Fife blogger Funky Ella reviews some of Fife's top places to go for afternoon tea!
Afternoon Tea really is the perfect treat and Fife has so many excellent places to try. So many cafes and restaurants have began serving them since I last wrote about them two years ago that I thought I’d round them up into another blog. Whether you fancy a luxury hotel, a cosy cafe or Afternoon Tea with a view there are amazing options to be had. I don’t know about you but I can’t resist those teeny sandwiches and dainty and creative desserts and it’s the perfect way to spend the afternoon. Introduced to Britain in 1840, what was once a nibble and cuppa to stave of the hunger until dinner time has now become a luxurious affair, although luckily we don't have to dress in gowns, gloves and hats for it to be acceptable anymore.
A Savoy Afternoon Tea Fairmont St Andrews
Situated three miles outside of St Andrews the Fairmont
is home to two championship golf courses, a beautiful spa and has just had a multi-million pound renovation. The Fairmont group manage the Savoy in London who serve world renowned traditional Afternoon Teas, so you can now treat yourself to a little slice of London in Fife. The Afternoon Teas are served in the 80 foot high glass topped Atrium. Head pastry chef Gerard Chouet creates delicious dainty sandwiches such as coronation chicken on tomato bread and a duo of Scottish Salmon with dill creme fraiche on lemon bread. These are served on a traditional afternoon tea stand in dainty blue china, along with fresh homemade warm scones, Cornish clotted cream, homemade lemon curd and Scottish strawberry preserve. The stunning cakes are presented on a silver platter so you can choose your selection, such as blackberry and Lemon Macaron and a chocolate eclair infused with earl grey tea. Talking of tea, the menu has a huge range of teas to choose from too.
Savoy Afternoon Tea from £25.00 per person
Champagne Savoy Afternoon Tea from £36 per person
Served from 1pm - 4pm in the Atrium Lounge
Heaven Scent at Carnegie, Dunfermline
The newly opened and award-winning Carnegie Library and Galleries in Dunfermline’s fantastic Heritage Quarter is home to the Heaven Scent Coffee Shop who serve delicious afternoon teas with a view. Looking out to Dunfermline Abbey and Palace
enjoy finger sandwiches with fillings such as mango chicken and salad leaves and houmous with salad. You are also served with a slice of homemade gateau, a French macaron and a slice of homemade traybake. All the cakes served are home baked and you can also enjoy barista made teas and coffees. For Mother’s Day, Mum will be offered a complimentary Raspberry Sorbet Prosecco or Raspberry Sorbet and Pink Lemonade mocktail. Heaven Scent also do a really popular gluten free
Afternoon Tea £12.50 per person
Served noon until closing, times can be found here
Old Course Hotel, St Andrews
Overlooking the famous 17th Road Hole of the Old Course, this five star hotel serves up a popular award-winning traditional afternoon tea. Served in the conservatory you can enjoy delicate finger sandwiches followed by homemade plain and fruit scones with clotted cream and strawberry and pink champagne preserve. The head pasty chef creates beautiful cakes and pastries which are served with a huge choice of specialist teas and coffees, or if you’d prefer you can have a glass of Deutz Classic Brut Rosé Champagne. Along with the traditional bites to eat the chef has been known to add some little surprises such as lemon pancakes, sausage rolls or even soup!
Afternoon Tea £20 per person or £30 with a glass of Champagne
Served daily between 1pm - 4pm
Balbirnie House Hotel
Recently voted Hotel of the Year at the Scottish Hotel Awards Balbirnie House, near Markinch, is a luxury country house. The Georgian Mansion sits in 400 acres of pretty parkland. Afternoon Tea is served in the beautiful Orangery, with floor to ceiling windows and a glass roof so you can admire the views while indulging in sandwiches such as smoked salmon with cremè fraiche and cucumber and cream cheese. These are joined on the tiered plate stand by savoury treats such as mini quiches and pork and apple sausage rolls. Warm sultana and plain scones and the chef’s own ever changing selection of dingy cakes round the meal off and you can also enjoy a glass of Chandon Brut.
Afternoon Tea £14.95 per person or £18.95 with a 125ml glass of Chandon Brut, Mendoza, Argentina.
Served daily from 2pm - 5pm
Doubletree by Hilton, North Queensferry
After a massive refurbishment the new DoubleTree in North Queensferry is open and looking absolutely stunning. Modern and stylish and offering those fantastic views over the Forth Bridges the DoubleTree is a real treat. The restaurant, The Shore, is run by the creators of Twenty Princes Street in Edinburgh and the team use the best of Scottish produce. The little finger sandwiches have fillings such as Vintage cheddar with red onion jam and cos lettuce, and red pepper, avocado and goats cheese. The Chef’s homemade scones are served with mixed berry preserve and clotted cream and the delicate cakes include Lemon drizzle, stollen fingers and French macarons.
Afternoon Tea £14.50 per person
Glass of Prosecco £4.96, Glass of Champagne £10
Hotel Du Vin, St Andrews
The St Andrews branch of the fabulous Hotel Du Vin serves up a quirky take on Afternoon Tea. The chefs skilfully create traditional favourites with a twist such as Severn and Wye smoked salmon with cream cheese on dark rye bread, heritage tomatoes and tapenade galette and goat’s cheese and spinach quiche. The desserts are fantastic, lemon meringue pie, gin and tonic sundae and rhubarb and custard sugary doughnuts are joined by two huge sticks of fruit flavoured homemade candy floss! Enjoying a gin cocktail with an afternoon tea seems to be becoming more and more popular and the Hotel Du Vin offer a delicious sounding gin menu with drinks such as Sipsmith Sloe and lemon tonic and Hendrick’s and elderflower tonic.
Afternoon Tea £22.50 per person
Served daily from 12 noon - 6pm
This stunning country house hotel is situated just outside St Andrews in 10 acres of beautifully designed and award winning gardens. With turrets and ivy clad walls this house wouldn’t look out of place in a Jane Austen novel, with four Visit Scotland gold stars it has more than good looks though. A traditionally Scottish interior with plush couches and roaring fires means you can relax and enjoy the view. In the rather elegant drawing room the roaring fire is a treat. You can chose from a huge range of teas from Tea Lovers Company and relax on the comfortable couches. The dainty rectangular sandwiches have fillings such as chicken and rosemary mayonnaise and smoked salmon with cream cheese and are joined by handmade warm sausage rolls and large fluffy scones with ample jam and cream. What I love the most though is the option to have a Kids afternoon tea. While you indulge in a cucumber and dill sandwich your children can be tucking into a Nutella, then a peanut butter and jelly sandwich! A divine selection of handmade cakes finish the meal perfectly and include Dundee marmalade tart and Winterberry and chocolate gateau.
Afternoon Tea £23.50
Sparkling Afternoon Tea £30.00
Champagne Afternoon Tea £35.00
Served daily from 3pm-6pm
Have you enjoyed an Afternoon Tea in Fife that I haven’t included? Let us know so we can add it in.