7 of the best places for cosy afternoon tea

Friday 21 October 2016
Sophie O'Kelly

1. Transport yourself back to post-war Britain by visiting The Blackbird in Brighton, South-East England to enjoy tea and a hearty slice of cake. The traditional vintage tea room sits in the heart of Brighton, and visitors can pick from a selection of specially curated tea blends. The quaint white tablecloths, vintage cutlery, and authentic china perfectly partner the freshly cut sandwiches and handmade cakes. 

 

2. Set scenically in the north-west Welsh town, on the banks of Llandudno Bay, 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. 

 

3. Of course, any option of cake is a good option but we particularly like the sweet stuff, served up at Mad HattersTea Room in Chester, North West 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. 

 

4. Just around the corner from Rydal Water, in a quiet little nook of the Lake District, visitors can find the Cote How Guest House. All ingredients used in their afternoon tea are organic and watching the mill in the grounds alongside the lake make for a truly charming experience. If you’re feeling brave, sit in the much-adored outside seating area and soak up the stunning autumnal views, or simply enjoy the rustic barn environment and the clink of your china tea cup and saucer. 

 

5. Central London boasts a bounty of world-famous 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.  

 

6. Warm your soul and ward off the darker days with a stop at The Southwold Boating Lake 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 Southwold Boating Lake visitors enjoy the homemade scones, delicious cakes and sandwiches served on gorgeous vintage stands. 

 

 

7. While away an autumnal afternoon at The Green House Hotel in Bournemouth, South West England. As long-time champions of the art of tea, diners enjoy an intimate affair that consists of delicious bites, sweet treats and sometimes a glass of bubbly! Cakes and sandwiches arrive on a three-tier wooden tree and choose from a range of specialist Dorset Teas. 

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