Afternoon Tea is one of the real highlights at The Chelsea Teapot. It’s not just the fabulous vintage fine bone china we use or the traditional cake stands our delicacies are served on, it’s also the charming, relaxing atmosphere we create for each and every one of our guests.
Afternoon Tea is one of our oldest and most revered traditions, and one we at The Chelsea Teapot love.
It’s a little bit of luxury served with a great deal of care.
And we all need a few treats these days...
Nothing quite beats a Traditional English Afternoon Tea with dainty finger sandwiches, freshly baked scones served with clotted cream and strawberry jam and our hallmark
selection of cakes and pastries. Our extensive tea selection comes from the famous
House of Dammann.
TRADITIONAL AFTERNOON TEA MENU
Pot of Tea - choose from the selection of Dammann Tea’s
Selection of finger sandwiches
Scones served with Rodda’s clotted cream & strawberry jam
Selection of sumptuous Cakes & Pastries
- £19.50 -
There’s something wonderful about sharing tea with friends,
whether it’s just a girlie get together or a celebratory Birthday, Hen Tea Party,
Baby Shower or Special Occasion. You can always book our Tea Parlour
and enjoy the luxury of having tea served in a space just for you.
If you want to serve our Afternoon Tea in your own home
we provide a full take home service including the
use of our fabulous vintage fine bone china
To book a table for Afternoon Tea or to arrange a Tea Party
just give us a call or pop into the shop
020 7751 5975
THE HISTORY OF AFTERNOON TEA
Tea consumption increased dramatically during the early nineteenth century and it is around this time that Anna, the 7th Duchess of Bedford is said to have complained of “having that sinking feeling” during the late afternoon. At the time it was usual for people to take only two main meals a day, breakfast, and dinner at around 8 o’clock in the evening. The solution for the Duchess was a pot a tea and a light snack, taken privately in her boudoir during the afternoon.
Later friends were invited to join her in her rooms at Woburn Abbey and this summer practice proved so popular that the Duchess continued it when she returned to London, sending cards to her friends asking them to join her for “tea and a walking the fields”. Other social hostesses quickly picked up on the idea and the practice became respectable enough to move it into the drawing room. Before long all of fashionable society was sipping tea and nibbling sandwiches in the middle of the afternoon.
Occasionally you will see hotels serving a ‘high tea’. Traditionally, the upper classes would serve a ‘low’ or ‘afternoon’ tea around four o’clock, just before the fashionable promenade in Hyde Park. The middle and lower classes would have a more substantial ‘high’ tea later in the day, at five or six o’clock, in place of a late dinner. The names derive from the height of the tables on which the meals are served, high tea being served at the dinner table.