Sweeteasy…a cake & gin collaboration is coming to town on 20th & 21st April! EXTRA DATE ADDED!

Way back in 2013 (pre-Afternoon Tease cafe) I ran a series of events called Sweeteasy…where I hosted a high class drinking den with a twist, the twist being a carefully devised set menu of prohibition era and cake inspired cocktails and cocktail inspired cakes.

This time, I’ve partnered up with the wonderful Cambridge Distillery who know an awful lot about gin, producing their own range of exclusive gins. I’ve handed the booze baton over to these guys, who will craft 3 delicious gin cocktails for you.

Alongside these, I will serve 3 very special cakes, which I have devised using the tasting notes of 3 of The Cambridge Distillery’s interesting and unusual gins. Think Japanese gin martini coupled with a sesame & orange brownie topped w/ caramel, black sesame seeds and dark chocolate & citrus ganache.

We will be transforming the Cambridge Distillery’s beautiful showroom in Grantchester into our very own ‘Sweeteasy’.

So, here’s everything you need to know to join us for a very special evening of cake & gin co-hosted by Afternoon Tease & The Cambridge Distillery…

Fri 20th April, 7pm *NEW DATE ADDED!!!* Tickets go on sale 7pm Wednesday 21st March
Sat 21st April, 7.30pm (SOLD OUT)
Where…The Cambridge Distillery Showroom, 22 High Street, Grantchester, CB3 9NF(map here)
How much…£30 to include 3 cakes inspired by the tasting notes of The Cambridge Distillery’s special gins alongside 3 gin cocktails.
Click here for tickets.
(Please note that due to the restricted menu & nature of this event, I’m afraid not all dietary requirements will be able to be catered for. I will be able to make a selection of the cakes gluten free but please let us know when you book.)
Hope to see you there!

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Get your hands on an Afternoon Tease cake this Friday! #treatyourself

Surely the best way to get through an extremely cold & snowy start to the week is to line yourself (and your friends/colleagues/family if you’re feeling generous) up with a cakey treat!

I’ve been hearing mutterings of AT cake withdrawal and have decided to get back in the kitchen & do some baking for you!

So, here are the details of how you can get your hands on a whole cake this Friday (2nd March)….

There will be a limited number of the following cakes available…

Chocolate Guinness cake w/ cream cheese icing

Carrot cake w/ cream cheese icing

Raspberry & vanilla sponge w/ vanilla buttercream

Please note that I am only selling whole cakes, not slices. They are £35 each for an 8 inch cake, which serves 12 generously and it will need to be collected from the Mill Road area (exact location will be divulged when your order is confirmed) on Friday 2nd March between 12 & 1pm.

If you would like to get your hands on a Friday treat please email me on info@afternoontease.co.uk and let me know which cake(s) you would like to order and provide me with a mobile number. I will get back to you to confirm and arrange payment.

If you are unlucky this time, I am happy to add you to a list for first refusal next time 🙂

Also, if you would like to discuss the possibility of placing an order for your office/work place, drop me an email to info@afternoontease.co.uk

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We’re popping up for brunch on Saturday 17th February…

3 months on from the sale of Afternoon Tease, life is very different indeed. The main factor being that I actually have a life once again 🙂 Don’t get me wrong, I loved my little cafe and definitely miss (most aspects of) cafe life, however, being on the other side of it has made me realise just how hard I was working and the toll it was taking on me to keep up with the relentless needs of a small business.

But, that’s enough of that! What I have most definitely missed is cooking, baking and feeding people! So, for 1 day only, Saturday 17th February…Afternoon Tease is coming back for a brunch pop-up!

The wonderful people at The Waggon & Horses in Milton have handed over their little pub to me for the day and I’m really chuffed to be joined by some of my awesome AT team…

Unlike the cafe, this will be a bookable event and there will be 4 slots to choose from, 11am, 11.30am, 2pm or 2.30pm.

We will be offering a 3 course brunch menu featuring AT old faithfuls but also a couple of specials inspired by my recent (well Instagram documented) trip to New York.

Afternoon Tease Pop-up Brunch menu


Dovecote Bakery crumpets (2) w/ our homemade jam


Banana bread, 2 slices served warm w/ butter & cinnamon


Eggs on Dovecote Bakery sourdough toast (poached, fried or scrambled) w/ avocado & bacon

(V) Eggs on Dovecote Bakery sourdough toast (poached, fried or scrambled) w/ avocado & halloumi


Dovecote Bakery challah French toast w/ crispy streaky bacon, banana & maple syrup

(V) Dovecote Bakery challah French toast w/ fried egg, banana & maple syrup


Cheddar & dill biscuit (cheese scone 🙂 ) w/ creamed spinach, poached eggs (2) & Mill Road Butcher’s Cumberland sausages (2)

(V) Cheddar & dill biscuit (cheese scone 🙂 ) w/ creamed spinach, poached eggs (2) & veggie sausages (2)


A slice of cake – there will be a selection to choose from

(There will be boxes available so that you can take this away if you’re full to bursting)


Tea or coffee


Also, the best part of popping up in a pub is that the bar will be open for you to purchase your tipple of choice…prosecco or bloody Mary anyone!?

Now for the important part…how to book your place!

Please send an email to info@afternoontease.co.uk telling me how many people you would like to book for, their names and which slot you’d like (11am, 11.30am, 2pm or 2.30pm). I will then send you instruction on how to pay and how to select you menu choices. Your booking will not be confirmed until all of these have been received.

