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To be sick of "afternoon tea"?

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Geordieminx Mon 06-May-13 17:05:20

It's gone the same way as cupcakes and "shabby chic" hasn't it?

Afternoon Tea used to be naice.. It's used to be treat but now the world and his wife has jumped on the decking bandwagon.. It's a total rip off and is usually toss

For example.. Hotel today. Country type place, not uber posh but nice.

2 fingers of cheese and pickle sandwiches and 2 fingers of egg.

A one bite sized plain scone

A piece of dry ginger cake

2 petite four sized pieces of short bread.


This is not afternoon tea. It's piss.

It seems that every fecking cafe/bar/hotel now serves afternoon tea to fill the void space between lunch and dinner. £20 for 2 slices of bread, a scone and a piece of cake... You just wouldn't would you? Well no, not if it was served on a plate... But hey stick it on a fancy tiered cake stand and you can charge what you like.

Robbing bastards.

never again

Rant over grin

Wibblypiglikesbananas Tue 07-May-13 12:44:10

I'd like to recommend another two lovely places - The Thatched Cottage in Brockenhurst in the New Forest and the Petersham Hotel in Richmond. Both delicious.

I would like to express my disgust at the afternoon tea place in Chester (which shall remain nameless) where scones were served with squirty cream! Total and utter sacrilege...

apatchylass Tue 07-May-13 10:22:32

You need to find the nearest Peyton & Byrne. They serve fresh juicy cake - each slice the size of a small independent country, and naice tea - all in at around a fiver.

newyearnewattitude Tue 07-May-13 10:15:43

You obviously aren't putting enough clotted cream on!

I find that is the main problem outside of Devon.... Down there you can buy huge 5lb tubs of it all year round.... When I moved away I was shocked to find only piddly tubs available at stupid prices!! You need at least 2 inches thick of it on each side of the scone.... (and it's also lush on bread as an after school/work treat with the crusty bit of the cream too)

SconeInSixtySeconds Tue 07-May-13 09:29:25

But if you put the cream on first you wouldn't get any on your nose and that's half the fun

Geordieminx Tue 07-May-13 09:14:31

I think in conclusion.. Posh places are fine.

Every other cafe/hotel/bar/restaurant jumping on the bandwagon charging £20+ for a stale sandwich, a rubbish scone and a couple of biscuits is piss.


ExcuseTypos Tue 07-May-13 08:36:44


We've just booked afternoon tea at The Wolseley.

I can't bloody waitgrin

newyearnewattitude Tue 07-May-13 08:24:53

Actually it's cream and then jam.... It was invented by us Devon folk and only the silly Cornish (and those failing to be authentic dontcha know but failing miserably) do it the backwards way!! It's sacrilege to put cream on last and anyone who does should be shot!!! grin

LittleMissLucy Tue 07-May-13 02:01:18

If you go early, no lining up. Later it gets, longer the line.
Taylors in the shambles is much nicer - dainty tea pots and a view of the street from timbered rooms.

AlwaysReadyForABlether Tue 07-May-13 01:57:14

I'm going to York next weekend and plan to spend Saturday afternoon stuffing my face in Betty's. Do you need to queue to get in? I seem to remember hearing something ages ago about huge queues.

currentlyconfuseddotcom Tue 07-May-13 01:54:09

Bogey do not speak such sacrilege!

LittleMissLucy Tue 07-May-13 01:48:05

Yes, you need Claridges or the Ritz when the pianist is doing his bit in the middle.

squoosh Tue 07-May-13 01:45:29

The town of Scone is pronounce skooooooooooon.

<no help>

Bogeyface Tue 07-May-13 01:38:52

Scone rhymes with on

It doesn't you know, it really doesn't!

currentlyconfuseddotcom Tue 07-May-13 01:35:09

Scone rhymes with on

SconeRhymesWithGone Tue 07-May-13 00:54:33

Bogeyface, where I live (Florida), it certainly does rhyme with "own," but I am trying to change that. grin

Bogeyface Tue 07-May-13 00:44:07


Bogeyface Tue 07-May-13 00:43:58

Scone rhymes with own.

As you were.

SconeRhymesWithGone Tue 07-May-13 00:20:15

Another Scone here. smile Last year we had a really good afternoon tea at the Hilton in Glasgow; the food was plentiful, and they had these charming Charles Rennie Macintosh style teapots that I still lust after.

Bogeyface Mon 06-May-13 23:40:57

Anna that is weird, every time I have been there it has been perfect sad There have been a couple of times when I have almost had to trip up the waiting staff to get noticed admittedly, but apart from that it was great. I put that down to lack of training (ex-head waitress, so I am quite critical!)!

SconeInSixtySeconds Mon 06-May-13 22:03:33

This may be my natural home <flaunts name around>

I am on a major diet at the moment, my love for scones with yes, butter jam and cream - strawberry jam please, plays no small part in this.

envy at all you eating afternoon tea

VivaLeBeaver Mon 06-May-13 21:59:18

Harlow Carr has a Bettys.

ilovesooty Mon 06-May-13 21:59:00

There's a Betty's in Ilkley.

Geordieminx Mon 06-May-13 21:54:35

Oh a d for the record... As everyone knows.. It's butter, jam then cream

Although!!! I have just remembered I actually had to ask for butter today and was greatest by a proper eye roll...tosser

Abra1d Mon 06-May-13 21:49:58

There are more like three or four Betty's! Or used to be. Northallerton. Harrogate (my favourite), York and . . . ?

I shouldn't be on this thread on a 5:2 fast day.

TiggyD Mon 06-May-13 21:49:06

It's the doilies. By law they have to be hand cut individually by highly skilled doilists. It's not cheap and the cost goes to the end consumer.

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