Wednesday, 30 March 2016

afternoon tea hamper from the british hamper company + giveaway!


The British Hamper Company create luxury food hampers, package them up in a lovely gift box and post them off to your someone special. All with a lovely British theme of course. Whether you're looking for a romantic gift or a thank you present, their hampers range are brimming with the likes of retro sweets, luxury chocolate boxes, British pantry finds, picnic baskets, beers & bar snacks and even "a day at the races." 

In true Emily style, I of course opted for their afternoon tea hamper. The lovely lot at The British Hamper Company not only sent me a hamper but one for my readers to win too. So get the best china out, here's what was in this very British box...


Coming in at £50 including delivery, this quintessential hamper is packed with everything for the perfect afternoon tea. Simply add your favourite sandwiches, your best teacups and put the kettle on.


Simply Delicious - Dark Rich Fruit Cake 
Tregroes - Toffee Waffles 
London Tea Company - Organic and Fairtrade Earl Grey Tea 
Teoni's Cookies - All Butter Shortbread 
Thursday Cottage - Strawberry Jam 
London Tea Company - Organic and Fairtrade English Breakfast Tea 
More Food - Butter Flapjack Slices 
Hawkshead Relish - Raspberry and Vanilla Jam
Find out more here (I'm afraid the teacup, saucer and spoon aren't included...)


Firm favourites of mine so far include the Earl Grey Tea, All Butter Shortbread and the Strawberry Jam. I am surprised how much I'm in love with the toffee waffles too, which are heavenly sweet and somehow increasingly moreish.

The tea is of such fantastic quality and laced with a subtle natural bergamot flavour characteristic of Earl Grey. The London Tea Company have blended this from two bright black teas from Ceylon and the Nilgiris in South India to create one of the nation's favourite teas.


The strawberry jam has a lovely back story too, which is from West Country founded Thursday Cottage. Now in Essex, they still keep the same jam making methods in their award winning products.  The shortbread, hailing from Devon based Teoni's, are made from premium British butter to a melt-in-the-mouth traditional recipe. British jam, fruit cakes and a beautifully made tea blend, the beginnings of a very British afternoon tea, if you ask me.


Now here's your chance to get your hands on your very own afternoon tea hamper. Pinkies up ladies and gentlemen! Giveaway ends at Midnight on Sunday April 10th. Open to UK Mainland only. Good luck!

And don't forget to find The British Hamper Co. on Twitter and Instagram too!

What is your favourite thing about afternoon tea, or perhaps a memorable afternoon tea?

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515 comments:

  1. I love going for afternoon tea, it's always a wonderful social event with friends. I especially loved taking Mr W for a 'Gentleman's Afternoon Tea' for his birthday- it involved mini pork pies, pastries and cheese scones- a real change from the usual. although there was still plentiful cake too.

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  2. My favourite bit about afternoon tea has to be the scones! Have to be with clotted cream though! Afternoon tea at The Royal Crescent is always fun, especially when its sunny!

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  3. The best afternoon teas for me encompass all of my favourite baked goods at their finest. Delicious freshly baked bread in delicate sandwiches, scones still warm with clotted cream and jam, finished with cake. I think it's the one encompassing meal that tells how good somewhere's baking is.

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  4. I like the whole idea of it and how you try bits of lots of different things!

    AShleigh

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  5. The scones are the best part as long as they are warm and served with clotted cream and jam!

    Kathryn

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  6. I'm all about the clotted cream and scones, but my partner I from the US so she is obsessed with everything that seems even slightly British so its just fun too see her enjoying herself

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  7. My favourite thing about afternoon tea is indulging into some classic British things whilst enjoying the company of our friends or family :). It's thanks to afternoon tea i discovered more flavoured teas ;)


    Emmie || www.carpediememmie.co.uk

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  8. the best afternoon tea i ever had was a reception on a red Double Decker bus in London Zoo. Downstairs on the bus was the bar stuffed full of lovely drinks and food being prepared which they served us upstairs in the bus. We were really spoiled with champagne as much as we could drink and lovely sandwiches & cakes and great tea followed by a lookaround of London zoo-fantastic memories!

