Around 180 years ago, the 7th Duchess of Bedford, Anne Russell, decided that she could not make it from lunch all the way through to her evening meal without some serious hunger pangs. A lifelong friend of Queen Victoria, the Duchess, in a similar vein to the pioneering Earl of Sandwich, took matters into her own hands (not literally) and ordered her servants to prepare some tea and light food. With this simple order, Afternoon Tea was officially born and it soon grew to become the occasion and celebration it remains today. 

So as the annual Afternoon Tea Week celebration begins on the 8th August, spare a thought for the Duchess and do her proud by making it a week to remember for customers and guests.    

Go Posh

Afternoon Tea is the ultimate indulgence so it’s one of those times that you can really push the boat out. It means taking no shortcuts with ingredients and recipes and ensuring your offering, tableware, crockery, cutlery or takeaway options have a regal feel to them.    

“I use the Country Range UHT Dairy Whipping Cream in place of mascarpone, which is very expensive, and whip it up with lemon juice and vanilla essence to make a Chantilly-style cream.” – Hostel, Notting hill

Crossing the T’s

While a touch of bubbly will often be enjoyed during Afternoon Tea, the beverage of choice for most is still a quality cup of tea. Our award-winning 100% Rainforest Alliance Certified Tea Bags have great depth and flavour, making them the perfect accompaniment to scones, cakes and the various treats on show.

Stunning Scones

For any Afternoon Tea worth its salt, exceptional scones are a must. Our Country Range Scone Mix can be used for both sweet and savoury options. All your guests and customers have to worry about is what goes first – cream or jam!  

Charming Cakes

For guaranteed crowd pleasers without too much fuss, our Mini Cake Assortment and Mini Eclairs are all visually stunning and taste great too! 

Sensational Sandwiches

Sliced white bread still rules supreme for Afternoon Tea. Our frozen loaves just need thawing and will provide the perfect base for a selection of sandwiches. Add any Country Range filling for a varied sandwich selection throughout the week.