There are few things more quintessentially British than an afternoon tea, which is why it’s no surprise that we’ve maintained our allegiance to scones, cream and jam even when we’re in lockdown. Data from Google Trends revealed that searches for cream tea and afternoon tea delivery shot up by as much as 750 per cent as we indulged our collective sweet tooth from the comfort of our homes.
No matter where you live in the country, there’s a box of sandwiches, scones, cakes and more with your name on it, and for surprisingly reasonable prices too. Whether it’s a birthday or anniversary celebration, a care package for a faraway friend or just a treat to yourself for getting through a difficult day, here are 11 of our favourites.
The best afternoon tea delivery services across the UK
Gail’s newly launched cream tea deliveries are designed for four people and come with four Plain Scones, Rodda’s Clotted Cream, Strawberry Jam, Lemon curd, Strawberries and Loose Leaf JING Tea. Delivery comes from your nearest branch and can be scheduled in two-hourly slots, so you know exactly when your case of treats will arrive.
Cutter & Squidge
Cutter & Squidge uses 100 per cent natural ingredients in all of its bakes, and is offering afternoon tea delivery across the UK. Your £30 spend gets you tea for two, comprising of two brownies, two mini dream cakes and four buttery scones, as well as clotted cream, jam, and loose leaf tea to wash it all down with. Because it’s travelling across the nation, everything is preserved with ice packs, so pop your scones in the oven to warm them up before serving. (you could even pretend you’ve made them yourself – we won’t tell).
Betty’s afternoon teas, served up at its branches in locations including Harrogate, York and Ilkley, are iconic, but when you can’t tuck into one in the actual tea rooms, this gift box brings all of the joy to you. Inside you’ll find 80 Betty’s tea bags, a whole Yorkshire tea loaf, four scones and sweet strawberry preserve. For added authenticity, we’d order a batch of its signature Fat Rascals too.
If you’ve ever had the Ham Yard Hotel’s signature Afternoon Tea, you’ll know why it’s such a thrill to see the same finger sandwiches, arancini, sausage rolls, scones and cakes boxed up to be brought to your front door. Delivery is available to most London post codes, but if you live outside of that range, email firstname.lastname@example.org and they’ll let you know if they extend it.
Homemade By Victoria
Small businesses like Victoria’s are flourishing right now – she’s now dropping hundreds of boxed afternoon teas with contact-free delivery across her local area. If you live in Northampton, head to the Facebook page to enquire about availability – adult boxes are £15 and include finger sandwiches, scones, quiche and sausage rolls, as well as the usual sweet stuff.
The English Cream Tea Company
Afternoon tea doesn’t come more classic than this hamper, which contains sandwiches with fillings like cucumber and cream cheese and smoked salmon with lemon, scones, clotted cream, jam, cakes, shortbread, brownies, meringues, and tea. There’s also an option to make your box gluten free or vegetarian, and you even get napkins and bamboo cutlery to cut down on washing up.
If you like your afternoon tea delivery with a picnic feel, this is the order for you. Alongside a selection of four cakes and scones with clotted cream and strawberry conserve, you get mini sausage rolls (two plain and two with cheese and pickle), two scotch eggs and two cheese and chive quiches – the perfect balance of sweet and savoury.
The Cornish Hamper Company
Need a letterbox friendly option to send to a friend? The Cornish Hamper Company’s parcel is low cost, but high reward, containing four freshly baked scones, Rodda’s Cornish Clotted Cream, strawberry conserve and four individually wrapped tea bags.
The traditional option is always a winner, but Delimann also offers quirkier hampers like cupcake or donut afternoon tea delivery, or and afternoon teas for cat and dog lovers. Head to its website to view the full selection – with so much choice, we defy you not to find the perfect package.
If they’re good enough for Kirstie Allsopp, they’re good enough for us – the presenter has used the Devon Heaven scone recipe on her shows, which is a high seal of approval indeed. This small but perfectly formed edit has everything you need for a low-key cream tea in the garden, but for larger packages check out the website.
You can always rely on M&S when it comes to tea and cake – this hamper would make a lovely gift for a friend you can’t see yet, as it’s long-lasting, and they can keep the wicker basket once all of the bakes have been scoffed. As well as the obligatory gold label tea tin, there’s Viennese raspberry creams, Scottish shortbread, Devon scones, a Victoria sandwich cake, Swiss chocolate truffles and raspberry soft set jam.