Enjoy a Scottish Afternoon Tea

If you’re visiting Scotland and want to know more about the traditional Afternoon Tea, we have all the information you need right here. From what an Afternoon Tea is to the history behind it. There’s no better way to discover a Scottish Afternoon Tea than to try it for yourself! Visit Ness Walk in Inverness and enjoy our Heavenly Afternoon Tea, served every afternoon in our lounge and restaurant.

What is Afternoon Tea?

Afternoon Tea is a traditional afternoon meal, popular throughout the UK. It comprises finger sandwiches, scones with jam and cream and a selection of cakes and pastries, served with hot tea. It is generally taken as a late lunch, or to bridge the gap between lunch and a late dinner. Afternoon Tea is an elegant occasion, often enjoyed as a special treat or celebration.

Selection of sweet and savoury treats at Ness walk Hotel

History of Afternoon Tea in Scotland

Tea has been a popular drink in Scotland since the 18th century. Originally, due to its high cost, it was only for the wealthy and reserved for special occasions. It was not until the late 19th century that it became accessible to all. From then on, the Scots have been a nation of tea drinkers. People drank tea at home, but also would go out to tea rooms to socialise. The Scottish tradition of High Tea began around this time. High Tea was the main meal at the end of the working day and consisted of a variety of cold dishes accompanied by hot tea.

Tea being poured into a white cup and saucer

The concept of Afternoon Tea as we know it today famously began south of the border in England, with Anna, Duchess of Bedford. In around 1840, the Duchess complained of a ‘sinking feeling’ between lunch and her late evening meal. So she began taking tea and refreshments in the afternoon and invited friends to join her. When word got around to Queen Victoria, she adopted the custom herself and it became a fashionable afternoon ritual.

Today, Afternoon Tea is served in tea rooms and hotel lounges across the UK. Each establishment may have its own take on the traditional offering, but they all tend to include finger sandwiches, scones with jam and cream, cakes and pastries. Hot tea is a must, but you can usually opt for coffee if you prefer. And it’s often customary to add a glass of fizz to the occasion.

Enjoy a Scottish afternoon tea at Ness Walk

Here at Ness Walk in Inverness, you can enjoy an elegant afternoon tea with a modern twist. Relax by the roaring fire and indulge in our menu packed with timeless seasonal flavours. Choose from our extensive speciality Dammann tea collection and coffee menu, and add a little sparkle with a glass of champagne. Gluten-free and vegan options are available. Find out more and book your table.

Autumn Afternoon Tea selection at Ness Walk
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