Tea at the Palace

50 Delicious Recipes for Afternoon Tea

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Pub Date 3 May 2022 | Archive Date 16 Jun 2022

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Published to tie-in with the Platinum Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, this brilliant collection of sweet confections and savoury nibbles will inspire and entice bakers and lovers of afternoon tea, of all ages.

Set against a backdrop of twelve of Britain’s most stunning palaces and residences, the recipes are a mix of traditional, contemporary and whimsical; each one with its own unique twist.

Every chapter tells a tale, with inspiration drawn from sources as diverse as a 200-year-old royal banquet menu, an intriguing 17th-century chocolate kitchen commissioned by William III and Queen Victoria’s highland retreat. Gingerbread soldiers in sentry boxes, striking raspberry swirl meringues, miniaturised cream scones, cacao nib nuggets and warm salmon tartlets are just a few of the teatime temptations.

Written by the Former Personal Chef to TRH the Prince and Princess of Wales, Carolyn Robb, this book is brimming with royal anecdotes, authentic dishes enjoyed by members of the royal family themselves, as well as ones imbued with centuries of history.

Published to tie-in with the Platinum Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, this brilliant collection of sweet confections and savoury nibbles will inspire and entice bakers and lovers of afternoon tea, of...

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One of the highlights of my Junior Year Abroad was having afternoon tea at Sally Lunn’s in Bath. In those days, it was an indulgence that I could barely afford. But, there is something about a true afternoon tea that is so appealing that it was pounds well spent.

Anglophiles, tea lovers, bakers and others are sure to enjoy this title on that iconic British ritual. There are fifty recipes here organized by royal residences. These include Buckingham Palace, Sandringham House, Kensington Palace, Hampton Court Palace, Brighton Pavilion, Highgrove House and Blenheim Palace, among many others.. A recipe from each of those listed: Apple Scones with Raspberries and Clotted Cream; Bramble and Apple Jam with Cinnamon; Jam Pennies; Chocolate and Salted Pistachio Cookies; Almond Cake; Lemon and Thyme Cake; and Caramel Apple Turnovers. Again, there are many more from Balmoral, Windsor, Kew and others. My mouth waters just thinking about these recipes .

Note: The author worked as a royal chef so is perfectly credentialed.

I am no kitchen whiz but this book is fun to look at, even if I may never attempt most of the recipes. I enjoyed the photos of the food, the garden parties, the sites and more.

Many thanks to NetGalley and Quarto=White Lion for this title. All opinions are my own.

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Love the history of the London castles! This is perfect for any Anglophile preparing for their next tea party. Includes gorgeous photos and recipes from the kitchen of each castle.

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I was drawn to this title as I was looking for inspiration for picnic items to bring for our town's street party as part of the Queen's jubilee celebrations.

Written by a royal chef with 13 years' of experience, the book has lots of lovely ideas  to tempt both children and adults. Recipes include: gingerbread soldiers, jam pennies, gingerbread bakewell tartlets, mini raspberry scones, caramel apple turnovers and savoury nibbles, such as salmon and cheese wraps and mini cornish pasties. There are also recipes for larger cakes, such as Churchill's fruit cake, strawberry bunting cake and an elderflower cake, inspired by Harry and Meghan's wedding cake!

The photos in this book made my mouth water, the food is so beautifully presented! They are interspersed with scenic images  of Royal residences and grounds, so you can really imagine yourself enjoying these treats at a garden party!

The recipes are accompanied with snippets  of history, describing the events that these treats were served at and the royals that have enjoyed them.

This lovely book would make a treasured gift that would be referred to again and again for parties or even just a treat for tea in the garden!

Thank you to Netgally, the publisher and the author for the ARC!

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Publication date: May 3, 2022

Thank you to NetGalley, the author, and the publisher for the opportunity to read and review an advanced reader's copy of this book. This in no way affects my review, all opinions are my own and may be affected by the fact that I currently have nothing better to do than read multiple books a day!

Just in time for the Platinum Jubilee! The former royal chef to TRH The Prince & Princess of Wales, Prince William and Prince Harry shares 50 of her best-loved recipes fit for any teatime event. Carolyn Robb presents sumptuous recipes for delectable sweet and savoury tea-time treats, which are tied to twelve of Britain’s best-loved royal palaces and castles.

Recipes include gingerbread sentry boxes and soldiers; the ultimate child’s afternoon tea treat. There are miniature clotted cream and raspberry scones; fit for a royal garden party and an elegant lemon and elderflower cake – echoing the one served at Harry and Meghan’s wedding at Windsor Castle. Each recipe has a story of its own and offers a taste of the traditions surrounding British afternoon tea.

Recipes rely on seasonal ingredients and have easy-to-follow instructions so that cooks of all ages and skill levels can create something spectacular and the cookbook is filled with beautiful food imagery and inspiration for serving an afternoon tea fit for a Queen.

***ROYAL INSIDER: Carolyn Robb served as a chef to the royal family for 13 years, creating both intimate family meals and large formal events.
***50 RECIPES: Create a royal tea party with sweets and savouries.
***INSPIRING IMAGES: The cookbook is filled with beautiful food imagery/photography and inspiration for serving an afternoon tea fit for a Queen.
***PALACE TOUR: Take a virtual visit to 12 fascinating, popular palaces and castles.
***CLASSICS MADE MODERN: Recipes feature seasonal ingredients and easy-to-follow instructions so that cooks of every skill level can create their own spectacular palace tea party.

A cute little book that will help you get your tea on ... and given how many kinds of tea there are out there, you can choose your beverage with as much choice as the recipes in this book. (I am particular to Fortnum and Mason but also love David's Tea which is a lot easier to get here in Canada.) And if you don't like "tea" there are thousands of kinds of fruit teas and fruit tea blends which can taste like Kool-aid if that is more of your boat than, say, an overly astringent commercial orange pekoe.

The stories are fun to read (I am an avid reader of Hello Magazine) and the recipes were well written and easy to make although some of the ingredients like elderflower may be hard to find depending upon where you live. Not sure if you would like the idea of afternoon tea as to you it sounds like a bridal shower? This book will change your mind - grab a full-99, out on a fascinator and sit outside in your garden (aka the back yard) in the beautiful spring weather and plan a fun afternoon with your friends or family and pretend you are at "Downton Abbey" or hanging out with Trixie and the nuns from "Call the Midwife"!

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What a beautiful book to tie in witht he Platinum Jubilee.

The pictures are stunning and it is worth purchasing just to look at these alone. Most importantly; the recipes actually seem like something even I could make (I have minimal skills in the kitchen!). The Gingerbread Soldiers are just the cutest thing ever!

I particularly loved the chefs notes scattered throughout and found them very interesting.

I would thoroughly recommend this book to Royal Family and baking fans, I am sure there is something in there for everyone and visually it is beautiful so even if you dont attempt anything it will be worth buying just for the pictures.

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Great book full recipes from the past
Step in to history while also learning new recipes
Don't need be royalist to appreciate this book

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A lovely book detailing every aspect about afternoon tea - thoroughly enjoyed all the pictures and the recipes which when put together would make an absolutely fantastically royal afternoon tea - feel this would be better in book format than kindle but still a beautiful book

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I literally cannot wait to try some of these recipes! This book has made me want to throw an afternoon tea party just so I can cook up a storm for it! Beautiful pictures throughout as well, would make a lovely gift as well as a very welcome addition to my kitchen library!

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Tea at the Palace is a delightful read as the author Carolyn Robb shares history and information about the various palaces used by the British monarchy. The photos illustrating the history and recipes is lovely too. The only drawback with her cookbook is the recipes are written in metric. If you own a food scale that uses metric measurements, you should have no problems preparing the recipes. You could also use some recipe software programs to convert the measurements too.

