One of the most quintessentially British customs is a traditional afternoon tea. The origins of afternoon tea date back to the 1800’s when Anna, the 7th Duchess of Bedford - a close friend of Queen Victoria - needed something in the afternoon to bridge the gap between lunch and her later dinner time. Starting off as a small affair, with tea, bread, butter and a little cake, the tradition was soon soon adopted by the upper classes who treated the custom as a fashionable social event. Today afternoon tea is often enjoyed in celebration with a great variety of treats to enjoy with tea, cake, scones, jam, clotted cream and much more.
At Letterbox Hamper, we have a variety of gifting options for you to send an afternoon tea in the post to celebrate a special occasion or simply to send your love. From British grown tea to beautifully rich and fruity conserves, our afternoon tea letterbox gifts contain a variety of treats for your friends and family to enjoy afternoon tea and help cure that mid afternoon slum as the Duchess of Bedford did all those years ago!
Sending a letterbox afternoon tea gift offers the ultimate convenience as they slip straight through the letterbox and can be delivered even when your loved ones are not at home! Our range of letterbox gifts are wrapped in stylish paper, with traditional stamps and twine, with the option for you to write a personal message (printed on our telegram style cards) and choose the wrapping paper colour that's just right for you!
All a loved one will need to add is the scones and clotted cream for the ultimate afternoon tea indulgence! This letterbox afternoon tea gift contains Tregothnan Estate Afternoon tea handpicked on the Tregothnan Estate in Cornwall and blended with Darjeeling leaves, known as the champagne of teas! Jonathan Jones and his team at the Tregothnan Estate created the UK's first ever British grown tea!
This hamper also includes their classic tea, blended with finest Assam to make a British grown tea with a bold and full-bodied flavour. Perfect for dunking in the tea is the delicious original shortbread from the Shortbread House of Edinburgh, which is handmade in Edinburgh using a traditional Scottish recipe, with a delicious buttery flavour and a light crisp texture. Also from Edinburgh, is Edinburgh's Coco Chocolatier Organic Dark chocolate, made with delicious Earl Grey tea and Bergamot oil. Lastly the incredibly fruity Boddingtons Berries fresh raspberry jam is perfect to slather over some warm scones with thick clotted cream. Yum!
Also containing a great selection of sweet treats is our Best of the North Letter Box Hamper, filled to the brim with Northern England’s finest delicacies. Starting off with the tea, this luxurious gift box contains Taylors of Harrogate English Breakfast tea which is fit for the king, carrying a royal warrant as an official supplier to the Prince of Wales. Perfect to enjoy alongside Lottie Shaw's Parkin flapjack and seriously good oat biscuits and Coco Chocolatier's organic milk chocolate with a pinch of pristine sea salt. Originating in the West Country, thunder and lightning, is a variation to the traditional clotted cream tea replacing the jam with honey! Your loved ones can try this delight for themselves with the blossom honey included in the hamper from the Sheffield Honey Company in South Yorkshire.
If your loved ones prefer coffee to tea then our Coffee Break Letter Box Hamper is a great alternative, whilst still containing the key components to enjoy and afternoon tea treat! The tea is replaced with Olfactory Coffee's delicious blend of Fazenda Cruzeiro and Agustino Forest beans from Colombia, with a smooth taste of oats, cranberry and caramel and Ethiopian Rocko Mountain coffee, sweet and full bodied with delicate caramel sweetness and mild lime acidity, both best enjoyed in a cafetière. Alongside the coffee is a great selection of treats sure to satisfy those with a sweet tooth, including Lottie Shaw's Parkin flapjack, salted caramel chocolate, hazelnut & raisin chocolate, original shortbread and of course Blossom Honey to enjoy thunder and lightning!
Afternoon Tea Gifts By Post
Our letterbox afternoon tea gifts can be delivered to any address in the UK with international shipping also available!
Standard UK delivery is free and for orders placed before 2pm, we can deliver your letter gift by post the next working day, perfect for a last-minute luxurious gift to send to your loved ones!
You also have the option to choose a specific delivery date, perfect for when you’re looking to surprise someone special on their big day!