How to make tea sandwiches

Who doesn’t love a tea party? Whether you’re meeting for some girl time, or your tea party has a purpose, like a bridal shower, you’ll need to start off your tea party menu with some delicious finger sandwiches.

What is a Finger Sandwich?

Finger sandwiches, or tea sandwiches, are small, savory bites served as the first course at a tea party. They are usually small and daintier than the average sandwich – just one or two bites.

Popular Finger Sandwich Fillings

These tiny bite tea party sandwiches can be made out of nearly anything savory, but the most popular fillings are:

  • Cucumber
  • Cream cheese
  • Chicken
  • Crab
  • Smoked Salmon
  • Roast Beef
  • Egg
  • Ham

The bottom tier of a tiered tea party tray always boasts a selection of savory bites and finger sandwiches. Here are some tried and true choices for your next afternoon tea party menu.

Goat Cheese & Fig Jam Sandwiches

These sweet and savory finger sandwiches get their balance from the combination of goat cheese and fig jam. Kiwi and Carrot created these vegetarian finger sandwiches that also contain pecans and fresh herbs for a fresh, delicious taste treat.

Pressed Italian Finger Sandwiches

These colorful tea party sandwiches from the Laughing Spatula are filling combinations of pesto, salami, provolone and ham.

I love the look and color of these finger sandwiches. It’s nice to have some savory foods that can stick to your ribs and these really fit the bill.

Italian Pinwheel Finger Sandwiches

These rolled finger sandwiches are a great choice because they can be less messy than other tea party sandwiches.

These Italian rollups from the Daily Appetite really standout because they don’t require any cooking, are easy to assemble, can be made ahead and you can change up the ingredients to suit your guests.

Turkey Craisin Croissant Finger Sandwiches

While these sandwiches may be messier than the previous choices, they are delicious enough to include in this list.

Everyday Jenny created these using only a few ingredients. They’re easy to put together and can be made ahead to make your tea party preparations even easier.

Gruyere & Mushroom Finger Sandwiches

These mushroom and cheese bites were created by Sprinkle and Sprouts. They’re a great savory addition to that bottom tier of your tea party tray.

They’re a bit like mini grilled cheese sandwiches, but instead of being cooked in a frying pan, they’re cooked in the oven. Delicious!

Egg Salad Finger Sandwiches

What tea party would be complete without the addition of egg salad tea sandwiches?

The Reluctant Entertainer created these Downton Abbey style egg salad finger sandwiches. Not only yummy, they’re a perfectly English addition to your modern tea party menu.

Artichoke Tea Sandwiches

These vegetarian finger sandwiches were created by What’s Cooking America and contain chopped artichoke hearts.

I love the unique flavor of the artichoke hearts and seasonings in these delicious finger sandwiches.

To make it easier to assemble these tea sandwiches, freeze the bread before cutting and spreading on the ingredients.

Crab Salad Finger Sandwiches

This recipe was created by Savor the Flavour. They combine the richness of crab meat with the crunch of bell pepper, cucumber, and celery.

They really are an elegant addition to a savory course for any tea party menu.

Lemony Cucumber Cream Cheese Sandwiches

This classic recipe for cucumber tea sandwiches was created by Chew Out Loud.

It’s hard to imagine a tea party menu without a cucumber sandwich. This recipe is deliciously traditional. Made with cucumber, lemon, dill, and, cream cheese, these finger sandwiches are perfect for a baby or bridal shower themed tea party.

Pimiento Cheese Tea Sandwiches

Pimiento cheese isn’t just for spreading on celery! These festive sandwiches were created by Pink Piccadilly Pastries.

These colorful finger sandwiches are delicious and a great addition to your savory course.

Turkey Tarragon Tea Sandwiches

If you like turkey, this is the recipe for you. Bonnie at Thirsty for Tea created these from Thanksgiving leftovers, but they’re equally good on a tea party table.

These sandwiches combine the licorice-like flavor of tarragon, with the crunch of smoked almonds. Delicious!

Smoked Salmon Cream Cheese Finger Sandwiches

I have to admit that I am a sucker for smoked salmon so these smoked salmon tea sandwiches by Olga in the Kitchen, are one of my all-time favorites. Just looking at these makes my mouth water.

So elegant, simple, and delicious, these tea sandwiches can be made ahead to make your party day more manageable.

Gouda and Tomato Tea Sandwiches

This recipe comes from Natasha’s Kitchen. Natasha created these yummy small bites with baguettes, cheese, and tomatoes.

Simple and delicious. Since the bread base is a baguette slice, they are just the perfect two bite open face finger sandwich.

Cucumber Tea Sandwiches with Variations

The Kitchen is My Playground creates a recipe that can be slightly altered to make three different styles of cucumber finger sandwiches: open-faced, traditional, and triple decker.

It’s a genius way to mix up a traditional tea party recipe.

Mini BLT Sandwiches

This recipe from Oh, How Civilized is a mini-version of the traditional bacon, lettuce, and tomato sandwich.

This tea party finger sandwich may not be the most traditional on the list, but it makes for a perfect tiny savory bite.

