Posted 5th Oct 2015
Afternoon tea is a quintessentially British tradition, heading to a local tea room to indulge in homemade scones, cakes and sandwiches accompanied by a pot of tea. Here are 10 of our favourite places to enjoy a spot of afternoon tea on a chilly winters day
Travel back in time with the Countess of York, a beautifully restored 1956 Pullman-style railway carriage at the National Railway Museum in York. Sporting lavish furnishings and traditional styling, the carriage offers you the opportunity to enjoy a piece of history while enjoying a British tradition. With dainty sandwiches, locally produced Yorkshire blue cheese in a red onion marmalade tart, fine leaf teas and homemade cakes including scones baked using a traditional Yorkshire recipe and homemade jam, the Countess of York’s afternoon tea is an opulent affair. Top off the afternoon with a selection of homemade fancies from crème brulée to an Earl Grey tea loaf and macaroons. Afternoon tea is served at noon, 2pm and 4pm daily and is priced at £19.95 per person, and £14.95 for children.
Based in the stunning Derbyshire countryside, Croots Farm Shop is an idyllic location to enjoy a slice of cake or sip down a hot brew as it overlooks fields of beautiful shire horses. Enjoy the breath-taking view from their tea shop as you tuck in to their afternoon tea selection, most of which boasts locally sourced ingredients allowing you to enjoy the real taste of Derbyshire with every bite. An award-winning farm shop, they recently won the best sweet bake award for their homemade Croots Bakewell tart in the Great British Food Farm Produce Awards 2015, a definite must when venturing to this rural delight. Afternoon tea at Croots Farm Shop is priced at £9.95 and includes a traditional serving of sandwiches, homemade scones with butter, jam and a dollop of cream, plus a cake from a selection in the shop and tea or coffee.
LandLove readers can receive buy one get one free on afternoon teas at Croots between 2pm and 4.30pm Monday to Saturday and from 2pm until 3.30pm on Sundays. To redeem simply call 01332 843 032 to book, quoting 'LandLoveHighTea'. Offer expires 31st December 2015.
Tea by the sea
Ditch the traditional afternoon tea offering and head to Devon for a coastal interpretation of the quintessentially British treat. Sample freshly sourced shellfish at The Jetty at Salcombe Harbour Hotel, while peering out onto Salcombe estuary, taking in the spectacular waterfront where the seafood was freshly caught. Indulge in oysters on crushed ice with lemon, tabasco and mignonette, bagels with creamed cheese and smoked salmon, smoked prawns with mayonnaise, crab sandwiches and a lobster avocado wrap. Then, if you still have room to squeeze in the traditionally British sweet treats, then welcome exquisite desserts in the form of organic Devon clotted cream and homemade jam, Devon strawberry meringue, salted caramel ice cream dipped in white chocolate and lovely lemon cake. Seafood afternoon tea at The Jetty is priced at £25 per person.
Tucked away in the foodie haven of Ludlow is Fishmore Hall, an impressive country house surrounded by the rolling hills of the Shropshire countryside, with grazing cows and greenery for as far as you can see. Beautifully restored, this Georgian house plays host to a stunning backdrop for an afternoon jaunt. Served by genial staff that bring your afternoon tea with a smile, indulge in the finest ingredients from local producers and baked freshly scones, or make the most out of your afternoon and watch head chef, Andrew Birch, create your afternoon right in front of your eyes with a chef demonstration, where you can also lend a helping hand. Priced at £16.95 per person try Fishmore’s red berry compote with clotted cream, a selection of Andrew’s cakes and pastries, as well as finger sandwiches to accompany the homemade scones.
The well-kept secret
A hidden gem in Aldeburgh, The Cragg Sisters Tea Room dates back to 1949 when it was opened by two women who turned their love of baking into a career, opening their slice of heaven just after the war. They passed the tea room onto one of their employees who joined the ranks of this tiny tea shop when she was just 10 years old, a regular to the tea room when the original owners would give leftovers away to children. Then, in 2010, current owner Emma Neilson put her mark on The Cragg Sisters Tea Room, adding to the knick-knacks and vintage crockery she had inherited. With everything baked freshly each morning by Emma, from her coffee and walnut cake to the scones and Victoria sponge, the charm of the original owners shines through, with Emma’s fresh approach meaning a stop at this tea room is a break away from your usual café or restaurant. Loose leaf tea, indulgent clotted cream scones, sandwiches and piece of cake of your choice make up Emma’s afternoon tea offering in this traditional tea room, perfect for a sunny afternoon stop or a haven from a blustery winter’s eve. The Cragg Sisters afternoon tea is £14.50 per person.
Read the rest of this feature from p.112 of the November/December 2015 issue...
By Lauren Morton