Afternoon tea is definitely having its moment and there are countless venues in which to enjoy a traditional one, but we thought it would be fun to put a spin on it and let you know about the places that are offering afternoon tea with a difference!
Since his appointment in 2015, acclaimed pastry chef turned head chef Olivier Briault has made The Edgbaston the place to go for a spectacular afternoon tea set in elegant surroundings. There’s a delicious selection of artisan savouries, a scrumptious variety of seasonal sweet treats accompanied by traditional scones with strawberry jam and Cornish clotted cream, served with Organic Loose Leaf Jing Tea.
Prices start at £26.50 for The Edgbaston Traditional Afternoon Tea – or if you really want to spoil yourselves there’s The Indulgent Krug Afternoon ‘Tea for 2’ with ½ bottle - £145 between two guests.
Indian ‘streatery’ Zindiya’s High Chai brings together Indian spices and flavours through its range of tea blends, such as masala chai, along with savoury and sweet dishes including homemade cardamom scones, seasonal macarons from Birmingham’s own Miss Macaroon and street food favourite – the Mumbai sandwich – soft white bread filled with a vibrant coriander and mint chutney, masala spices and layers of cucumber, onion and tomato.
High Chai also raises money for The Asian Circle, a charity supporting vulnerable women and girls in India and across South Asia.
High Chai at Zindiya is available between 2pm and 5pm daily. Booking is essential. Prices are £18.95 per person or £22.95 with Zindiya’s Chai Wala cocktail.
Complete with savoury sandwiches and sweet treats served on bone china crockery, Cadbury World’s Afternoon Tea gives the classic British experience a chocolate themed twist, combining classic items with delicious scones, macarons, chocolate brownies and rocky road, made to an exclusive Cadbury recipe! Sandwich fillings include salmon & soft cheese, ham & English mustard and cheese & pickle, on white and brown bread, accompanied with a choice of hot chocolate, coffee or a selection of teas.
Available Monday to Friday, afternoon tea and entrance costs £22.95 per person.
Head to Wing Wah which has recently relocated from Nechells to the bustling Chinese Quarter, for an exotic take on afternoon tea. Enjoy a selection of dim sum from Wing Wah's expert chefs and, of course, some delicious sweet treats, including a spectacular molten salted egg custard bun.
Chose between unlimited Whittard's tea for £18.99 per person or add a cocktail (designed by Robert Wood from 18/81) or a glass of fizz for £24.99 per person.
Bullring - Upper Mall West, Birmingham, B5 4BG
Brindleyplace - The Waters Edge, Brindley Place, Birmingham, B1 2HJ
Mailbox - 172-176, Wharfside Street, Mailbox, Birmingham, B1 1RN
Cafe Rouge, which has three restaurants across the city, has recently introduced its very own 'homage to fromage' in the form of a cheese afternoon tea. Enjoy a baked camembert with crudites, an artisan cheese board and either a croque monsieur or croque portobello mushroom, all washed down with a glass of their Comte Alexander Red, Rose or White.
Enjoy this savoury treat for £30 or £35 with wine for two people.
Bringing together the flavours of India with delicate attention to detail in a luxurious, art deco styled restaurant, Praza’s Indian afternoon tea offering is an amalgamation of British and Indian flavours, offering a completely new appreciation to the pastime. Guests can expect to enjoy a selection of exquisite Indian teas accompanied by some big flavours in Praza’s homemade sweet and savoury treats, including Nankhatai – Indian style short and crumbly biscuits, Motichoor Ladoo – One of the most popular Indian sweets made with sweetened, roasted gram flour pearls, a Lamb Khatti Roll – India’s own lamb paratha wrap, and Homemade Mini Cumin and Orange Scones, served with apple and date chutney, plus many more. Vegetarian options, Indian Afternoon Tea with Prosecco, and a Children’s Indian Afternoon Tea are also available upon request.
Prices start at £18.95 per person.
Serving some delectable desserts and perfect patisserie, Sky By the Water's afternoon tea has been created by a pastry team headed up by none other than 2018 Bake Off: The Professionals finalist Daryll Collins.
Head over to the newly refurbished bar and restaurant on the 5th floor of Resorts World to choose from traditional, champagne, gin or cocktail afternoon teas and prices start at £22.50 per person.