These small sandwiches are easy to serve and fun to eat

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If you're not sure what to serve the kids for a snack or meal, consider setting out a platter of tea sandwiches. Tea sandwiches (also called finger sandwiches) are a healthy, easy, and inexpensive way to fill up the kids when they need a hearty snack or something different for lunch. They can also be adapted to almost any birthday or party theme.

The Basic Steps

To make a tea sandwich, you will need sliced bread, condiments, and fillings. The bread doesn't have to be toasted, but it makes it easier to spread condiments on top, and the sandwiches will hold up better if they need to be made well ahead of time.

To make one tea sandwich, lightly toast one slice of bread and spread on the desired condiment(s). Cut off the crusts, then cut the toast in half lengthwise. Spread and/or layer the two rectangular pieces with whatever fillings you like. This will result in a small rectangular sandwich that kids can consume in a few bites. (You can also cut the sandwich into triangles if you prefer.)

A Bit of Fun

You can add a playful twist to these tea sandwiches by using cookie cutters to create different shapes. Make full-sized sandwiches and use different cookie cutters—from princess tiaras to rocket ships—to cut them into desired shapes.

These sandwiches can also be turned into pinwheels. Skip toasting the bread, and roll up the made sandwich instead. Then turn the roll on its side and cut it into pinwheels, securing with a toothpick.

Simple Filling Ideas

If you are feeding a few kids with a range of tastes, keeping the fillings simple is a good idea. It also allows you to easily make a variety of tea sandwiches without needing a lot of ingredients. Some basic fillings to consider are peanut butter and jelly, cream cheese, ham and cheese, and turkey and mayonnaise.

If you’re using mayonnaise or any other foods that can spoil if left out, be sure to keep the sandwiches refrigerated or on ice until you’re ready to serve them, especially if serving them outdoors in hot weather.

Sophisticated Filling Ideas

If time, ingredients, and the kids' palates allow, creating more sophisticated fillings for the tea sandwiches will add another level of interest to snack time or lunchtime. Whether for a birthday party or Tuesday afternoon, choosing a fun theme will make these simple tea sandwiches special.

For fantastic afternoon tea sandwiches choose a mixture of sweet and savory sandwiches from the recipes below, or mix and match flavors to create your own afternoon tea sandwiches creations.

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The ideal bread to use for all of these selections is thinly sliced white bread, although you can substitute for wholemeal or gluten-free bread.

Note: While it can be tempting to omit the butter, keep in mind that this creates a barrier for the moisture of the fillings and keeps the bread from getting too moist or soggy.

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Roast Chicken and Honey Mustard Sandwiches

Spread the bread with butter and a thin layer of honey mustard.
Slice the roasted chicken and place on next.
Put the final slice of bread on top and cut to serve.

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Smoked Ham, Brie, and Apple Sandwiches

Butter two slices of bread.
Layer the smoked ham, sliced Brie and thinly sliced apple on one slice of bread.
Place the second piece of bread on top and cut to serve.

Grated Carrot and Raisin Sandwiches

Arrange freshly grated carrot on a slice of buttered bread and sprinkle with soft raisins (soaked in warm water for an hour is best).
Place another buttered slice of bread on top and cut into triangles for serving.

Chicken Salad Sandwiches

These are so simple to make, but people will not be able to stop eating them!
Make or buy a simple chicken salad, with shredded chicken and mustard mayonnaise.
Spread evenly onto a slice of bread.
Place the second slice on top and cut into fingers.
For extra taste, you can add sliced apple or celery into the chicken salad.

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Egg Salad Sandwiches

Mix mashed hard-boiled eggs with mayonnaise and a small amount of mustard to make a paste.
Spread evenly and thickly onto a slice of bread.
Add the second slice and cut into fingers for serving.
For extra taste, you can add sliced apple or celery.

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Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese Sandwiches

Spread a thick layer of softened cream cheese on one slice of bread.
Lay thin slices of smoked salmon on top of the cream cheese and cover with the top slice of bread.
Cut into triangles or fingers for serving.

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Classic Cucumber Sandwiches

Classic cucumber sandwiches are the easiest to make.
Spread a layer of butter on a slice of white bread.
Remove the skin of the cucumber.
Slice the cucumber into thin round slices.
Place on the bread and season with a small amount of pepper and salt .
Serve as open sandwiches or cover with the second slice of bread and cut into triangles for serving.

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Tomato and Cheddar Cheese Sandwich Fingers

Thinly slice the tomato and the cheddar cheese.
Layer onto a buttered slice of bread.
Place the second slice of bread on the top and cut into triangles or fingers for serving.

Fresh Mozzarella and Tomato Italian Style Sandwiches

Thinly slice the tomato and the mozzarella cheese.
Layer onto a buttered slice of bread.
Place the second slice of bread on the top and cut into triangles or fingers for serving.
For added taste add fresh basil leaves to the sandwich.

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Asparagus Rolls look great served on a silver platter like this one

Asparagus Rolls

Freshly cooked or tinned green asparagus work best for this,
but be sure to drain the asparagus well before placing on the bread or you will have a soggy mess.
Butter the bread first and salt it.
Lay the asparagus over the bread and roll into sandwich rolls. Serve immediately.

