It’s Afternoon Tea Week from August 8 – August 14. The ritual of afternoon tea owes its origins to Anna, the 7th Duchess of Bedford. Living during a time when it was common to eat only two main meals a day; an early breakfast and a late dinner. Anna decided to schedule time to drink tea and snack each afternoon.

This private ceremony was firstly done furtively in her bedroom, but over time other social hostesses quickly picked up on the idea and the practice became respectable enough to move it into the drawing room. Before long all of fashionable society was sipping tea and nibbling sandwiches in the middle of the afternoon.

Afternoon tea at Great John Street begins with delicate finger sandwiches filled with smoked salmon & guacamole, egg & mustard cress, roast beef & watercress, ham & homemade piccalilli and cucumber with dill cream cheese. Served with the pièce de resistance three tier stand with light, crusty scones and rich clotted cream accompanied by a variety of homemade cakes and pastries including, passion fruit and vanilla cheesecake, banana mousse, strawberry and basil macaroon and profiteroles with diplomat cream.

Served with as much tea and coffee as you need to fuel the gossip, why not add a glass of Perrier Jouet champagne. After all it is a lady’s prerogative to enjoy only the finer things in life.

Book a traditional afternoon tea at Great John Street Hotel from Monday 8th – Wednesday 10th August 2016 and receive 50% OFF on their late availability summer deal

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