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Afternoon tea treats

Afternoon tea

Sandwich ideas

You can buy gluten free fresh bread in most supermarkets now, so you should be able to easily make a nice selection of sandwiches.

Why not try some of these traditional fillings: 

  • Salmon and cucumber
  • Roast beef and horseradish
  • Egg and cress
  • Smoked salmon and cream cheese
  • Cheese and salad
  • Cooked gammon and mustard.


You can’t have afternoon tea without cake! Why not make a classic Victoria sandwich using the recipe below and fill with fresh cream and strawberry or raspberry jam. Or use the mixture to make small fairy cakes and decorate with coloured icing.

Victoria sandwich cake

  • 100g (4oz) butter or margarine
  • 100g (4oz) caster sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 150g (6oz) gluten-free self raising flour*
  • 1 level tsp baking powder*
  • Icing sugar to dust
  • Jam and whipped cream to fill

*See your Food and Drink Guide for suitable products

  1. Grease two 7 inch sponge tins
  2. Cream fat and sugar until light and fluffy
  3. Add eggs one at a time and beat thoroughly. Add vanilla essence. Add sifted flour and baking powder
  4. Divide between two tins and bake in the centre of a preheated oven (180oC, 350oF, Gas Mark 4) and bake for 20-25 minutes
  5. Allow to cool on a wire rack and fill with jam and cream. Dust the top of the cake with icing sugar to serve

Scones and cream

What better way to eat strawberries than with fresh cream and a nice scone! Use this recipe to make fresh gluten free scones or buy some from the Free From section of your local supermarket. 

Gluten free scones (makes 8) 

  • 100g (4oz) gluten-free self raising flour*
  • 1 rounded teaspoon baking powder*
  • 25g (1oz) sugar
  • 50g (2oz) margarine
  • 1 egg, beaten

*See your Food and Drink Guide for suitable products

  1. Sift flour, sugar and baking powder into a bowl. Rub in the margarine. Mix in the egg to make a soft dough
  2. Roll on a floured surface, cut into rounds and place on a greased baking tray
  3. Bake in a preheated oven at 200oC, 400oF, Gas Mark 6, for 10-15 minutes
  4. Leave to cool, slice in half and serve with fresh strawberries and clotted cream.


If you are wondering which drinks to enjoy, there are plenty of both alcoholic and soft drinks which are gluten free. 

  • Champagne and Pimm’s are gluten free
  • Cider, wine, sherry, spirits, port and liqueurs are gluten free
  • Beer, lagers, stouts and ales contain varying amounts of gluten and are therefore not safe for people with coeliac disease. You can buy specially made gluten free beers and lagers and these are usually found in the Free From section of the supermarket and some health food stores
  • Fruit juice, flavoured waters, cordials and fizzy drinks are gluten free. Barley squashes are not suitable
  • If you are going for a traditional tea party, all teas are gluten free so why not try some different teas like Lady Grey or Darjeeling
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