Afternoon tea treats

There are many ways you can enjoy the delicious tradition of afternoon tea and keep it gluten free!

Chef's Promise scones








There are so many types of gluten free bread in 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 or follow the scone recipe below? 

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 Information 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 200°C, 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 naturally gluten free, as are cider, wine, sherry, spirits, port and liqueurs. 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. To find our more, head to our page on alcohol or read our article on fermented and hydrolysed products.  

Find out more about how gluten free beer is made here.


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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