Create your perfect afternoon tea

Mini victoria sponge as part of an afternoon tea

From the simple afternoon tea to the more exquisite high tea, these truly British customs have become a treasured afternoon tradition with a history that dates back to the 19th century. With dainty finger sandwiches, tiny savouries, delicate cakes and scones topped with lashings of clotted cream and jam, what’s not to like?

Indulge yourself in creating your own show-stopping and delicious afternoon tea that’s perfect for any occasion. Take some time to bake some sweet and savoury delights so you can fill your plates with your own elegantly homemade mini treats.

Start your afternoon tea with your favourite cuppa or with a little pop of bubbles, and tuck into your favourite finger sandwiches from the simple cucumber to the classic cheese and pickle or ham and mustard.

From sandwiches to savouries

Can't forget the scones

Honey and apple scone with jar of honey and two honey drinks on the side

Scone recipes to try at home 

We're probably as well known for our scones, as the places we care for. Have you ever wanted to know how to make them? From traditional recipes to something a little more daring, we've got plenty to choose from.

Top it your way, the right way

Top it off with cake

Get everything ready

Hungry for more recipes?

From our kitchens to yours, why not recreate all that you love about a visit to a National Trust café? From hearty mains to light snacks and naughty treats there's something for every mood.