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  9. Love afternoon tea - an excuse to take a break and have a treat with a lovely cuppa - the best I remember is when my nan was alive - she made the best cakes ever and plenty of them

    KATHY D

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  10. Myself, mum and sisters had afternoon tea at the Grove which was very delicious and posh

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  11. My favourite thing about afternoon tea is that it is just so relaxing :)

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  12. Spending the morning catching up on blogs and came across this. I absolutely LOVE afternoon tea, I'd always wanted to attend one but never got round to doing until last September for my birthday. It was such a great (and delicious) experience I highly recommend it to anyone who loves cakes!! (There's always so many to choose from isn't there? Haha)

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  13. Exploring different venues with my sister. Most of the food is prepared on site, lovely and fresh. Staff always very friendly

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  14. It is such a treat, I love the scones and jam

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  15. Definitely the presentation of scones, cakes and sandwiches on a cute tower!

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  16. The best part of afternoon tea is how very British it is. Its lovely to find a little Victorian tea shop, pretty china mismatched cutlery, fresh as a daisy cakes and handmade jam. Tea pots with cosies, fresh flowers. All the elements that make it the most wonderful occasion it is.

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  17. I'm pretty sure my favourite part of afternoon tea is definitely the cake! Any kind of cake, I'll eat it. :D

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  18. I love afternoon tea as it's the perfect combo of spending quality time with friends/family and cake.

    Tasha x sincereblonde.com

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  19. My favourite thing is still warm from the oven scones served with strawberry jam and clotted cream.

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  20. I love warm scones and homemade jam on them delicious

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  21. My favourite thing about afternoon tea are the tiny cakes! I always think they look beautiful and so well crafted

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  22. My favourite afternoon tea has to consist of jam, cream and scones, absolutely yummy!

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  23. Mad Hatters Tea Party at the Sandersons Hotel. I loved all the quirky pieces they put together

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  24. I enjoy afternoon tea in my garden during the Summer - when I can enjoy a cup of tea and a homemade scone outdoors with a good book!

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  25. Scones and jam and someone else doing the preparation and cleaning up

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  26. Tea with any sweet nibbles in the afternoon is just perfect for me.

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  27. my favourite part is the little sandwiches and cakes and just catching up with old friends x

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  28. I love the feeling of spoiling yourself that you tend to get when you have afternoon tea

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  29. My favourite thing is scones with clotted cream and jam

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  30. I just love tea. Having grown up with my family my Mum and Paternal Aunt being tea lovers maybe that had an effect. Though I do recall that my Paternal Aunt stayed a few streets away from my family, and straight across from the tenement where this Aunt lived :- there was a petrol station. The petrol station had a tea machine which as a youngster I used. Whether it be my love of tea at the time, fascination with the tea machine, the element of independence using the machine gave me. I don't know. But my love of tea started at a young age and persists.

    My fiancé and I have had gifts of vouchers for Afternoon tea from some of his relatives. Which we have made use of, and thoroughly enjoyed. As we made use of them as part of a Day Out. Visiting Glasgow and Edinburgh whilst making use of the thoughtful gifts.

    Rachel Craig

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  31. Afternoon Tea was most memorable aboard a P&O cruise we went on once - oh those cakes....

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  32. There's a garden centre near me called Dobbies that does afternoon tea you get some cute little sandwiches and lots of different cakes and the drink free I usually take my daughter and grandchildren for a treat

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  33. When I was young my grandparents would take me for afternoon tea on my birthdays and I always loved the experience.

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  34. A lovely day in London with my mum great cakes,sandwiches but must of all great company being with my mum

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  35. Its the relaxation that accompanies enjoying delicious tea and clotted cream jam scones x

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  36. My favorite thing about afternoon tea is clotted cream and jam scones! Can't beat it!

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  37. The chance to have scones, jam and cream - and not feel guilty!

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  38. I love cream teas, reminds me of childhood holidays .

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  39. We had a lovely cream tea in a cafe on the river in Ruswarp while we were on holiday.

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  40. I love dainty little cakes that make me feel like a giant!

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  41. Afternoon tea was always a special occasion when we visited my grandmother. The best China was brought out and we had Salmon sandwiches and home baked cakes.

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  42. I love scones with clotted cream and raspberry jam!

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  43. Ah thats such a cute looking little hamper! My favourite thing about afternoon tea is always scones and cream :)

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  44. Had an afternoon tea in a little village cafe in Brampton, love having a china tea-pot and the homemade scones and fresh clotted cream were to die for

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  45. There was a lovely tea shop near our school and a few of us with save up and disappear in our free period to have tea and delicious mini cakes or scones with fresh cream.

