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What makes the perfect afternoon tea?

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Last updated: 11.03am, Wednesday 1st August 2018 by Jennifer MacDonald-Nethercott

Is it the sandwiches or the scones or the cakes? It may even be the kind of tea that you have?

For all of us an afternoon tea is something to be shared with friends and family and the whole afternoon enjoyed around it too.

An afternoon tea involves sandwiches, scones and cakes accompanied by a pot of tea. If your celebrating a glass of bubbles goes really well with it too.


Our sandwiches are made freshly made every day and we have a wide range of fillings for you to choose from as well as a wide selection of freshly baked bread, from white to GI, to multigrain you’ll find a bread or roll and filling to start the perfect afternoon tea.

Our bread recipes have been used for 40 years since we were founded ad our bakers use the principles of our co-founder Campbell Maclean.

Sandwiches with afternoon tea are generally cut into small fingers. This is then followed by a selection of scones.


Freshly baked scones and jam, be them plain or fruit scones they are the perfect way to follow the sandwiches in your afternoon tea and we make sure that there are always plenty available in our local shops for you.

Although, you would never have a savoury scone with your afternoon tea. These should be saved to go with a heaty bowl of soup.

Lastly the cakes

Afternoon teas always have lots of lovely cakes, filled with cream, covered in icing and always light and fluffy. Carol Maclean herself has looked after the development of Maclean’s cakes over the years and we have a range of mouth-watering cakes to tempt you with. Be it for afternoon tea or a celebration. Check out your local shop for today’s selection.

All you need to do now is visit one of our shops and create your own perfect afternoon tea for family and friends and you could add some bubbles to make it extra special.

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