Tuna, Mayonnaise, and Mango Sandwiches

Butter two slices of bread.
Spread with mayonnaise.
Used tinned tuna that has been well-drained.
Place the tuna on next.
Fresh or tinned mango can be used next.
Layer this on top of the tuna and top with the final piece of bread. Cut and serve.

Smoked Salmon and Cucumber Sandwiches

Butter the bread.
Layer the thinly sliced smoked salmon on the bottom slice.
You can also use well-drained tinned salmon for this.
Peel and thinly slice the cucumber and layer on next.
Place the top piece of bread on and cut to serve immediately.

Crab Salad Sandwiches

Butter both pieces of bread well.
Use a simple store-bought crab salad and spread thickly on the bottom layer of bread.
Place the top layer of bread on and cut to serve.

Camembert and Fig Sandwiches

Butter two slices of bread.
Lay a think slice of camembert cheese on the bottom slice.
Use dried figs or fig jam next to layer on next.
Place the final layer of bread and cut to serve.

Published: Mar 23, 2021 · Modified: Apr 19, 2021 by Aleka Shunk · This post may contain affiliate links.

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Tea sandwiches are such a fun brunch time snack to serve with or without tea! I like to make these English Tea Finger Sandwiches AHEAD of time when expecting company. It is best to serve them cold (or room temperature) so no fussing with reheating! Traditional tea sandwiches are ideal for afternoon bridal, baby showers or a simple brunch party!

How to make tea sandwiches

Tea sandwiches, or all mini sandwiches really, are such a fun way to enjoy a late morning or early afternoon tea (or mimosa)! They were created to help stave off hunger until the main meal and they definitely do just that! It is also known as ‘low tea’ as opposed to ‘high tea’ because the sandwiches were typically served on low tables.

Now a days, you will see these finger tea sandwiches most often at bridal showers or baby showers because finger foods are the ultimate appetizer.

All recipes for tea sandwiches are cute, fun and perfect for brunch time parties. Oh and did I mention how cost efficient they are to make?

If you’re looking for a great make ahead brunch recipe, try my Turkey Avocado Roll Ups with Thyme Dressing.

10 Expert Tips

  1. Spread a thin layer of butter onto your bread to prevent your sandwiches from getting soggy.
  2. Keep your finger sandwiches bite-sized. They should be able to be consumed in a few bites.
  3. Serve your tea sandwiches with black or herbal tea, cream pastries and scones to keep it traditional.
  4. Look for the thinnest bread you can find.This helps to keep the bread to filling ratio equal.
  5. Feel free to use different types of bread like white, wheat, rye and pumpernickel for an array of colors and taste.
  6. If using cucumbers, make sure to slice them very thin.
  7. Adding fresh herbs instead of dried makes a huge difference in flavor.
  8. Finding the right ratio of bread to filling for the perfect tea sandwich.
  9. Make sure to trim your tea sandwiches AFTER you fill them. This will make for a neater edge. And use a serrated knife to do so!
  10. Using cucumbers, radishes, celery or pickles add a needed CRUNCH to tea sandwiches so make sure to add one of the above.
  11. Add a topping to each individual tea sandwich to give your guests an idea of what’s inside.

How to make tea sandwiches

What kind of bread should you use?

Although it is not traditional, most tea sandwiches are made with “regular sliced” bagged sandwich bread in either white, wheat or rye. It is what we all have in our grocery store and is the easiest to find!

If your bread is too thick, the ratio of filling to bread will be off so try to keep it on the thin side.

I like to have a combination of white, wheat and rye sandwich bread when serving my tea sandwiches at a party. The color contrast is more appetizing too!

Bonus! Most tea sandwiches are also vegetarian friendly so they will suit almost all of your guests dietary restrictions. An even better idea is to buy gluten free bread so that those who are gluten free will be able to enjoy these too!

Can I make tea sandwiches the night before?

Yes! In fact, I highly suggest to do this to save time. Just store them in a sealed container in the fridge. I like to layer them with a damp paper towel to keep them from drying out.

If you are layering your tea sandwiches on top of one another, I like to place a piece of wax or parchment paper in between so they do not get too soggy or stick to each other.

Keep your sandwiches from drying out!

Traditional afternoon tea sandwiches are made using super soft, moist sandwich bread which can and will get very dry if you leave them out for more than an hour or so. Remember, open air is the enemy.

You have two options:

1. Place a damp paper towel or dish cloth over top of your sandwiches until your guests arrive.

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How to cut tea sandwiches:

Traditional English tea sandwiches are typically cut into small triangles.I like the rectangles because I feel like it saves bread.

The firs thing to do is, trim the crust. Use a serrated knife for this. If your knife is not sharp, you will squish the bread. Then cut diagonally to make two triangles.

Another option is to cut your sandwiches into long rectangles. You could probably get 3 rectangles from each trimmed sandwich.

TIP* Adding a layer of butter to your bread on both sides, will act as a barrier and keep your bread from getting soggy!

Other English Tea Flavor Combinations:

  • Smoked salmon (lox), cream cheese and capers
  • Egg salad with watercress
  • Cheese and jam or chutney
  • Ham, cheese and mustard with a thinly sliced pickle
  • Prawn (shrimp) with mayo.
  • Beef with a horseradish sauce.

