Cambridge-themed afternoon tea, anyone?🍰

We don’t know about you, but we’re immensely proud of our home city of Cambridge - with its quirkiness, quaintness and quintessential English-ness. It’s a beautiful place steeped in history.

And nothing could be more in-fitting with this pretty picture than a Cambridge-themed version of one of the most English past-times: afternoon tea. Yes, we now have our own brand right here!

One city centre hotel, The University Arms next to Parker’s Piece, is honouring Cambridge’s heritage by serving up a historically-minded afternoon tea menu.

Inspired by the long list of legendary academics who have graced the University, from Newton to Darwin, every dish on the menu has a story to tell or references a special moment in local history.

Sandwiches include coronation chicken with charred apricots - capturing the spirit of the original Coronation feast on Parker’s Piece - and house-cured spiced beef with mustard and pickles (courtesy of the descendants of the cows which used to graze there).

Other savoury delights include crayfish pastry boats, in honour of the world-famous Oxford vs. Cambridge boat race, and warm Sausage Rolls made with meat from Musks of Newmarket (also the Queen’s go-to for the royal breakfast table).

Those with a sweet tooth can indulge on Parker's football truffles - which celebrates the fact that the modern rules for the beautiful game were invented right here on Parker’s Piece.

Or Sir Issac Newton's apple - a decadent dish consisting of glazed apple mousse with a compote centre, inspired by that most famous of moments (whether fictional or not) which led to newton’s theory of gravity - when an apple fell on his head.

Duke of Cambridge Tart, cherry bakewells and rice pudding macaroons are also on the menu - and, of course, scones with jam and clotted cream. yum.


According to chef patron Tristan Welch, Cambridge folk love a hot drink, tasty snack and nice natter more than most. The University Arms’ afternoon tea “harks back to a pre-Thermos era, when taking tea was about simply sitting, talking, and enjoying the pleasures of a brew.”

The menu will be served in the library of the iconic hotel, where guests can enjoy a roaring open fire plus a never-ending selection of books curated by leading London bookshop Heywood Hill. It gives the whole experience a proper authentic feel - so sit back, relax and relish it.

The Arms’ afternoon tea will cost £33 per head and must be booked 24 hours in advance.

(Pictures and menu info/tasting notes credit to and courtesy of CambridgeshireLive)

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