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How To Make The Ultimate Afternoon Tea Spread At Home

by Toni Olukiran

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Sweet treats, savoury bites and of course the best tea blends are what you need to make your very own delicious vegan afternoon tea in the comfort of your home. 

Vegan Sandwiches

Finger sandwiches are the bread and butter (sorry not sorry) of an afternoon tea – vegan or not, and these vegan sandwich fillings will add a twist to the staple.

Green Pesto Sandwich

pesto sandwich

Yes, cucumber sandwiches are iconic, but if you want to switch it up then try this green pesto sandwich. Cucumber combined with lettuce, avocado and hummus add some fun flavours to this original. Salty, green and definitely dreamy!

Leftover roasted veg sandwich

roasted veg sandwich

This colourful concoction will surely brighten up the platter. Roasted butternut squash, courgette and bell pepper make this sandwich flavourful and juicy and coupled with a smoky, tangy red pepper sauce, you can’t go wrong!

Savoury vegan afternoon tea bites

For those who love more savoury eats that sweet treats, load up on these bites that are perfect for any vegan afternoon tea. 

Sausage rolls

sausage rolls

We’ll use any excuse to eat these. They’re savoury, flaky crisp, and delicious. I don’t know about you, but we’ll always make room for a plate of these at any event.

Roasted tomato tart

roasted tomato tart

Keep things classic and seriously tasty with this roasted tomato tart. Five ingredients are all you need to make this buttery and juicy vegan tart, perfect for afternoon tea when cut into dainty slices.

Sweet vegan treats

Vegan scones

vegan filled scones

It’s not an afternoon tea without scones, so have a go making this veganised version of the British staple. They’re soft, airy and flaky; topped with a good amount of the best vegan jam and a healthy (aka enormous) helping of homemade vegan clotted cream (included in the scone recipe — lucky you), they’re unbeatable.

Vegan cakes

Vegan lemon drizzle cake

lemon drizzle

Fluffy sponge combined with zingy and sticky lemon icing and bright candied lemon makes this cake perfect to indulge on in the day. Cut into bite-sized squares and you’ve got beautiful cakes to load up on a platter.

Bakewell Tart

bakewell tart

It’d be silly not to include this one of the lists; the British staple will always find its way in afternoon tea spreads, as is its right. Sweet and nutty, you can’t say no to one (or five) slices of this stuff.

The best teas

cup of tea with teapot

There are loads of different flavoured teas out there that will complement such a great spread, but here are some favourites:

Formosa Jade Oolong tea

Whittard’s Formosa Jade Oolong tea is mellow and smooth — exactly what you want to sip after a hefty vegan scone. 

Buck’s Fizz tea

I rave about this tea given any opportunity. Bubbly and tart, this is a great tea to add some sparkles to your tea afternoon — the blend has gold flakes in it!

If you want some more bubbles, check out our guide to the best vegan champagnes.

Got any other vegan afternoon tea favourites? Let us know in the comments. 


By Toni Olukiran
Toni Olukiran

Toni is one of our lovely Content Marketing Assistants, and when she’s not writing posts about everything from Jamaican cooking to vegan champagne, she’s making a Spotify playlist (she was at 200, at her last count) or playing tennis in the park.

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