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Afternoon Tea the English Way

1 hour
From $19.00
Group size
Up to 20 people

Join a Tour Director for a primer on afternoon tea etiquette and British traditions.

Take a (virtual) hop across the pond to meet Matt, a Tour Director and avid tea drinker. He’ll invite you into his home to fill you in on tea culture, one of the most well-known British traditions.  The history of this tradition dates back hundreds of years, as does the etiquette surrounding it. Learn all about tea time, as well as how to make and enjoy the perfect “cuppa” using the methods he swears by.  During this Online Escape, you’ll experience a Cream Tea. This particularly delicious type of afternoon tea features a typical strong English tea paired with just one course: scones. Watch as he demonstrates how he makes light, fluffy scones and the clotted cream that goes with them. Matt will share his recipes with you, so you can try making them at home sometime too. Plus, you’ll get a primer on proper afternoon tea etiquette. Hear Matt’s take on tea time’s most controversial topics: Does milk or tea get poured first? Should scones be topped with cream or jam first? Is there such a thing as too much clotted cream? Whether you’re a seasoned tea drinker or not, his responses (and expertise, of course!) are worth tuning in for.

Shared real-time experiences

Online Escapes are livestreamed, so you’ll use your computer, phone, or tablet to connect with your host and others around the world.

What you'll need to participate

  • An internet connection
  • A device that can stream audio & video

We also recommend bringing

  • English Breakfast Tea (or any tea you have)
  • A kettle (or something to boil water in)
  • Milk
  • Sugar
  • A tea pot & tea strainer (if you have them)
  • A cup & saucer
  • Small plates & a serving plate
  • Pre-made scones (optional)
  • Clotted cream & jam (or your favorite toppings)


Overall rating 5.0 out of 5
Based on 33 authentic and unedited participant reviews
Afternoon Tea with Matt
06/21/20 by Laura

Our afternoon tea with Matt was very enjoyable. We were on tour with Matt in 2018 and we found him to be so personally engaging with everyone on tour. He is a wealth of information and filled us in on the history of tea. He a...

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EF Go Ahead Tours replied on 7/06/2020

Hi Laura, Reading this warms our hearts - truly! We appreciate your kind feedback about your host Matt and we are delighted to read that this was a sort of "virtual reunion" for yo...

06/19/20 by Anonymous

I bought this for my husband as a Father’s Day gift and he enjoyed it a lot. He’s super excited to make clotted cream and scones next week. He says he needs to get prepped before the endeavor. Thank you Matt for a wonderful e...

EF Go Ahead Tours replied on 7/06/2020

Hello fellow traveler, A great gift for a great husband! We are so happy he enjoyed it - I hope the clotted cream and scones making goes well! Cheers!

Afternoon Tea 🍵
06/19/20 by Nancy

Such a lovely time learning how to make clotted cream, scones, and a proper cuppa. Thank you Matt and EF Tours!

EF Go Ahead Tours replied on 7/06/2020

Hi Nancy, Thank *you* for joining us and for letting us know your thoughts about this Online Escape. We hope you will join us for another one soon.

The next best thing to being there!
06/17/20 by Anonymous

What a great time! My MIL and I were able to enjoy the “Tea Time With Matt”. He was very personable and friendly. We felt very comfortable with him. I loved the natural feel of the “class“ and have already made my first batc...

EF Go Ahead Tours replied on 7/06/2020

Hi fellow traveler, We are delighted to read about your experience - and we are so happy you got to follow along and learned how to make traditional clotted cream! We hope you wil...

High tea
06/17/20 by Mr. David

Entertaining and informative well worth the time. 👍👍

EF Go Ahead Tours replied on 7/06/2020

Hi David, thank you for letting us know how much you enjoyed this class. Take care!

Getting ready

How do I participate?

All Online Escapes are virtual experiences, so you’ll need an internet connection and the ability to stream audio and video. You can use your computer, tablet, or phone—whichever you prefer.

A link to manage your reservation, along with details about how to join, will be included in your confirmation email.

Who else will be joining?

Our Online Escapes are led by hosts from around the world. When you join, you’ll meet your host as well as anyone else who signs up. Each Online Escape has a maximum group size listed. Currently, Online Escapes are led in English and available to anyone in the United States and Canada.

What if I need to cancel?

While we hope you don’t have to, you can cancel your reservation online for a full refund up until 24 hours prior to the start of your Online Escape. You can read our full policy here.

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