There are many more excellent places in England that serve afternoon tea besides these listed ones. This list was provided by Visit England and dates from 2011 visits. Websites, etc were updated in 2018
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Betty’s Café Tea Rooms, Yorkshire
When Betty's opened its doors for the first time in 1919 it was just as the founder, Frederick Belmont, had visualised – customers were greeted by a tempting array of delicious Yorkshire and Continental confections in the shop, and an elegant Café Tea Room served teas and meals in the traditional English style. It was an immediate success. There are six Betty's Café Tea Rooms to explore: the spa town of Harrogate has two branches (one in the town centre and a second at the RHS Garden Harlow Carr) as does York (Little Betty's is just around the corner in Stonegate), and you'll also find Betty's in the market towns of Northallerton and Ilkley.
The Black Swan Tea Room & Patisserie, Helmsley, North Yorkshire (01439 770466)
The Black Swan Hotel, Helmsley is a beautiful 15th century property offers a unique combination of traditional charm and luxurious escapism, with its own award winning restaurant and tearoom providing the perfect backdrop for a romantic getaway and a chance to escape the everyday stresses and strains. Serving a wide selection of teas from around the world, as well as handmade artisan pastries, lunches and daily specials. The tearoom was recently awarded entry into the prestigious Tea Guild, where it now sits alongside other world-famous hotels including The Ritz and The Dorchester, and in April 2010 was awarded the Tea Guild.s Top Tea Place 2010.
The Walk Café, 12 Bridlesmith Walk, Nottingham, NG1 2GR (0115 947 7574)
Down a quiet cobblestoned alley sits this whimsical teahouse and café, which is often packed with locals munching on excellent homemade salads and sandwiches. But it’s the desserts that are the main draw: bakery cases and countertops overflow with cakes, pies, scones and colourful cupcakes, while the elaborate afternoon tea features gourmet versions of classic pastries. In keeping with the décor of vintage furnishings and knick-knacks, tea is served in eclectic, one-of-a-kind pots from the café's vast collection.
The Pink Lounge, Branston Hall Hotel, Branston, Lincoln, LN4 1PD, UK ((01522 793305)
Perfect for relaxing, enjoying a refreshment or afternoon tea, the Pink Lounge and Bar offers a comfortable ambience for you to sit back in luxurious leather seating and enjoy the lakeside views. As well as the bar, the Pink Lounge is popular for its exceptional afternoon teas. http://www.branstonhall.com/
The Sanderson Hotel Mad Hatter’s Tea
Sanderson invites our guests to tumble down the rabbit hole and enjoy the wonderful world of our Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea. The chefs here at Sanderson have toyed with the traditional British afternoon tea in the same way that Lewis Carroll played with logic in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, creating an afternoon tea filled with numerous gastronomic adventures.
The Kensington Hotel Afternoon Tea
Enjoy your afternoon tea in the gracious surroundings of The Kensington Hotel - One of the finest luxury London hotels. Sit and watch the world go by from one of our Regency – style drawing rooms with period features, magnificent bay windows, real fireplaces and original art complemented by designer furnishings. Add a glass of Moet & Chandon Champagne to make your tea extra special and enjoy between delightful English scones with homemade jams and clotted cream in addition to a host of savoury delicacies. Truly relax at this London hotel.
The Dorchester Afternoon Tea
The Dorchester Afternoon Tea begins with savoury finger sandwiches. Crusts are removed from fresh baked white and brown breads and the delicate slices are filled with smoked salmon, egg, chicken, cream cheese and cucumber. Warm scones arrive next, made from a recipe unchanged at The Dorchester for over half a century. They are served with glistening strawberry jam and Devonshire clotted cream. The final course is the pièce de resistance, the platter of cakes and tartlets.
Mouth-watering Prêt-à-Portea delicacies with a fashionista twist
The Berkeley London designer afternoon tea, Prêt-à-Portea, is inspired by thethemes and colours of the fashion world. The menu is transformed every six months to follow the changing seasons in
Tea Party Package for a minimum of ten people
Whether it's tea for a few or a few hundred, our glamorous vintage hostesses are on hand with a fabulous array of bespoke treats served on the finest vintage china. A sit-down delicious High Tea menu, served by our delectable hostesses on the finest vintage china. Our sweet and savoury food menu incorporates scrumptious classics, hand-made cakes and chocolates specially tailored to your occasion using an innovative printing process that allows your event to be truly unique. www.vintagepatisserie.co.uk
The Soho Hotel
Traditional Tea, Gin Mare Tea https://www.firmdalehotels.com/hotels/london/the-soho-hotel/
The Mandeville’s famous Afternoon Tea menu offers a delicious selection of homemade scones, deep filled sandwiches, pink meringues and designer cupcakes, beautifully presented on Royal Doulton china designed by Zandra Rhodes and accompanied by an extensive selection of teas or champagnes.
