|British loves their tea (Flickr/ Denis Bocquet)|
|Inside of the Twinings Strand shop (Flickr/ Ivan Bandura)|
Choosing from the wide selection available
|Twinings Tea Bag (Flickr/ Eva Rinaldi)|
|Whittard brewed tea powder (Flickr/ Tastea.cz)|
|Biscuits from Fortnum & Mason (Flickr/ Andi Fisher)|
Departmental stores like Fortnum & Mason have a trove of tea, pastries and all other sweet treats for the perfect afternoon tea. Their hampers make a great gift for tea lovers too! With the huge assortment, you will definitely find your cup of tea here!What tea without pastries?
|British often have their tea with pastries (Photopin)|
|Walkers Shortbread (Photopin)|
Originating from Scotland, Shortbread is a type of traditional butter cookies well-loved by many. Besides the regular rectangular shortbread, Walkers produces special festive-shaped during Christmas too! If you love shortbread, give this buttery goodness from Harrods or Dean’s a try!
|Scones, often served with clotted cream and jam (Flickr/ Connie Ma)|
Classic British scones are usually eaten with clotted cream and jam. There are different variations depending on where you are located, from the denser to the fluffier ones. The clotted cream adds richness to an otherwise plain pastry. Scones are always seen and served at afternoon tea with other cakes and small bites on a three-tier stand.
Add jam to enhance the taste
|Jam often enhance the taste of everything (Photopin)|
A generous spread of jam is all you need to compliment the scones with a dollop of clotted cream. If you prefer to have an afternoon tea from the comforts of your home, check out the range of jams from Tiptree, Bonne Maman and Hartleys! For a healthier range of “no added sugar” jam, try the Orange or Lemon Peel. All of the above can be found on the shelves of the regular supermarkets in London.
Lastly, remember to check out the homemade jams at the farmer’s market if you have the chance to visit one. You gotta give the Sweet Chilli savoury jam a try if you see it!
That’s our British afternoon special. Tempted to fly over to London for a tea session and more? You will need these: