Best afternoon tea hampers 2021

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Is there a meal more quintessentially British than afternoon tea?

Also known as high tea or a cream tea, the leisurely meal is rumoured to be the invention of the seventh Duchess of Bedford in 1840 to satisfy her mid-afternoon hunger pangs. Naturally the idea of finger sandwiches and warm scones slathered with cream and jam caught on like wildfire in the British public’s collective imagination, and it’s now a firm fixture in luxury hotels and restaurants across the land.

Now, it’s time to bring the tradition home. The good news is that there are plenty of cream tea hampers available to order online for delivery right to your doorstep.

From wholesome bakes with packets of fine teas to picnic hampers so you can enjoy an al-fresco spread, there are hundreds to choose from.

Ideal for celebrating birthdays, hen parties, Father’s Day or just brightening up a dull afternoon, we’ve rounded up the nicest and most lavish options to enjoy.

Put the kettle on and get ready to tuck in to the best afternoon tea hampers.

See our favourites below

PAUL Bakery Afternoon Tea selection

PAUL Bakery has news to delight picnic fans everywhere - it's now delivering elegantly boxed parcels of afternoon tea directly to your door. The handsome spread, enough for two, includes all sorts of bitesize morsels, from savoury brioche sarnies to pastel macarons, sweet tartlets and of course, scones with clotted cream and jam. Just add some fancy tableware, your best picnic blanket, and a flask filled with hot water for your English Breakfast tea, also included.

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(PAUL)

£29.95 | PAUL

Appleyard Afternoon Tea with Cocktails

Officially a florist, Appleyard's offering extend way beyond bouquets. You can also pick up this darling afternoon tea hamper online, given a delightfully boozy twist with Pink Negroni cocktails from Asterley Brothers and Amaretti Almond biscuits, made in Tuscany. It makes a delicious treat on it’s own or paired with petals.

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(Appleyard Flowers)

From £54.99 | Appleyard Flowers

GAIL’s Afternoon Tea for 4

The legendary London baker is a haven for carb-lovers, and as you’d expect, the afternoon tea delivery doesn’t fail to delight. The package contains everything you need for the perfect afternoon tea: four scones accompanied with a pot of Rodda’s Clotted Cream and jars of GAIL’s Organic Jam and Lemon Curd.

But this is a proper feast, so they’ve also thrown in sinfully delicious brownie fingers, honey cakes, smoked salmon & avocado yoghurt, and avocado & egg sandwiches (four of each) plus a packet of Loose Leaf JING Tea.

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(GAIL’s)

£42 | GAIL’s

Cutter & Squidge Spring afternoon tea at home

Upgrade tea time with a springtime afternoon tea hamper from Cutter & Squidge. Full of the classic highlights, you’ll discover four buttery scones (warm them before eating), jam and Rodda's clotted cream, as well as Mini Raspberry and Orange Loaf Cakes and an Indulgent Cheesecake Brownie. There’s enough for two people to share, and if this one doesn’t quite do it for you, there are other home delivery options, including a vegan version.

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(Cutter & Squidge)

£29.90 | Cutter & Squidge

Lola’s Deluxe Afternoon Tea

If you’re looking for a spread to spoil, Lola’s is one of our frontrunners when it comes to indulgent afternoon teas. The bakery’s box is packed with afternoon tea classics, all delivered to you within 48 hours.

The deluxe includes eight freshly baked scones, clotted cream, jam and even a lovely five-inch Victoria sponge cake, plus loads more besides. Ideal for larger groups, we think this would make a lovely addition to a birthday picnic.

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(Lola’s Cupcakes)

£59.99 | Lola’s

GAIL's Hot Chocolate Afternoon Tea Hamper

Get ready for a serious sugar rush with GAIL's sweet afternoon tea option. If you've got a sweet tooth, this is the best way to indulge it: think Islands 75 per cent cocoa buttons for melting into Hot Chocolate, Vanilla Shortbread biscuits, two Chocolate and Cherry Scones, a pair of Flourless Chocolate Cakes and a tub of Rodda’s Fresh Cornish Clotted Cream.

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(GAIL’s)

£25 | GAIL's

sketch Spring MMmm... Afternoon Tea

Craving some self-care? Sketch makes it easy with it's bento-style afternoon tea box, filled with enough bitesize morsels for one diner only. Impeccably presented, choose from original, vegetarian, pescatarian and if you're really treating yourself, the champagne afternoon tea. All otpions will arrive with the rich and buttery JING-Wuyi Oolong Tea.

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From £55 | sketch

Betty's Tea & Scones Gift Selection

A Yorkshire institution, Betty's has been delighting patrons with freshly made indulgent afternoon teas for decades. If a trip to Harrogate is off the cards for the time being, bring the taste of the iconic tea room to you intead. The Tea & Scones Gift Selection has everything you need to enjoy a Bettys's-style high tea at home, from proper tea, strawberry jam, scones and a Yorkshire tea loaf. The contents are freezeable too, so you can enjoy them long after they've arrived at your door.

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(Betty’s)

£16.50 | Betty's

The British Hamper Company Afternoon Tea Hamper

A gift voucher for a slap up high tea, don’t bother having lunch when ordering this gourmet experience. This fabulous gift idea can be booked for home delivery up so there’s flexibility when deciding when to enjoy your treat.

Expect delightful bites and beverages for two: handmade fruit cakes from Shropshire, chewy toffee waffles, crumbly shortbread, handmade jams and Great Taste award-winning Lincoln Tea.

Our advice? Crack out the good china and make a meal of this afternoon tea delivery. Nationwide delivery available.

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(The British Hamper Company)

£56.20 | NOTHS

Classic Afternoon Tea for Two Home by Piglets Pantry

This crowd-pleasing tea from Piglet's Pantry has it all, from sweet pastries to savoury bites, and of course, the scones that make an afternoon tea the treat it is. Designed for two, the voucher is valid for 12 months, so you can save this for a special occasion if needed.

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(Virgin)

£38 | Virgin

Borough Box Afternoon Tea Gift

A present to win the hearts of snackers, this bundle comes with a choice of teas along with crumbly shortbread, gooey brownies, clotted cream fudge, Joe & Seph’s popcorn and earl grey chocolate.

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(Borough Box)

£16.99 | Borough Box

Afternoon Tea Letter Box Hamper With British Grown Tea

If you’ve been missing friends and family you haven’t seen in a while, a letterbox-sized gift is the perfect way to let them know you’ve been thinking about them. Send your love via this beautifully curated afternoon tea hamper which comes with jam, tea, shortbread and organic dark chocolate. Trust us, they’ll feel thoroughly spoiled.

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(NOTHS)

£32.95 | NOTHS

The Tiny Marmalade Vintage Hamper With China Set

Filled with sweets, small-batch jam and tea for one, two or four people, it comes in a cute basket that can go on to fulfil all your cottagecore storage dreams. Not only that, but they’ll throw in some lovely china plates and mugs too, so your lucky recipient can enjoy high tea in the style in which it was intended.

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(The Tiny Marmalade)

£55 | NOTHS

Prosecco & Truffles Afternoon Tea

You can give a classic cream tea a luxury upgrade thanks to Devon Heaven’s glorious Prosecco & Truffles Afternoon Tea basket. The scones have been made by local chef Richard Hunt (presenter Kirstie Allsopp has used this legendary recipe on TV) while the jam is made from locally-grown strawberries. Langage Farm provide the rich Devonshire clotted cream, made from a herd of Jersey and Guernsey cows.

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(Devon Heaven)

£55 | Devon Heaven

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