Perhaps the long hot days of summer are coming to a close, but the ‘jumper and boots’ season seems so long in the UK that it’s nice to eek out the last few weeks of warmth while we still can. So while the sun shines, let us honour the legacy of Queen Victoria and celebrate the Great British Afternoon Tea.
Perhaps more than anywhere else, London is synonymous with Afternoon Tea and you can go as posh you like. According to ‘Afternoon Tea.co.uk’ the most expensive Tea & Cake can be found at the Hilton Tower Bridge starting at £115/head. It used to be all about the Ritz Hotel, but if you visit London today, you’ll find the Ritz only just scraping into the Top 10. How about Kensington Palace at £63, or the very modern Cake Boy in Battersea. The Rembrant, Harrods, The Dorchester, Fortnum & Mason, and Claridges, all make the Ritz seem quite an affordable visit. Hey, there’s even an Afternoon Tea Bus you can climb aboard and enjoy your cucumber sandwiches as you tour the sights of the capital.
There’s plenty of places more locally too – the Bodysgallen always does a lovely tea, or sitting on the sunny terrace on the Deganwy Quay.
But what could be better than throwing a pretty cloth over your garden table, dusting off your china and enjoying the last rays of summer in your own garden Make it a special occasion, and may I recommend a box of my delicious moist chocolate cupcakes softly baked with buttermilk and topped with lightly whipped vanilla buttercream. My toppers are pretty hand-moulded strawberries with little blossoms and leaves – impossible to resist on a lazy August afternoon.
I recently delivered a beautiful surprise box of cupcakes to some friends, who run ‘The Seahorse Restaurant’ our favourite seafood restaurant this side of Begur. Gill was delighted and cried with joy on the phone whilst saying thank you, and this is what Don said …
“Not only do the cakes look good, they are stunningly tasty. Judith supplied six cupcakes for my wife’s birthday – they were scrumptious and they were quality. A lot of skill goes into making these for your perfect day”
It was a delight to be able to treat such a special lady on her birthday, and to know that a little box of cakes brought so much joy.
While you are laying out your garden table with the best linen napkins, vintage china and silver teaspoons, don’t forget to order some special tea from Philip & Omar at ‘PHOM, Loose Leaf Tea’, who are taking the country by storm with their delicious loose leaf blends after a recent appearance on BBC Dragon’s Den. If you’re a little bit adventurous, perhaps you could try their Tantalising Strawberry & Kiwi Tea made from dried apple. rosehip, hibiscus, natural strawberry and kiwi, described as “fully tantalising, floral and fruity”. Sounds like the perfect accompaniment to my strawberry cupcakes.
Time to close down the laptop, put away the ipad and smartphone – relax, soak in the moment and have some fun with family and good friends.
That’s me done for this week – I’ll let Billy Connolly have the final word
“Never trust a man who, when left alone in a room with a tea cozy, doesn’t try it on”
If you’re visiting London – you should check out www.afternoontea.co.uk for special offers on Afternoon Teas.
Pop over to www.phom.co.uk and check out the new range of teas available to buy online.
More locally, Jon & Ellie at www.providero.co.uk have an extensive range of locally produced loose leaf teas in cute little jars that you can buy to takeaway or enjoy in their café.
And don’t forget Don & Gill Hadwin at the Seahorse Restaurant, 7 Church Walks, Llandudno who serve simply the best fish and seafood in town. You’ll need to book a table on their website www.the-seahorse.co.uk.
The photographs of this blog all belong to ‘Judith Bond Cakes’ and were taken with Nikon D50, Nikon DX AF-5 Nikkor 18-55mm Lens
I’m Judith. I’ve been caking since 2012. I also love to write, photograph, travel, drink coffee and read books. This is my cake blog where you’ll find recipes, and baking tips and all my latest cake projects.
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