There are a lot of fun and cool things to do in the seaside city of Brighton. Therefore, our afternoon tea in Brighton tour is a good option if you want to learn more about this city and have a relaxed time while tasting mouth-watering sandwiches, cakes, pastries and scones, accompanied with a nice cuppa tea. Brighton is easily accessible from London Victoria by train (a one hour journey) and there are many reasons why a visit needs to be on your bucket list.
Not only is Brighton the quirkiest and funkiest place in the UK, but there are also many top attractions. For instance, the i360, the Brighton Pier, the Lanes, North Laine, and of course Brighton beach. Whether you travel solo, with your family or a group of friends, Brighton is an ideal city break and equally perfect for day-trippers.
The popular British custom of afternoon tea is a relatively new tradition. The tea-drinking habit was already well established in China in the third millennium BC. However, England merely focused on coffee. With this in mind, it is no surprise that within half a century of opening the first coffee house, there were already over two thousand coffee houses in London alone.
It was the East India Company that brought the attention to tea. The company was established at the beginning of the 17th century and ceased at the end of the 19th century. Its focus was the exploitation of East and Southeast Asia. Due to the contact with China, Chinese tea became the main focus. The first British tea-drinking queen Catherine of Braganza, in the second half of the 17th century.
Afternoon tea as we know it today was introduced by Anna Russell, Duchess of Bedford, in 1840. As a result of dinner being served late, she got hungry around 4 pm. Thus, she would have some tea with bread and butter. Additionally, her husband would sometimes put a filling between the slices of bread. This became a habit and Anna invited friends to join her. Without a doubt, this became a popular social event for the high society. Nowadays however it is something all Brits enjoy and it is a popular and yummy activity. You will find out for yourself during our afternoon tea in Brighton tour.
Traditional afternoon tea will not leave you hungry! It starts with a nice selection of finger sandwiches with delicious fillings. Popular spreads include for example thin cut cucumber slices, cream cheese, and smoked salmon, and coronation chicken to name a few. Equally nice and sometimes included are egg mayonnaise with cress, and ham and mustard. Furthermore, small cakes and pastries are also part of an afternoon tea. And there are yummy scones with jam and clotted cream?too.
Last but not least, the final touch is a nice pot of tea. On the whole, the most favourite teas are black teas, for instance, Earl Grey and herbal teas such as mint and camomile. You eat afternoon tea from savoury to sweet. A lighter version is a cream tea, which only includes the scones and tea. Indulge yourself with the best what Britain has to offer food-wise and join us on an afternoon tea tour of Brighton to discover more tales and history of the city whilst you give yourself some time to relax and enjoy. We cater for most diets, so get in touch if you have special requirements.
It is possible to book a private afternoon tea in Brighton. If you want a tailored experience and add some extras, if you are a group of friends or a family with children and want to this tour without other participants or if there aren’t enough participants, please select ‘Book a Private Tour’ upon checkout. We charge an additional fee per person. For any tour related enquiries, please call us on +44 (0) 7783 152151 or fill out our contact form. We get in touch with you as soon as possible.
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