Back in the day, afternoon tea in the summer meant a large Victoria sponge cake and a jug of ice cold orange squash on the lawn. But according to new research by MINTEL this quintessentially English tradition has grown up, as Brits take a new approach to high tea. Indeed, new blends of better-for-you superfruit cordials with berries are giving conventional squash a run for its money. Meanwhile, the large family cake has been squeezed out by smaller bitesize cakes, such as mini Bakewell tarts and Battenburg slices, as they mean we can now all enjoy a slice of high tea while out and about.

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