Show kids the fun of hosting with our family-friendly recipes in our guide to afternoon tea for kids. If you’re aiming for a hassle-free hosting experience, explore our collection of quick and easy recipes in our easiest ever afternoon tea guide. We also recognise the budget constraints that often accompany event planning. Our budget-friendly afternoon tea ideas provide a wealth of inspiration that’s both economical and stunning.
Savoury afternoon tea recipes
Afternoon tea sandwiches
Put together an assortment of sensational sandwiches for your afternoon tea spread. Begin with the timeless club sandwich, a multi-layered delight featuring succulent meats like turkey, chicken and bacon. If a plant-based alternative is more to your liking, enjoy our vegetarian club, with hummus, thickly sliced tomato, carrot and watercress. For another vegetarian option, nothing beats the dynamic duo of egg & cress.
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If you’re seeking something lighter, our cucumber & herb triple-deckers flavoured with mint and chive soft cheese provide an elegantly dainty choice.
If you prefer heartier options, our schnitzel sandwich has a parmesan and breadcrumb crust and tantalising chilli mayonnaise. Alternatively, try our reuben sandwich, where the tangy sauerkraut complements the savoury meat.
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Even if you choose not to lavish your scones with cream and jam, dismissing them entirely would be a teatime travesty. Scones are an indispensable part of the afternoon tea experience. Consider indulging in our classic cheese scones, perfect for pairing with cold cuts of meat, or try the ultimate British combination with our coronation chicken scones.
For a vegetarian twist, swap out traditional bread and opt for our ploughman scones. Elevate your usual scones with a burst of umami by trying our cheese & Marmite scones. Alternatively, infuse sophistication into your tea ritual with our cheddar & sage scones.
For a plant-based alternative; our ‘cheesy’ vegan scones, made with nutritional yeast, ensure that everyone can get involved in the afternoon tea tradition.
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Savoury afternoon tea finger food ideas
Replace your typical patisserie afternoon tea options with savoury bites that will leave no one hungry. Our mini quiches are great for feeding a hungry crowd as they make 18-20 servings. Alternatively, for a gluten-free and vegetarian twist, opt for our effortless egg muffins, generously filled with a medley of broccoli, pepper, spring onion and cheddar.
Turn the classic sausage roll into a sophisticated finger food with our caramelised onion & thyme sausage rolls. Using store-bought pastry makes these a breeze to prepare ahead of a gathering. Go for our vegetarian sausage rolls for a meat-free alternative, brimming with a blend of mushrooms, chestnuts, leeks and cheese.
While pork pies and scotch eggs may evoke images of pub lunches or outdoor eating, our next level scotch eggs and mini pork pies amp up the picnic favourites, making them great for any occasion, and sure to impress friends and family.
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