Afternoon Tea at the VSC

Afternoon Tea at the VSC

“There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.” Henry James

The origin of the Afternoon Tea

The Afternoon tea is a great British tradition that was introduced in 1840 in England by Anna, the seventh Duchess of Bedford.

The Duchess's dinner was usually served around 8 o'clock thus leaving her majesty with a "sinking feeling" around the late afternoon. To fill this void in her stomach, the Duchess asked that a tray of tea, bread and cakes be brought to her room during the afternoon. This rapidly became a routine for the Duchess. She then started asking friends to join her in order to feel less lonely and the afternoon tea became a fashionable social event throughout England. 

The Afternoon Tea at the VSC

With the newly refurbished Navy Lounge, we have decided to enhanced our afternoon tea menu. 

Still sticking to the classic menu which our members enjoy, Paul our Executive Chef along with Pastry Chef Alison Dabbs decided to add a few more modern twists throughout the Christmas and Autumn period to create seasonal afternoon tea.

You can expect new berry jelly shots which will be available throughout autumn. The Pastry team have been working really hard to improve their recipes in order to contribute to the enhancement of the afternoon tea at the Club. They are mainly taking their inspiration from the VSC Roof Garden for the sustainability of some of the products used within the afternoon tea. 

Please find our Afternoon Tea menu here.

You can book online from Monday 7th October. If you would like to book before please contact / 020 7616 8323.

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