Over the last few years I’ve loved experiencing ‘afternoon tea ’ in various locations, each time comparing it to the last. My favourite being a champagne experience at the Lowry Hotel in Manchester, it was a lovely sunny day (I know very rare in Manchester) sat out on the terrace, chatting and watching the world go by. To me it’s like a fine art, from the table setting to the delicate way the cakestand is presented.
The history of afternoon tea originates from the early 19th century. In those days it was common for people to eat two main meals a day, breakfast and dinner at around 8pm. During late afternoon Anna, the 7th Duchess of Bedford complained about feeling hungry, she used to have tea and cake in her room each day. Friends would often join her and from there invites were sent out. Word got round to other socialites, making it respectable enough to move to the drawing room. This is now a worldwide know ‘British Tradition’
So what do cruise ships offer?
Champagne High Tea
$25 Cover charge per person
Served once during a 7 night sailing and minimum twice on longer sailings
Live string quartet
Wedgewood china used for this fine spread, including tea, coffee, lattes, sandwiches, desserts, pastries, scones and truffles! Well worth the cover charge I’d say
Traditional afternoon tea
Included in the price of your cruise
Served daily in the Queens room
White gloved waiters
Sandwiches, salad, scones, followed by pastries, cake, fruit tarts and eclairs
*Be prepared to queue as very popular
Traditional afternoon tea
Britannia – £15 cover charge per person, only available on sea days. Created by award-winning patissier Eric Lanlard
All other ships this is included in the price of your cruise
Served daily at 4pm
Very English crumpets
Offers 3 afternoon teas, once during a 7-10 night sailing
Royal Dutch Tea – traditional
Indonesian Tea – Staff wear traditional outfits with a musical accompaniment from the region. Fritters, cake and coconut rice balls offer something a little bit different
Cupcake Tea – Choice of cupcakes on offer
Included in the cost
Cover charge of £6.95 per person
Again very traditional and popular, worth pre booking once on board
British style afternoon tea served daily
Finger sandwiches, cookies, biscuits and cakes
What’s your favourite on board afternoon tea?
I’ve heard really good feedback regarding Cunard, after all they are the epitome of elegance!
Look forward to hearing your views
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