Quirky ideas for afternoon tea around the UK

Unusual but delicious alternatives to the British classic

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Yay! It's Afternoon Tea Week (10 to 16 August 2015)! To celebrate Britain's love of tea, scones and dainty sandwiches, we've rounded up the UK's unique and quirky afternoon teas.

The quintessential British experience was introduced by Anna Maria Russell, Duchess of Bedford, in the 1840s, and since then, afternoon tea has become a British tradition in hotels and tea rooms across the country. While cucumber sandwiches, scones and cakes, such as Victoria Sponge and Battenburg, have traditionally been served on tiered stands, today's afternoon tea comes in all shapes, forms and themes.

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Vegan, seafood and even street food are some of the most happening types of afternoon tea that are served in the UK. One luxury hotel even invites you to experience an alfresco picnic tea served from a wicker basket. And a restaurant in Manchester delights diners with its Chinese-themed afternoon tea, which features rare and vintage loose leaf tea, a dish of cuttlefish bumblebee and pan fried sticky water chestnut cake.

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Game of Thrones fans can indulge in a twist on the tradition in Northern Ireland, where tasty treats are inspired by the fantasy lands of Winterfell, Iron Islands, Kings Landing and Stormlands, and include Baratheon Bread, Jon Snow Cakes and Dothraki Trifle with mini Dragon's eggs.

Want more? Take a look at the some of the most unusual afternoon teas around the UK by clicking on the pictures below to launch our slideshow.

19 unusual afternoon teas around Britain

19 unusual afternoon teas around Britain

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