When lockdown began, the number of web searches for ‘afternoon tea’ plummeted to its lowest point ever - almost nothing. But as our stay at home lives have dragged on, Google search trends show that there have been a growing number of searches for 'afternoon tea.’ And, for the first time, significant numbers of people are searching for ‘afternoon tea delivery.’
It’s no surprise, really. With the reality of a rolling lockdown slowly sinking in, the nation turned to treats left, right and centre. And once we’d mastered banana bread, we had to seek to recreate more special experiences at home. It was only a matter of time before takeaway afternoon tea became this month’s must-have.
Luckily, Edinburgh’s bakeries and tea houses have heeded the city’s cries, so here are 6 ways to sate your need for scones. This weekend, let’s celebrate the opportunity to once again meet friends and family with a delivery of afternoon tea for two. If parting is such sweet sorrow, then let reunification be a delicious joy.
Tuck into freshly baked scones from cafe Ostara, the base from which Artisan Larder has been operating since lockdown began. As it should be with afternoon tea, the scones are served with clotted cream and Scottish jam, plus carrot cake, a dark chocolate brownie and filled savoury rolls. There’s enough for two people, and the platter comes with loose leaf breakfast tea.
Afternoon tea can be ordered for delivery from Mimi’s Bakehouse, or you can buy a gift voucher for cakes and cream tea to be redeemed in future.
Mimi’s also has an option to share the love with a pay it forward NHS Cake Box for £5. As well as cakes, the box includes a message of support and is delivered directly to the Western General and Royal Infirmary Hospitals in Edinburgh.
Get your lockdown fix of tasty treats, with an Afternoon Delight of scones, cakes, coffee, jam and cream delivered to your door from Bad Tempered Baker. The cafe in Leith is also open with a limited menu and social distancing in place for takeaway, while bread, scones and cakes can be ordered online for nationwide delivery.
All You Can Tea Bakery is a small family run bakery in Musselburgh, offering stay at home specials and vegan options. Their afternoon tea in a box service is highly recommended as a great little celebration with (or without!) friends and family. All orders are welcome through their website and everything is available for delivery.
Blossom Tree Cafe is delivering fresh, homemade afternoon tea to Juniper Green, Currie and Balerno. Their selections are an ideal way to celebrate seeing friends again, and you can even include a bottle of Prosecco! Socially distanced collection is also available.
Okay, so they won’t pop it in a letter box, but BuonGusto in Buckstone will bring you afternoon tea. And theirs offers something a bit different, with an Italian twist to the cream tea concept. The marriage of English tradition and Italian deliciousness includes paninis, charcuterie, arancini and cannoli. A gluten free option is also available.
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