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When you think of the Brontё sisters, you probably think of the bleak moorlands in Wuthering Heights or the plain, but determined Jane Eyre. What might not spring to mind though is afternoon tea, but that is about to change as The Gilbert Scott launches its Brontё inspired afternoon tea.

Created by by General Manager and chef, Chantelle Nicholson and cult artist and creator of Visitoriana, Charlotte Cory, this traditional Yorkshire Victorian tea is a tribute to the famous writing sisters, who would sup on tea between penning the paragraphs of their novels.

Charlotte Cory is a cult artist and creator of Visitoriana, her exhibition ‘Capturing the Brontёs’ is an imaginative, witty and informative exploration of the family and the history of early photography, drawing on the Victorian craze for collecting cartes des visite – portraits once produced in their millions and now discarded. 

The exhibition has been in situ at the Bronte Parsonage Museum, Haworth in Yorkshire and guests dining at The Gilbert Scott will be able to preview it before it continues its journey to the Long & Ryle Gallery.

The tea includes Pontefract liquorice and chocolate cupcakes, Wensleydale and pickle sandwiches, Yorkshire Parkin cake (devised from a recipe that Tabby, the sisters’ faithful servant used) and Yorkshire puddings with mash and gravy – it is said that Emily Brontё, who was an eager cook, would make these in between writing.

Guests can attend the launch on the 29th January, which will see talks by Charlotte and Bronte Society Executive Director Ann Sumner followed by the unveiling of the exhibition as it arrives in London

The tea is perfect for any Brontё fans, those with an interest in Victorian culture – or those just after a good spot of tea!

The Brontё Afternoon Tea and launch event are £25 each. The tea and exhibition are available from the 29th January until the 12th February. Booking is essential, so please call 0207 278 3888 or email