More often than not the first place you think of going for afternoon tea is London but in my staycation travels over the years I have found a few gems along the way, Rectory Farm Tea Rooms, Warren House and The Grumpy Mole are just to name a few. But there are so many places around the country that serve one of Britain’s favourite past times, here’s just a selection of where I would like to hit up next.
A complimentary setting to an English tradition, Langshott Manor’s yummy delights are homemade by in-house pastry chefs. With freshly baked bread hosting a range of sandwich fillings, along with homemade scones served with thick clotted cream and fruity preserves to finish the display. Served daily from 1pm to 5pm.
From Macaroons to scones, tarts and sandwiches served with loose leaf tea for an afternoon treat in the wonderful Pump Room. Filled with historical connections, period features and live music daily provided by the famous Pump Room Trio and resident pianist Jools Scott will make the tea extra special – perfect for an activity on a holiday trip or a nice treat if you are closer by.
Ever since discovering this beautiful place for my Mother’s Day gift guide it’s been on my list of places to visit and then when I got their newsletter saying that they did afternoon tea it made it straight onto this list.
It includes a Lavender Roll, Lavender Cream Scone, Lavender Fairy Cake, Lavender Macaroon, Pot of Crisps, Lavender Fudge & Mini Shortbread with your choice of tea, coffee or lavender lemonade. All for just £14! Open everyday from 9am to 6pm daily until 14 September, but pre-book your tea by calling 07503 877707.
Bettys opened in 1919 and the café tea rooms in Harrogate set the standard and now there are 6 locations to choose from. The Imperial Room in Harrogate and the Belmont Room in York also host Lady Betty Afternoon Tea. Available by reservation only the menu is inspired by Bettys’ best loved pâtisserie and favourite Tea Rooms specialities.
Annies is owned by actress Jennie McAlpine and her partner Chris Farr and is the perfect setting to eat good old fashioned food and relax in comfort and style. Served on a traditional 3-tier stand with a selection of delicious sandwiches, a scrummy scone with clotted cream and strawberry jam, along with a selection of delicious cakes – and let’s not forget the all important tea!
Gorgeous Gerties sums afternoon tea on their website in the most perfect way… ‘Who doesn’t enjoy a yummy slice of homemade cake served with a perfect pot of tea in fine bone china?’ I do! A treat perfect for all the family with homemade loveliness of sandwiches, scones and cake. To ensure that it is the best treat book in advance.
When you look beyond London it is hard to know where to start, this is just the tip of the bucket list for me as I’m always discovering new exciting places across the country to add. If you have any where that you think should be added to my list let me know by leaving a comment.
Much love xxx