10 Instagrammable afternoon teas in England

Friday 01 September 2017

1. Sketch, Central London

Caviar and quail egg sarnies? How could we resist, especially in a setting that’s as artful as the food. Sketch commissioned Turner-prize nominated artist David Shrigley to decorate this perfectly pink gallery, and you’ll find his witty illustrations on the tableware as well as the walls.


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2. Pier Point, Torquay


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This seafront cafe’s adorable unicorn treats are enough to make anyone believe in magic (or at least glitter-filled rainbows). The cream teas with sprinkles are, quite frankly, too pretty to eat. And don’t even get us started on the hot chocolate adorned with party rings or the teeny tiny cupcakes with unicorn faces...


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3. Hotel Gotham, Manchester


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Fancy a VIP high tea? Head up to the top floor restaurant of this art deco hotel, aptly named Honey, for some decadent sweet treats (and a few savoury ones too). Design nods to the building’s banking past, such as the shelves lined with bowler hats, all add to the experience.


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4. Just Grand! Vintage Tea Room, Leeds


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This tearoom prides itself on ‘good old fashioned service’ and traditional afternoon teas served on china crockery. You’ll be chuffed by the egg and cress finger sandwiches, lavender scones and fruit cake – all washed down with a strong cup (or five) of Yorkshire tea. Or maybe the Gentleman’s Tea is more your bag: pork pie, pickled onions and crisps with a bottle of local ale.


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5. Maison Mayci, Moseley nr Birmingham

Ooh la la! This French patisserie is très bon. Hone your lens on trays of multicoloured macarons, chocolatey pastries and glossy, fruit-laden tarts almost too good to eat. We hear there are some excellent savoury options too.


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6. Holbeck Ghyll, Cumbria


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If you’re looking for afternoon tea with an awesome view, then this Lake District lovely is for you. The hotel, a former hunting lodge, is ever so posh and so ideal for a special occasion – especially if you make it a Champagne tea.


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7. Oh Me Oh My, Liverpool


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Oh my indeed! What a heavenly space for high tea. Everything looks and tastes divine, from the mini croque monsieurs and star anise creme brulees to the rose petal tea. Add in a sunny roof garden, and it’s no wonder it’s a favourite hangout for Liverpool’s bloggers.


8. Garden Kitchen, Newcastle


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The afternoon tea at this lush Geordie cafe is called the Garden Picnic for a good reason – it’s served on a mini picnic table. Cuuute! But also delicious: savour fresh quinoa salads and hearty cheese ciabattas before scoffing your jam-filled scones and lemon drizzle slices.


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9. Thornbury Castle, Gloucestershire


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There’s no scrimping when it comes to the regal-looking afternoon tea at this rather impressive Tudor castle. And that’s no surprise; it was once Henry VIII’s hang out. Somehow we can’t see him going for the gluten free option.


10. Metrodeco Tea Salon, Brighton

Dabble in some 1930s salon culture with tea cocktails, gin flights, bubbles, oh, and a few nibbles. Actually, the food is fab, from veggie-stuffed quiches to marvellous artisan mallows. They do an exceptional fully-vegan tea too, just ask.


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