I was lucky enough to attend second annual Afternoon Tea Awards at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel, thanks to the event’s fabulous sponsors, luxury tea company, Newby Teas.
As if that wasn’t exciting enough the awards were presented by author and star baker, Martha Collison and hosted by AfternoonTea.co.uk (a brilliant website for afternoon tea recommendations).
Newby Teas welcomed us with gorgeous tea-filled goody bags and a chance to sample all their blends. There were also bubbles from Lanson and of course, some delicious afternoon tea treats. I think it’s fair to say it was certainly the best awards ceremony I’ve ever been too!
The awards are set up to recognise the best in afternoon tea and tea service, from some of the UK’s best hotels and restaurants. A team of expert judges anonymously call in for afternoon tea and look at all aspects of the experience for each prestigious venue (how can I get this job?!).
So, where are the best of the best places to enjoy tea and cake?
Afternoon Tea Award Winners 2017
- Best Traditional Afternoon Tea – Hotel Café Royal
- Best Contemporary Afternoon Tea – Mirror Room at Rosewood London
- Best Themed Afternoon Tea – Churchill Afternoon Tea at The Wellesley
- Best Children’s Afternoon Tea – Millennium Hotel London Mayfair
- Best Tea Service – Fortnum & Mason
There were also several venues who received a highly commended accolade, including local hotel Lainston House (see the full list here).
The team at Newby Teas are no stranger to awards themselves, they actually have over 100 awards, making them the world’s most-awarded international brand in high-end luxury tea. So naturally, I was keen to try their range and I’ve steadily been working my way through the goody bag. I have to say I am loving Newby Teas’ Milk Oolong blend, which is a yellow green in colour with a natural sweetness and creamy aroma of caramel. I’m also enjoying the green tea and earl grey blends.
Thank you to Newby Teas for the invite to the awards and to AfternoonTea.co.uk for putting on such a fabulous event.
***All the fabulous photos in this post were supplied by AfternoonTea.co.uk***