It’s #NationalAfternoonTeaWeek folks. You may remember I did a little round-up of a few of my favourite afternoon teas a few years ago, but given that some places have closed and I’ve stuffed a few more cake in my mouth since then, I thought I’d give it a little revamp.
Afternoon tea isn’t something I have all that often, but have enjoyed a fair few on my travels over the last few months/years, so thought I’d share them. There are some close to home and some slightly further afield to give you plenty of choice.
Of course, it’s by no means comprehensive, and not all have featured on this blog with full reviews, but where they have I’ve included the link, but I just hoped they some might be helpful suggestions for places you can try.
As ever, let me know your recommendations for a great afternoon tea and I’ll be sure to try!
IN THE MIDLANDS
Billesley Manor, Alcester
One from the original post, I reviewed the afternoon tea at Billesley Manor for another publication a few years ago. I remember it was pretty good – especially the sandwiches (why do I always love the sandwiches) and the grounds of the hotel are rather lovely to walk it off with a little stroll afterwards. I’ve checked and they still do afternoon tea for a rather reasonable £20 a head.
I don’t think I’ve done a full review of Treacles in Rugby, which is a bit criminal given how good it is, though it is on my list of great cafes in Warwickshire that I think you should try. It’s a proper local cafe, where lovely people welcome you and nothing is too much trouble. I visited here for an impromptu afternoon tea with my niece when she visited and they knocked up a great spread, from wraps and sarnies to fully-loaded scones. Simple, but great tasting.
Farndon Fields Farm Shop, Market Harborough
I didn’t know anything about Farndon Fields until my friend treated me to an afternoon tea voucher for my birthday. It’s a great place – a huge farm shop complete with patisserie, butchery and loads of fresh produce, plus a great cafe restaurant that does everything from breakfast to lunch and ‘bowl food’ too.
For afternoon tea you can pick from sweet and savoury, or can mix and match if there are two or three of you. It’s rustic, hearty food and for me, the savoury option is a welcome break from the sugar overload that comes with afternoon tea. We munched on pork pie, scotch egg, sausage roll and hearty ham sarnies, as well as a chunk of Black Bomber cheddar. Delicious.
Christmas Afternoon Tea and Carols at Coombe Abbey
My previous post included Christmas afternoon tea at the now-closed Nook on the Square in Dunchurch near Rugby. Thankfully, I’ve found a replacement for my festive cake-scoffing and for the past two years mum and I have headed to Coombe Abbey (also near Rugby) for an afternoon of carol-singing and festive afternoon tea.
Given that they cater for hundreds of people keen for a pre-Christmas treat, it’s probably not the absolute bestest afternoon tea I’ve ever had, but couple with a glass of fizz and a load of carols, it’s a fab thing to do in the run up to Crimble. Book here for this year.
Fargo Village, Coventry
On Mother’s Day a few years, I took my mum to Fargo Village in Coventry where they were doing a great little afternoon tea. It was a perfectly vintage affair, complete with delicate crockery, endless tea and live music. I’m not sure if you can just get afternoon tea on any old day but it’s worth checking their website and social media for events because they’ve always got fun stuff on so you never know when you’ll spot something like this.
Whittle’s at Binswood, Leamington Spa
I was invited to try this afternoon tea a while ago and took mum and Jamie. It’s actually in a swanky retirement home in Leamington but Whittle’s, the restaurant, is open to the public. The setting is pretty spectacular and the afternoon tea offering sounds good on paper, with the options of a classic afternoon tea, themed versions and even a ‘G and Tea’.
When we visited, I’m afraid I was slightly underwhelmed by the afternoon tea but it may well have been a one-off. It’s certainly a nice place to enjoy a laid-back afternoon and some sweet stuff.
Madame Posh, Windsor
Another one from the archive, I took my niece for a belated birthday treat to Madame Posh in Windsor and I think it remains one of our fave afternoon teas. The interior is beautiful and it does two different cream teas, a full afternoon tea and a champagne afternoon tea too. The chillers creak with a billion different types of eclairs and macaroons, all calling out for you to try them. Well worth a visit.
Buddha Bar, Knightsbridge, London
Afternoon tea with a difference? I tried Buddha Bar in Knightsbridge a few years ago with a friend and thought it was a refreshing break from tiny sandwiches and scones, and something slightly different. The Asian-inspired menu still includes things like hoisin duck steamed buns, Vietnamese summer rolls, and green tea cheesecake. And a lovely setting too if you’re in the big smoke.
Rudding Park, Harrogate
A spa day at Rudding Park has become a rather lovely tradition for me and my uni mates when we catch up. There are worse traditions to have to stick to, trust me. Sometimes we just spa, but last time we found a deal that included afternoon tea too.
Just like everything else at Rudding Park, it was rather lovely. A mix of traditional and slightly more innovative, it includes sandwiches, freshly baked scones and loose leaf teas, as well as things like strawberry and pistachio opera cake and white chocolate and yuzu macaroon. Hurrah.
London Hilton, Park Lane
Another treat for my niece (we do do stuff other than eat afternoon tea, I promise), the afternoon tea at the Hilton on Park Lane was pretty splendid. Endless finger sandwiches, beautifully-presented sweet treats, tiny warm, light fluffy scones, and a glass of fizz for me.
The service was impeccable, no mean feat given the volume of people there, and they managed to make it feel like a real special occasion. Another one worth a go if you’re looking for something in London.
I paid for pretty much all of these afternoon teas myself. I think the only one that was gifted was the one at Whittle’s – which I state above.