Afternoon tea has been a tradition at the Swan Hotel at Lavenham in Suffolk since the 1960s and hundreds of people flock there each week to indulge in a traditional English cream tea.
The 15th Century timber building (pictured right) is, some would say, the perfect environment for a traditional English afternoon tea, but General Manager Michael Burns knows that his staff have to give guests quality food, drink and service in order to ensure they come back time and again.
The hotel charges £7.50 for a cream tea, which includes a pot of tea, a scone, jam and clotted cream and £13.95 for the Traditional Swan Tea which comprises tea, finger sandwiches, scones with preserve and clotted cream, and pastries topped off with a swan made out of Choux pastry. A glass of Champagne there costs £7.50.
Tea is not just restricted to tourists and guests, business delegates attending meetings are also offered afternoon tea as part of the package: “it’s a nice touch and they really enjoy it,” adds Burns.