Think afternoon tea is boring? Think again. Why not break out the fine china and the crystal – but leave the stuffi ness in the cupboard. Enjoy an afternoon tea inspired by the flavours and cast of characters of Great Britain. Whether it’s high tea you prefer, or Betty’s hot pot in a pub is more your style, the following recipes offer something for everyone. So put the kettle on and enjoy an afternoon tea with a twist – perfect for Mother’s Day!
To the Point
Our versions of open-faced finger sandwiches are quick, easy and to the point.
Best of Britain
Pour the Moment
“While beer isn’t traditionally an accompaniment to high tea in England, there is a tradition of enjoying beer with a late afternoon meal, often referred to simply as tea. You can find many classic British ales including Wells IPA, Fullers London Porter and Old Speckled Hen on the shelves of the NSLC.” ~ Stephen Chisholm, NSLC Category Manager – Beer
Reading Between the Tea Leaves, Margot Bureaux, Tea Sommelier
Specialty teas and loose teas are rising in popularity. Margot recommends visiting World Tea House (Bedford and Halifax) and Sawadee (Halifax), as well as Café 33 in Hantsport, for her own premium tea blends). Margot suggests David’s Tea as a great entry into exploring the world of teas, but don’t expect to find the most extreme styles of tea here.
Exploring teas from all tea growing regions of the world to appreciate their unique characteristics.
Shake it Up:
Tea becomes part of the drinks world. Look for tea cocktails, ice teas and for teas to be incorporated into drinks such as lattés, previously reserved for coffee.
Join the Tea Party:
No, not that tea party. Watch for tea parties to become part of our business and social entertaining options.
Fragrant Match Makers:
Look for fruits and flowers to be paired with specific teas.
“As the waters flow from the Himalayan mountains into the Brahmaputra river, Masala Mist captures the spray from a waterfall, a headiness from the vodka and a sense of India with rich, malty, steeped Assam, and spices that accent this unique beverage.” ~ Margot Bureaux, Tea Sommelier