Afternoon tea continues to be a well-loved and cherished British tradition and with winter on it’s way, now’s the time to be enjoying it most! But with the importance of wellbeing becoming more and more important today, it’s good to know that there are healthier options out there…
1 Brown’s Hotel Tea-Tox
Brown’s Hotel has partnered up with Author, Food Blogger, Youtuber and all-round Nutritional-Guru Madeleine Shaw to add a fresh spin on afternoon tea. Starting 3rd January 2017, Brown’s Hotel is offering a guilt-free experience in The English Tea Room, which allows guests and visitors to indulge in equally satisfying treats for £55. The menu includes both savoury and sweet dishes, much like a traditional afternoon tea, and of course includes the option of champagne alongside a wide range of teas. New Year’s resolution’s just got that bit easier!
Albemarle Street, Mayfair, London W1S 4BP
2 RAW Restaurant, La Suite West Hotel
La Suite West may just become a vegetarian’s new best friend. Offering a vegetarian-special alternative to afternoon tea, the hotel’s RAW Restaurant incorporates a quirky, healthy and delicious spin on the British tradition; offering both raw and cooked options, the menu also features finger sandwiches, scones made with coconut cream and fresh strawberries and a range of home made pastries. The vegan afternoon tea is reasonably priced at £27 per person and includes a glass of non-alcoholic fizz. If you’re thinking of taking a trip, it’s definitely worth visiting soon as their winter menu even includes traditional vegan mince pies…dreamy!
La Suite West, Hyde Park, 41-51 Inverness Terrace W2 3JN
ETHOS is a passionate, meat-free restaurant that aims to satisfy the needs of those with specific dietary requirements. ETHOS vocalise their desires for a 40% European ‘Fluxatarian’ (a person who has a primarily vegetarian diet but occasionally eats meat or fish) population by 2040; they focus on ‘constantly innovating and delivering delicious, creative meat-free choices that are nourishing and non-processed for [their] customers’. The vast selection of courses now also includes a spectacular afternoon tea menu for just £9.95. Afternoon tea at ETHOS is vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free friendly and includes an irresistible assortment of cakes and sweets such as carrot cake, muffins and chocolate loaf.
48 Eastcastle Street, London W1W 8DX
4 108 Pantry
108 Marylebone Lane, Marylebone W1U 2QE
5 InterContinental Hotel
Located in the grande Wellington Lounge of the picturesque InterContinental Hotel in Mayfair, this is another idyllic way to enjoy the vintage British past time, but for half the calories. For £32 you can indulge in their ‘Guiltless Afternoon Tea’ that promises gluten and dairy free delights, using only natural sugars, whilst maintaining ultimate satisfaction. This memorable experience is a not-so-heavy treat that will leave you feeling comfortably full and with a spring still left in your step.
Wellington Lounge at InterContinental, One Hamilton Place, Park Lane W1J 7QY
6 One Aldwych
This Christmas, One Aldwych are bringing Charlie and the Chocolate Factory to life and everyone can take part! Dipping into a ‘world of pure imagination’ with this thrillingly themed afternoon tea (£39), One Aldwych has made this delightful experience accessible for vegetarians and vegans. If you just can’t resist finding out how scrumdiddlyumptious the Chocolate Factory really would have really tasted, but you’re on a health-kick, don’t panic because One Adlwych have provided a gluten-free replacement which still incorporates both sweet and savoury treats.
One Aldwych, 1 Aldwych, London WC2B 4BZ