The best Christmas Afternoon Tea menus

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Afternoon Tea is a treat at any time of year, but it is particularly fun during the festive season. Here are some of the best Christmas Afternoon Tea menus that are available to enjoy over the coming weeks…

Christmas Afternoon Tea

The Goring’s Festive Rosé Bollinger Afternoon Tea

This Christmas, The Goring in Belgravia are offering a spectacular Festive Rosé Bollinger Afternoon Tea, served in the hotel’s Michelin-starred restaurant, The Dining Room. Throughout December, Executive Chef Richard Galli and his team will be serving up a selection of seasonally inspired finger sandwiches alongside traditional scones and a stunning selection of festive fancies. These will include a Coconut roche with white chocolate and lime and, inspired by the classic yule log, a Chestnut cheesecake with mulled wine jelly and ginger shortbread. Guests will also be treated to the Snowman dome comprising a bergamot curd tart topped with meringue, a striking Red velvet cake with mascarpone cream, and of course a freshly baked Mince pie. The Goring’s festive afternoon tea is priced at £80pp including a glass of Rosé Bollinger and a tempting selection of teas.

Floral afternoon tea at Petersham Nurseries

The Petersham restaurant’s festive afternoon tea menu is set amongst festive floristry at the heart of the twinkling Floral Court. The savoury selection includes a Baron Bigod croquette drizzled with cranberry sauce and a milk bun filled with squash, blue cheese and walnut. The homemade sweet treats have also been given a festive transformation, including a Christmas pudding chocolate choux bun filled with brandy custard and a gingerbread macaron with a gingerbread milk chocolate ganache centre. Prices start at £45pp, and guests can take a slice of the floral festivities home with them as the table displays can be purchased for an extra £15. Available throughout the festive season, the afternoon tea has sittings Thursday to Sunday, 3pm – 4:30pm.

Mad Hatter’s tipsy afternoon tea at Sanderson Hotel

The Alice-inspired tipsy tea party at the Sanderson has been given a suitably festive twist this Christmas season. The storybook-inspired selection includes edible renditions of Lewis Carrol’s notorious characters, including a ‘King of Hearts’ ham and parmesan croque-monsieur and a ‘White Rabbit’ wild mushroom, truffle and parmesan tartlet. Following this is a sweet – and boozy – spread including a Grey Goose Cherry Noir vodka and cranberry tartlet and a Tweedle Dee lemon and limoncello curd finger, all washed down with a selection of Wonderland-inspired cocktails including a Pear Cosmo (Grey Goose La Poire vodka, Cointreau, lime and cranberry) and the eponymous Mad Hatter Warmer (Bombay Sapphire gin and Sanderson Mad Hatters tea). Festive tipsy tea is available 28 November to 5 January, or guests can also unwrap an alcohol-free version of the tea exclusively on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. From £58pp, or £65pp with a glass of Veuve Clicquot Rose Brut.

Festive Afternoon Tea in 16th Century Country Manor, Boringdon Hall in Devon

Boringdon Hall will be brimming with magical festive experiences and enticing treats to enjoy this Christmas, such as a Festive Afternoon Tea experience to enjoy with friends and family in the Great Hall. Guests will be able to indulge in tiers of snowman macaroons, snowflake cookies and more traditional Christmas cake, served with savouries such as brie and cranberry sandwiches and smoked salmon blinis. £27pp or £9.50 or children.

Pennyhill Park

The timeless Ascot Bar at Pennyhill Park serves Sarah Frankland’s awarding-winning Afternoon Tea. For the festive season, Sarah’s specifically crafted delicacies offer a real sense of occasion and an indulgent way to enjoy the celebratory season. Guests can feast on savouries including finger sandwiches filled with West Country brie and cranberry sauce or roast turkey with sage & onion stuffing, before indulging in sweet treats such as a chocolate sweet pastry tart with milk chocolate and orange ganache, caramelised white chocolate and pine nut mousse and signature scones and Cornish clotted cream. From £40pp.

Golden sundown afternoon tea at St Martins Lane

It’s a golden affair at St Martins Lane this Christmas, and the festive Midas touch has been extended to the afternoon tea menu, too. First to join the exotic golden botany on the tables is a selection of seasonal savouries, including rye bread topped with smoked salmon, lemon crème fraiche and apple and a turkey and mushroom quiche. Guests will then be served a platter of glittering treats, including a chocolate, blackberry and lemon sable shimmering Christmas tree and a sparkling panna cotta flavoured with cinnamon, candied walnuts and golden sultanas. To toast the luxurious offering in style, guests will also be served three indulgent cocktails, including The Fun Starts Now (ketel one vodka, vanilla and salted caramel syrup) and Once Upon a Time (apricot brandy, malbec, pimms, orange shrub and bitters). Festive sundown cocktail tea is available 25 November to 5 January for £39pp. 

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