In the words of the novelist Henry James: There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea. But what makes the tradition so distinctly British? It all started when the 7th Duchess of Bedford called for tea in her boudoir one afternoon in the 1840s – feeling a little peckish, she asked that the tea might be accompanied by a light snack. Devotees of afternoon tea ceremony have never looked back, and it wasnt long before we were feasting on scones, cakes and cucumber sandwiches. Do you have a favourite afternoon tea food-pairing? Do tell. Our signature Afternoon Tea is an elegant blend of Chinese black tea, oolong and jasmine-scented green tea, with flavours of bergamot and a flamboyant flourish of pink and white petals. The rich black tea blends beautifully with the refreshing floral taste of the green, while the hint of bergamot creates the lightest suggestion of an Earl Grey. Its an ideal tea for Earls and Duchesses alike. The Great Taste Awards have been described as the Oscars of the food worldso you can imagine we were pretty chuffed when our Afternoon Tea won a gold star at this years awards. The judges called it bright, with a pleasant sweetness.