Tea Sandwich Serving Plates

Tea sandwiches are traditionally served on high tiered serving platters. Here are some you may like!

A refreshing and delicious sandwich. Depending on the way you cut the bread, these can be made as appetizers or a simple lunch time sandwich.


Recipe Summary test


  • 1 cucumber, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon onion salt
  • 1 dash Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 (1 pound) loaf sliced bread, crusts removed
  • 1 pinch lemon pepper (Optional)
  • Step 1

Place cucumber slices between 2 paper towels set in a colander. Allow liquid to drain, about 10 minutes.

Mix cream cheese, mayonnaise, garlic powder, onion salt, and Worcestershire sauce in a bowl until smooth.

Spread cream cheese mixture evenly on one side of each bread slice.

Divide cucumber slices over half of the bread slices; sprinkle lemon pepper on cucumber.

Stack the other half of the bread slices with spread sides down over the cucumber slices to make sandwiches.

To make these the night before, cover with SLIGHTLY damp paper towels, then cover with foil. Keep in fridge.

To make as appetizers, cut bread slices into rounds with a cookie cutter. Spread with cream cheese mixture and top each with a cucumber slice. Yields approximately 48 rounds.

How to make tea sandwiches

Mini sandwiches are a great snack not only for kids lunchboxes, but they are also perfect for brunch, party, baby shower or picnic. Ready in 10 minutes, these simple ham and cheese sandwiches are always a hit at any gathering!

How to make tea sandwiches

If you are looking for affordable appetizers, put these sandwich on a stick bites on your menu list!

How to make tea sandwiches

How to make mini sandwiches with ham and cheese

To make 12 of these finger sandwiches you will need 3 slices of bread. Spread each with a mixture of cream cheese and mustard and top one of them with cheese, ham and lettuce leaves. Cover with second slice of bread and repeat the layers – cheese, ham, lettuce leaves and finally the last bread slice.

How to make tea sandwiches

Now, all you have to do is cut it into 12 pieces and then repeat the same process with the rest of the ingredients.

How to make tea sandwiches

How to cut mini sandwiches

Cut the ready-made sandwich in half. Now take 12 toothpicks and stick 6 of them in each half. This makes it easier to cut them. Check photos for better understanding.

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How to keep mini sandwiches fresh

The best way is to keep them in an air-tight container until ready to serve. If you don’t mind that the lettuce will wilt slightly, you can prep them the night before.

However, if you are not planning on making a large batch of these mini sandwich bites, I suggest making them shortly before serving. You can easily prepare 24 of them in 10 minutes.

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Tips for making the best finger sandwiches

Use any sandwich bread you like. I used crustless white bread to save time removing the crust, but you can just remove it yourself.

Mustard – Make sure to use the brand/type you or your guests prefer. I used classic French mustard.

Any sliced cheese will work here – Cheddar, Mozzarella, Gouda or Edam are all delicious options.

As you can see from the photos, I used 2 slices of ham per layer. The reason is simple – it was sliced very thinly – almost paper-thin so I knew with the amount of bread, you would not taste it. If you buy thick slices, then you can only use 1 slice.

Baby lettuce leaves I buy the packaged ready-to eat mixed leaves. Again, it saves me time as I don’t have to wash it, pat it dry. You can also use other lettuce, if you like.

Looking for more sandwich appetizers? Mini Cucumber Sandwiches and Ham & Pickle Roll Ups are also delicious appetizer sandwiches so why not give them a go?

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How many mini sandwiches per person?

This will always depend on several factors such as the age of your guests (e.g. kids will eat less than adults), time of the day and the length of your party.

Another thing to consider is the quantity and number of choices of appetizers or snacks you are planning to prepare. If you are thinking of making only these sandwiches on a stick, then count with 4 pieces per person per hour.

However, if you want to serve other easy appetizers alongside tea sandwiches, you should count with less pieces per head. Say you choose 3 or 4 party foods, so you are planning to make Slow Cooker Spinach Dip, Pear Pomegranate Salsa and Olive Stuffed Cheese Balls.

In that case, you can count with 1-2 mini sandwiches per person per hour as they will have other options so they can choose. Or you can just make a smaller batch – say a test batch to see if your guest will enjoy your finger sandwiches. If yes, you will add them to your menu again next time and increase the quantity or substitute it for something else.

Hope it makes sense for your and helps you plan for your next party or family gathering.

More party food recipe ideas:

Mini Sandwiches

How to make tea sandwiches

Mini sandwiches are a great snack not only for kids lunchboxes, but they are also perfect for brunch, party, baby shower or picnic.

How to make tea sandwiches

It seems that all my adolescent summertime memories involve a large glass jug of this amber-colored quencher. I remember sipping sun tea while I helped my grandma snap peas in her rocking chair. I remember sipping it at 4th of July pool parties. I remember sipping it at family reunions on the beach.

In fact, I can’t quite remember ever not sipping sun tea in the summer. Which makes me wonder why sun tea has become somewhat of a lost art.

The other day, I dropped a green tea bag in my water bottle before meeting a friend for a workout. She noticed my water bottle sloshing around with a tea bag, and the questions started rolling out.

