Freshly baked scones with lashings of cream and jam, delicious wee sandwiches, delightful little cakes and treats, and as many different hand-blended tea varieties as you want…
That’s a Hettie’s Afternoon Tea, but where did the concept come from?
Mr James is talking about the traditional way of doing things... Afternoon tea became ‘a thing’ back in the mid 1800s. If one was serving one’s evening meal fashionably late at 8 o’clock, then one would get rather peckish around 4pm.
So English Aristocrat Anna Russell, the Duchess of Bedford – a lifelong friend of Queen Victoria – asked that a tray of tea, bread and butter, and cake be brought to her room during the late afternoon. As this became a habit, the Duchess began inviting her friends to join her, and the social event of Afternoon Tea was born.
At Hettie’s we do things a little differently. For a start, we didnae make you wait till the afternoon, och no! You’re welcome to order it at any time of day – indeed we’ve served it for breakfast before now.
Afternoon tea includes:
- 2 Rounds of sandwiches
- 2 Small scones with lashings of cream and jam
- Delicious mini Hettie’s cakes
- Lots of other tasty bites
- A bountiful supply of Hettie’s hand blended teas
If tea’s not your thing then of course you can have coffee with your “afternoon tea” – freshly ground and made by one of our experienced Baristas.
And we cater for a range of dietary requirements including gluten free, so please ask for what you need – we don’t want anyone to miss out.
Afternoon tea is a joyful celebration of hot drinks, delicious bites to eat and good company. In this crazy old world, it’s a way to press pause and relax, and spend time with someone special.
Pop in soon and treat yourself to afternoon tea – we can’t wait to see you!
And if you want to treat someone else to a gift of afternoon tea, you can buy an Afternoon Tea Voucher here. You can choose between a beautifully presented voucher that we can post out to you, or if you prefer you can choose an email version of the voucher.
"There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea."
- Henry James