Ria’s Teashop Secrets: No mistaking our afternoon tea

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Well, it’s December and a vintage Christmas has arrived here at the tearoom.

The paper decorations are up and the carols are playing in the background.

We have Christmas tea and coffee brewing, filling the air with the aroma of mixed spices, and turkey and cranberry sandwiches are at the ready.

We are taking bookings for our Christmas themed Afternoon Tea which is full of festive flavours such as Dundee cake and marzipan cookies.

In the past year since starting this column it has come to my attention that there is a lot of confusion when the term afternoon tea is mentioned. For some, having a cup of tea and a slice of cake in the period we call the afternoon is afternoon tea, whereas for others that is just the daily routine of taking tea.

Still others mistake having a pot of tea with a scone, butter, jam and clotted cream as afternoon tea.

This is a cream tea, popular in Devon and Cornwall where they both debate if it is cream or jam first.

Also in the mix is high tea, which was originally given to children before bath and bed.

High Tea usually consists of a hot savoury item with a piece of cake and drink.

We offer a version of this at the tearoom but this can also be mistaken for afternoon tea.

A traditional afternoon tea, however, involves starting with a selection of finger sandwiches (no crusts!) before moving on to a scone with butter, jam, and cream, then finishing off with a selection of cakes.

This is all accompanied by a pot of tea to cleanse the palette.

If you have not had an afternoon tea before why not book to try one here in the comfortable, relaxed surroundings of the tearoom.

Or if you have had the pleasure of afternoon tea and are stuck for gift ideas why not buy a voucher from the tearoom to treat your loved ones?

We have some lovely vintage-style Christmas cards to put the vouchers in, or for any history fans in your life choose a quirky Identity Card for them to go in.

But whatever you do this festive season, we wish you all a merry Christmas and a happy New Year.