Although hospitality venues are closed due to Tier 3 restrictions, we still want to celebrate the festive season and treat ourselves.
And after the year we’ve had, who can blame us for wanting to pay someone else to rustle up some tasty goodies for us.
Private chefs might be out of most people’s price range but we can stretch to a scrumptious home delivered afternoon tea. They definitely make a nice change from a takeaway.
These tea options could also be good for anniversaries, birthdays and other celebrations – while hospitality venues remain closed in Tier 3.
And if you have guests over during the five day Christmas restrictions reprieve – where up to three households can get together – these teas could be just the ticket too.
From new independent bakers to well known cafe operators, there is something to suit all budgets for this ultimate at home indulgence.
Mrs B’s Afternoon Teas
Mrs B is Bartley Green mum of six Sarah Benson who started creating afternoon teas for delivery over the first lockdown.
Her teas became so successful, it’s now a full time business.
You can treat yourself or someone special to Mrs Benson’s Tea for Two package for just £19.99.
A festive afternoon tea consists of fingers sandwiches on a selection of bloomer bread. The fillings are: turkey, stuffing and cranberry ham, cheddar and tomato chutney, salmon pate and cucumber.
On the savoury side, enjoy pigs in blankets, tempura king prawn, cheese and crackers.
And for sweet treats, enjoy mince pies, a stollen Christmas slice, scones with jam and a cream cupcake.
Everything is made fresh daily.
A tea for two is £19.99 A single option is available. Delivery is within a five mile radius of B32 4AE for a small fee. Collection is from the same postcode.
Call Mrs B on 07802 307007 or go here.
Homemade by Hema
This new afternoon tea delivery service was founded by keen baker Hema Chauhan after she was made redundant over the first lockdown.
Mrs Chauhan’s afternoon tea boxes have gained rave reviews on social media.
The festive option includes prawn cocktail, brie and grape, turkey, stuffing and cranberry and ham, cheese and pickle sandwiches.
Dessert wise enjoy apple & cinnamon, mince pie and chocolate orange brownie, plain and sultana scones with jam and clotted cream.
There are also a range of cakes you can get delivered too.
For more info go here
Jonathans in the Park
Although the cafe in Lightwoods Park is closed, it is delivering its popular afternoon teas.
The ‘Afternoon Tea delivery for Two’ consists of 12 fine finger sandwiches including cream cheese salmon and cucumber, ham and cheese with spring onion, egg mayo, tuna mayo, Victorian seasoned chicken, two sultana or plain scones with clotted cream and strawberry jam and two macaroons.
Plus four mini cakes topped “artistically with fresh fruits”.
Afternoon tea costs £19.50 per person. It costs £22.50 with a half bottle of prosecco.
Delivery is free within a few mile radius.
For more info go on its Facebook page or call the cafe. If you’re heading out for a stroll through Lightwoods Park you can pre order alcoholic hot chocolates to keep you warm! Just call 0121 420 1888.
2 Adkins Lane, Bearwood, Smethwick B67 5DP
You can spoil yourself or someone else with a luxury Indian afternoon tea experience in the comfort of your own home.
Indian Snob owner Ruby Bansal, who is based in Sutton Coldfield, has just released her festive tea offering.
Indulge in turkey samosas, three bird kebabs – chicken, duck and turkey, and all-the-trimmings pakora – sprouts, parsnip & carrots, served with cranberry chutney and spicy gravy, Yorkshire pudding “with a twist” and mini masala roast potatoes.
For dessert – enjoy Baileys Barfi – an Indian milk sweet flavoured with Baileys and Terry’s Orange Cheesecake. Not forgetting their pistachio and cranberry cookies too, and brandy mince pies.
Wash it down with masala chai with a festive orange twist or everyone’s favourite – traditional Indian masala chai.
Each box serves two people and is delivered freshly cooked to your door and ready to be served.
The Meaty Snob box costs £45 and £40 for the Vegetarian Snob box.
Indian Snob is delivering every day – from Dec 20 – Dec 31 including Christmas Day.
For more info go here.
Four Oaks, Sutton Coldfield, B74
Cartlands Tea Rooms
Located within the heart of Kings Heath Park, this cafe offers a selection of afternoon teas for delivery as well as hamper ideas – full of freshly baked treats.
We love the sound of the Golden Festive Afternoon Tea.
It includes a selection of finger sandwiches- turkey and stuffing, cheddar and apple, baked ham and mustard, smoked salmon blinis, festive gourmet sausage rolls, baked scone with clotted cream and strawberry preserve, mini mince pies and “other festive treats”.
Also included in the package is “complimentary mulled wine or pink gin.”
The last date for delivery is December 23.
The Golden Festive Afternoon Tea costs £19.99 per person (minimum of two people). There are also cheaper options available.
Last date for collection and delivery is December 23. Cartlands also cater for vegan and is gluten free .
Go here for more info.
My Selection Box
This well established afternoon tea service previously provided afternoon tea in bone china plates and cups – and even sent round waiting staff to serve you!
Sadly, due to Covid, that service is no longer available but My Selection Box owner Danielle Hyman is still offering a range of afternoon teas for delivery.
The menu includes a selection of finger sandwiches, sweet and savoury scones, clotted cream, strawberry conserve and mini cakes, as well as your choice from a selection of tea.
My Selection Box teas are fab for little celebrations – as you also get personalised menus hand tied with ribbon.
Cakes are also available. Choose from flavours including red velvet, elderflower and lemon, Madagascan vanilla and dark chocolate with orange.
Afternoon tea prices start from £9.99 per person.
My Selection Box covers the South Birmingham and Solihull areas but can deliver to other locations on request.
A complete gluten free afternoon tea menu is also also available.
For more info go here.
You can also call 07951 442860