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  46. I love afternoon tea and especially the dainty sandwiches.The scones and cakes are divine and all in all,it is a lovely British way to spend an afternoon.

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  47. Time with friends, nice foods and pastries - and a glass of bubbly

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  48. Had afternoon tea at Fortnum and Mason for my 60th birthday - fabulous surprise. I just slove scones and clotted cream!

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  49. My favourite thing is just the experience and getting to try some lovely small cakes and things with it.

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  50. I love taking time out to enjoy a lovely scone with jam and cream and a pot of tea, served best with a gorgeous view to look at :)

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  51. English tea with clotted cream and jam :)

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  52. tasting different tea flavours I would normally not get around to doing

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  53. My sister treated my mum and I to afternoon tea at the Ritz for my mums 60th birthday - we all really enjoyed the Tea - and the luxurious surroundings !

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  54. has to be the scones and cream for me lol

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  55. Went for afternoon tea with a difference last weekend with my best friends. Melted chocolate pot with strawberries and marshmallows. Macaroons, lots of cake. Chandeliers and a piano playing in the background. Perfect afternoon x

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  56. Went for afternoon tea with a difference last weekend with my best friends. Melted chocolate pot with strawberries and marshmallows. Macaroons, lots of cake. Chandeliers and a piano playing in the background. Perfect afternoon x

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  57. I just think it is a lovely time and chance to spend valuable RELAXED time with friends and family - PLUS I love scones

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  58. A great excuse to enjoy cucumber sandwiches and scones :-)

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  59. I love having a champagne tea with lovely homemade sandwiches and maybe mini savoury pastries with mini cakes, scones, cream and jam

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  60. Cake, cake and more cake!

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  61. Had a lovely champagne afternoon tea with wife in Glasgow for her 50th birthday

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  62. My absolute favourite thing is scones with clotted cream and jam..YUMMY!!

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  63. My favourite thing about afternoon tea is the relaxation that comes with it.

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  64. I think its just so lovely, getting out of my own kitchen, putting a nice dress on and having a little indulgence with a friend x

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  65. love having tea in the summer sitting in the outdoors

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  66. Loved afternoon tea out and a chat with my Nan over a selection of sandwiches and dainty cakes.

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  67. I was bought a gift of a special 'afternoon tea' and it was such a lovely treat - I loved all the little sandwiches and cakes. So much care and time had gone into the preparation and display

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  68. I just love the decadence of the whole shebang! - Lucia

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  69. Enjoying the yummy food in a lovely place

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  70. The tea is my favourite bit as nothing tastes as good as tea from a teapot and in little china teacups. My Mum got me into afternoon cream teas as a child and its still something we do even today as we really enjoy them as a treat.

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  71. i love the elegance of the whole thing from the tiny sandwiches to the tea picking its a proper relax and time to catch your breath

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  72. I love that it's an extra meal and so so tasty!!

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  73. I had the most amazing afternoon tea at The Merchant Hotel in Belfast...so light and delicate and tasty!! All washed down with a glass of bubbly

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  74. Love Afternoon team, particularly when accompanied with a glass of bubbly! My favourite thing is having fresh warm scones lavished with cream / jam

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  75. I love the luxury and traditions of afternoon tea

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  76. I like the 'ceremony' of it, a dignified break in a busy day.

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  77. Love afternoon tea especially scones and strawberry jam x

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  78. I love the china you get and the little cakes and sandwiches

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  79. It has to be the perfect cup of tea just melting the stress away

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  80. I only have afternoon tea when my Mum's about, so I like the indulgence! Nothing beats a scone with clotted cream, jam and a cup of tea :)

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  81. The great thing about afternoon tea is being able to have a rest and enjoy some good food after a long day shopping or sightseeing!

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  82. I do love to drink tea out of a proper cup and saucer - and I love loose tea. We always had loose tea when I was s child and even today using tea bags I leave the last bit of tea in the bottom of my mug - old habits die hard! Afternoon tea is an excuse to be indulgent for me - can't beat a warm scone with jam and cream

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  83. When my eldest daughter finishes school we will sit at the table having tea and biscuits, discuss our days and homework, i enjoy it and look forward to te quality time every day, been doing this since she was 7 shes 14 now !