Portrait Restaurant, National Gallery
Portrait Afternoon Tea
The National Portrait Gallery's roof-top restaurant boasts spectacular views over London and has established itself as one of the capital's most sought after dining areas. It is set 92 feet above ground level on the third floor of the Gallery's Ondaatje Wing. Diners can enjoy an unparalleled vista of Nelson in Trafalgar Square and across Whitehall to the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, and the London Eye. Portrait Restaurant offers some of the finest modern British food daily for lunch and two evenings a week - Thursday and Friday - to coincide with the Gallery's extended opening hours.
The Dean Street Townhouse High Tea
The English dining room combines vintage armchairs, hard wooden floors, and traditional cut glass chandeliers with a menu that incorporates British favourites for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Guilty pleasures, such as freshly baked scones with clotted cream and jam, and freshly cut sandwiches are served during afternoon and high tea.
The Wolseley, 160 Piccadilly, London W1 (020- 7499 6996)
The Wolseley is a café-restaurant in the grand European tradition located in St James on London’s most famous of boulevards, Piccadilly.
Pearl Lian, 8 Sheldon Square, Paddington, London W2 (020-7289 7000)
Sophisticated modern decor provides an elegant backdrop to creative interpretations of Chinese teas, seafood and dim sum along with a superb wine list.
Sketch Parlour, Sketch, 9 Conduit St, London W1 (020-7659 4500)
A food, art and music venue, Sketch serves tea in its ultra-contemporary, Whimsical and stylish Parlour at the entrance to Momo Mazouz's Sketch complex. Perfect pastries and fine teas are served all day long.
Tea Room at Liberty, Ground Floor, 208-22 Regent Street, W1B 5AH
This little tearoom, tucked away behind fashion accessories, is a pleasing spot, decked out in Designers Guild fabrics and a selection of newspapers for your perusal. Traditional silver teapots and an eclectic style make this the perfect place to put up your feet after a hard day's shopping. Choose from 10 different loose leaf brews for afternoon tea or warmed scones with Cornish clotted cream and home-made jam. Drop in for soup of the day or a healthy breakfast of granola and berries.
Claridge's, Brook Street, London W1 (020- 7629 8860)
English tradition at its finest: Claridge's serves the best afternoon tea in London. Luxurious, elegant and perfect every day. The award-winning afternoon tea is a mouth-watering and utterly English meal of pastries and savouries, light crusty scones and rich clotted cream.
New World, 1 Gerrard Place, London W1 (020-7734 0396)
Transport yourself to a traditional Hong Kong teahouse at this Chinese restaurant, a hidden treasure.
The Berkeley, Wilton Place, Knightsbridge, London SW1 (020-7235-6000)
Relaxed and friendly, intimate and discreet, The Berkeley London is the perfect place to enjoy breakfast or a bite to eat at any time of day. It.s also the setting for our award-winning fashionista's afternoon tea, Prêt-à-Portea.
The Langham, 1c Portland Place, London W1 (020 7965 0195)
All day light dining is served with timeless elegance and as the work day becomes evening time, the change of day can be celebrated with your choice of your favourite fizz served in a striking bespoke coupe glass. The Palm Court's Afternoon Tea has been awarded the Tea Guild's Top London Afternoon Tea 2010, the OSCARS of the tea world.
The Charlotte Street Hotel, 15 Charlotte Street, London, W1T (020 7581 4045)
Charming, witty, beautiful and friendly The Charlotte Street Hotel is a glamorous place to have Afternoon Tea, which can be taken in the Oscar or the Drawing Room.
The Montague on the Gardens, 15 Montague Street, London WC1 5BJm (020-7637 1001)
The Montague is not just one escape, but many. For every mood and for every time of day, there's a place to eat, drink, or relax with friends. Afternoon tea in the Conservatory draws local residents as well as hotel guests. They come to catch up with the day's news and to demolish a generous plate of scones, served with strawberry jam and Devonshire clotted cream.