How do you make sun tea?

Why do you do that? (Because it tastes good and has no calories.)

Was your water hot? (No.)

Does tea really steep in cold water? (Yes.)

How long does it take? (Not that long.)

How to make tea sandwiches

My workout buddy was so enamored by the idea of putting a tea bag into cold water, it made me realize that maybe this is why people don’t make sun tea anymore!

So today I want to share the basics of learning how to make sun tea.

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Sun Tea 101

First of all, tea leaves release their flavor into liquid. Period.

It does not matter if the water is hot, cold, or somewhere in between. When the liquid is hot, we call it steeping. If the liquid is cold, it’s technically a plain old infusion. Either way, it really doesn’t matter what you call it. When tea leaves get wet, flavor comes out.

The reason most people steep tea in hot water (other than just liking hot beverages) is that the tea releases its flavor faster when the water is hot. A fast release in a short amount of time usually results in an intense flavor and deep color.

That’s not to say that the same thing can’t happen in cool or warm water over a longer period of time.

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The general idea of making sun tea is to make a large batch of iced tea for summer without having to turn on your stovetop.

How to Make Sun Tea

To make homemade sun tea, simply fill a large glass dispenser with water, and add 8 tea bags per gallon, based on the size of your container.

I poured 1 ½ gallons of water into my dispenser, so I added 12 teabags.

How to make tea sandwiches

The kind of tea you use is entirely up to you. Traditional Southern iced tea is usually made with some sort of black tea blend, like Lipton or Luzianne. But feel free to explore and be creative here. If there’s anything I’ve learned about tea-making from my mother, it’s that the best iced teas often come from a random blend of whatever kind of tea bags you have lurking in your pantry.

For instance, green tea, hibiscus tea, and peach tea blend together to make a marvelous fruity iced tea with a rich red color.

How to make tea sandwiches

Once the tea bags are in the water, cover the dispenser and set it out in the sun. The amount of time it will take for the tea to steep in the sun is based on several factors:

How hot is it outside?

What kind of tea are you using?

How large is your jug of tea?

How dark do you like your tea?

A general timeframe is between 2-3 hours of sunshine. I’ve been known to bring mine in after just one hour on a really hot day.

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Once the sun tea is the color and flavor you’re going for, sweeten the tea if you so desire.

Instead of stirring in sugar and watching the granules settle at the bottom of the jug, I like to sweeten sun tea with honey or agave. It stirs in nice and smooth.

The amount you use is entirely up to you. Add ¼ cup at a time and taste after stirring before adding more.

How to make tea sandwiches

Finally, if you like lemon or lime in your tea, go ahead and throw them in the dispenser. They will give the tea a light citrus note, and act as a garnish as well.

How to make tea sandwiches

  • Add 8 tea bags per 1 gallon of water
  • Use any combination of tea bags you like
  • Sweeten with a liquid sweetener, if so desired
  • Garnish with citrus

You can do this! And hopefully you’ll give the “tea bag in the workout water bottle” trick a try as well. It’s a great way to encourage yourself to rehydrate!

How to make tea sandwiches

For the simple syrup:
Mix sugar and water in a small saucepan. Bring the mixture to a boil and allow to boil for about 5–7 minutes. You’ll notice the mixture will reduce. Remove from heat and pour into a heatproof bowl and set aside to cool.

For the tea:
In the same saucepan, bring 3 cups of water to a boil. Remove the pot from the range and place on a trivet. Add tea bags and baking soda. Steep for 5–6 minutes.

Remove tea bags without squeezing. Add simple syrup and stir.

Pour into a pitcher and add remaining 7 cups water. Serve over ice with lemon slices.

How to make tea sandwiches

I’ll never forget the time my family and I went to Boston to visit my sister. She was in college at the time and it was her birthday, so we all went out to eat. My stepdad asked the server for sweetened iced tea, and she gave him a very confused look. I had to say, “Um, dad, they don’t have sweet tea outside of the South.”

Of course, these days, sweet tea is a little more known everywhere. My stepdad lived in Arkansas before moving to Florida, and he loves sweet tea. A lot. So much, in fact, that when he orders it, he adds even more sugar. That always makes me laugh!

Here’s a little tip for you. There are 2 ways to order sweet tea in the South:

“I would like a sweet tea, please.”

“I would like an iced tea, please.”

If you just say “iced tea,” the server will asked you, “Sweet or un?” As you’ve probably guessed, “sweet” means sweetened, and “un” means unsweetened.

Restaurants sometimes make it too sweet for my taste, so I usually ask for a combination of sweet and unsweetened. If you’re like me, now you can just make it at home and control the sweetness yourself!

First, you’ll need a pitcher that holds at least 12 cups.

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Start with making simple syrup. It’s so easy to make. That’s why they call it simple!

Just mix equal amounts of granulated sugar and water together and boil in a small saucepan for 5 to 7 minutes.

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Pour into a heat-safe bowl and set aside to cool. (Be very careful when pouring, it will be very hot!)

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You can just reuse that pot to boil the water for the tea bags.

