Ideas for holding a vintage tea

Hold a vintage-style tea in aid of Breast Cancer Care's summer campaign

Hold a vintage-style tea in aid of Breast Cancer Care's summer campaign

It’s the time of year when the great British summer warms up and thoughts turn to Wimbledon, Pimms, strawberries and tea on the lawn.

None of which we can resist.

Which is why we’re all for supporting Breast Cancer Care who are encouraging people to hold tea parties with some form of strawberry-related food in order to raise money. All you need to do is lay your table (for which you’ll find plenty of ideas in our August issue outdoor entertaining guide, out 3rd July), bake your strawberry treats and invite your friends along, asking them to bring a donation.

Plus, to help you serve your strawberries in style, the charity has collaborated with porcelain manufacturer Royal Albert which is celebrating its centenary this year and has come up with this sweet Edwardian-style range of china (above).

To get you started, here is our editorial assistant’s Scottish granny’s traditional recipe for scones.

Scones for afternoon tea

8oz flour
1 level teaspoon cream of tartar
½ level teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda
2oz margarine
1oz sugar
Some milk

Heat the oven to gas mark 7/425 degrees Fahrenheit/220 degrees Celsius.

Mix together the flour, cream of tartar and bicarbonate of soda. Rub in the margarine with your fingertips. Add the sugar.

Mix the dry ingredients with the milk until it comes together as a soft dough (not as hard as pastry dough but not as soft and sticky as bread dough).

Roll it out to just under an inch thick. Cut into circles of about 4cm diameter and put in the oven for 10-15 minutes until golden. If you want to get a glazed look, brush the scones with milk before baking.

Serve slightly warm with clotted cream and strawberry jam.

Only one question remains: what do you put on your scone first? The cream or the strawberry jam?

Breast Cancer Care strawberry teas campaign runs until 31st August. For recipe ideas, fundraising kits and more information go to



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