Samba Afternoon Tea – An Afternoon Fiesta

Samba afternoon tea blog post title photo

If you have been reading my blog, you may have noticed that I enjoy an afternoon tea or two, as you can see from my time visiting a quirky afternoon tea and an earlier blog post of afternoon tea and a waterfront festivalWith that said, in July my friends treated me to another afternoon tea with a difference for my birthday. That difference was a Samba theme!

What is a Samba afternoon tea?

So, Samba afternoon tea is basically an afternoon tea with a bit of Brazil thrown in. I’m talking Rio Carnival vibes, with music and dancing, glitter and lots of skin on show.
Where can you find this I hear you ask? Well, look no further than Alma De Cuba in Liverpool. The premises is an old church (St Peter’s) on Steel Street, not too far from the Central train station.
The afternoon tea is every Saturday afternoon from 2 p.m – 4 p.m. It includes a traditional-ish afternoon tea with the entertainment of Samba dancers. It is perfect for a girls afternoon, birthday or hen party; as it really gets the party vibe going. Just to note, you have to book in advance as the place does get busy.

Inside Alma De Cuba with table and chairs. Lights flared

The Afternoon Tea

We were shown to our table and give the choice of tea or coffee to go with the afternoon tea. I opted for coffee as well as the option of a prosecco. You can’t go wrong with a bit of fizz, can you?

The afternoon tea was quite traditional with various sandwiches, scones and other sweet treats over a three-tiered cake stand. 
The sandwiches were on different types of bread, including a brioche bun and croissant. The fillings of these included ham with mustard, cheese and pickle and salmon. There was also a chicken wrap, which was yummy!

Woman holding prosecco glass with afternoon tea stand and coffee in shot
Afternoon tea cake stand with sandwiches, scones and desserts

After the sandwiches, it was time to try the scones. These came with the traditional accompaniment of cream and jam. The scones were delicious and really quite filling. I usually put the cream on before the jam. How do you take your scones?

Following the scones, it was time to sample the other sweet treats. These were macarons, which had a mint/mojito type flavour, lemon meringue tarts and chocolate tarts. The chocolate tart I tried had a hint of chilli in it, which I didn’t expect at first but really quite liked once I had finished.

Various sandwiches on a afternoon tea stand
Various desserts including macarons, lemon meringue tart, chocolate tart with flowers decorating on a plate
Various desserts including macarons, lemon meringue tart, chocolate tart with flowers decorating on a plate

The Samba

During the time we were eating the afternoon tea, three Samba dancers appeared, in full costume. They proceeded to dance to the music that had started playing and interacted with the audience. The dancers informed us that they would carry out a bit more dancing before leaving to let us finish the sandwiches and sweet treats. On their return, they were to continue with further dancing with the opportunity for us to join in.

When the dancers returned they brought quite a few samba headdresses, and you bet I wanted to try one on. One of the dancers helped to place on the headdress, and let me tell you, they are quite heavy. I’m not quite sure how they manage to dance with these on their head! 
We were then able to pose with the dancers before they helped us out of the headdresses. 

Samba headdresses on a window sill
Samba dancer posing with other woman wearing headdress

Once the photos were over and most people had tried on the headpieces, the dancers invited us to dance with them. This part was so much fun, with a giant conga around the tables ensuing. The dancers really knew how to get the crowd going and we all had loads of fun. A true afternoon fiesta!

Samaba dancer dancing, wearing green
Samba dancers in Alma De Cuba dancing

This was such a fun afternoon, and one I would definitely do again. I am always on the lookout for different afternoon teas. Do you have any recommendations? Have you attended the Samba afternoon tea before?
Let me know in the comments below!

As always, thanks for reading!

8 thoughts on “Samba Afternoon Tea – An Afternoon Fiesta

    1. Thanks for commenting!
      It was brilliant, I would deffo recommend going to anything similar if you can! I know, and the girls looked fab in their costumes, definitely brave to wear them!

      Aimsy xoxo

  1. Great post, I love Alma de Cuba although I’ve yet to sample their afternoon tea. They do do a “Gospel Brunch” on a Sunday afternoon, which does exactly that – it is brilliant, I’d definitely recommend that!

    1. It was my first time visiting, but I know I will be back the next time i’m in Liverpool!
      Ooo I think I might have to sample the “Gospel Brunch”, it sounds fab!

      Thanks for commenting!

      Aimsy xoxo

    1. I love a different afternoon tea! It was so much fun, the Samba dancers were brilliant.
      Fingers crossed there is something near you you will have a blast!

      Aimsy xoxo

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