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Remove the pot from heat and place the tea bags in. Add a pinch of baking soda. (Say what? Yes, baking soda! It neutralizes the tannins in the tea, and makes it taste smoother. It’s the secret to Southern-style sweet tea!) Steep for 5 to 6 minutes.

I love to buy flavored tea bags so I can have flavored sweetened iced tea, such as peach or raspberry!

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Don’t squeeze the tea bags when you remove them.

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Pour in the simple syrup and mix it together.

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Pour into a pitcher and add 7 cups of water. Serve with ice and with lemon slices if you’d like.

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Sweet tea is the best! The weather is warm now, and you need to make this soon to enjoy with family and friends.

Afternoon tea at The Langham, London is a special experience and our award as ‘Best Afternoon Tea Service 2018’ is testament to this. Discover where it all began at Palm Court and join us to enjoy a celebration of tea while immersing yourself in a heritage now recognised the world over.

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The Langham Afternoon Tea

Being British means loving tea and that’s exactly what our Palm Court Afternoon tea represents at The Langham, London! From our twist on the nations classic biscuits to local seasonal ingredients to ensure maximum flavours.

Join us for afternoon tea in Palm Court and enjoy our modern spin on this British tradition. Tapping into the archives of Britains favourite biscuits and baked tarts, our expert pastry chefs have reimagined the classics. Designed to pair with our selection of JING teas, one may be tempted to give them a ‘dunk’.

Created by Chef Michel Roux Jr and Executive Pastry Chef Andrew Gravett, the new menu is inspired by the nations favourite biscuits, reimagined with a modern yet luxurious spin paired with a selection of JING teas and English sparkling wine from Gusbourne.

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Children’s Afternoon Tea at The Langham, London

Younger guests are very welcome in Palm Court. We have created a special afternoon tea for children that includes intriguing sandwiches, surprising sweet treats and fun drinks.
Ideal for ages 12 and under and priced at £29.50 per child.

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Festive Afternoon Tea

This Festive season, The Langham, London has been transformed into a Cinderella-inspired wonderland. Our afternoon tea offering is no exception, Cinderella will be honoured with a pearlescent white chocolate shoe, the centrepiece of the spectacular display of perfectly cut sandwiches accompanied by the finest of patisseries.

This year the offering includes biscuit-inspired treats such as Just like a Jaffa with mandarin jelly, genoise and chocolate; MVP with brandy-infused fruit, spiced almond cream and crunchy sable; and What a Gem with buttery sable, quince and ginger compote and green apple cream.

Festive afternoon tea is available from 18 November, 2021 from Thursday to Sunday from 12.30 pm to 5 pm till 2nd January 2022. It is priced at £79 per adult and £40 per child.

Cheddar cheese biscuits are the perfect addition to this dainty and delicious menu.

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Tomato-Basil Bisque

Recipe: Tomato-Basil Bisque

Canned tomato soup gets a boost in this satisfying version, served warm or cold.

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Tarragon Chicken Salad

This creamy chicken salad pairs perfectly with the crunch of pecans, Granny Smith apples, red onions, and celery.

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Cranberry-Strawberry Salad

Recipe: Cranberry-Strawberry Salad

This congealed salad is a cool, delicious twist on a retro luncheon staple.

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Crowd-Pleasing Tea Sandwiches


Ham SaladRecipe:Curried ShrimpRecipe:Cucumber and StrawberryRecipe:Goat Cheese and PecanRecipe:Orange and CranberryRecipe:Egg Salad

Choose your favorite fillings, and prepare up to a day ahead. Plan on 1⁄4 cup filling for each whole sandwich. Freeze bread slices until firm. (This makes it easier to trim and cut the sandwiches.)

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Caramelized Onion Quiche

Flat-leaf parsley, chives, and mint add a fresh, pretty finish to this tasty dish.

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The Dessert Cart

What is it about this rolling relic that delights us so much? Maybe it’s the sound of the squeaky wheels that signifies sweets are a-comin’, the colorful assortment of confections that makes us feel like a kid in a candy shop, or the irresistible invitation to linger just a little longer over a shared slice of—oh, forget it, your own slice of something sinful. Whatever it is, we’ll have the cheesecake, please.

Dining at Cromlix is a culinary experience that need not be confined to the dining room. There are lots of luxurious spots within the hotel that can accommodate more intimate, private dining.

Chez Roux restaurant, originally overseen by the late legendary French chef Albert Roux is now overseen by his son Michel Roux Jr, and is run by award-winning executive head chef Darin Campbell. The restaurant is housed in the glass-walled conservatory overlooking the grounds and offers diners a ringside view of the chefs at work in the extensive open kitchen.

Guests can also opt to dine in the small Study which seats up to 10, the first floor Billiard Room which can accommodate 20 and the Garden Room for parties up to 24. (Room hire charges apply – contact [email protected] for more information.)

Make a Restaurant Booking

Please note, you can book Afternoon Tea here. For lounge meal bookings or for tables over 8, please contact the hotel direct.

Please note the time you enter is your arrival time to the hotel. We will endeavour to seat you within 30 minutes of arrival after you enjoy some pre-meal drinks and have time to select your menu.