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  84. Had the best asian afternoon tea ever at Ting restaurant in the Shard with my husband, was amazing! We overlooked the Tower of London which was covered in the poppy display at the time, it was so memorable.

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  85. I love all the choice of delectable little mouthfuls

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  86. The choice, little bits of everything, just lovely and so relaxing!

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  87. It is such a perfect treat. It is a time from proper tea(loose tea) out of a china cup and saucer. It's a chance to enjoy warm scones with friends and family.

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  88. When I was little my mum would always do afternoon tea on a Sunday, sandwiches, cakes and tea in a beautiful teapot

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  89. When we were kids my Dad would take my sister and I to the New Forest every year - we would sit outside at wooden benches in a cafe with a huge sloped garden and we would have a cream tea each. Dad doesn't have a sweet tooth so we always had his scones as well as ours! Wonderful memories!

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  90. Everything about afternoon tea is amazing but my favourite thing is clotted creams scones.

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  91. Cream scones, a selection of teas and fun with friends and family

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  92. i had an afternoon tea with my best friends recently for her 21st and it was lovely. the scones are the best part definitely :)

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  93. I love afternoon tea, it is an incredibly indulgent. I used to work at Fortnum and Mason and have been a fanof going for afternoon tea ever since! My favourite part is scones with a lot of clotted cream and strawberry jam. YUM!

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  94. I love it when it's presented on a cake stand, it just looks so pretty!

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  95. catching up with relatives and friends

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  96. The best afternoon tea, in my opinion, is The Athaenum, London however the Pret-a-Portea tea at The Berkeley was fun, but slightly more style over substance.

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  97. Afternoon tea is something I do with my Mum - we love to spend time together doing our favourite thing - eating!!

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  98. It's a special treat, something we don't do very often, and love all the delicious food!

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  99. There is something quite decadent about afternoon tea that makes it feel so special.

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  100. to relax and enjoy quality conversation with friends and family!

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  101. My favourite thing about afternoon tea is to spend the time in a quite place enjoying my chosen cup of tea.

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  102. I used to visit the tea shop as youngster for a pot of tea and a vanilla slice.

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  103. My favourite thing about afternoon tea, is the scone oozing with deliciousness from the cream and jam

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  104. Scones with jam and cream are my favourite afternoon tea treats.

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  106. My favourite thing is definitely the tea and company. Sipping away at the tea whilst having a long catch up with the person/people I'm having the afternoon tea with. Of course the cakes don't hurt!

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  107. The multitude of petite delights to enjoy

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  108. Margaret Clarkson
    My favourite thing about afternoon tea is the scones - I love them.

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  109. Beautifully fresh scones, of course done the correct (Devon) way!!!

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  110. The scones as they are always better than mine

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  111. the challenge of trying to finish one! I haven't succeeded yet!

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  112. I love the delicate little patisserie pieces, and the chance to have a relaxed catch up with whoever I go with!

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  113. I love afternoon tea with my husband, as it means we have time off together!

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  114. Afternoon tea reminds me of my mum and aunties

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  115. My daughter had afternoon tea with a famous author ( whose name escapes me) in London, she loved it

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  116. Being from Cornwall my afternoon tea really needs to involve a cream tea with clotted cream. I particularly like it with a pot of earl grey. However if it is a special occasion or I am feeling decadent, a champagne cream tea is the best!

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  117. Scones are the best bit for me! & a nice bit of afternoon chit chat x

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  118. Me, my wife and my sister created a totally home made afternoon tea for mothers day. i think our mum loved it

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  119. I have only ever had an afternoon tea at home, I would love one specially prepared for me. I do love a good scone with jam and cream!

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  120. My favourite thing about afternoon tea is discovering there's still one more cupful left in the pot!!!!!

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  121. 10 MINUTES PEACE WITH A CUPPA AND A NICE SLICE OF HOMEMADE CHOCOLATE CAKE, JUST HEAVENLY!!

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  122. IT has to be the fantastic cakes or cucumber sandwiches

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  123. I love the strawberry jam, goes very well in a 'doffin' so easy to make even my 10 year old is happy to help. Enjoys the 'taste testing' too!

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  124. I love a traditional afternoon tea. It's a treat, and feels indulgent :)

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  125. The amazing little cakes!

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  126. The cakes are my favourite bit!

