5 of the best vegan options for national afternoon tea week

Thursday 12th Aug 2021 |

It’s National Afternoon Tea Week, but just because you are vegan doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the fun.

Having afternoon tea is a British institution, and is a perfect way to spend time with your friends or family. However, if you are vegan, finding venues that offer more than just cake can be tricky. 

As part of their Vegan Supermarket Ranges campaign, the team at Uswitch have rounded up some of the best locations to book an afternoon tea, along with some tips on how to stay vegan when you feel like giving up. 

From quiches to finger sandwiches, these five-afternoon teas around the UK are ideal for those who are vegan: 

  1. Earthcake, Bristol 

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Earthcake in Bristol is one of the best places in the region to get your hands on an afternoon tea if you are vegan. 

The menu offers a range of vegan delights, including one plain and one cranberry scone, four mini cakes, four-finger sandwiches and homemade vegan cream and seeded raspberry jam. 

So if you are looking to celebrate afternoon tea week in style, pre-order one of Earthcake’s vegan specials so you don’t miss out! 

Location: 71 North St, Bedminster, Bristol BS3 1ES

Find out more here: https://earthcakebristol.com/ 

  1. Pettigrew Tea Rooms, Cardiff

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As a proudly independent tea room in Cardiff city centre, the Pettigrew Tea Rooms is a perfect way to celebrate National Afternoon Tea Week this year, if you are in South Wales. 

The small business has a variety of vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options on the menu, but make sure to call ahead and ask about what choice they have on the menu that day.

Location: Castle West Lodge, Bute Park & Arboretum, Castle St, Cardiff CF10 1BJ
Find out more here: https://www.pettigrew-tearooms.co.uk/ 

  1. The Vegan Cakery, Leicester 

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As the home for all things vegan, it comes as no surprise that this little independent in Leicester offers a delicious afternoon tea to tuck into. 

Providing a bit of elegance and comfort to your day, indulge in finger sandwiches, plain and fruit scones with vegan cream, and a selection of miniature cakes and pastries.  

Location: Fleckney, Leicester LE8 8TW
Find out more here: https://vegancakery.com/afternoon-tea/ 

  1. Midland Tea Room, Manchester 

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If you find yourself staying at the midlands hotel this week, then why not try out one of their afternoon teas as part of your stay?

The elegant array of treats has been a firm favourite at the venue since its opening in 1903. As the only place in Manchester that is specially designed for afternoon tea, visiting the Midland Tea room will be a very unique experience, that comes complete with a glass of bubbly. 

Location: The Midland Hotel, Peter St, Manchester M60 2DS
Find out more: https://www.themidlandhotel.co.uk/tearoom 

  1. Terre a Terre, Brighton

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We all know and love Brighton for its beautiful seaside location, and vast array of attractions for tourists. But what does it have to offer vegans? 

Terre a Terre, is a beautiful vegetarian restaurant located in the seaside town that offers a plant-based afternoon tea perfect for vegans. With three tiers to choose from, the menu includes steamed rice bao buns with tofu,  orange and almond polenta cake, scones and much more. 

Location: 71 East St, Brighton BN1 1HQ
Find out more here: https://terreaterre.co.uk/menus/vegetarian-food/afternoon-tea-menu 

Tips on how to stay vegan: 

We all know that staying vegan after switching from a meat diet can often be challenging, with 54% of people giving up within the first two weeks. That’s why as part of their report Uswitch has also rounded up some tips on how to stay vegan long term. 

Find out where you can eat ahead of time 

This is one of the most important tips if you want to stick to your vegan diet. Always be prepared if you are going out to eat. 

Either call up the restaurant before you arrive to find out what options are available or research a few places that you know will have plenty of options for you to choose from. 

Learn to cook new recipes 

Learning to cook can be a great way to encourage new eating habits. There are plenty of vegan recipe books and websites that have some great new meals you can try.

Make sure to set aside some time to create some tasty treats, and you will find yourself falling in love with your new diet all over again. 

Remind yourself why you went vegan 

There are many reasons why people choose to go vegan including helping the environment, bettering their health, or reducing the harm that comes to animals when consuming meat. 

When you find yourself close to giving up, or craving meat, remind yourself of these reasons and it should help you get into a better mindset about your food choices. 

Find new products and dishes ready-made in your local supermarket 

Vegan products have seen a boom in popularity over the past few years as more people have made the switch to a plant-based diet. But where can you go to get new and exciting things to try? 

Supermarkets now have a range of own-brand options that are cheap, tasty and semi-healthy, and will stop you from reaching for something that you later regret. So next time you are looking to switch up your diet, head down to your local supermarket and see what treats they have available without the guilt. 

Know that cravings won’t last 

When you start out vegan you might find yourself missing your favourite snacks that you can no longer eat. But don’t worry, cravings do eventually change, and can go away entirely 

The longer you go without eating a product, the less time you will think about missing it, and even if you still want things like meat and cheese there are plenty of vegan alternatives that will help keep those cravings at bay. 

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