We’re all missing the things we used to do prior to lock down. It could be meeting friends for a beer, going to your favourite place for brunch or booking your next break at one of our 600 UK hotels. Being at home doesn’t mean you can’t recreate those fun things you would look forward to at the weekend.  

At myhotelbreak, we offer a varied selection of breaks throughout the year. This also includes afternoon tea experiences.  It’s a British tradition to enjoy afternoon tea at a prestigious hotel or country house accommodation. Lock down has given us all the chance to be creative on how to spend our time. Why not create your very own afternoon tea experience for the family at home?

Creating your very own afternoon tea means you choose the budget, the finger food and everything else in between.  

We’ve put together a guide to creating the best afternoon tea experience during lock down which the whole family can enjoy and get involved with: 

What you need to get started 

The first thing you’ll need to do is head to the cupboard in the back where your grans old cake stand is. Dust it off as this will be used as the centre piece of your afternoon tea experience. If you don’t have this, then use the best of what you have at hand. It might be the special dinner crockery, folded napkins and named place cards. Get online to find that Chinaware which gives your afternoon that authentic look. Added to this, don’t forget the teapot, teacups as well as slicers for serving the delicious cake. 

  • Cake stand 
  • Dinner crockery 
  • Napkins 
  • Named place cards 
  • Teapot 
  • Teacups 
  • Cake slicer 

Get the scene ready 

If you have an extendable table, dress it with a tablecloth first and foremost. String up some bunting to add to the effect. If you want to be a more ambitious, add edible biscuit bunting instead. Make some name-place cookies and ice them with your “guests” names. You can eat them as a starter or as a treat for later. 

  • Extendable table 
  • Tablecloth 
  • Bunting (or edible bunting) 

Drinks on “arrival” 

This is an important part. Make sure the milk and sugar are set out so guests (your family) can pour some tea as they sit down. It’s also good to offer a variety of tea. From Earl grey, peppermint, and English Breakfast are just a few examples. 

As we’re heading into the warmer months Iced Tea can be a refreshing alternative. Having the option of Pimms, a gin or a mimosa (all for the adults), could be other ideas to bring your afternoon tea experience to the next level. 

The main event – The Spread

There is quite a bit of a spread that comprises an afternoon tea event. From the tier of sandwiches, the tier of cakes and scones or even teacakes. Biscuits and pastries are also welcomed.  While it’s important to make enough food, nobody likes food wastage so make sure if you make a lot, it’s all eaten and enjoyed.  

Sandwich ideas 

Get ahead of the game and prepare the fillings in advance. Spread them out on the table just before your “guests” arrive so the sandwiches don’t go soggy. 

  • Salmon club sandwich 
  • Smoked salmon and avocado sandwich on rye bread 
  • Egg & cress club sandwich 
  • Katsu sandos 

Scone ideas 

It’s important to have a wide range of scones so your “guests” have a good choice to choose from. Although scones are best eaten on the day, to save time it might be worth to prepare some a day or so before. Freeze them, then on the day, defrost the scones on a low heat oven. Add lashings of cream and jam to the scones while also remembering to serve them warm. Add a hint of class by adding a homemade version of jam, served into a bowl and silver spoon. 

  • Classic scones with jam & cream 
  • Lemon drizzle scones 
  • Fruit scones 
  • Cheery scones 
  • Walnut scones 

Types of jams 

Jams are the cornerstone of any afternoon tea event so yours should be no different.  From zingy blackcurrant and strawberry; these jams are a must for spreading on teacakes and scones. 

  • Strawberry  
  • Raspberry 
  • Blackcurrent 
  • Rhubarb and ginger 
  • Cinnamon plum 

Teacakes & buns 

Split the teacakes into halves and butter each side. Glaze the buns with jam and serve sliced or split them too. 

  • Tea cakes 
  • Tea loaf 
  • Toasted teacakes 
  • Easy iced buns 
  • Earl Grey teacakes 
  • St Lucia saffron buns 

Biscuit ideas 

You can have fun here as you have quite a spread to choose from. Whether you decide to make cookies, gingernuts or other shortbreads. These can be put together quite quickly so no need for any pre preparation. Baking these types of biscuits take less than an hour. 

  • Cookies 
  • Shortbread 
  • Cookie sugared flower shortbread 
  • Ginger cookie sandwiches 
  • Strawberry & cream roly polys  

Other cakes 

Baking a variety of cakes will be a highlight for all. Bake ones for the adults that have a boozy twist. Being ambitious why not try baking fondant fancies in a cocktail theme with flavours like espresso martini, pino colada and strawberry daiquiri. 

  • Caramel cake 
  • Banoffee traybake 
  • Coffee & walnut flapjacks 
  • Pistachio cakes 


So, there you have it. Lock down can be fun and you can still enjoy the things we were all used to albeit in a different format. Follow these instructions so you can create the perfect afternoon tea experience for you and your family.  

It might take a bit of preparation but who doesn’t love a challenge? As we mentioned before we have afternoon tea breaks as well as so many more so check out the website and book something to look forward to later in the year. You don’t pay until you stay. Moreover, our cancellation fee being waived for the time being so there’s been no better time to book your next break than now.  

In the meantime, let us know how your afternoon tea experience went over on our members page on Facebook