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the best afternoon tea around the uk: food blogger favourites.


Happy Afternoon Tea Week! Other than gin week or cheeseburger day, this has to be up there on one of the best national foodie weeks in the UK. What better excuse to scoff sandwiches, drool over pastries and eat every miniature cake in sight? Sipping on tea makes it all that more sophisticated too, don't you think? 

To celebrate these prestigious seven days, I've asked a few of my favourite British food bloggers to throw me some afternoon tea recommendations and reviews from around the UK. (And pictures, of course!) So, from traditional afternoon teas to twists on the classic, here are (quite possibly) the best afternoon teas in the UK. Cheers, darling!

The Midlands

The Edgbaston, Birmingham - Full to the Brum
Good for? Excellent service, showstopping drama, incredible cocktails, gluten free choices.
How much? From £25 pp
Found at?
B15 3DU

Flying Childers at Chatsworth House, Derbyshire - Munching with Monet and A Mess in a Dress
Good for? Beautiful setting, local Wedgewood crockery, innovative desserts, excellent ingredients.
How much? From £35 pp
Found at?
DE45 1PP

The Fine Foods Store, Stamford - Will Flirt For Food
Good for? Great produce, cute picnic setting, amazing cake selection, accommodating for dietary requirements.
How much? From £20 pp
Found at? PE9 2DS

Afternoon Tea at Hotel Du Vin, Birmingham - Miss Pond
Good for? Candy floss! Twinings teas, gin selection, two tiers of sweet treats.
How much? From £22.50 pp
Found at? B3 2NR

Stoke Rochford Hall, Grantham, Lincolnshire - Recipes and Reviews
Good for? Picturesque setting, stately home lovers, different from the usual sandwiches, cake pop fans.
How much? From £19.95 pp
Found at? NG33 5EB

The North 

Panoramic34, Liverpool - Hungry Harriet
Good for? Sky high dining, pretty patisserie, classic Champagne, views of the River Mersey.
How much? From £22 pp
Found at? L3 9PJ

Betty's, Harrogate, North Yorkshire - Recipes and Reviews
Good for? Traditionalists, tea lovers, unusual scones, their infamous Fat Rascals.
How much? From £18.95 pp
Found at?

Great John Street Hotel, Manchester - Afternoon Tea Club
Good for? Celeb spotting, sweet tooths, generous portions, mismatched crockery.
How much? From £23.50 pp
Found at?
M3 4FD

The Daffodil Hotel, Grasmere - Afternoon Tea Club
Good for? Lakeside views, extensive choice, none cake lovers (if that's a thing...), seasonal offerings.
How much? From £19.50 pp
Found at?
LA22 9PR

Malmaison, Liverpool - Hungry Harriet
Good for? A modern twist, tasty sliders, gluten free desserts, pretty cocktails.
How much? From £17.50 pp
Found at?
L3 1QZ

#BeeProud Afternoon Tea at Radisson Blu Edwardian, Manchester - Suede & Symphony
Good for? Eccles cakes, vegetarian options, great quality food.
How much? From £22.50 pp
Found at?
M2 5GP

The South

The Salt Room, Brighton - Cate In The Kitchen
Good for? Unusual savoury snacks, showstopping sweets, knowledgeable staff, worth every penny.
How much? From £24.95 pp
Found at? BN1 2FU

Bedford Lodge, Newmarket, Suffolk - Jessica In Your Ear
Good for? Classic sandwiches, scone snobs, attentive service and lovers of all things sweet.
How much? From £18.50 pp
Found at?

Vegan Afternoon Tea at Careys Manor, Brockenhurst, New Forest - All That I'm Eating
Good for? Vegan options, free range produce, tea fanatics, plant based dining.
How much? From £24 pp
Found at?
SO42 7RH

Bristol Harbour Hotel & Spa - Healthy Twenties
Good for? Luxury and style without the price tag, modern art, spa days, Cornishware, great service.
How much? From £15.95 pp
Found at? BS1 1HT

The Alverton, Truro, Cornwall - Tin and Thyme
Good for? Classic Cornish jam and scones, excellent value, Tregothnan Estate tea.
How much? From £15 pp
Found at?


Harrods, London - Red and Gold Web
Good for? Breathtaking decor, generous courses, deliciously warm scones, decadent silverware, worth splashing out on.
How much? £50 pp
Found at? SW1X 7XL

Buddha Bar, Knightsbridge, London - All That I'm Eating
Good for? An Asian twist on afternoon tea, relaxed atmosphere, those not a fan of sandwiches and scones.
How much? £25 pp
Found at? SW1X 7PA

BB Afternoon Tea Bus Tour, London - Rough Measures
Good for? Something different, sightseers, all things British, veggie diners.
How much? From £45 pp
Found at? Daily departures from Trafalgar Square WC2N 5BY and Victoria Coach Station starting points.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, One Aldwych, London - Recipes and Reviews
Good for? A magical afternoon, cocktail connoisseurs, book worms, a pre-threatre treat.
How much? From £39 pp
Found at? WC2B 4BZ

Gentleman's Afternoon Tea at The Milestone, London - Afternoon Tea Club
Good for? Scotch egg fans, whisky geeks, live music lovers.
How much? From £48 pp
Found at? W8 5DL


Cup Merchant City, Glasgow - Foodie Quine
Good for? Fans of a good savoury selection, gin in a teapot, takeaway afternoon tea (if you can't finish it all...)
How much? From £20 pp
Found at? G1 1TN (even the postcode basically spells gin...) 

The Almondine, Aberdeen - Foodie Quine
Good for? Macaron lovers, colourful sweet creations, a look around their amazing patisserie.
How much? From £22.50 pp
Found at? AB10 1UY


The Angel, Abergavenny - Lovely Appetite
Good for? The best afternoon tea in Wales, generous scones, gorgeous crockery, festive specials, lots of vegetarian options.
How much? From £22.80 pp
Found at?


Ladurée, Dublin - Recipes and Reviews
Good for? Fans of macarons, Instagram-able tea sets, perfectly cut sandwiches wrapped in paper, a variety of tea.
How much? €39.95
Found at?
Dublin 2

Have you been to any of these for afternoon tea? Would you have any to add to the list? I'd love to hear about more from outside of England too!

(All prices and addresses checked at time of writing - August 2017)


  1. Oh my! This has made me realise I haven't had afternoon tea for far too long - well over a year. Something's not right. Really useful to know where to go if ever I'm in the area.

  2. What a fantastic line up of afternoon teas! I feel like I need another one now! Thanks for including some of mine!

  3. The most perfect round up! Thanks for including my review :)

  4. This is so helpful as there is so much competition in this area

  5. I love an Afternoon Tea, these all look amazing.

  6. OMG!! these look amazing I am going to have to try some of them xx

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