Is there anything as quintessentially British as afternoon tea? Afternoon tea has seen an enormous revival in recent years, in part due to the popularity of the Great British Bake Off and the move as a society towards pursuing more mindful activity.
The custom for drinking tea is steeped in history and is thought to date back as far as 3000BCE in China. Here in England, we started drinking tea in the 1660s. Afternoon tea as a concept began around 1840 when the 7th Duchess of Bedford, Anna Maria Russel, found herself getting hungry in the afternoon at around 16:00.
She began requesting a tray of tea, bread and butter to be brought to her room in the mid-afternoon. She began to invite her friends to join her, and it was soon an occasion in which to dress up and enjoy dainty sandwiches and delicate confections, accompanied by specialist tea served in china cups.
At The Imperial, you aren’t just offered a pot of tea and a bit of cake; the experience is composed of many delicious elements (both savoury and sweet!) that you’ll love. You’ll be served a small cup of soup and a hearty sausage roll in addition to sandwiches, scones and cake. The sandwiches are delicate and tasty on soft bread. There’s nothing “usual” about the sweet treats, either! There’s an array of bite-sized delights which have been lovingly prepared to really showcase the talents of our pastry chef and to really tantalise the palette.
Tea is the national drink of England, consumed at times of both celebration and loss. It’s rare that we take the opportunity to sit down and enjoy it slowly. It signifies the opportunity to slow down, relax and be present. The Palm Court restaurant is the perfect environment in which to do that; light and airy with fantastic views of the ocean. Our team are committed to serving a delicious and elegant collection of treats that you’ll savour every moment of.
We have a wide range of enjoyable teas, but if you want a little more drama in your afternoon tea, we can add some fizz!
. . . All you need to do is to turn up and decide whether you’re #jamfirst or #creamfirst!