National Afternoon Tea Week 2022

Nothing shouts out summer more than a delicious afternoon tea. The good news is that there is no need to wait until your birthday for your next one as this week is National Afternoon Tea Week so that is all the excuse you need to enjoy one.

National Afternoon Tea Week takes place every second full week in August so this year it runs from 8th to 14th August. It’s the perfect treat for when it’s been too long since lunch and it’s still a while to go before dinner time. Starting as a means of sating midday hunger, afternoon tea is a great British custom that involves serving a platter of sweet and savoury finger foods, sandwiches, cakes and drinking tea. Teas should be served between 2-5 p.m. and the menu usually contains scones accompanied by jam and clotted cream, as these items are considered a staple for any afternoon tea session. They also make the perfect solution to family celebrations from birthdays and baby showers to retirement or anniversary parties.

Afternoon Teas were invented by Anna Maria Russell, the Duchess of Bedford in 1939 but they only became popular when Queen Victoria started taking regular afternoon teas. One of the most expensive afternoon teas in Britain was hosted at the Cliveden hotel in Berkshire and the meal cost £550 per couple. Thankfully there are far cheaper options available in Blaenau Gwent and here are a few suggestions.

Bedwellty House serves Lady Tredegar’s Afternoon Tea that you can either enjoy in the Orchid House Tea Room or alfresco on the lawn. The teas are £17.95 and include a selection of sandwiches, savouries, scone, cakes and trifle. You can upgrade and add a glass of Prosecco for £4.95. For those with food intolerances, they can also provide Gluten Free/Lactose Free and Vegan options. During National Afternoon Tea Week there is will be a buy one get one free on afternoon teas all week and also 20% off the purchase of afternoon tea gift vouchers which can be used up until the 30th September.

Another popular local venue is Morgan’s in Ebbw Vale. Their afternoon tea includes savoury canapes, sandwiches, freshly baked scones, cheesecake, strawberry trifle, Victoria sandwich, cupcake and Tiramisu Caketail. The tea is £13.99 and prosecco £3.00 a glass.

New to the Afternoon Tea scene is Vamos by the river in Abertillery. This fabulous riverside venue offers home baked cakes, scones and sandwiches for £20. Teas are served Tuesday to Saturday each week and can be taken inside or on the riverside terrace.

For those who prefer to take Afternoon tea at home, you can order and collect an afternoon tea from JJ’s Deli in Cwm, Ebbw Vale. Their afternoon tea is all home baked and is £12 for an individual box or £25 for a large sharing box which feeds 2/3 people. The takeaway teas include a selection of finger sandwiches, selection of homemade nibbles, selection of homemade cakes, scones jam and cream and fresh fruit with vegetarian options available on request.

Cllr Helen Cunningham, Deputy Leader of Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council said,
‘The hospitality sector is an important contributor to local tourism and an essential part of our high street and our community. Afternoon teas are not just a great British tradition but are enjoyed by all members of the family from tots to grandparents. We have some fabulous options locally so what better way to celebrate National Afternoon Tea week than to enjoy the sunshine and to treat yourself to one.’

Order and collect an afternoon tea from JJ’s Deli in Cwm, Ebbw Vale.   Afternoon tea from Morgan’s in Ebbw Vale.   Bedwellty House serves Lady Tredegar’s Afternoon Tea.