This week is Afternoon Tea week, so if you are looking for Afternoon Tea in Stockton I have the perfect place for you to experience a relaxing and scrumptious Afternoon Tea. On the edge of Stockton on the beautiful Castle Eden Walkway, you will find McLaren’s Kitchen hidden halfway between the A689 and the Station at Wynyard Woodland.
“There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.”Henry James
When you think of Afternoon tea you think of the big Hotels of London such as Claridge’s or the Ritz, but where did Afternoon Tea really come from:
Afternoon tea, that most quintessential of English customs, was introduced in England by Anna, the seventh Duchess of Bedford, in the year 1840. The Duchess would become hungry around four o’clock in the afternoon. The evening meal in her household was served fashionably late at eight o’clock, thus leaving a long period of time between lunch and dinner. The Duchess asked that a tray of tea, bread and butter (sometime 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.
This pause for tea became a fashionable social event. During the 1880’s upper-class and society 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. It was only when Queen Victoria engaged in the Afternoon Tea ritual that it became a formal occasion on a larger scale, known as ‘tea receptions’.
In Britain today, Afternoon Tea is usually enjoyed as an occasional indulgence or to celebrate a special event such as a birthday, or a pre-wedding or baby shower party with a group of friends.
So why not Celebrate Afternoon Tea Week in Stockton this Saturday 15th August 2020 with McLaren’s Kitchen
The Typical Afternoon Tea Menu
There are no set rules about the content of a traditional Afternoon Tea menu, but it usually consists of sandwiches and a variety of sweet items. A typical menu might read:
Traditional Afternoon Tea Menu
- A selection of freshly prepared finger sandwiches
- Warm scones with clotted cream and preserves
- A variety of homemade cakes and pastries
- Your choice from a range of teas
What types of sandwiches are served with Afternoon Tea?
The classic selection of sandwiches served with Afternoon Tea includes:
- Egg mayonnaise with cress
- smoked salmon with cream cheese
- Coronation chicken
- Ham and mustard
What is a Cream Tea?
A ‘Cream Tea’ is generally scones, clotted cream and preserve served with a pot of tea.
What types of tea are served?
The range of teas on offer can vary from half a dozen to over a hundred, including some very rare and obscure ones. Some of the common teas on offer will include the following:
|Assam||A strong full-bodied tea from India, which has a distinctive, ‘malty’ flavour.|
|Darjeeling||An aromatic and astringent tea from India, with a hint of almonds and wildflowers.|
|Earl Grey||A blend of black teas scented with oil of bergamot named after Charles, 2nd Earl Grey, who was Prime Minister from 1830 to 1834.|
|Lapsang Souchong||A Chinese tea fired over smoking pine needles, which produces a striking smoky odour and flavour.|
What better way to finish your walk than with Afternoon tea in the countryside.
Book afternoon tea from McLaren’s Kitchen
Saturday 15th August 2020 on the Castle Eden walkway Stockton
- Minimum of 2 people, maximum of 4 – £11 a person
- Taking bookings for 45 mins slots from 12 pm till 3 pm
- Served with hot tea in china cups at one of my log tables
- Book now and put in your message your preferred time and I will do my best but can not guarantee slots and will be first come first served.
Mclaren’s Kitchen Afternoon tea selection:
- Sandwiches (ham, egg &cress, tuna, mayo and cucumber)
- Scones with clotted cream and jam
- Chocolate brownie, additional cake
- If you have any dietary requirements please le me know and I will do my best to accommodate.