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Vintage Afternoon Tea in Devon

There is nothing more lovely than an afternoon tea and ours are a delightful way of spending time with your friends or loved ones.   Whether you are celebrating a special occasion or just fancy tea with your mum or gran we can deliver a vintage afternoon experience to your home or holiday cottage in North Devon and transport you all back to a bygone era of elegance and sophistication with trained staff and wonderful 1920s and 30s music.

Afternoon Tea Package Includes:

  • Afternoon Tea set up in the comfort of your own home, holiday cottage or a venue of your choice (or a marquee in the garden if for more than 10)
  • Enjoy freshly prepared sandwiches with Smoked Salmon and Lemon Cream Cheese, Egg and Cress, Ham and Tomato fillings
  • Traditional handmade Victoria Sponge Cake and Lemon Drizzle Cake
  • Scones, Jam and Clotted Cream
  • Lashings of Tea
  • All served on vintage china with our staff to look after you for the duration of your tea.

If you would like to book our Afternoon Tea package delivered to your door we have a special offer available from October 1st to March 31st – email us to find out more.   You can also purchase a Gift Voucher from us as a Christmas or Birthday gift.   Delivery of our tea is an additional costs depending on where you are in North Devon (some areas, as you may well know, are harder to get to than others!)

Please contact us for details of prices as you may wish to choose alternative fillings or cakes and we like to make your experience unique and bespoke!

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Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea Special Catering in Devon

If you are hunting out something different to share with your mum this year, how about one of our sumptuous catering packages.  We can bring Afternoon Tea to you.

Treat yourself and your mum, Your mother-in-law or perhaps you want to help your grandchildren say thanks to their mum. We can bring vintage china, cutlery and tableware to your choice of venue, perhaps your home or if the weather is good how about the garden.  Our Afternoon Tea package is sumptuous, it’s highly unlikely you will need to eat again that day and we hand-bake everything ourselves even our own breads and only use Devon producers which helps to maintain the economy in North Devon.

Our Menu is as follows:
Hand-baked sandwiches with delicious choices of lovely fillings cut into dainty triangles and fingers in brown and white breads
A choice of 1 large round traditional cake, e.g. Victoria sponge, chocolate cake, date and walnut.
Large scone, jam and clotted cream – 2 each
Lashings of locally blended tea – enough to sink the famous five!
Vintage china
Vintage table linens
Music from the 20s, 30s and early 40s for ambiance

Price includes delivery in North Devon, set up and then collection of the crockery, etc either later in the day or the following day. You don’t even need to wash up, just pack everything away in the boxes provided and we will do the rest.
It’s a wonderful way to spend the afternoon with your mum or for your daughter.
We are taking bookings now and are limited to how many we can deliver on the day, so please book early to avoid dissapointment.
£55 for two people

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Please note: We are licensed for catering with Torridge District Council, Devon. We hold a Level 2 Food Safety & Hygiene for Catering Certificate and are fully insured for catering, and with many years of experience gained in the hotel, retail and vintage trade we know how to do vintage and hospitality and we do it well

Afternoon Tea v High Tea

On a beautiful sunny day there is nothing more lovely and typically British than Afternoon Tea, but this is not to be confused with High Tea, which is a completely different meal.

Afternoon Tea at The Ritz

Afternoon Tea is taken around 4pm and consists of dainty finger foods such as smoked salmon sandwiches, scones and cakes and is always served with a pot of freshly brewed tea. There are many variations to Afternoon Tea depending on the establishment or personal taste, but the amount of food served was and still is for the purpose of filling the gap between lunch and evening supper. Historically Afternoon Tea was a social event and taken in or out of the home by the upper classes who would perhaps meet at tea houses, hotels or visit the home of a friend

High Tea

High Tea is something completely different and is a much more substantial meal traditionally eaten by the working population who had no time for afternoon frivolities and wanted a more substantial meal as they were famished after leaving work. There was also no supper in the evening as High Tea was a heavier meal of meat and vegetables designed to last until the following morning. It is now known in most households in the UK as simply “tea”.

Typical Afternoon Tea would be:
Finger sandwiches of smoked salmon, cucumber, egg and cress, ham and mustard.
Victoria sponge, scones and fancies.
All eaten on small china plates with silver cutlery and small dainty tea napkins.
A large pot of freshly brewed tea (made with leaves, not a tea bag.)

Typical High Tea would be:
Meat and vegetable based foods, pies and cheese dishes. Very much what is now classified as a home cooked meal and still eaten in the early evening.

Vintage Valentine Tea Party – 14th February

With Valentine’s Day due why not treat your loved one to a vintage Valentines Tea Party.   A Vintage Valentine Party is a super way of celebrating an intimate afternoon tea together with lovely food, and romantic music, or if you like party atmosphere why not extend your invitations to friends and family.   To make it more fun choose an era and all dress for that time period, for example: Titanic and Downton Abbey,  Board Walk Empire/Prohibition of the 1920s and 1930s, Miss Marple and tea in St Mary Mead, VE day, Darling Buds of May, and so on.  If you cannot hold your party on Valentine’s Day hold it on the Saturday or Sunday before or after.  These are spiffing days for parties and if you have an afternoon party it gives you time to recover from too much tea drinking (ahem!) if you are due back in work the following day – perfick!

We can supply you with decorations, vintage china, silver ware, candelabras, sandwiches and cakes. We will deliver the day before if you are supplying your own food, or on the day if we are supplying your food, and collect the day after. You will not be expected to clean the hired items, we will do this for you after collection for no extra charge. You will also need to decide if you require the china to be matching, all one pattern and colourway, or mis-matched, which is the most popular and more fun.

For a party of 8, (or 4 couples) we supply just the right amount of crockery, decorations and suitable tableware for £7.95 per person and you supply your own food. You will be hiring the following:
8 x cups, saucers, teaplates
8 savoury knives
8 dessert forks
8 teaspoons
2 milk jugs
1 sugar bowl & tongs
2 large teapots (6-8 cups in each)
2 large sandwich plates
1 single tier cake place
2 two tier cakes stands
1 tablecloth & 8 napkins
1 metal jug for flowers (you supply the red roses!)
1 candelabra

If you would like us to supply finger sandwiches and cakes for your guests the price is £10 per person.
We usually supply two types of finger sandwiches, you can choose from:
Salmon & Cream Cheese
Egg Mayo & Cress
Ham & Mustard

You can choose from two of the following cakes:
Victoria Sponge
Lemon Drizzle Cake
Fruit Loaf
Scones, Jam & Clotted Cream

We can also supply champagne, Belgian chocolates, iced cup cakes, and other luxuries at additional costs if required and depending on your budget vintage games, outdoor ludo, croquet and chess, background music of the era you have chosen, plus ideas for table gifts for your guests. We also have staff available to wait on you at extra costs.  They will be dressed in vintage style black with white pinnies and will serve, clean up and remove all hired items on the day charged at an hourly rate.

Please Note: The above prices do not include delivery or breakages insurance which are part of our standard Terms and Conditions.