The Garden Room, The Athenaeum Hotel, 116 Piccadilly, London W1 (020-7499 3464)
It.s one of those exquisite things in life that you simply have to do. Afternoon Tea in Mayfair… dainty and decadent delicacies… leaf tea in china teacups… pink champagne or Kir Royale… the perfect way to spend the afternoon chatting and relaxing
St James's Room, Fortnum & Mason, 181 Piccadilly, London W1 (020-7734 8040)
Famous for its classic Afternoon and High Teas with a wonderful array of estate teas from around the world.
Orange Pekoe, 3 White Hart Lane, Barnes, London SW1 (020-8876 6070)
Nestled in a small village of beautiful boutique shops, overlooking the River Thames the Orange Pekoe loves tea and everything about it. They have travelled far and wide and handpicked some of the finest tea leaves from around the world and promise the perfect blend for every moment.
Postcard Teas, Dering Street, New Bond St, London, W1 (020-7629 3654)
Not technically a tearoom but a shop, this is 'a great place for buying tea. Telling customers where all their teas come from in the world, it has a unique postmark provenance-- it tells you where each tea was made and who made it.
The Bette Blythe – Fine Food Pantry, 73 Blythe Rd. Brook Green, London W14 0HP (0207 602 1177)
Offering tea parties for children and adults alike. Taking inspiration from the Hollywood star, the establishment hosts children's tea parties (dress up boxes, sparkly make up, cakes and a great deal of pink and flowers), wonderful baby showers, elegant hen parties and birthdays. http://www.bettyblythe.co.uk/
The Connaught, Carlos Place, London W1 (020-7499 7070)
A divine indulgence, The Connaught offers the perfect refreshment after a hectic morning in London is afternoon tea served in the tranquil Espelette. Choose from a wide selection of teas from Imperial Earl Grey to French Vanilla to Sencha Genmai Cha.
Yauatcha, 15-17 Broadwick Street, London W1 (020-7494 8888)
Yauatcha is a contemporary dim sum teahouse that opened in London in 2004. The restaurant offers an exceptional range of Chinese and Indian teas are also retailed at Yauatcha, along with handmade macaroons and chocolates. Yauatcha is a modern reinterpretation of the old Chinese teahouse. Designed by Christian Liaigre, the restaurant's open-plan layout and visible kitchen energizes the entire space, engaging both the outside street scene and Yauatcha's customers.
East of England:
Doubletree by Hilton, Granta Place, Mill Lane Cambridge CB2 1RT
The Afternoon Tea menu is inspired by Norman Hartnell and Lord Byron, celebrated figures who had long standing associations with Cambridge. They provide an imaginative, fun and delicious edible twist on this most indulgent and quintessentially English of dining customs. Afternoon Tea is served with tea from the Twinings Tea Rituals selection or coffee.
Hotel Felix, Whitehouse Lane, Huntingdon Road, Cambridge, CB3 0LX (01223 277977)
Afternoon Tea is served in Graffiti restaurant at Hotel Felix, which overlooks the south facing terrace and gardens. In summer the atmosphere is light and airy with the decking on the terrace providing the perfect spot for Afternoon Tea. An open fire in the middle of the restaurant during gloomy, colder days brings a comfortable, relaxed and intimate air to the place.
Peacocks, 65 Waterside, Ely, Cambridgeshire (01353 661100)
A family-run, traditional English tearoom offering everything you look for in a tearoom - and more: home cooking, a friendly welcome, a relaxing atmosphere and an amazing range of teas.
The Tea House
The Tea House is a specialist tea room focusing on cream teas, healthy lunches and sandwiches. Supported by a Michelin-starred chef in the family, the tea room aims to provide a comfortable and welcoming environment to accompany good food and carefully selected and friendly staff. The tea room is certainly a place where you don’t have to rush.
The Mock Turtle, 4 Pool Valley, Brighton (01273 327380)
The Mock Turtle Tea Rooms is a cosy cafe that offers a delicious selection of snacks, hot and cold drinks and an inviting atmosphere. With home-made cream teas are the best in Brighton and all are served with a wide range of loose-leaf teas.