As to the recipes there are many yummy recipes I look forward to trying. Some of the recipes you'll find include:

Welsh Rarebit
Raspberry Swirl Meringues
Jam Pennies
The Ultimate Hot Chocolate
Garden Herb Pesto Palmiers
Churchill's Fruit Cake
Potted Salmon
Scotch Pancakes
Rose and White Chocolate Cupcakes


Review written after downloading a galley from NetGalley.

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What an absolutely beautiful keepsake of a recipe book for the upcoming Platinum Jubilee. This recipe books has lots of classic ‘afternoon tea’ recipes, stunning photographs, and a brilliant snapshot of what life is like at the palace. Each recipe has clear, step by step instructions with accompanying photographs to guide you through. There’s a wide variety to suit all tastes, and features twists on the classics, and some original ideas too. Beautiful food, and a cheeky insight to Royal life.

Thank you to Quarto Publishing Group – White Lion and Netgalley for an eARC of this book to read and review

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This lovely book, written by a long-time royal chef, is filled with little reminiscences of food served at various royal palaces across Great Britain. It's the type of book sold at National Trust gift shops (I will admit I've purchased many in my travels) and is sure to warm the heart of any Anglophile.

I received this advance readers' copy in exchange for a fair review.

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Tea at the Palace is a beautifully illustrated collection of tea cakes, recipes, and small dishes by Carolyn Robb. Released 3rd May 2022 by Quarto on their White Lion imprint, it's 160 pages and is available in hardcover and ebook formats.

This is such a charming and well presented book full of lovely recipes. The collection is arranged thematically around 12 iconic castles and stately homes from Buckingham Palace to Caernarfon Castle. Each chapter contains a selection of cakes and savory bites.

Recipes contain a title and background description followed by ingredients in a bullet list. Recipe measurements are given in metric measures. Ingredients are referenced in UK terms: caster sugar, cake flour, bread flour, demerara sugar, sultana, and so forth. Ingredients will be readily available to readers in other areas of the world, but might require a bit of adjustment or investigation to find proxies for listed ingredients.

Despite being full of really quite fancy cakes and goodies, the step by step instructions are accessible and easy to follow. Tea is such a wonderfully civilised pause in the day and this book is full of beautifully presented choices.

The photography, both of the castle locations and of the dishes themselves, are gorgeous and clear.

Five stars. This is definitely one for tea lovers.

Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes.

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What a beautiful book with some amazing ideas to have your own afternoon tea and picnic with your own family alongside the royal family. There are beautiful offerings for all type of occasions in here and I can’t wait to start experimenting with them.

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A lovely book of memories, history, Royal family homes and cake. I am a collector of baking books and this book did have quite a few cakes that I will bake and take into work (this prevents me from eating all of my bake). Some of the cakes sound delicious, some are different but again sound delicious and some are run of the mill like Victoria sandwich and scones etc. The instructions are easy to follow. There are also some savoury bakes and cakes with herbs.

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There are some truly sumptuous looking cakes and bakes in this book, all of which have all been beautifully photographed by John Kernick, making it a visual delight. I could have happily baked my way through most of the recipes.

However, not only are the photographs of the bakes gorgeous but there are also wonderful photos of the royal palaces.

In each section, Ms. Robb writes about her experience at each royal residence, followed up with recipes she has cooked. I did, in fact, use two of the recipes to make one cake as I needed the quantities of cake mixture from the White Chocolate and Mint Cake (Highgrove House) but with the filling of the Strawberry Bunting Cake (Buckingham Palace).

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A very fitting read for the jubilee week. A wonderful selection of royal recipes all fit for a queen

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It seems like the perfect time to have read this recipe book on HRH the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee weekend. Written by a former royal chef, this book is filled with beautiful photographs taken around the various palaces and royal houses around the country, and for each place there are afternoon tea suggestions along with the beautiful recipes needed to create them. I’m definitely going to try some of these out and create my own afternoon tea while the weather is nice.
My thanks to NetGalley, the publisher and the author for allowing me to read this book in return for an honest review.

