Last week the UK celebrated Afternoon Tea Week! But what exactly is Afternoon tea? Well, it is one of the most British traditions that you can possibly find. It usually includes delicate pastries, little sandwiches, scones and cakes. And of course, the very best tea served in bone china.

We are especially proud that Leicestershire is the home of afternoon tea, with this meal dating back to 1840 and our very own Belvoir Castle. Anna, the 7th Duchess of Bedford was visiting the 5th Duke of Rutland at Belvoir Castle and found herself hungry at four o’clock in the afternoon.

She didn’t want to wait until the evening meal at 8pm so asked for a tray of tea, bread, butter, and cake. This then became a habit of hers, and then she began inviting friends to join her in her room to enjoy this afternoon snack.

All this time later and the tradition still stands, and right here in the home of afternoon tea, there are so many places that you can visit to sample this delight. For Afternoon Tea Week we hooked up with some of our favourite local influencers to check them out!

A visit to the home of afternoon tea

We had to start the week at the home of afternoon tea, and LaureninLeicester kicked us off with a visit to Belvoir Castle’s Regency-styled Aviary tearoom. One of the pricier places to get this, it’s definitely worth treating yourself when it looks (and tastes) this good. As Lauren said herself, it’s a day fit for a princess!

Award winning Winstanley House

Our second visit was to the award winning Winstanley House with PS Loves. With the choice of traditional or Prosecco afternoon tea, you can really spoil yourself. With the pastries and sweet treats all made on site, it’s no surprise that they were awarded the best afternoon tea in Leicestershire at the last Leicestershire Tourism Awards.

A vegan choice at Cattows Farm

As well as being the home of afternoon tea, Leicestershire is also the home of Veganism, the term being coined here in 1944, and vegan food blogger Leicester Food checked out the vegan afternoon tea at Cattows Farm. With fantastic views over the Leicestershire countryside and beautiful homemade cakes, this is another place to get on your list.

Leicester’s newest place to try… Cocco and Delilah

It’s the newest place to try afternoon tea in Leicester and sandiebasra went to Cocco and Delilah to try out their afternoon tea. The surroundings are absolutely stunning and they offer both normal and vegan options as well as a champagne afternoon tea if you’re looking to have a proper celebration.

Leicester’s oldest afternoon tea at Mrs Bridges

We ended the week with one of the oldest (and best value) afternoon teas in Leicester at Mrs Bridges Tearooms. Hungryolivethethyme was our willing volunteer for this one and he absolutely loved the surroundings in Leicester’s Lanes. This old school city centre café does afternoon tea for just over a tenner, which is great value in anyone’s book!

While the week might be over, you can try this most British of meals at any time of the year. Check out our 13 best places to try afternoon tea just here.




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