Posted 6th 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
A vintage affair
Georgian features, an assortment of vintage crockery and furniture, and a welcoming smile makes Dolly’s tea room in the heart of Falmouth a quirky afternoon tea destination. Try Dolly’s homemade cakes, including their signature lavender and treacle tart, served on reclaimed wooden tables, or take a seat in a chapel chair and delight in one of the many teas that they have to offer from exotic flowering teas to Teapig teas. Tea and cocktails are served in teapots and tea cups, or take a swig of one of the 70 gins they have available. Listen to the music that echoes around the tea room playing an eclectic range of genres, or relax as someone tinkles the ivories of the tea room’s piano, all the while, Hebe, Dolly’s pearl-wearing yellow labrador brings a smile to your face as she laps up your attention. Afternoon tea at Dolly’s is priced at £8.20.
Tea fit for a queen
As the only private castle in England to have a queen buried within its grounds, Sudeley Castle and Gardens is steeped in heritage, with Royal connections dating back over 1,000 years. The breath-taking castle boasts 1,200 acres, including award-winning gardens that truly highlight the Cotswolds at its finest. Enjoy a spot of afternoon tea in the café, affectionately entitled, Kathrine’s afternoon tea Parr-ty, after Henry VIII’s sixth wife, Katherine Parr, before venturing into the grounds and walking the pathways of a not forgotten queen. Explore the stunning 15th Century church where Katherine Parr is entombed, or head into the castle and uncover the treasures of the Romans. Afternoon tea is served daily between 3pm and 4.30pm and is priced at £25 for two people.
An ancient setting
A large dollop of Little Scarlet paired with cream smothered over a scone is a delightful afternoon treat, and at their latest tea room at Cressing Temple, Tiptree have created an afternoon tea bursting with homemade treats that perfectly compliment their world-renowned jams. The beautiful backdrop for Tiptree, The Barns, is a vibrant tea room set in 13th-century barns, next to a Tudor herb garden brimming with character and, as a medieval moated farmstead, it is easy to see its charm. Within the estate you can find a Grade 1 listed barley barn that is said to be the oldest recorded timber-framed barn in the world and built by the Knights Templar, situated next to it is a former wheat barn which is also grand in stature. Visiting The Barns means you can explore the 1200s before sitting down to satisfy your sweet tooth. Afternoon tea at The Barns is £28 for two people.
Throw tradition out the window
Break from tradition with a gentleman’s afternoon tea from The Spiced Pear Vintage Tea Room and replace cheese and ham sandwiches with hearty dishes that wouldn’t be out of place at a Sunday roast. Tuck into bread and dripping, Yorkshire pudding, roast beef, horseradish, pork pies, Yorkshire piccalilli, Scotch eggs and balsamic onions while you guzzle down real Yorkshire tea. Top off your afternoon tea with pastries, cake and a mini sherry trifle, and home-baked scones, and should a pot of tea not take your fancy, you can try one the tea room’s continental beers as you sit by an open fire on the cold winter nights. Afternoon tea at The Spiced Pear Vintage Tea Room is £14.95 per person.