    @rachiegr

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  127. I think afternoon tea should be written into the British constitution and we should all stop to enjoy it a little like our Spanish cousins enjoy an afternoon siesta ;)It is the time of to stop, reflect on how your day is going and plan for part II of your waking hours. x

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  128. It's a lovely way to catch up with friends

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  129. I love the selection you get. Especially the fresh cream and jam scones. Along with the chance to catch up

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  130. (melissa crowe) after tea with my mum love it with a cream bun :)

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  131. I love afternoon tea! have had some wonderful Cornish afternoon teas involving lots of scones, cream and jam - delicious! also a formal afternoon tea with tiny watercress sandwiches and fancy cakes are delightful!

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  132. I always love having scones but I generally enjoy just having the opportunity to unwind

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  133. The best thing about going out for an afternoon tea is catching up with my friends, it's a lovely treat especially when you don't get to see them regularly & who can resist a big fat scone with jam & cream "Oh my days" I can taste it now :)

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  134. Afternoon tea really feels like a special treat! I love trying all the little cakes

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  135. Love shortbread so any time to eat it is great! Afternoon tea is a lovely treat :)

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  136. I took my mum one year to Browns in Windsor near the river Thames for Mother's Day it was lovely day out xx

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  137. My daughter had a vintage tea party for her birthday, I loved the chance to try small bites of a range of bakes and thoroughly enjoyed the customary scone with jam and cream. It was lovely.

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  138. I had afternoon tea in the Criterion restaurant in Picadilly which is a fabulous place with a beautiful mosaic ceiling with glass chandeliers- very grand

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  139. Ive never ever had an afternoon tea... I would love one though.

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  140. I've never had afternoon tea, but love all the parts of it

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  141. Our daughter bought us an afternoon tea experience at a local hotel. We had a wonderful time watching the world go by while enjoying some delicious sandwiches, home made cakes, and scones with jam and cream, all served of course with a pot of tea served in china cups. I felt like a lady for the afternoon!

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  142. The yummy cakes and been with my friends :)

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  143. My favourite memory is afternoon tea with my gran in the garden on a glorious summers day! Scones are the yummiest too.

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  144. I love everything about afternoon tea but my favorite is a warm scone with clotted cream and jam, a real treat

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  145. Love the scones with clotted cream and jam

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  146. The socialising and the heady mix of caffeine plus sugar :)

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  147. That clotted cream contains zero calories when consumed post 2pm

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  148. Our family all love the ritual of afternoon tea, in fact my daughter chose a vintage afternoon tea for her wedding reception.

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  149. Just love the selection and taking time over it x

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  150. There is a local farmshop that does an amazing Afternoon tea. The cakes are amazing and the atmosphere is very relaxed and laid back - perfect

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  151. The best afternoon tea I have had was at the Sanderson Hotel - Mad Hatters one

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  152. I love the cakes and of course the scones

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  153. I love a really good pot of tea with the scone, and of course a bit of bubbly as well :)

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  154. I enjoy going for Afternoon Teas with my mum. It's our special afternoons just the two of us :)

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  155. Afternoon tea on the orient express amazing

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  156. I like a cream bum with my afternoon tea as a treat

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  157. i love the clotted cream - i could eat a bowl of it!

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  158. My son and I love to go for afternoon tea as a treat in the summer

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  159. I love tea so obviously I love afternoon teas, my favourite is the scones with jam and cream, not long ago i took my mum for the first time she enjoyed it a lot although salmon sandwiches were not her favourites lol

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  160. oooh such fond memories...we had afternoon tea at the top of Nuwara Eliya, in Sri Lanka, it was like time stood still, toy town England, was one description, so peaceful, amazing broken orange pekoe tea, just picked!, dainty sandwiches and cake.
    definitely a serendipity moment.
    thanks carole eaves

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  161. I love going for afternoon tea with my mum. Last time we ate so much we couldn't move, love it!

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  162. The best afternoon we had was treating my Dad on his 80th Birthday at Fortnum and Mason's. He looked so happy to have all 3 of his children there - it was a very special day! The food was amazing as was the service!

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  163. I managed to get an hour before my best friends hen do with her and our venue of choice was a gorgeous afternoon tea in the such a cosy tea room in Brighton with hot scones, clotted cream, individual pots of jam, mismatched tea pots, plates and cups.... it was just PERFECT!

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