National Afternoon Tea Week officially began on Monday 8th August here in the UK, and what better way to celebrate than to enjoy a spot of afternoon tea outside your luxury camping UK abode?
Today’s fast-paced life means that lots of people don’t get to indulge in such pleasures as these, but when you’re glamping, there is no better time to partake, and it also gives you the chance to sample some of the local produce too!
If you have celebrated this annual occasion before then you’ll know all about it, but after half a decade of success, the sixth year of Afternoon Tea Week will provide even more promotion and awareness for this event which brings the people of the UK closer to such a quintessential element of being British.
So if you fancy a spot of afternoon tea, why not browse our guide on what you need to make it authentic?
What should I have with my afternoon tea?
Try making a classic selection of sandwiches first of all. Mix up or have one of the following:
- Ham and mustard
- Smoked salmon with cream cheese
- Coronation chicken
- Egg mayonnaise with cress
Accompany your sandwiches with cream tea. There’s an age-old dispute between neighbouring counties Devon and Cornwall over whether you should have clotted cream or jam first on your scone, but we’re of a relaxed nature here at Quality Unearthed, so just do what you feel!
Cream tea essentials include:
- Clotted cream
- Preserves (Strawberry Jam, for example)
- A pot of tea
Fancy a different types of tea?
Varieties of tea that you can drink with your afternoon tea range from half a dozen to over a hundred, depending on how far you want to veer away from the classic English Breakfast! We’ve picked out four of the most common alternatives that you might want to give a go:
- Darjeeling: An aromatic and astringent tea from India, with a hint of almonds and wildflowers
- Earl Grey: A blend of black teas scented with oil of bergamot named after Charles, 2nd Earl Grey, who was Prime Minister from 1830 to 1834
- Assam: A strong full-bodied tea from India, which has a distinctive, ‘malty’ flavour
- Lapsang Souchong: A Chinese tea fired over smoking pine needles, which produces a striking smoky odour and flavour
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