Treat your inner-Anglophile to a special issue full of British-inspired menus, featuring fare from England, Ireland, and Scotland. Explore the vast number of tea venues and unique finds throughout the U.K. Learn about the history of different beloved tea traditions.
TEA-STEEPING Guide • The quality of the tea served at a tea party is as important as the food and the décor. To be sure your infusion is successful every time, here are some basic guidelines to follow.
TEA FARE & SETTINGS • Inspired by traditional foods of England, Ireland, and Scotland, delectable treats, accompanied by expert tea pairings, are presented on beautiful wares for a proper afternoon tea.
English Cottage TEA • A table set with fresh flowers and blue-and-white china, tea sandwiches, scones, a few simple sweets, and a nice pot of tea are all you need for a cosy English cottage-style tea.
Luck o’ the Irish AFTERNOON TEA • Assemble a table bedecked with traditional Irish hues and inspired fare for a craic (fun) teatime.
Downton Abbey TEATIME • With the much-anticipated film coming this fall, serve fellow Downton Abbey fans this menu, inspired by season one, episode two of the PBS television series.
A Bonnie SCOTTISH TEA • Invite guests to enjoy these teatime favourites from the Highlands of Scotland, where the word scone rhymes with gone, and shortbread is considered the crown jewel of Scottish baking.
A Royal CELEBRATION • The birthday of the British monarch, whoever he or she may be, is traditionally celebrated in June. Commemorate the occasion with a tea party that will give your guests the royal treatment.
How-To • Let these step-by-step photos serve as your visual guide while you create these impressive and delicious teatime treats.
TEA EXPERIENCES & TRADITIONS • Discover the history of beloved tea customs while exploring a fascinating assortment of tearooms and venues in regions such as Yorkshire, London, and the Cotswolds.
A VISIT TO THE REAL Downton Abbey • Lady Carnarvon talks about life at Highclere Castle, the impact of the popular period drama, and where she likes to have tea.
Thés Dansants • Reveling in a British tea-dance revival
Afternoon Tea in the Cotswolds • The very English tradition endures in picturesque towns and villages.
THE NATIONAL TRUST, Guardian of British Tea • The history of tea in some of England’s stately homes
Taking Tea with WEDGWOOD • A very British story of a 260-year-old company’s teawares, tea, and tearooms
A Taste of Yorkshire • Afternoon Teas and Yorkshire Specials
Howick Hall • The Home of the Real Earl Grey
Teatime in Ireland • Intriguing and tempting twists on tradition
Afternoon Tea on the Move • All aboard for uniquely British teatimes!
A Purr-fect Teatime • What to look for when selecting a tearoom in London: imported tea, creamy cakes, fresh pastries, and, of course, cats