Looking for the best afternoon tea delivery to enjoy at home? Read on to find out our favourites, or make your own teatime spread with our inspiring afternoon tea recipes.
There’s little as quintessentially British as the tradition of afternoon tea, and we see no reason why the nation’s love for scones, cream and jam shouldn’t be satisfied under lockdown. Whether you are missing visiting your favourite tea room, or have a special occasion such as Mother’s Day or birthdays to celebrate, we’ve found a delightful selection of UK-wide hampers to enjoy in the comfort of your own home. Whilst perhaps losing some of the ambience associated with a classic tea room or hotel lounge, the convenience of cream tea at home makes up for it – no waiting time, a private dining experience and the chance to break up the day with something special without even leaving the front door.
From classic Devon cream teas and luxury biscuit hampers, to quirky selection boxes and alternative dietary options, our review encompasses a wide range of brands across the country, incorporating well known outlets and more local offerings. So as well as indulging your sweet tooth, you’ll be helping to support local businesses, which should certainly add to the feel-good factor. Feast your eyes on this sumptuous spread of afternoon teas by post and prepare to strike up that classic scone debate from home: jam or cream first?
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The best afternoon tea deliveries in the UK
Renowned for its beautiful array of cakes and bakes, London institution Cutter & Squidge’s afternoon tea at home does not disappoint. This high quality, yet affordable offering for two is available throughout the UK. For just under £30, you can enjoy a classic combination of buttery scones with Rodda’s clotted cream, Cutter & Squidge’s strawberry jam and the brand’s own fine loose leaf English Breakfast tea. An added luxury are the two melt-in-the-mouth lemon drizzle loaf cakes and rich, chocolatey brownies, which provide a satisfyingly sweet ending to the tea. All comes packaged in a cheerful orange box and the food is kept chilled with ice packs, so make sure to warm your scones in the oven for 5-7 minutes before serving.
For lovers of a savoury snack, this pastry-packed afternoon tea box, available through Virgin Experience Days, is sure to impress. An award-winning food producer based in West Sussex, Piglets Pantry was initially know for its artisan handmade pies and pastries, but has now extended its range to bespoke hampers and afternoon tea boxes. After unwrapping the eye-catching pink packaging, you’ll discover a splendid array of sausage rolls, scotch eggs and quiches in place of traditional sandwiches. These are accompanied by plain buttermilk scones and a selection of four dainty loaf cakes. A particular highlight is the generously filled mini sausage rolls with cheese and pickle. On the sweet side, we can’t get enough of the beautifully moist carrot cake with thick soft cheese frosting. With such a handsome selection of goodies, it’s best to tackle this takeaway hungry.
When it comes to all-out indulgence, this showstopping package from Fortnum’s is your 5-star luxury option. Splash out on a signature wicker basket brimming with the store’s most famous teas, cakes, preserves, accessories and biscuits. The Mid-Afternoon Tea Hamper (£150) is a perfect pick-me-up, filled with buttery biscuits and the finest confectionary. If you want that extra bit of luxury along with a range of keepsake accessories, opt for the classic Fortnum’s Afternoon Tea Hamper (£500). Inside, you’ll find everything you need to achieve the perfect cup of tea, including a tea timer, art deco strainer, ornate china Camellia mugs and matching teapot. These are accompanied with an eclectic mix of specially selected loose leaf teas housed in beautiful wooden caddies. There’s a plentiful supply of treats to munch on, too. Choose from a globally-inspired selection of biscuits, including a reusable explorer’s box, earl grey tea biscuits, shortbread rounds, chocolate orange biscuits and the decadently thick Chocolossus with dark chocolate and macadamia nuts. If that’s not enough, an assortment of fruitcake, Neapolitan chocolates, glacé fruits and fruity preserves await. This premium package is perfect for an extra special gift or if you just fancy treating yourself.
Bring a taste of summer into your own home with this flavourful box of freshly baked goodies from cupcake specialists’ Lola’s. Inside the deluxe afternoon tea box, you’ll find tasty vanilla scones with Rodda’s clotted cream and Tiptree strawberry jam. Additionally enclosed is a beautifully light Victoria sponge naked cake to enjoy with fresh strawberries and blueberries. Savoury items come in the form of a loaf of campaillou bread, West Country cheddar and juicy vine tomatoes – a feast fit for royalty! This hamper swaps out tea for fresh orange juice, making it perfect for a breakfast spread or picnic. The deluxe box is only available to London residents, but there is a smaller cream tea for four available UK-wide for £17.99.
A traditional cream tea hailing straight from the heart of the West Country. This award-winning hamper from Devon Heaven delivers all the classic components whilst showcasing the best of the area’s produce. The four buttermilk scones are made by local chef Richard Hunt and are a cross between Devon splits and the standard scone, giving them a lighter texture which doesn’t crumble apart. The jam is made from Devon-grown strawberries, whilst a generously sized container of clotted cream comes courtesy of Jersey and Guernsey cows on the local Langage Farm. If you want an extra layer of luxury, why not splash out on the Prosecco & Truffles Afternoon Tea (£55) or Celebration Cream Tea (£70) – both hampers come with an additional selection of sweet treats and bottles of bubbly.
