Best afternoon tea delivery 2022
Treat yourself or someone special to an indulgent afternoon tea at home with our pick of the best deliveries, from classic jam scones to quirky hampers
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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 at home. 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
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.
Produced by a small family business based in south London, this joyful hamper of goodies has a homemade touch, but delivers fully on flavour, vibrancy and quality. Rather than traditional finger sarnies, you're treated to an eclectic range of artisan focaccia and mini bun sandwiches, alongside pastries, sweet baked goods and scones with jam and clotted cream. On the classic menu, our highlights include a meaty sausage and leek roll encased in buttery flaky pastry, punchy Cajun chicken focaccia and sweet chilli jam and cheddar bun. There's also a vegetarian option, available with the likes of hummus and roast pepper focaccia, as well as feta, spinach and sweet potato pastries. A final mention should go to the two luscious loaf cakes provided in this tea set, comprising a decadent cherry and chocolate cake, plus moist lemon drizzle topped with edible flowers. Portion sizes are very generous for two, and could easily be shared by a family of up to four.
For truly bringing the experience of a luxurious restaurant afternoon tea into your home, The Chesterfield afternoon tea delivery was one of the best we've tried. All hand-delivered by a very friendly suited-up waiter, you feel the decadence from the moment it arrives.
Sandwiches arrive in ornate white cardboard boxes wrapped in red tissue inside, and all had neatly survived the journey. The star of the show is the cardboard cake stands – just like the china versions you’d have in a tearoom, these are layered up with cakes, scones and tiny jars of clotted cream and Tiptree jam. Patisserie and scones are cleverly glued with icing to the cake stand, so all you have to do is unwrap the red cardboard cloche to get stuck in. We loved the totally plastic-free delivery.
Five types of finger sandwiches were all done excellently, from traditional egg mayo to ham and cheese with tangy tomato chutney. Our favourite were the creamy chicken sandwiches, stamped into rounds and rolled in crunchy chopped almonds.
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Just as at the restaurant itself, The Chesterfield's afternoon tea is themed ‘The Original Sweetshop’ and it’s in the patisserie where this comes through. Highlights included giant Drumstick macarons with a sweet raspberry filling, and super-indulgent coca cola slices on a crisp, buttery chocolate shortbread base. With six different pastries, there was plenty to keep you going, right down to simple giant chocolate jazzies on lollipop sticks. Scones came as classic fruit and indulgent chocolate chip varieties, and were paired with both strawberry and raspberry jam to choose from as well as some of the creamiest clotted cream we’ve tried. Take your pick of loose-leaf teas that come in small tins and for a finishing touch, tuck into a bag of retro pick 'n' mix. There are also children’s, vegetarian and gluten-free menus available. The whole tea was perfect for creating a special occasion at home.
Know someone who can’t resist popping into M&S for treats during their lunch hour or on road trips? This afternoon tea-inspired hamper delivery would make the perfect gift. Although not complete with classic scones and jam, for just £20, you’ll get a box stuffed with classic M&S cakes and bakes, along with coffee and a generous box of 80 teabags. The buttery Viennese swirls will disappear incredibly quickly, followed by the tub of cake-like chocolate brownie bites and four sweet bakewell tarts. The soft Swiss roll filled with strawberry jam and clotted cream buttercream are a clever nod to the usual afternoon tea staples, plus there’s a whole extra Victoria sandwich cake, too. A simple way to host an afternoon tea for a group of friends, or a lovely gift.
Picnic specialist Pique is all about delivering gourmet hampers to your door: from picnics to brunches, party food to a ‘pub in a box’. The afternoon tea hamper is £45, with a classic or vegetarian menu and the option for add-ons such as champagne. The afternoon tea arrives in a cardboard carrier sweetly designed to look like a picnic basket. Inside, each course comes in individual recyclable cardboard boxes with clear lids (also handy if you want to save any of the tea for later) and feels like a treat to unbox.
This tea is perfect for those who love the savoury courses: a chorizo scotch egg had subtle heat and an impressive runny golden yolk, while caramelised apple sausage rolls were well seasoned with crisp pastry. The trio of sandwiches are simple: coronation chicken, herby egg mayo, and grated cheese with tomato chilli jam, plus a generous smoked salmon and cream cheese bagel each. Dinky scones come with classic clotted cream and Pique’s own jam, before finishing off the tea with a slice of lemon drizzle cake each and two striped paper bags of pleasingly fudgy double chocolate brownie bites. Pique advises eating the tea within two hours of its arrival but we found the brownies and cake both kept well for a few days.
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.
Freshly made on the day of shipping, this is a traditional afternoon tea packed with flavour and care. Kettle & Crumb sends an indulgent set that is excellent value for money and has plenty of options to suit everyone, from choosing a tea for one or adding prosecco, to veggie and vegan menus.
In the traditional tea for two, you can taste the quality from the outset with well-seasoned sandwiches made from delicate white bread and rye loaves. The salmon is silky, the chicken and tarragon are a star combination and even the egg and cress sandwich feels hearty. From the savouries, both caramelised onion and smoky chorizo sausage rolls were highlights, respectively not too sweet or spicy. To end the occasion there are classic scones with cream and jam, followed by the stars of the sweet course, the cakes. The carrot and walnut slice was well-spiced and light, the lemon drizzle was perfectly baked and tart and the brownie had a rich cocoa flavour. We also appreciated that all the packaging is either reusable, recyclable or compostable and there is even a handy recycling guide included.
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.
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. Those with a sweet tooth will enjoy rounding off the experience with a selection of treats: a pack of crisp shortbread with strawberry centres, two mini chocolate brownie pieces and our personal favourite, two flapjacks topped with a generous layer of yogurt icing. 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.
London-based Brigit’s Bakery delivers traditional afternoon tea with a French twist straight to Londoners’ doors. Expect classic finger sandwiches on white and wholemeal bread, including cucumber, cream cheese and mint, a savoury muffin with feta, peppers & sundried tomato, and smoked salmon with a squeeze of lemon. Those with a sweet tooth will take a liking to its cake and tart offerings, with lemon meringue tart, raspberry & coconut choux and caramel & apple sable breton.
The tea is priced at £19 per person for food only, or £24.50 per person if you’d like fresh orange juice and a Brigit's Bakery Tea ceramic mug thrown in. Alternatively, a three-tier afternoon tea stand is available to present your treats on for an extra £12. There’s a range of dietary options to choose from, including vegan, vegetarian, halal and gluten-free.
Housed in a compact, wave-adorned box, this afternoon tea selection from Rick Stein is full to the brim with a range of sweet and savoury treats. Stein’s offering is a traditional menu featuring cheese palmier, quiche lorraine and two sausage rolls. No afternoon tea box is complete without a cream tea, and this box includes two buttery, fruit-spiked scones, Rodda’s clotted cream and strawberry jam. Famed for his love of Cornwall, Stein advises the scones are to be prepared 'the Cornish way, it has to be jam first.' Perfectly baked cakes round out the tea, from an indulgent chocolate cake, to a Dundee cake filled with plump dried fruits. To enjoy alongside the feast are four bags of Yorkshire tea, ideal for single servings or to use in a teapot for an authentic afternoon tea experience.
Hailing from Cornwall, we’d expect nothing less than a totally traditional afternoon tea. All components are delicious, and we noted the savoury bakes and scones have a rustic, handmade – but still high-quality – feel, indicating they've been lovingly made rather than mass-produced. This indulgent box is best suited to two or three (if you’re willing to share), and would make the perfect gift for those who love a classic afternoon tea.