Nottingham pub The Orange Tree has launched a new range of cream teas with a twist.

The pub in Shakespeare Street has introduced a beverage selection on its new afternoon tea menu that features something stronger alongside the more usual cuppas.

Adventurous tea lovers can opt for Earl Grey’s Surprise – chilled Earl Grey blended with gin and just the right amount of sugar and fresh lemons – and Super Berry Gin Tea – a chilled super berry tea with a kick of sloe gin, a splash of cranberry juice and a touch of sugar.

The alcohol-tinged teas are part of a newly-launched afternoon tea selection that boasts some of the freshest scones in the city – hand-made in The Orange Tree’s kitchen. And to round it off, the strawberry jam topping is home-made too….created by barmaid Sarah Gallagher.

The cream teas are served on vintage china that’s been sourced by Orange Tree general manager Mel Newbold from charity shops, car boot sales and fairs, and is already being complimented.

“The first customer I served cream tea to remarked on the silver tray and said she felt very regal,” said Mel. “Cream teas are making a real comeback. What we’ve done at The Orange Tree is to take the traditional elements of a cream tea and give them a really modern twist by adding a couple of teas that contain something a little stronger and are a bit more distinct. Of course we also have a full range of the sorts of tea you’d normally find on a cream tea menu too.”

The regular tea selection includes ethical and award-winning leaf teas served with infusers in the tea pots. Choose from peppermint leaf, Earl Grey and a range of others.

Cream teas at The Orange Tree are priced £3.75, and include a cuppa and a freshly baked scone served with homemade strawberry jam and a dollop of Cornish clotted cream. Cream teas featuring a tea with an alcoholic tipple cost £5.25.