Chef Perry’s Afternoon Tea
Afternoon is a tea-related ritual, introduced in Britain in the early 1840s. It evolved as a mini meal to stem the hunger and anticipation of an evening meal at 8pm. (Not to be confused with “High Tea” which was the servant’s meal, taken later in the day.)
Afternoon Tea is a meal composed of sandwiches (usually cut small enough to be eaten with one’s fingers), scones with clotted cream and jam, sweet pastries and cakes. Interestingly, scones were not a common feature of early Afternoon Tea and were only introduced in the twentieth century.
In Britain today Afternoon Tea is usually enjoyed as an occasional indulgence or to celebrate a special event such as a birthday, or a wedding or baby shower party with a group of friends.
‘Royal Tea’ is a less widely used term signifying the addition of a glass of champagne to a traditional Afternoon Tea, for those extra special occasions! Please contact Chef Perry for Royal Tea options and pricing.
Chef Perry’s Afternoon Tea is based on the famous High Tea menu served in the tea room at the Butchart Gardens in Victoria B.C. (Which I highly recommend visiting!)
Chef Perry’s Traditional Afternoon Tea Menu
Warm scones with clotted cream and preserves
A warm entree
A selection of freshly prepared finger sandwiches
A variety of homemade cakes and candies
A range of classic teas
(Includes optional tuxedo service, background music, as well as all crockery and utensils.)
Candied ginger scone, Strawberry jam, Devon-style cream (Included)
Traditional warm delicacies (1)
Cornish lamb pasty, Caramelized leek and aged cheddar quiche, Chili Egg Puff, Chicken and mushroom vol-au-vent, or Truffled Egg Flowers
Savory tea sandwiches (3)
Locally smoked wild salmon pinwheel, Egg salad & watercress, Grated carrot, cucumber, with fresh ginger cream cheese, Turkey salad and cranberry with sage mayonnaise, and many more.
Chocolate brandy Napoleon, Battenberg cake, Bergamot infused chocolate pot de crème, Lemon tart
Cost: $30 per person (4 minimum)
(Additional menu items and options may be added for an additional $5 per person, per item)
*100th Anniversary A light black tea blend of Darjeeling, black Hunan and gunpowder
*Teaberry Blend Black Ceylon tea flavored with strawberries, raspberries, blackberries and currants
*Bachelor Button Chinese black and sencha tea flavored with bergamot, rhubarb and blue cornflowers
*Rose Congou Chinese Congou tea scented with rose petals
Garden Peppermint Slow dried peppermint leaves for a superb, refreshing flavor
*Made with exclusive Butchart Gardens loose teas