Little’s Recommends – Luxury Afternoon Tea at Connoisseurs Scotland Properties

The delightfully British ‘Afternoon Tea Week’ is celebrated between 8 – 14 August. Treat yourself  at one of the Luxury Scotland Properties.

The Connoisseurs Scotland property portfolio are no strangers to providing some of the finest, locally-sourced afternoon teas in the country. With plenty variety to choose from, including sweet, savoury, vegetarian, gluten-free and vegan, we have provided a rundown of what you can expect from those at the very pinnacle of the afternoon tea game.

Gleneagles Hotel

With their pastry chef appearing on The Great British Bake Off – Creme de la Creme, the Gleneagles Afternoon Tea Experience can be summed in few words; luxurious, delicious, intricate and thoughtful. The entire experience is tailored to each individual’s tastes and requirements, the ‘grand and rare’ tea selection is exquisite and the staff are a true delight – knowledgeable and helpful with a genuine desire to provide the best possible service. The attention to detail does not go unnoticed.

Although the menu regularly changes, you can take a look at what you can expect here. Vegans, vegetarians and allergy sufferers rejoice – if you let the hotel know of your requirements prior to arrival, you will receive an allergen-free afternoon tea of your very own!

What really sets afternoon tea at Gleneagles Hotel apart is the setting. Although already breath-taking, the Afternoon Tea Experience will soon find a new home in the refurbished Glendevon Room, opening in January 2017.

A true experience which goes far beyond the food alone.

G&V Royal Mile Hotel

Nestled amongst the hustle-bustle of Edinburgh’s busiest street is the stylish boutique G&V Royal Mile Hotel. Formerly Hotel Missoni, the property has retained its Italian charm, evident through the afternoon tea menu which includes Pina Colada ice lollies, warm focaccia and semi-frozen ricotta served with fruit and pistachios. The central location offers weary shoppers a respite and chance to recharge whilst still being in the midst of the action outside.

For summer, guests can sample the Tanqueray Afternoon Tea, which includes Tanqueray 10 & cucumber Gazpacho, chamomile tea sorbet and Negroni Jelly. Enjoy alfresco for a true taste of Italy.

A modern twist on a classic.

The Airds Hotel & Restaurant

Perhaps the most tranquil location to enjoy an afternoon tea – in the peaceful isolation of the Scottish Highlands – the restaurant at Airds has been awarded 3 AA Rosettes, a definite destination to recommend for anyone heading North. Afternoon tea at Airds is taken very seriously, with an extensive tea selection for optimal food pairings to satisfy the even most discerning tea connoisseur!

Idyllic luxury.

Mar Hall

Mar Hall, located just outside of Glasgow, serve their afternoon tea option in the Grand Hall, consisting of “a mouth-watering array of delicate pastries, homemade cakes and scones with clotted cream and strawberry preserve. Diners can indulge in some luxurious champagne and choose from a wide range of distinct blends of tea, imported by specialist tea suppliers from around the world.” Although in close proximity to the metropolis of Glasgow, the Edwardian-style Mar Hall Hotel & Spa is set in 240 acres of natural beauty with opportunity to unwind and relax – just as afternoon tea should be!

Traditional afternoon tea, Edwardian-style.

The Torridon

Afternoon tea at The Torridon, Achnasheen, is a true Scottish experience. Located at the end of a sea loch, diners dreaming of a touch of escapism will feel at home here. Described by guests as ‘elegant’ and ‘delicious’, The Torridon have gone the extra mile in their commitment to providing the finest experience; they have created their own blend of tea in partnership with Camellia’s Tea House of Carnaby Street. Staff have been personally trained in the art of tea so you can enjoy the perfect serve, every time.

An adventure worth taking.

The Grand Tea Room – Trump Turnberry

A true vintage, Turnberry have been serving afternoon tea in their Grand Tea Room since 1906, and have been perfecting their offering ever since! Today you can sample what is the culmination of 110 years of refinement – enjoy your tea alongside the guidance of Turnberry’s Tea Sommeliers, who will take you through a choice of over 20 teas, in collaboration with Twinnings, all brewed to order using a traditional samovar.

Also available is a special Hendricks Gin Afternoon Tea, served in a traditional tea pot.

Refined yet relaxed.

Cromlix

If you are a fan of a spot of planning ahead, the next weekend space for Cromlix afternoon tea is April 2017! Produced in a kitchen managed by the renowned Albert Roux OBE, the menu includes fare handpicked from the Cromlix garden – be it from the herb garden, the beehives or seeds picked by Albert Roux himself, a champion of locally-sourced produce.

One worth waiting for.

You can find out more information on the Luxury Scotland properties here. As the only chauffeur drive partner of Connoisseurs Scotland, Little’s would be delighted to provide the perfect complement to any afternoon tea experience – a stylish arrival. Our range of luxury vehicles can cater for differing party sizes, and can be viewed here. For more information, contact tea@littles.co.uk.

For the definitive list of London’s best afternoon tea (as voted by The Afternoon Tea Awards) click here.  Contact neil@littles.co.uk for any London enquires.