Finally please do let us know if you have any dietary requirements in our comments box, our chef would be delighted to assist.


Lunch served from 12 noon to 2pm. Dinner served from 6pm to 9pm.
Our Lounge menu is also available every day from 12 noon until 9pm.

These menus are subject to change due to fresh produce availability.

Please come and enjoy an enchanting Afternoon tea in our whimsical and wonderful Tea Room. We hope you can slow down to enjoy conversation and company as you sample a delightful selection of savory sandwiches, scrumptious scones, splendid sweets all served with your choice of organic fragrant tea. Our tea treats are all plant based and gluten free. We also offer Special-Tea Cocktails made with premium spirits and our delicious teas!

Due to overwhelming demand, reservations are required. We are no longer able to
accommodate walk-in guests.
Please click the link below to check availability.

How to make tea sandwiches

Visit our online store to purchase our premium loose leaf teas.
Available to ship or for local pick-up.

Upcoming Events:
Winter Wonderland Holiday Tea
December 8th -31st

Tipsy Tea December 31st

Back by Popular Demand.
Wizard’s World Tea Party
January 26th – February 6th

Wonderland Afternoon Tea Menu

“Egg” Salad Sandwich

Chick-Pea Salad Sandwich

Cucumber & Cashew Cream Crisp

Hummus & Pesto Pinwheel

Classic American Vanilla Scone

Spiced Fruit Rock Cake

Lemon Curd & Coconut Cream

Chocolate Espresso Cake

Almond Chess Board Cake

Earl Grey Macaron

$49.50 per person

How to make tea sandwiches

How to make tea sandwiches

How to make tea sandwiches

How to make tea sandwiches

How to make tea sandwiches

How to make tea sandwiches

Drink Me! Tea Room Offerings

Wonderland Tea $49.50 per person

Full Afternoon Tea including savories, scones and sweets

Literary Tea $33.00 per person

Our seasonal Afternoon Tea offering with savories, sweets

Petite Tea $17.00 per person

A selection of scones served with lemon curd and coconut cream

Double Savory Tea $25.00 per person

Two of each of our Wonderland Tea’s savory items

Children’s Tea (5-11) $20.00 per child

PB&J finger sandwich, s hortbread cookie,

meringue mushrooms, fresh fruit

& h erbal tea or lemonade

In order to ensure the best experience possible,
reservations are required at least 24 hours in advance.

Our schedule is open 60 days at a time and our weekend reservations
are currently booking out 3 weeks in advance.

Each reservation has a 2 hour time limit per table that begins from the
selected arrival time, not the actual arrival time.
Late arrivals do not receive an extension of time.
Your entire party needs to be seated within 15 minutes of your scheduled arrival time.
Please call us if you are running late so we can try our best to accommodate your party.

We will hold your reservation for 15 minutes before it will be cancelled.

Please click the link below to check reservation availability.

We bake all of our treats in house so quantities are limited each day.
If you are interested in placing an order for Take out (more than a few items)
or Afternoon Tea to go please contact us in advance to place your order.

Our menu is plant based and gluten free but
please let us know in advance of any additional dietary requests.

A 20% gratuity will be applied to all parties of 6 or more.

Feel free to contact us with any questions.

We are open Wednesday – Sunday | 11am – 5pm | Closed Mondays & Tuesdays

Mullein is a flowering plant, scientifically named Verbascum thapsus, that has long been used in herbal medicine. It originally grew in Europe and Western Asia, but it now grows in other places as well, including the United States and Canada. It’s also found in New Zealand. It thrives in a wide variety of environments including meadows, chapparal, deciduous forests, and evergreen forests. Because it does well in rocky soil, it may even be found growing as a weed in gravel pits or even next to the side of the road.

It’s a biennial plant, which means it lives for two growing seasons. During its first season, it produces a gathering of fuzzy leaves. The second year, the plant produces a tall stalk from the top that grows small yellow flowers.

Herbal medicinal practitioners use the flowers, leaves, and roots of mullein for a few different purposes, but more study may be needed to prove their efficacy and safety from a scientific perspective.

Health Benefits

Mullein can be used as a supplement, but it’s very commonly consumed as a tea, brewed from parts of the plant with hot water to extract some of its nutrients and benefits.

Help with Breathing Difficulty

Herbal medicine specialists, naturopaths, and other types of health practitioners may recommend mullein for:

  • Asthma
  • Cough
  • Common cold
  • Bronchitis
  • COPD

Mullein is an expectorant, which means it helps the body expel excess mucus, usually by helping make your coughs more productive, to bring up mucus that may be settling in the chest or in the throat. It is also a demulcent. Studies show that demulcents create a soothing anti-inflammatory coating over mucous membranes. Demulcents contain a higher amount of mucilage than other plants. All plants produce at least a little of this sticky substance, which provides soothing relief to the mucous membranes.

Both qualities make it useful for soothing irritation of the lungs, throat, and bronchial passages that may lead to difficulty breathing.

However, there has been very little study on these effects in a medical setting, so, more research is needed to determine the best application of mullein to relieve respiratory distress.


