Afternoon Tea with a Touch of Sparkle

Is there anything more glorious than getting together over Afternoon Tea?

Sweet treats, bitesize savoury delights and always accompanied by a delicious drink, this charming British tradition is a must-have for your summer celebrations.

Afternoon Tea

Try it with a glass of something sparkling and you’ll experience the true taste of luxury.

So, put a date in the diary with your nearest and dearest and enjoy an indulgent afternoon tea full of fun, fizz and finger sandwiches.

Sebastian Coman Photography - Afternoon Tea 2
Rosé with strawberries
Afternoon Tea - Sebastian Coman Photography

History of Afternoon Tea

We owe Duchess of Bedford, Anna Maria Russell, for this ever-so English experience.

Afternoon Tea

As the Victorian upper classes began to install kerosine lighting in the home, dinner became fashionably late. But this lady-in-waiting to Queen Victoria was understandably peckish! She devised a wonderful way to delicately dine between lunch and dinner – and so the glorious ritual of afternoon tea was born.

This timeless treat remains a much-loved British affair with endless contemporary appeal. Today, it’s enjoyed as an occasional indulgence steeped in tradition and historic charm. It’s a chance to catchup with loved ones, to treat yourself and others and get-together with the very best of friends.

Afternoon Tea

‘There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.’

― Henry James, The Portrait of a Lady

Book your Afternoon Tea Experience

We’re all looking for ways to spice up our staycations and cherish the time we can now spend together. What better way than to celebrate over a sumptuous spread of artisanal delights, delicately poised on tiered cake stands?

Here’s a round-up of our favourite places to enjoy Afternoon Tea with a glass of Ridgeview…

Afternoon Tea - Pennyhill Park
Pennyhill Park
Ockenden Manor - Afternoon Tea
Ockenden Manor
Afternoon Tea - South Lodge
South Lodge

Pennyhill Park

With breathtaking scenery, lavish interiors and an exquisite array of tantalising treats, Pennyhill Park’s exceptional afternoon tea is not to be missed.

Afternoon Tea - Pennyhill Park
Penny Hill Park - Afternoon Tea

Served in the Hillfield Bar and handmade by their dedicated pastry team, you can be sure of a treat for your tastebuds and a true sense of occasion. For a touch more opulence…

…add a glass of Ridgeview’s Bloomsbury NV, Fitzrovia Rosé, Blancs de Noirs or Rosé de Noirs.

Ockenden Manor

Afternoon Tea at Ockenden Manor

Enjoy an elegant afternoon tea at Ockenden Manor. Set within eight acres of stunning countryside, this Elizabethan manor house is the perfect place for a traditional afternoon tea experience.

Served in their charming drawing room or sun-soaked terrace, you’ll savour a selection of sandwiches, scones and sweet delights. Enhance the celebrations with a glass of Ridgeview’s Bloomsbury NV.

Afternoon Tea at Ockenden Manor

South Lodge

Delightful and delicious’, Afternoon Tea at South Lodge is a truly luxurious affair. Tuck into homemade sweet and savoury delicacies, from their award-winning restaurant team.

Afternoon Tea at South Lodge, Exclusive Hotels
Afternoon Tea at South Lodge, Exclusive Hotels

Relax in the beautiful surroundings of this luxury spa hotel and experience hospitality at it’s finest. For an extra special touch, add a glass of Ridgeview’s Bloomsbury NV.

Host your own Afternoon Tea

We’ve put together our top-tips and recipes for a simple way to host an elegant Afternoon Tea with a twist. Enjoy all the frill and thrills of this much-loved British past-time perfectly paired with your Ridgeview wine of choice.

START WITH SAVOURY

Sebastian Coman Photography - Smoked Salmon

Enjoy a match made in heaven with Bloomsbury NV and Mary Berry’s smoked salmon and horseradish canapésOr for an Asian twist, try Katsu Sandos with Blancs de Noirs.

These bite-size finger sandwiches with an assortment of fillings are an Afternoon Tea must-have. Try them with Cavendish NV for a touch of sparkle – just don’t forget to cut the crusts off!

CLASSIC SCONES

Here’s Paul Hollywood’s simple scone recipe for the most-British of treats.

Delicious whichever way you pronounce them!

Savour your scones with a glass of any of our Signature range but particularly Fitzrovia Rosé NV.

You could get really fancy and make your own Strawberry Jam.

We’ll forgive you if you buy the clotted cream.

Ben Stein - Scones

SOMETHING SWEETER

Add a French twist with Raspberry Millefeuilles and Rosé de Noirs.

Or for that holiday feeling, how about these cocktail-inspired Strawberry Daiquiri and Pina Colada Fancies?

Try it the royal way with Mini Victoria Sponge Cakes from Mary Berry.

Named after Queen Victoria, this was her afternoon treat of choice and makes an unbeatable pairing with Fitzrovia Rosé.

Here at Ridgeview we don’t debate about jam or cream first on your scones, nor quibble over English breakfast or Earl Grey. We have a much more exciting dilemma…

…which of our favourite sparkling wines to pair with our petit-fours and fondant fancies.