Blog: The Best of British – Afternoon Tea at Metrodeco
This August from the 14th – 20th is National Afternoon Tea week. The tradition
of Afternoon Tea is typically British, having first come into fashionable society in the mid nineteenth century. Although tea drinking in the afternoon
had been popular for a long time before that, afternoon tea as we know it today was introduced by Anna, the seventh Duchess of Bedford. Finding the
gap between meals too taxing, the Duchess began taking a tray laden with tea, small sandwiches and cakes in the afternoon. She started by inviting
her friends and quite quickly the concept of afternoon tea caught on nationally. Now afternoon tea is seen as one of the most quintessentially British
traditions, so tourist and locals can fill their afternoons with tea and cakes.
Whether you are making up your own tea stand this month or going out to celebrate, afternoon tea is made better with local, British ingredients.
Metrodeco in Kemp Town, Brighton is a vintage tearoom and serves afternoon tea that features locally made food from British producers. Open sandwiches are topped with Deerview’s Tomato Chutney and Onion Marmalade. As well as four different types of sandwiches, each afternoon tea stand is stacked with homemade scones, clotted cream and strawberry jam from Paynes Southdown Bee Farms. Macaroons and Florentines are made locally at the Real Patisserie and there is the option of indulging in a variety of British drinks. Cocktails are made with spirits from Blackdown Distillery and Metrodeco also stock B-town Pale Ale, beers from Bedlam Brewery, Hairy Pig Sussex Cider, Ridgeview Sparking Wines and Wiston Estate Sparkling Wines.
Helen Wilkinson, the co-owner of Metrodeco said: "We champion British producers because we feel they are the best in the world. Our local Sussex producers provide us with fantastic goods that make our Afternoon Tea one of the best in Sussex."
It takes the best quality ingredients to make an excellent afternoon tea, Metrodeco sets a great example of how British ingredients and locally sourced producers can be incorporated.
Metrodeco can be found at 38 Upper St James Street, Brighton, BN2 1JN. For more information, visit www.metro-deco.com and on Instagram @metrodeco_teasalon.