b'EPICUREPrevious page: Skibos afternoon tea is served from 4pm in the Drawing Room; the Duchess of Bedford. This page: members can enjoy a selection of sweet treats and finger sandwiches 43 The Skibo chefs, supervised by executivetaste amazing (and they do) but also lookchampagnes and rotating seasonal drinks, chef Craig Rowland, craft the victualsincredible, says Rowland. Afternoon tea issuch as turmeric lattes, gin cocktails and enjoyed each afternoon, from the fingera special occasion, and the cakes should reflectmulled wine, there is plenty for members sandwiches with fillings such as smokedthat. In spring, members might enjoy peachto choose from. salmon or cucumber to the alluring selectionmelba macarons from cake stands garnishedAlmost two centuries after the of cakes and baked goods. At Skibo, sconeswith edible flowers from the gardens whileDuchess of Bedford began partaking in her and pancakes are an essential part ofin summer, fruit tarts are decorated withfour oclock ritual, afternoon tea has become afternoon tea and are baked fresh each day,home-grown berries. As the weather turnsa beloved British institution. Whether enjoyed says Rowland. We recommend eating themcolder, the light and fresh flavours of summerwith freshly brewed tea or a glass of with clotted cream and jam, which is made forare replaced with autumnal spiced carrot cakechampagne, at home, in the formal dining us by castle head chef Lindsay Mackays mumand rich warming ginger cake. room of a luxury hotel or in the Drawing using fruit grown in Skibos gardens.To accompany this delectable assortmentRoom of Skibo Castle, there are indeed fewer Brent DarbyGuests can then enjoy some delicateof treats, Munro has curated an impressivemore agreeable ways to spend an afternoon. fancies created by pastry chef Joe Penrose.afternoon tea drinks menu. With an extensiveDr Victoria Connor is The Carnegie Clubs Joe understands that the cakes shouldnt justselection of loose-leaf teas, Fairtrade coffees,resident archivist'