Whether it is a special occasion or a simple lunch with friends, Afternoon Tea is sure to bring that something special that leaves your guests dazzled. We supply everything you need to entertain with a beautiful afternoon tea service, all you need to do is provide the guests.

Dainty finger sandwiches, traditional English scones, delicious cakes and a selection of teas are delivered to your door. This is all presented on beautiful cake stands along with all the crockery and cutlery you will need.

Once you have finished enjoying your Afternoon Tea, please don't worry about the washing up! Due to the delicate nature of our vintage crockery, it is not dishwasher proof so please leave the washing up to us!

I will endeavour to collect the crockery from you within 48 hours of the delivery. This will be arranged at a time to suit you.

Duchess of Bedford

Afternoon tea was introduced in England by Anna, the seventh Duchess of Bedford, in the 1840. The Duchess would become hungry around four o'clock in the afternoon due to the fact the evening meal in her household was served fashionably late at eight o'clock. The Duchess would complain of having "that sinking feeling" and asked that a tray of tea, bread and butter (some time earlier, the Earl of Sandwich had had the idea of putting a filling between two slices of bread) and cake be brought to her room during the late afternoon. This became a habit of hers and she began inviting friends to join her.

Duchess of Bedford This then became a fashionable social event. During the 1880's upper-class women would change into long gowns, gloves and hats for their afternoon tea which was usually served in the drawing room between four and five o'clock.The afternoon tea tradition was born inside the houses of the rich and fortunate but once summer came around they wanted to take this fabulous time of day outside into their beautiful gardens. This then encouraged the lords and men of the house to take part in this delightful activity.

Tea was a fine delicacy at this time, therefore people drinking it wanted the whole world to know they could afford it. Rich families would get their portrait's painted with fine china and exquisite teas so people would know their extreme wealth.