Iafternoon tea week; What better excuse to indulge in delicate finger sandwiches, scones and delicate cakes?

The tradition, designed to bridge the gap between lunch and dinner, was introduced by Anna Maria Russell, the seventh Duchess of Bedford, long-time friend to Queen Victoria. She popularized the micro-meal among her cohorts of high society – including Victoria – and the rest was a cream-covered story.

While we no longer find ourselves in each other's lounges to sip Darjeeling and sponge cakes, afternoon tea has found new life in the country's finest restaurants and teahouses.

But where will you find exactly the best afternoon tea in the nation? Our experts have selected a …