It’s time for tea …
Apparently it’s afternoon tea week, this got me thinking.
Not a past time I often indulge in partly due to lack of time, but on the occasions I do I always think that we should do this more often.
Introduced by the Duchess of Bedford and popularised by Queen Victoria during the 1840’s there are few British traditions more decadent than afternoon tea.
Often used as an event for girls get togethers, Mother and daughter treats, usually in places like the Ritz Hotel or Fortnum and Masons in London, but in Jersey we’re not missing out, The Bohemia Bar & Restaurant are serving afternoon tea.
The Classic Bohemian Afternoon Tea, priced at £19.95 per person, offers a delightful mix of: Bohemian Tea Sandwiches; Traditional Scones served with Strawberry Jam, Jersey Black Butter (a unique Jersey Apple Conserve from the cider making process) & Jersey Clotted Cream; and a delicate selection of fine Cakes & Fancies.
All Afternoon Teas are served with a collection of Loose Leaf Teas and Herbal Infusions from Jersey’s own Cooper & Co, including refreshing flavours such as: Jamaican Rum; Funky Flower Garden; and Moroccan Mint Tea.
The Sparkling Bohemian Afternoon Tea is served with a chilled glass of Tempus Two blancs de blancs for £24.95 per person, while The Champagne Afternoon Tea is priced at £29.95 per person and is served with a glass of chilled de Venoge Champagne.
The Afternoon Tea is served from 2.15pm until 5.30pm and can be enjoyed in Bohemia Bar & Restaurant, on the Roof Terrace, and even the poolside ivy clad Terrace. For reservations please call 01534 876500 or visit www.theclubjersey.com
As always please adhere to the following rules of ettiquette –
- Tea should be served at four o’clock, however anytime between two and five o’clock is acceptable.
- No dipping knives into jam jars/dishes, use the spoon provided
- Please include forks for ease of eating sticky cakes.
- Napkins (not serviettes – my bête noire) should be kept on your lap until the meal is finished.
- No biscuits should be included
- Tea should be a proper loose leaf tea
- Do not swirl the tea around in a cup as if it were a glass of wine
- And never ever raise your little finger when drinking tea, a complete affectation
- Do not depart from tea until the guest of honour has left.
Take an hour or so in the middle of the afternoon and enjoy some tea along with a few little delicacies and celebrate the great heritage of afternoon tea.
Head Chef Steve Smith at Michelin Starred Bohemia Bar & Restaurant shares this delicious fruit scone recipe that was created for the hotel’s Bohemian Afternoon Tea Collection.
Ingredients (to make 40 scones)
1200g Plain Flour
125g Caster Sugar
70g Baking Powder
175g Unsalted Butter
1 Litre Milk
1 Egg1. Mix flour, sugar, baking powder & butter until the butter has crumbled.2. Add sultanas and milk.3. Roll out on a floured surface, cut to the desired shape and size, eggs wash (1 egg and a splash of milk) & leave to prove for 15 minutes.4. Bake at 180°c for 10-12 minutes or until golden.5. Store and use as required.