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Jam first, or cream? Do you add the milk after the tea, or before? One lump or two?

Since being introduced by Anna, the seventh Duchess of Bedford in 1840 Afternoon Tea has grown to become one of our favourite British traditions. Enjoying towers of sandwiches and cakes in the middle of the afternoon is one of life’s great pleasures and this indulgent treat is one to be savoured.

A popular holiday resort in the 19th century for people seeking the health benefits of being beside the seaside, Southport has retained much of its stunning Victorian architecture and remains a go-to destination for people looking to enjoy this charming seaside town. With Afternoon Tea having been introduced in the Victorian era, it’s no surprise that Southport has some delicious options for you to choose from.

Nostalgia Tea Rooms and The Vincent Hotel, both located on the stunning tree-lined boulevard of Lord Street, have shared with us what makes their Afternoon Tea so special.

two ladies at a table in a bay window, being served afternoon tea on a stand by a waitress in a black dress and white apron

NOSTALGIA TEA ROOMS

A Victorian-style tea room, Nostalgia has occupied the first floor of the iconic Black and White building for nearly 35 years. Having taken over the running of the team rooms 17 years ago Dave, Lynn and their team have been serving afternoon tea since 2010.

Nostalgia’s afternoon tea is as classic as you would expect from a tea room where the waitresses wear traditional white aprons. Served on a three-tier stand for two people there’s no shortage of delicious treats. Sandwiches are first, along with a slice of quiche, and guests can choose their own sandwiches on arrival – the perfect way to ensure everyone is happy.  The middle stand is the home of delicious homemade scones, fruit or plain, together with butter, jam and clotted or whipped cream. To top it all off is a selection of cakes: usually Eton mess, a slice of cake, and a fresh strawberry & marshmallow kebab with brownie and topped with chocolate drizzle. These delights are all served with a side salad, and tea in a China pot with China cups and saucers.

This beautifully impressive afternoon tea is a huge hit with customers, and many return time and again to enjoy this special treat.

Available Tuesday - Sunday between the hours of 12.00 - 3.00pm, pre-booking is required by phoning 01704 501294 between 9.30am - 4.30pm (the day before is fine).

£12.95 per person with Tea

£15.95 per person with Prosecco

plate of three scones, next to a dish of clotted cream with a raspberry on top

THE VINCENT

With its fresh, contemporary styling The Vincent couldn’t more different from Nostalgia Team Rooms’ charming vintage interior. But when it comes to afternoon tea, The Vincent are sticking to the tried and tested combination of freshly cut finger sandwiches, scrumptious homemade scones, cakes and delicious sweet treats.

Their immensely popular afternoon tea has been on the menu since they first opened their doors over 10 years ago. Served in the award-winning Vincent Café and Restaurant, you can make any day an occasion by adding a glass of Prosecco or Champagne. If you’re really celebrating, or even just want to make Wednesday afternoon something special, try a skilfully mixed cocktail in the newly-refurbished cocktail bar.

With a menu changed seasonally there’s always something delicious for everyone to enjoy.

Available seven days a week from 3pm until 6pm, with prices starting from £19.50 per person. Pre-booking is required – contact the Vincent Café and Restaurant 01704 883 800 or email cafe@thevincenthotel.com

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