Fighting Viral Infections

Scientists studying medicinal herbs in test-tube studies have been encouraged to see that mullein may have some strong antiviral effects. One study showed it was particularly useful against the influenza virus. Others have suggested it might be useful fighting a strain of a herpes virus. Because these were both test-tube studies, though, more research is needed to be sure of its effectiveness in people.

Easing Ear Infections

Because mullein has some antibacterial properties, preliminary research shows that mullein may be useful in treating middle ear infections in children. Instead of tea, the treatment consists of ear drops with mullein, St. John’s Wort, and garlic in oil or glycerin. However, scientists must perform more research to find the best way to treat ear infections with mullein. There have been no scientific studies on this particular treatment thus far.


Nutrients Per Serving

Mullein is usually brewed as a tea. Most tea has just 2 calories per cup and 1 gram of carbohydrates. However, adding milk, lemon, or sugar will change the nutrient profile. For example, one teaspoon of sugar has 16 calories and 4 grams of carbohydrates <ESHA Research, Inc., Salem, Oregon.>.

Portion Sizes

Tea is generally a low-calorie beverage, but adding dairy or sweeteners can make it a high-calorie and high-carbohydrate drink. If you are trying to watch your calorie or carbohydrate intake, be aware of how much you are adding to your drink. Some may consider using a low-calorie or no-calorie sweetener or a plant-based milk option to keep added calories and carbs on the lower side.

Things to Watch Out For

There are not currently many known side effects or drug interactions for this herb. Rarely, some people may get a skin rash after handling mullein plants. More study is needed to determine if it is safe for people who are pregnant or breastfeeding, but it is generally considered safe.

How to Prepare Mullein Tea

To make mullein tea, you can use commercially prepared mullein tea bags or dried loose leaves. Pour 1 cup of water over 1–2 teaspoons of dried mullein leaves or flowers. Steep it for 10-15 minutes before drinking. You can drink the tea three or four times a day.


Contact Dermatitis: “Simultaneous contact dermatitis caused by Asteraceae and Verbascum thapsus.”

Eat the Planet: “What the Heck is Mucilage?”

Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: “Antiviral Activity of Some Plants Used in Nepalese Traditional Medicine.”

The Herb Federation of New Zealand: “Mullein Fact Sheet.”

Medicinal Herb Info: “Mullein.”

Natural Product Research: “Antiviral effect and mode of action of methanolic extract of Verbascum thapsus L. on pseudorabies virus (strain RC/79).”

Peace Health: “Mullein.”

US Department of Agriculture & US Forest Service Fire Effects Information System: “Verbascum thapsus.”

Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism: “Demulcents: The Slimaceous Herbs.”

Spread across 4 rooms, including a Whisky room and Sunroom, Chez Roux can offer settings to suit the occasion, season or time-of day. The service matches that of the hotel; welcoming yet refined, attentive yet unobtrusive.

We serve dinner seven days a week and welcome non-residents.

Visit the tranquil surroundings of Greywalls with our options of Afternoon Tea.

Please note that the time you book is your arrival time and you will be taken to your table half an hour after this. i.e if you wish to dine at 8pm, please book 7.30pm arrival, for drinks and canapes and we will take you to your table at 8pm.


Please note the following menus are SAMPLE MENUS ONLY and subject to change.

Dinner 7 days a week – 3 Courses £45.00


  • The Restaurant Menu, priced at £45 for a three courses. This menu is also served as part of our Dinner, Bed and Breakfast package
  • The bar menu and RouXpress is served seven days a week from 12 till 10pm. This is served in the bar area and lounges, on our comfy sofas
  • We are happy to accommodate dietary requirements on request
  • Service charge is not applied to guest bills, any gratuity is at your discretion
  • Please note that prices and menus may vary.
  • Please contact the hotel should you wish further information

Greywalls offers a fine selection of wines to accompany your lunch or dinner and can offer a stock of fine malt whiskies and cognacs to complete an enjoyable meal.

At Greywalls we can provide private dining for parties up to 50 people. You can choose from 4 rooms for your special occasion:

1. The main dining room at Greywalls can seat up to 50 people and has hosted many memorable dinners over the years. It has stunning views over Muirfield where you can watch the sun set.

How to make tea sandwiches

2. The original dining room is a smaller more intimate space and can seat up to 20 guests. It has the same stunning views over Muirfield golf course as the main dining room.

How to make tea sandwiches

3. The Whisky room offers private dining for up to 12 guests surrounded by a selection of some of the finest malts from Scotland and around the world. A whisky tasting menu can be prepared by our Chef and accompanied by a tutored tasting.

How to make tea sandwiches

4. The Sun room is a charming and spacious area with lots of natural light, overlooking our beautiful Gertrude Jekyll Gardens. It seats up to 20 guests.

How to make tea sandwiches

Please note that 9 to 12 people can have the daily menu or the reduced 3-3-3 a la carte menu.
13 people or more must have a set menu chosen from the a la carte.

Service charge is not applied to guest bills, any gratuity is at your discretion.

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A simple tea party with friends doesn’t require strict rules of etiquette, but it’s still useful to know how to present the sugar, milk, and other tea options. For a larger event, learn how to arrange formal place settings, or skip straight to the food section if you wish to host a buffet-style event where guests can help themselves.