Due to the nature of the event and menu, I’m afraid not all dietary requirements will be able to be catered for. We will be able to accommodate vegetarian guests and will be able to make a selection of the dishes gluten free but please let us know when you book.

I’m really looking forward to seeing you all again and serving brunch to the masses 🙂

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Introducing Stem + Glory…the soon to be new resident of #13 King Street…

The wait is over, I’m really happy to introduce you to the guys who will be moving into #13 King Street in just a few weeks…Stem + Glory.

These guys opened their first plant-based eaterie 1 year ago over on Chesterton Road and have done an amazing job of putting their name on the map with their brunch & fast service eat-in & take away healthy lunches as well as their evening & fine dining menus.

They have gone from strength to strength and are really looking forward to moving into a city centre location. Ok, so you won’t be able to get your Afternoon Tease style bacon & egg brunch anymore but they’ve got an awesome brunch and lunch menu up their sleeves and are definitely going to continue selling crumpets, delicious cakes and their own version of banana bread, which I can personally vouch for (it’s lush!) and have no fear, you will still be able to get your hands on that delicious coffee from Caravan Coffee Roasters!

You’ll also see some familiar faces when you visit the all new Stem + Glory 2 as many of the amazing AT team are staying on with the new venture.

We’ll keep you posted on the exact date that AT will be closing (still a couple of weeks away)and you can follow S+G on Instagram, Twitter & Facebook to find out more from them about what they’ve got planned!

I hope you’ll all support this exciting local independent business when they take up residence…I’m leaving #13 King Street in good hands!


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The end of an Afternoon Tease era…

I’ve got some pretty big news to share with you all, which may come as a surprise…I have decided to close Afternoon Tease.

It felt fitting to announce it here, as my blog played such an intrinsic part in the setting up of my cafe. This time of year in 2013, we were in the crazed midst of the fit out (which I blogged here) and heading swiftly towards our grand opening on 25th October. It’s been a crazy, exhilarating and amazing 4 years, in which I have poured my heart, soul and life into Afternoon Tease. My little cafe has just seemed to get busier and busier thanks to you lovely people, so it may seem strange to you that I’m choosing to close. It was a very big decision to make and not one I’ve taken lightly but although I am so proud of what I, and everyone who has worked with me in my little venture, have achieved  and very much want to leave it on a high, I just feel ready for the next adventure. I don’t want to become one of those disenchanted people working in a job that they no longer enjoy. I most definitely have not exhausted my love of food but as yet haven’t decided which way it will take me next…you’ll have to watch this space 🙂

We won’t be closing the doors of AT for a few more weeks, so you still have time to get some more coffees, cakes, toasties & brunches in and to come and see us for chats and smiles.  I’ll keep you posted on a closing date and believe me, we’ll be going out with a bang!

I’d like to thank every single one of you who have crossed our threshold, without you we are literally nothing. Your loyalty, friendship and love of cake has made this relentlessly crazy job and all the hardwork worth it.

When we close in a few weeks time, Afternoon Tease as you know it will cease to exist but I am very happy to be handing the baton over to another independent business. I’ll be announcing more in the coming days and introducing you to the next resident of #13 King Street…



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#runforcake …we’re opening early for Cambridge Half Marathon…

As some of you may know, this is my favourite motto…


This Sunday (28th February) I (Jo) will be joining thousands of others running the Cambridge Half Marathon, some may say we’ve got a few screws loose and I think at this stage I may have to agree 🙂 However, come hell or highwater I will be hot footing it off the start line at 9.30am with my cake based mantra at the ready to get me through the worst of times and I will most definitely be celebrating with cake once it’s all over!

Many of our loyal customers and friends are taking part and I’d like to take this opportunity to wish everyone the best of luck!

Here is a link to the route map. Support and cheers from the sidelines are what will get us through, so if you’re around on Sunday morning please come on down with your vocal chords at the ready! 😉

We will be opening at 9am on Sunday instead of 10am to make sure that all runners/ supporters/ spectators can pop in on the way to the start line and will have somewhere to pop for a coffee and/or brunch once you’ve seen your mates/loved ones off!

To show how awesome we think you are we will also be rewarding each and every one of you who completes the half marathon with 50p off a slice of cake! Just come in after the race and show us your medal to claim it!



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Mother’s Day…Afternoon Tease to takeaway

I thought it was time to resurrect our neglected blog to tell you about what we have planned for Mother’s Day this year! It’s on Sunday 6th March by the way…get it etched in your diaries and minds right now! 🙂

In years gone by we have closed the cafe and taken bookings for what turned into an afternoon tea feast of pretty epic proportions, however, we’ve decided that it’s not really fair to close the doors to the brunch lovers of Cambridge and in the hope that we can please everybody we have created the ‘Afternoon Tease to takeaway’ an afternoon tea for 2 that you can enjoy wherever you wish! The perfect gift for you to give to your Mum and if you’re extra lucky she may even share it with you 🙂


Our Afternoon Tease to takeaway is £20 and includes…

2 Dovecote Bakery crumpets
Mini jars of our homemade jam & marmalade
2 x mini cheese scones
2 x brownie bites
2 x slices of cake
2 x Eteaket breakfast blend tea bags
All packaged up and ready to create a lovely Mother’s Day afternoon tea at home.
You can pre-order your Afternoon Tease to takeaway until Wednesday 2nd March for collection on Saturday 5th or Sunday 6th.
If you would like to place your order please send an email to info@afternoontease.co.uk including your name, contact telephone number and which day you would like to collect your afternoon tea (Sat 5th or Sun 6th).
We will get in touch to confirm your order.



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