AP is our signature blend, designed specifically to be enjoyed in the afternoon, it carries a refined, aromatic taste and just a hint of cocoa. This Tea Palace exclusive was developed in 2005 to be served in our Notting Hill restaurant and has become a firm favourite with afternoon tea enthusiasts at many of the finest restaurants and hotels the UK.An aromatic blend of Darjeeling and Keemun black leaves, it is lively, bright and complex with slight muscatel tones and a luxurious cocoa finish, pairing excellently with both sweet and savoury dishes.Afternoon at the Palace is also included in the following signature gift collections:
Breakfast and Afternoon Caddy Set - £21.00 Classic Sample Triple Tube Collection - £12.95 Palace Favourites Collection - £32.95
It said that afternoon tea was popularised in the UK by Anna, 7th Duchess of Bedford, who lived in 1840s England where taking tea was a well-established pastime, entertainment and show of wealth throughout the nobility.
Afternoon tea at this time would have consisted only of tea or other drinks along with entertainment and was not served with food. In 1840, it was a particular fashion for the evening meal to be served particularly late - at 8pm and so there was a long period between lunch and the evening meal without any food. Anna one afternoon decided that she wouldn't wait until 8pm to eat and asked for small cakes and sandwiches to be served along with her tea, which seemingly caused a stir amongst the hungry ladies of high society!
This introduction of a "pause" during the day caused a resurgence in the popularity of tea as a noble past time, with hotels and speciality tea rooms also jumping on the trend in order to offer a way for those partaking to do so in luxury whilst socialising and showing off their wealth and status in public. Afternoon tea service also became ubiquitous in wealthy homes at 4pm each afternoon; a tradition still observed in the many palaces and stately homes dotted throughout the UK.
Today, afternoon tea is generally enjoyed outside of the home in the aforementioned hotels, tea rooms and stately homes, and for good reason. These institutions have refined the afternoon tea to almost an artform with teams dedicated to perfect tea (many of which serve Tea Palace teas), perfect service and increasingly decorative and innovative sandwiches and desserts for a truly luxurious experience.
Place one teaspoon or teabag per cup into an infuser, filter or teapot. Add freshly boiled water and infuse for 4 minutes. Serve immediately or remove leaves to prevent spoiling. May be enjoyed with milk or lemon to taste.
May contain traces of nuts
Our small sample size caddy is the perfect way to try a new tea.
Contains tea for approximately 14 cups of Black tea.
The refill carton, available in Standard and Large, is a perfect, environmentally friendly way to replenish your Tea Palace Caddies.
Contains enough tea for approximately 60 cups (Standard) or 90 cups (Large) of Black tea.
**Please note this container is not airtight and therefore once opened tea should be transferred to an airtight caddy or storage jar.
Our bespoke purple damask caddy is the perfect way to keep your tea fresh.
Contains tea for approximately 60 cups of Black tea.
Our Large bespoke purple damask caddy is the perfect way to keep your favourite tea fresh.
Contains enough tea for approximately 90 cups of Black tea.
Carton of 20 Tea Sachets
Our specially designed, individually wrapped Crystal Pyramid Tea Sachets carton offers the most convenient way to prepare loose leaf teas and infusions whilst the individual foil wrapping ensures that every pyramid bag retains its own individual freshness.
Caddy of 24 Pyramid Teabags
Our finest loose-leaf teas and infusions wrapped in 24 individual serving pyramid teabags. Presented in our bespoke purple damask caddy for the perfect way to keep your tea fresh.
Refill Carton of 24 Pyramid Teabags
Our finest loose-leaf teas and infusions wrapped in 24 individual serving teabags. These cartons offer the most environmentally friendly option to replenish your Tea Palace teabags.
**Please note this container is not airtight and therefore once opened teabags should be transferred to an airtight caddy or storage jar.
According to some studies, long-term consumption of black tea has been linked to lowering the risk of a stroke.
The high concentration of flavonoids found in black tea are said to help reduce the clotting of arteries, acting as antioxidants to reduce the levels of damaging free radicals in the body.
Often black tea is overlooked for its health benefits; overshadowed by the publicity surrounding the health benefits of green and white teas.