Best places to enjy a delicious afternoon tea in UK
The idea of a delicious afternoon tea is an experience that is traditionally English, so when you’re looking for the best place to enjoy a variety of teas, complemented by a selection of freshly baked cakes and sandwiches; it helps to visit some of the UK’s most popular cities.
York Brings History to Life
For a truly traditional experience, make your way to the historic city of York. As you can imagine, there are some incredible stories behind many of the York hotels and other city buildings. This is particularly true of Betty’s Tea Room in St Helen’s Square.
Acquired by Fredrick Belmont in 1936 to become his flagship store, the tea room was designed and styled to resemble the grandeur and elegance of the Queen Mary cruise liner that brought Fredrick through Europe to Britain. The art-deco styling and huge curved windows still remain and make afternoon tea in York a unique experience. A stay at one of the many York hotels nearby also means that you can come back for breakfast or dinner as well.
Head to the Capital for Tradition.
In London, possibly the most well-known place for afternoon tea is Claridge’s Hotel. This award-winning venue offers traditional cake stands full of sweet pastries, scones and finger sandwiches, as well as over 40 teas from around the world.
Elsewhere in the city, you can enjoy the class and sophistication of the Wolseley or the elegance of St James’s Restaurant in the Fortnum and Mason store in Piccadilly. Or head to the Berkeley Hotel for a truly modern take on afternoon tea, where the menu has been inspired by the world of fashion. Their cakes and pastries resemble the latest catwalk designs and are absolutely stunning. So much so, you might not actually want to eat them!
Enjoy Afternoon Teas Elsewhere
From north to south, there is a selection of tearooms that can make your city break special, such as Eteaket Tea Boutique in Edinburgh. Described as a ‘retreat in the urban jungle’, Eteaket want to re-educate their customers in the delights of tea and offers a range of ethically sourced teas.
Another modern twist can be found at Leaf, right in the heart of Liverpool. Here they serve delicious food and hundreds of teas in an open, relaxed atmosphere. They also offer live music, displays of art and vintage markets, giving the place a really eclectic feel.
Heading further south, you could try The Rose in Oxford High Street. This small tearoom and restaurant offers a number of afternoon tea specialities, including Cream Tea and The Rose Classic.
Tea with a Twist
For something slightly different, head to Bradford-On-Avon and The Bridge Tea Room. This quirky tearoom was once a quaint 17th-century blacksmith’s cottage but now plays host to a range of tea-themed experiences, such as the Japanese Green Tea experience.
Or you could visit the delightful Cornish coast and enjoy tea at the Nare, a gorgeous country-house hotel. From 4.00pm, the drawing room becomes afternoon-tea heaven, with a table heavily laden with freshly baked cakes, shortbread and home-made scones, jams and cream. In the summer, afternoon tea spills out on to the terrace overlooking the gardens, while during winter you can get cosy by the open fire instead.