Afternoon Tea of the Year finalists unveiled

Afternoon Tea of the Year finalists unveiled


  • The Lawns Restaurant at Thornton Hall Hotel
  • The Palm Court at Sheraton Park Lane
  • Dry Martini, Melia White House
  • Town House, The Kensington
  • Dalloway Terrace at The Bloomsbury
  • Jumeirah Carlton Tower
  • The Hari
  • St Ermin’s Hotel
  • InterContinental London – The O2
  • The Perception, W London Leicester Square
  • Park Terrace, Royal Garden Hotel
  • The Stafford London
  • Georgian House Hotel
  • The Rosebery Lounge, Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park
  • The Chelsea Harbour Hotel
  • Emmeline’s Lounge, Conrad London St. James Hotel

Afternoon tea remains an absolute staple for many hotels across the world. But nowhere does it better than right here in the UK.

Ever since Anna Russell, the seventh Duchess of Bedford, became hungry at around 4pm in 1840 and decided to create a new meal time, afternoon tea has been a tradition that has never waned. In fact, it has got stronger.

This year, for the first time, Hotel F&B magazine, in partnership with the F&B Managers Association of London, has launched the Afternoon Tea of the Year competition to celebrate those taking the classic British meal time to new levels.

This June, 16 chosen finalists and supporters will descend on Westminster Boating Base in London to perform in an exclusive live final.

For one time only, competitors will take their signature afternoon tea out of their hotel lounges and serve it in front of a live audience and our panel of expert judges.

While a high-quality traditional afternoon tea is always brilliant, guests’ continued hunt for new experiences has seen the afternoon tea category explode into life. Themes and innovation have really come to the fore and we expect to see some real dynamism on the day.

Competitors will be judged on presentation, service, taste and overall experience in what should be a cracking competition. After the scores are in and the judges are full, Westminster Boating Base will host an awards ceremony alongside canapes and drinks to thank all of those who have participated.

The awards up for grabs include Best Tasting Afternoon Tea, Best Presentation and the overall Afternoon Tea of the Year award with the £1,000 top prize.

Editor of Hotel F&B magazine Joe Bill said: “We have had some really amazing entries from some top hotels and I can’t wait to see them in action.
“Some of these hotels have spent years refining their afternoon tea service and the calibre of finalists for this competition is a real testament to just how seriously hotels take their afternoon tea. We have got entries from the exquisitely traditional to the themed and innovative and it will make for a seriously fascinating event.
“Congratulations to everyone who made it through to the final.”

The Afternoon Tea of the Year takes place at Westminster Boating Base on Wednesday, 20th June. If you’d like to attend, please email