The Rose, 51 High Street, Oxford (01865 244429)
Rose is a small restaurant and tea room on High Street in Oxford that serves a first class afternoon tea. The Rose Cream Tea special, a popular twist to the Duchess of Bedford's afternoon tea, is the ideal refresher after an afternoon building up an appetite experiencing the historic Oxford.
The Bingham, 61-63 Petersham Rd, Richmond upon Thames (020-8940 0902)
Winner of UK Tea Council Award for Excellence 2010, The Bingham offers a delectable and simply scrumptious afternoon tea. Tea can be taken in the lounge, the restaurant or the balcony. http://www.thebingham.co.uk/
Boston Tea Party, Monkton House, 53 High St, Honiton, Devon (01404 548739)
One of a small chain of tearooms across the West Country, with all teas being loose leaf and chosen by local tea tasting specialists with over 80% of suppliers being based in the West Country, ensuring the best local produce is used.
The Nare Hotel, Carne Beach, Truro, Cornwall (01872 501111)
Overlooking beautiful Carne Beach, The Nare offers afternoon tea in the Drawing room as part of the inclusive package enjoyed by guests. Afternoon tea is also available on the Quarterdeck for non-residents, allowing you to take in the perfect sea views.
Old Tea House, 44 High West Street, Dorchester (01305 263719)
Serving homemade scones, teacakes and a cup of Earl Grey, the Old Tea House was once a playground for Thomas Hardy who often met with Robert Louis Stevenson and George Bernard Shaw. You can enjoy your afternoon tea while imagining the great literary debates that once took place.
The Bridge Tea Rooms, 24a Bridge Street, Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire (01225 865537)
The Bridge Team Rooms in Wiltshire is a celebration of British cuisine in authentic Victorian surroundings. Judged near perfect by the UK Tea Guild it uses delicate bone china and the finest leaf teas.
Earl Grey Teahouse, Howick Hall Gardens, Alnwick, Northumberland (01665 577285)
The teahouse, a part of Howick Hall Gardens, is situated in the East Quadrant and was opened in 2004. Tea is served in the ballroom, which contains two very large paintings by James Northcote, which were commissioned from the artist by Lord Grey in 1809. They depict two biblical scenes,Daniel in the Lions Den and The Disobedient Prophet. Above the mantelpiece is a 19th Century copy of the portrait by Sir Thomas Lawrence of 2nd Earl Grey painted in 1828, giving the teahouse an old estate feel.
Tea and treats at Teacup owned by Mr. Scruff.
The Watermill Tearoom, Little Salkeld, Penrith, Cumbria (01768 881523)
The Tearoom at Little Salkeld Watermill has a growing reputation for delicious organic vegetarian food, refreshing drinks and reviving cups of tea and coffee. Everything is made fresh on the spot by brilliant bakers and cooks who produce all kinds of mouth-watering cakes, scones, salads, soups, ploughman.s lunches and the like.
Leaf Tea Bar, 27Parliament St, Liverpool (0151-707 7747)
For something more contemporary, the independent Leaf Tea Shop and Bar in Liverpool was born out of a love of tea and music. Attracting a quirky and diverse crowd from students to rock stars it offers a modern twist and refreshing twist on a classic.
The Lowry Hotel, 50 Dearmans Place, Chapel Wharf, Salford, Manchester (0161-827 4000)
Afternoon tea from an award-winning team, offering classic British dishes using the finest local and seasonal ingredients with a five star flair. Get there between 3pm and5pmfor finger sandwiches, cakes and an impressive choice of teas, from a refreshing Earl Grey to an exotic-sounding Organic Downy Tip Green Mao Jian.
Lucy's of Ambleside, Church St, Ambleside, Cumbria (01539 432288)
With a buzzing atmosphere Lucy's is an innovative deli, bistro and café that offers a little bit of everything, including a great cup of tea and homemade cakes. As most of what Lucy's produces is made on the premises they can generally be as obliging as possible.
The Elms Hotel, Abberley, Worcester, WR6 6AT
The Elms has a unique family friendly atmosphere and is the perfect backdrop for a gourmet afternoon tea which includes home-baked fancies and cakes, sultana scones with clotted cream, and delicious Elms strawberry preserve.
The Buckland Manor, Buckland, Gloucestershire, WR12 7LY (01386 852626)
Buckland Manor Hotel makes the perfect place to enjoy afternoon tea. Smother some locally made strawberry jam over scones, settle back beside the fireplace and sip tea from a china cup with a decadent tea for two.