar and terrace of the Park Regis Hotel, guests can enjoy a Classic Afternoon Tea featuring a selection of classic finger sandwiches and homemade scones and a Hendricks Gin Afternoon Tea. A special ‘Gents Afternoon Tea’ option is also on the menu, featuring open steak sandwiches and haddock goujons and a Children’s Afternoon Tea, priced at £9.50, is filled with sandwiches, a chocolate brownie, fairy cake, chequer’s cake, plain scone with whipped cream and jam and bottomless blackcurrant or orange juice, making it an experience that the whole family can enjoy.
Classic Afternoon Tea starts from £24.
For more information, visit here: https://www.parkregisbirmingham.co.uk/restaurant-bars/afternoon-tea/
Hotel du Vin
Creating a twist on the traditional favourites, Hotel du Vin offers a Classic Cream Tea, an Afternoon Tea that includes smoked salmon and cream cheese on dark rye bread, egg and cress mayonnaise brioche sub, ham and Gruyère croissant, heritage tomato and tapenade galette, goat’s cheese and spinach quiche and a Champagne Afternoon Tea for an elegant afternoon in the city.
Available every day from 12.00pm – 5.00pm, Afternoon Tea starts at £22.50 per person, Classic Cream Tea £12.50 per person and Champagne Afternoon Tea £30.00 per person.
For more information, visit here: https://www.hotelduvin.com/locations/birmingham/afternoon-tea/
Served from 1.00pm – 4.00pm Monday to Saturday and 3.00pm – 5.00pmon Sunday, Harvey Nichols offers an assortment of delicate handmade sandwiches, scones and pastries with a glass of Harvey Nichols Champagne.
Located in the Mailbox, a Luxury Afternoon Tea is available from £22.00 per person, Champagne Afternoon Tea is £30.00 per person and a Rosé Champagne or Cocktail Afternoon Tea, £32.00 per person. They have recently made a few new additions to their cocktail Afternoon Tea menu, with four fizz cocktails – Francois Spritz, Apricot Fizz, Gabrielle and Chocks Away – and new hot drinks, including turmeric, beetroot and matcha green tea infused lattes.
For more information, visit here: https://www.harveynichols.com/restaurant/birmingham-dining/brasserie/
Set against the elegant backdrop of St Martin’s Square, Browns is located on Spiceal Street and is just a short walk from the main shopping area in the centre of Birmingham. Available every day from 3.00pm – 5.00pm, Browns Birmingham offers a selection of seasonal savouries, home-baked buttermilk scones and a variety of mini desserts and sweet treats including glazed lemon tart and salted salted caramel profiteroles from just £15.50 per person.
For a special occasion, or simple just because, enjoy your Afternoon Tea experience with a glass of Moët & Chandon Impérial or a Hendrick’s Gin & Fever-Tree tonic from £23.50.
For more information visit here: https://www.browns-restaurants.co.uk/restaurants/eastandwestmidlands/birmingham/afternoonteamenu
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