The most beautiful places to go for afternoon tea around the UK
Mother’s day is on the way, and if you want to treat your mum to an exquisite afternoon tea we’ve lined up some of the most stunning venues serving decadent cakes, scones and sandwiches to take her.
Regardless of where you live, there’s a place in every city that wins first place, so if you don’t want to travel far – you won’t have to.
From secret garden tea rooms to modern restaurants high in the sky, we’re dishing out an enviable list that’ll have your mum floating on cloud nine this Mother’s Day.
Take a look at our top picks from the biggest cities in the UK.
Brown’s Hotel, Kensington
If you’re looking for a side-serving of class with your afternoon tea, head to the wood-panelled English Tea Room at Brown’s Hotel. Staff will guide you through their rich bounty of teas and infusions – and can recommend a brew to suit every palate. Our stand included little bagels topped with lashings of coronation chicken, and a mouthful of tomato focaccia accompanied by a delicious goat’s curd with chilli jam and walnuts. Pretty cakes and pastries adorned the top tier, including spiced pumpkin and ginger eclairs, and chocolate, caramel and mandarin tarts.
Price? £55 per person, £65 with a glass of ‘R’ de Ruinart champagne, £68 with a glass of Ruinart rosé champagne.
Times? Daily, noon-6pm.
Cloud 23, Beetham Tower
The glitzy cocktail bar halfway up Beetham Tower offers up an unbeatable view to admire while you tuck into your scones and sandwiches.
There’s always a seasonally changing special to try, including a glass of champagne and a cocktail, alongside the traditional afternoon tea, with the option to add a glass of bubbly for an extra bit of luxury.
The current menu includes carrot and houmous wraps, prawn marie rose open sandwiches and Mediterranean sunblush tomato and pesto tarts, along with Eccles cakes, chocolate cupcakes and lemon meringue pies.
Mums also get a free glass of bubbly when you book in on Mother’s Day, Sunday March 26.
Price? Mother’s Day afternoon tea £25 per person or £35 with champagne. Usual prices: Traditional afternoon tea £23, seasonal speciality £38 and champagne afternoon tea £33-43.
Highly commended in the Afternoon Tea Awards 2017, The Edgbaston is famous for its afternoon teas created by fabulously creative French pastry chef Olivier Briault.
The menu changes seasonally.
Expect a delightful amuse bouche followed by sandwiches that are more exciting than your usual fare.
And of course from an award-winning pastry expert like Olivier, expect a sensational sweet selection. Past favourites include rhubarb and vanilla panna cotta and coffee and caramel profiteroles.
The venue serves loose leaved Jing tea and options.
Go for the quirkier £35 option called The Moseley Serve (named after tea parties where ladies sipped gin from tea cups in Victorian times). Here they throw in a few tea based gin cocktails for good measure!
Afternoon tea service is 12 noon until 6pm daily and starts at £25pp. Please visit the website.
The Salt Room
Often described as an Instragammers dream, the three tiers of delights at The Salt Room are just as amazing to look at as they are to eat. The options change seasonally, so you’ll get a surprise each and every time. The sweet and savoury offering are paired with JING Tea and East London Liquor Company cocktails.
Fancy a right fine Yorkshire brew and butty? Oulton Hall on the outskirts of Leeds takes its afternoon tea seriously with every single tea on the menu originating from local tea giants, Taylors of Harrogate. There’s even a special ‘Oulton’ blend on offer. And the local finery doesn’t stop there. There’s Yorkshire tea loaf, Yorkshire-sourced ham sandwiches, Wensleydale cheese and warm scones studded with chunks of yet another Yorkshire favourite – rhubarb. If you like your booze local, opt for the gin afternoon tea with Slingsby’s rhubarb on the menu.
All this will be hand delivered to your table on silver service – by a butler no less. So you can relax into the lavish 18th century Drawing Room, which overlooks the gardens of the Grade II listed estate, and have all the goodies brought right to you. Fill up too quickly? Those butlers will gladly box up the leftovers to take home with you.
Oulton Hall, Rothwell Lane, Oulton, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS26 8HN. Afternoon tea costs £22 per person Monday-Thursday and £32 per person with champagne or £25 per person Friday-Sunday and £35 with champagne.
Has it been a Hard Days Night? Then what you need is a cup of tea. For fans of the Fab Four, what could be more British than enjoying afternoon tea, listening to songs by the Beatles, in a Beatles themed hotel restaurant?
Traditional afternoon tea can be accompanied by of course, a Beatles themed twist on a Long Island Ice Tea influenced by the Sgt Pepper’s album cover and include:
John – Banana Liqueur and Banana Puree
Paul – Blue Curacao Orange Liqueur
Ringo – Apple Schnapps and Raspberry Puree
George – Strawberry Liqueur and Strawberry Puree with Lime Juice
The Royal Duchy was set up over a hundred years ago, making it one of the first hotels in Falmouth. This historical building’s Sun Terrace is the perfect place to sit and enjoy an al fresco afternoon tea with views overlooking Falmouth Bay. The Royal Duchy can provide a classic Cornish cream tea as well as a full afternoon tea and a champagne afternoon tea.
During December a festive afternoon tea is available which includes cucumber and smoked salmon finger sandwiches, festive cake, mice pies and Cornish cream tea, enough to satisfy any sweet tooth!
Cornish cream tea £9 per person, full afternoon tea £17.50 per person, Champagne afternoon tea £22.50 per person.
Egg and cress just not doing it for you any more? Then the stunning Townhouse on Buchanan St is your next port of call. Thai powerhouse Chaophraya makes for an opulent Asian fusion meal with its huge sweeping curtains and gold, gold and more gold. But how many of you knew that there was afternoon tea in the offing? The Thai take includes mini spring rolls and chicken satay to start, as well as a special spice-infused jam for those traditional scones. Don’t act like you’re not impressed, tea fans.
With views across Festival Square to the iconic Edinburgh Castle, afternoon tea at One Square is the perfect way to spend an indulgent afternoon. The traditional menu, served daily from 2.30pm – 5.30pm, features a delicious assortment of sandwiches, freshly baked scones and sweet treats – all perfectly paired with your choice of loose-leafed teas or an indulgent chilled glass of Moët Impérial Champagne.
£28 per person or £40 with Champagne.
One Square, 1 Festival Sq, Edinburgh, EH3 9SR, Tel: 0131 221 6422, onesquare-edinburgh.com