Pull up a chair and whet your appetite with these 5 lovely places to have a cosy afternoon tea in Britain...
Welsh-style afternoon tea
Set scenically in the town of Llandudno in northwest Wales, St Tudno Hotel provides Welsh-style afternoon tea. This includes hot buttered Bara Brith (a regional fruit loaf) and of course endless cups of steaming hot tea. Diners can relax in the Victorian-style bar, tuck themselves into the cosy setting and enjoy the soothing benefits of a freshly brewed pot of tea.
Mad Hatter's tea party
Of course, any option of cake is a good option but we particularly like the sweet stuff, served up at the Mad HattersTea Room in Chester, northwest England. The cosy setting and tasty cupcakes make this the perfect place to unwind and enjoy this traditional British ritual, with an Alice in Wonderland twist! Order Harry’s hot chocolate and a delicious slice of cake or completely indulge with The Red Queen’s Afternoon Tea.
The bastion of afternoon tea
Central London boasts a bounty of world-famous afternoon tea options, but none are cosier or more warming than The Ritz on a chilly day. Served in its elegant Palm Court, traditional afternoon teas contain finely cut sandwiches with classic fillings, a cornucopia of cakes and loose-leaf teas in pretty china cups. It’s the perfect place to spend some quality time with friends over a cup of something warm and delicious.
Tea by the sea
Warm your soul and ward off the darker days with a stop at The Southwold Boating Lake tea room in Suffolk, east England. The quirky, fresh and original venue will supply you with a refreshing cup of tea and a view that is just as stimulating. Located on an island overlooking a quaint boating lake, you can enjoy the homemade scones, delicious cakes and sandwiches served on gorgeous vintage stands.
A green tea
While away an afternoon at the Green House in Bournemouth, in Dorset, southwest England. As long-time champions of the art of tea, here you can enjoy an intimate affair that consists of delicious bites, sweet treats and sometimes a glass of bubbly! Cakes and sandwiches arrive on a 3-tier wooden tree and you can choose from a range of specialist Dorset teas.