Afternoon Tea

Afternoon TeaIf you ever visit England there is one British ritual you absolutely have to try and that is something called Afternoon Tea.

Afternoon Tea is not just tea, it is a light meal typically eaten in the afternoon in England. There are numerous restaurants that provide Afternoon Tea and today we picked Harriets located in our current home base of Bury St Edmunds.

On the menu we had a choice between Traditional Afternoon Tea and Special Afternoon Tea. We chose the Special Afternoon Tea which included:

  • Any tea or coffee of our choice
  • Smoked salmon sandwiches
  • Cucumber & cream cheese sandwiches
  • Chicken finger sandwiches
  • Freshly baked scones with Cornish clotted cream & strawberry jam
  • Miniature fresh patisseries

The 15.95£ price is for one person but unless you are really hungry I would recommend sharing the meal with someone else. In this case I shared with my wife Barbara.

Barbara ordered an herbal tea and for myself I ordered a coffee mocha. Of course, if we were sticking with a real “traditional” afternoon tea we wouldn’t have chosen coffee or herbal tea – but would have had black tea instead! The meal was tremendous. The sandwiches were delicious. I’ve never had scones with clotted cream and jam before but now I am a big fan. I do think they should change the name though. Clotted cream just doesn’t sound that appealing to me. How about calling it butter cream, because it has the consistency of butter and a taste almost like whipped cream? Scones with clotted cream and strawberry jam are a heavenly combination. I can see why it’s an afternoon ritual in England.

What I want to do now is try all of the restaurants in Bury that offer Afternoon Tea.

Two Digital Gypsies Rating – 4.5 Stars