Cream Teas and Afternoon Tea are available by reservation only from Wednesday through Saturday from 1 PM to 4 PM. Prices are per person with a minimum of two persons per party; individual tea servings are not available for sharing. Tea and Scones may be taken any time while we are open (until we sell out of scones); there is no minimum number of persons required. Please note that an 18% service charge will be added to all cream tea and afternoon tea orders.
How Afternoon Tea Works
Cream Tea, Afternoon Tea, High Tea…. How does it all work? See below for High Tea which has nothing to do with finger sandwiches, scones, and killing time (and appetite) between breakfast and dinner.
The tiers in our menu descriptions refer to the number of plates in the cake stands. By tradition, one starts from the bottom of the stand and works upwards. The bottom tier is always finger sandwiches; the second tier is scones, clotted cream and jam; the third tier consists of mini desserts and a slice of cake, usually Victoria Sponge.
Cream Tea reflects the bottom two tiers: finger sandwiches (first tier) and scones with clotted cream and jam (second tier).
Afternoon Tea is all three tiers with fingers sandwiches (first tier), scones and fixings (second tier), mini desserts and cake (third tier).
OUR CREAM TEA AND AFTERNOON TEA MENU
- “Two Tier” Cream Tea Finger Sandwiches (Two Pieces Each of Organic Egg Salad with Local Microgreens, Minted Cream Cheese with Cucumber, Coronation Chicken, Roast Beef and Horseradish Cream or Smoked Salmon and Irish Butter), Freshly Made Tea Scones (2, Fruit or Plain), Jam, Real Devonshire Clotted Cream, Small Pot of Loose Leaf Tea. We add a slice of house made Victoria sponge. $25 per person.
- “Three Tier” Afternoon Tea Finger Sandwiches (Two Pieces Each of Organic Egg Salad with Local Microgreens, Minted Cream Cheese with Cucumber, Coronation Chicken, Roast Beef and Horseradish Cream or Smoked Salmon and Irish Butter); Freshly Made Tea Scones (2, Fruit or Plain), Jam, Real Devonshire Clotted Cream; Selection of Mini Desserts Including French Macarons, Petits Fours, French Style Fruit Tartlets, House Made Lavender-Lemon Shortbread, Slice of Victoria Sponge Cake; Small Pot of Loose Leaf Tea $40 per person.
- Children’s Tea (10 years and younger) Finger Sandwiches (Two Pieces of Organic Egg Salad; two pieces of Nutella and Banana or Peanut Butter and Jelly); Freshly Made Tea Scone (Fruit or Banana Toffee), Jam, Real Devonshire Clotted Cream; Small Pot of Loose Leaf Tea, Orange Juice or Almond Milk $16 per person
Add a glass of Prosecco to any Tea for $9 per person. Sandwich fillings and desserts are subject to change.
The Difference Between High Tea and Afternoon Tea
Many people refer to Cream Tea and Afternoon Tea as High Tea. This is generally a misinterpretation of how the tradition of Afternoon Tea evolved. While the Duchess of Bedford (the creator of Afternoon Tea) was entertaining her friends at a “low” table with finger sandwiches, scones, and pastries in the afternoon, her servants were hoping she would finish soon and leave some scones. They would finish work and sit down to their tea at a “high” table. The meal would consist of a hot dish, a pot of tea and something sweet. High Tea was traditionally taken later in the evening, around 6 PM. In keeping with our British tradition, Sealantro will be adding a High Tea to the menu in the near future. In the meantime, polish your tea knowledge badge and come see us for Cream Tea or Afternoon Tea.