The Duchess of Bedford was onto something when she discovered a wee sandwich and a slice of cake mid afternoon was just the ticket to tide you over until dinner time.
Delicious sandwiches, savouries, homemade treats and fluffy scones all washed down with lashings of loose leaf tea or freshly brewed coffee....what more could you ask for?
Perthshire is full of cafes and restaurants offering gorgeous afternoon teas and our Afternoon Tea Special page is one that attracts a lot of attention all year round.
“There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.” - Henry JamesBut what about now? When you've been staring at the same four walls for what feels like 122 months, and you know that the only thing that might cheer you up is a wee cake, followed by another wee cake and then a scone (or are you a scones first lunatic?!) then how do you get your fix?
Well, we’ve been inundated with people asking us to help them with the answer to this exact question and so we’re delighted to be bringing you our Afternoon Tea In Lockdown special. Perfect for sending as a gift to cheer up your loved ones – or an ideal way to indulge in yourself while binge watching Netflix!
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Run by the talented Hazel McFadzean, this traditional Afternoon Tea can be delivered within a 10 mile radius of Perth.
These will include a delicious selection of freshly filled sandwiches, savouries, mini scones with cream & jam together with mini cakes and sweet bites.
Choice of three sandwich fillings to include
This is accompanied by biodegradable mesh tea bags with "real tea".
Cost per head £17.50 with a delivery charge of £5.
All dietary requirements will be catered for. For more information please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Victoria has created a beautifully presented Afternoon Tea in a biodegradable box which comes with a personalised gift card and is tied up with ribbon.
Afternoon Tea box contains:
Choice of tea for two - either English Breakfast, Earl Grey, Passion Fruit & Orange, Rooibos, Darjeeling.
Available Friday, Saturday and Sunday either for collection or delivery to PH1 to PH7. Free local delivery. £15.00 per person.
A home based bakery run by the lovely Roslyn (you'll recognise her from her day job in North Port!) offering Treat Box deliveries - no sandwiches or savouries here, Rosie has gone straight for the cake!
Based in Muthill, just outside of Crieff, they use fresh local ingredients, and encourage you to let your creativity run free!
They are offering delicious isolation treat boxes which change weekly depending on what is popular or easily sourced. Usually they include macarons, brownies, Russian fudge and mini jars of caramel.
The boxes come in a small for 2 people £10 or medium for 4 people £18.
They are delivered for free in a 20 mile radius of Crieff and easily paid for using a PayPal link. Everything is carried out adhering to the social distancing rules.
Carol is offering all of the Three Witches favourites with two choices of Afternoon Tea delivery.
Classic Box £7.50
A traditional selection of sandwiches and wraps with crudities, traybakes, scones and sweet treats.
Foodie Box £10.50
Includes creative fillings and savoury options such as sausage rolls and pork pies. Crudities, traybakes, scones and sweet treats included.
Delivery within 10 miles of Burrelton: £2 to Scone, £2.50 to Perth and Blairgowrie.
“There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.” - Henry James
Afternoon tea was introduced in England by Anna, the seventh Duchess of Bedford, in the year 1840. The Duchess would become hungry around four o’clock in the afternoon. The evening meal in her household was served fashionably late at eight o’clock, leaving a long period of time between lunch and dinner.
A woman after our own hearts, the Duchess asked that a tray of tea, bread and butter, and cake be brought to her room during the late afternoon. This became a habit and she began inviting friends to join her, turning it into a fashionable social event in its own right.
Nowadays, you can enjoy Afternoon Tea across Perthshire. Indulge a little in sumptuous surroundings with stunning views, tuck in while cooried up in the comfort of a local cafe or kick back and enjoy it al fresco while the sun shines. We have 19 fantatsic venues to choose from once lockdown lifts.
Across Perth and the wider region we are lucky to have a number of food and drink establishments open and delivering during the coronavirus lockdown.
We've scoured the archives and come up with our top 5 gin cocktails for a summer lockdown!
May 20th Wednesday 2020