Afternoon Tea awards winners announced

The winners of the Afternoon Tea Awards 2019, now in its 4th year, have been announced.

This year, the awards attracted the participation of over 60 of the UK’s finest hotels and restaurants offering afternoon tea. The awards recognise the best in tea, food and service, and the winners were judged by some of the top professionals in the hospitality industry.

The four categories showcase the most outstanding experiences from best tea service, best theme, best contemporary tea and best traditional tea. ‘Highly Commended’ and ‘Commended’ Awards of Excellence were also presented. The awards highlight the quality of work coming out of the kitchen, and the ideas behind creating these luxury afternoon teas.

Keith Newton, managing director of said: “These are the only awards that look at the whole afternoon tea experience from the customer’s perspective. Our expert judges visit twice to ensure that food quality and service levels are consistent. The creativity demonstrated by the chefs, combined with exceptional service, show that afternoon tea is still a very special culinary experience that can be enjoyed by all.”

Best Traditional Afternoon Tea – The Savoy

Best Contemporary Afternoon Tea – Cadogan’s by Adam Handling

Best Themed Afternoon Tea – The Berkeley “Prêt-à-Portea”

Best Tea Service – Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London

The ‘Award of Excellence’ regional winners are

  • Pennyhill Park, Surrey
  • Coworth Park, Berkshire
  • Café at the Palace, Edinburgh
  • Lainston House, Hampshire
  • James Martin, Manchester
  • Laura Ashley, Coventry
  • Laura Ashley, Solihull
  • Foxhills, Surrey
  • Tewin Bury Farm Hotel, Hertfordshire

Highly Commended winners included The Berkeley, Rosewood London, The Dorchester and Kona, and Commended winners included Fortnum & Mason The Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon, Swan, Shakespeare’s Globe, COMO The Halkin and Le Méridien Piccadilly.

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