Looking for an afternoon tea with a difference? Sketch’s exquisite hamper offers a taste of Mayfair luxury from the comfort of your home. Housed in a stylish pink box, it comprises a seasonal selection of delightful patisserie, fingers sandwiches and savoury buns alongside a star-shaped scone, fruity preserve and clotted cream. From a delicate bergamot macaroon and lusciously light chocolate buckwheat cake to truffle buns, egg gougères and cherry Battenberg, this tea takes your tastebuds on a fun and flavourful journey. A rich and creamy blend of JING-Yunnan Gold tea is included to wash it down, but you can also order a bottle of Pommery POP Champagne (additional £15) or Pommery POP Rose Champagne (£19) for some extra pizzaz. As well as the original afternoon tea, sketch is offering a vegetarian and a pescatarian alternative.
Delicate French patisserie and timeless English bakes feature in this deluxe afternoon tea. Paul Bakery is ubiquitous in central London, specialising in freshly baked bread, decadent cakes and more. Its afternoon tea delivery offers fantastic value for money, coming complete with scones, sandwiches, pastries, macarons and a bag of English breakfast tea. The sandwich selection includes a vegetarian tomato, mozzarella and pesto as well as chicken salad, all on delicious brioche buns. Among the luxurious pastries you’ll find tartelettes in strawberry, caramel and frangipane flavours, plus an entire box of 12 mini macarons. Everything tasted incredibly fresh in our delivery and the portions are just right to split between two people.
For lovers of a good old fashioned brew, British tea specialists, Twinings is your go-to. Its bright and cheerful bee-themed afternoon tea hamper will bring a burst of sunshine to any occasion and makes a lovely Mother’s Day gift. The charming wicker hamper includes a fine selection of Twinings teas, from Everyday and English Breakfast blends, to citrusy Lady Grey and full-bodied Assam. You will also receive a full set of The English Tableware Company’s beautifully designed ‘Bee Happy’ crockery range, including mugs, sugar pot, milk jug and tray. Edibles come in the form of Cartwright & Butler’s uplifting Lemon Zest Shortbread and Lily O’Brien’s decadent salted caramel buttons. Whilst not a traditional scones and jam affair, the colourful tea set makes a delightful keepsake.
Break away from the traditional and sample a mouthwatering array of Welsh teatime treats. Based on the beautiful Llyn Peninsula in the foothills of Snowdonia, Daffodil Foods is a family business that produce its own desserts, compotes and dairy products, as well as partnering with Welsh food service companies and bakeries to showcase the best of the country’s produce. The brand’s recently launched clotted cream and own brand raspberry compote are included in the afternoon tea box, along with award-winning bara brith from Popty bakery, Welsh cakes, scones, Welsh mature cheddar, salted Welsh butter and fair-trade tea bags. The attractive Daffodil designed gift box allows you to personalise the delivery with greeting cards, ribbons and gift wrapping, making it ideal for treating someone special.
Sample a unique range of gourmet deli treats from Colette, a contemporary patisserie and delicatessen based in Fulham, London. Presented in a picnic-perfect wicker basket, the elegant and refined afternoon tea hamper includes a seasonally changing selection of sweet and savoury delicacies. Classic elements are given a special touch, including homemade fruit scones and clotted cream with gooseberry and elderflower jam. Sandwiches are a particular highlight of this box, featuring freshly prepared prepared lobster rolls on brioche, egg and cress baguettes, honey glazed ham and comté baguettes and smoked salmon with soft cheese on sourdough. A vibrant pea and ham soup is also a fresh and flavoursome feature on the spring menu. Finish on a sweet note with seasonal rhubarb tarts, apple cheesecakes and colourful lamingtons. Although on the pricey side, this generous hamper is worth it for a special occasion and perfect for taking on a posh picnic.
Banoffee Edition Afternoon Cream Tea, The English Cream Tea Company, £82 for two people ( price includes weekday courier delivery)
For lovers of banoffee pie, this delicious offering from The English Cream Tea Company is a dreamy affair and makes a fun alternative to traditional afternoon tea. Star of the show are the special edition banana and coffee scones, which come with soft toffee mixture, fresh clotted cream and banana, ready for you to assemble at home. Also included are more classic components like luxury afternoon teabags, shortbread, meringue whirls and dainty finger sandwiches. Round it off with some award-winning brownies and moist lemon drizzle slices and you’ll be left feeling fully satiated and satisfied. If banoffee isn’t your favourite flavour, there are also classic and vegan versions of the afternoon tea available, and you can add champagne to any of the hampers for an extra £36.
For savoury fans, this afternoon tea from Chouxlicious is a real treat, featuring gourmet sausage rolls, pork pies and scotch eggs. Described as ‘the one which has it all’, this tea really is jam-packed with goodies, also comprising the more traditional scones with TipTrees strawberry jam and Rodda’s clotted cream, four types of finger sandwiches, three varieties of cupcakes and earl grey tea. A local family business based in Bridgnorth, Chouxlicious was launched by owner Nicola during lockdown and has turned into a successful company, catering for weddings and special events. All meat and pastries are of a high quality, sourced from the local butcher, and the bread is baked by a local bakery. The tea is packaged within an attractive magnetic gift box and comes with a handy reusable cake stand for you to replicate the afternoon tea experience at home.
Looking for a vegan afternoon tea? Treat yourself to a stunning spread of dairy- and egg-free delights from Piglets Pantry. As well as the classic offering mentioned above, this purveyor of fine pastries also includes a range of free-from options. The seasonally changing vegan tea comes complete with light and fluffy scones and whipped vegan ‘butter’, gorgeously spongy loaf cakes and a set of savoury pastries. For us, the highlights are the veggie-packed scotch ‘eggs’ and flavourful leek and tarragon tarts finished with a beautifully crisp pastry. Perfect for a Mother’s Day celebration or special event, this tea is sure to be enjoyed whether you’re following a vegan diet or not.