The popularity of the traditional afternoon tea has risen over the past few years, despite it’s origins being in the 1800s, it’s something that has never gone away, and for good reason. Traditionally served late afternoon it’s a meal consisting of either tea or coffee and a selection of sandwiches and cakes. The classic being a cucumber sandwich! It’s normal to have selection of different sandwiches such as cucumber, smoked salmon, egg, cheese with pickle and beef with horse radish. Sweet desserts are normally sweet scones as well as miniature brownies and Panna Cotta. It’s not that unheard of to have a savoury scone as well. It’s usually finished off with fresh strawberries and garnished with salad leaves.
Afternoon tea is getting more and more popular in Norfolk, but where is the best? With more and more places offering it and trying to stand out from the crowd I have put a list together of some of the restaurants and cafes that offer amazing cakes local to me in Norwich. Most places offer upgrades of champagne etc. A lot of places are now catering for gluten-free options and other dietary requirements.
I am on a quest to find the best cakes and selections on offer. Please feel free to comment on this blog with your own recommendations. I am happy to add them! This blog is very much a working project I will come back to it and tweak it from time to time. The prices of these afternoon tea options are of Summer 2017 the time of posting this blog.
List of restaurants and cafes offering Afternoon tea and cakes in Norfolk. The prices I have included are for full Afternoon tea not including extras such as champagne etc.
Assembly House in Norwich city £19.95 each person
Barnham Broom in Norfolk £15.95 each
Bidddy’s tea rooms – £13.95 each
Byfords Holt £14.95
Cafe Britannia £11.95 each. I adore the idea of of this cafe. It’s run by offenders from the prison making them less likely to re-offend when they are are released.
Dunston Hall £20 each
Harriets Cafe Tearooms £19.95
Imagine Spa at Blofield – Read my personal review here – Divine Afternoon tea at Imagine Spa £16.95 each
Number 17 in Norwich
Patisserie Valerie – Norwich city centre