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Glendower Hotel afternoon teas
Glendower Hotel afternoon teas
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The Best Western Glendower Hotel is bringing one of the great British hotel traditions back to St Annes with the launch of an Afternoon Tea.

With a selection of cakes and sandwiches served with the finest choice of teas, the North Promenade hotel’s Afternoon Tea is available to guests and walk-in customers in the hotel lounge between 2 and 5 pm and costs £8.50 per head.

Afternoon tea, also known as low tea, is a light meal snack typically eaten between 2 and 5pm.

The custom of drinking tea originated in England when Catherine of Bragança married Charles II in 1661 and brought the practice of drinking tea in the afternoon with her from Portugal.

The more formal taking of afternoon tea, characterised by the serving of a selection of sandwiches and cakes on a tiered stand accompanied by freshly brewed tea, has been popularised in more recent times in hotels such as the London Ritz, where formal dress is required and prices start at £90 per head.

Glendower Hotel manager Andrew Haworth said: “Afternoon Tea is a fantastic British custom.

“With American style coffee houses having been so popular in recent years, we decided it would be nice to offer something more traditional to our customers who appreciate a bit of tradition and quality.

“But unlike the Ritz, we don’t expect customers to arrive in formal dress and welcome guests and passers-by to drop in for a touch of class, or to come in for a treat for more senior relatives.”

Afternoon Tea is served at the Glendower between 2 and 5pm, seven days a week and prices start at £8.50 per person.