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A resounding 5 stars for this recipe book dedicated to the classic ritual of Afternoon Tea. I love baking and was immediately attracted to this book especially as we are, currently, totally immersed in the Platinum Jubilee celebrations plus most of my friends and family love a traditional Afternoon Tea. Keeping the Royal theme the book focusses on Royal Palaces, some well known such as Buckingham Palace and others are less so, such as the Brighton Pavilion. Each section devoted to a palace has a brief history of that particular building plus a connection to the four recipes which follow. Each section is accompanied by stunning colour photographs of the locations plus the completed bakes.

Whilst some of the bakes are familiar such as Scones with Jam and Cream, integral to a traditional Afternoon Tea, others are new to me and an inspiration with some family birthdays coming up in the next few days. I might even try the grandchildren on the Jam Pennies and Banana Sandwiches reminiscent of my own childhood. The recipes are easy to follow and certainly get the mouth watering.

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I absolutely love baking and I am always looking for inspiration for new recipes. With the Queen's Platinum Jubilee being celebrated what better time to make recipes which were served at some of the Royal Residences.
There is a great selection of recipes including herbs, flowers and salmon, along with Afternoon Tea recipes. They are clearly written and easy to follow.
The book is beautifully illustrated with photographs of the recipes and the Royal Residences. It is a lovely recipe book, and one that I can see myself using regularly.
Thank you to Netgalley and the Publisher for my ARC.

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Whether you are hosting a jubilee party, love to get baking, or enjoy an afternoon tea, there's never been a better time to snap up a copy of "Tea at the Palace". This book has your back for all things afternoon tea, no doubt about it.
It's a cool idea to theme the chapters by different royal palaces and the events that occur at each location. Within each chapter, no only do you get an assortment of mouth watering treats to rustle up, you also get to learn the history and context of each palace. Who knew there was a separate kitchen dedicated to chocolate in Hampton Palace? There are chef's notes, giving you tips on how to alter or adjust each recipe and the instructions are clear and concise. I would have preferred to have a photograph for each recipe in the book.

Thank you to Carolyn Robb, White Lion at Quarto Publishing and NetGalley for the opportunity to review an advanced copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

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Royal Chef Carolyn Robb has produced an absolutely fantastic book packed full of Afternoon tea recipes literally fit for a queen! I really love how the book is separated into sections based on different historic royal palaces, as each has it's own need, character and type of afternoon tea served there. From Buckingham Palace Garden party favourites to a kids afternoon tea at Kensington Palace and beyond. I can't wait to try so many of these recipes and a wonderful book for a keen baker in the Jubilee year.

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This is a stunning and inspirational book of baking. The book is sectioned into various royal residences and recipes associated with each residence are given along with anecdotes that are a lovely accompaniment.

This is a book that would look absolutely beautiful on a coffee table, in addition to being a well-thumbed companion in the kitchen!

My family and I felt like Royals as we celebrated the Golden Jubilee with the 'Little Scones with Raspberries and Clotted Cream'!

My thanks to NetGalley, author and publisher for the opportunity to review this book in exchange for an advance copy.

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This is one of the most stunning books I have had the pleasure of reading through and I’ve had such a lovely time recreating some of the recipes and learning a little bit about the royal houses.

The photography included is divine and really makes you want to try as many goodies as you can.

Some recipes we really loved were

Garden herb and pesto palmiers
Little cinnamon and blueberry Welsh cakes (yum!)

Mini chocolate cups with ice cream and sprinkles
And the ultimate hot chocolate

I may not have been able to make them as perfect as they looked in the book but I could very easily follow the recipe and they really were very tasty. Highly recommend!!

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