Time for a brew: Britain’s best afternoon tea

Jun 22,2015

If there's one thing us Brits love more than tea, it's afternoon tea with the full works. At Millennium, certainly, we go mad for cakes and sarnies (no crusts please!), and simply love to spend an afternoon sipping fine blends whilst indulging in delectable treats. But with so many great afternoon tea experiences to choose from across the UK, how does one possibly decide on the perfect venue for their afternoon of sophistication? Well, if you're on the hunt for Britain's best ever afternoon tea, look no further, for we have compiled a list of our all-time favourites. So without further ado, grab a cuppa and read on. Whether you're looking for hotel breaks in London or are just after a relaxing day out, we're sure we've found the perfect afternoon tea for you.

1. The Ritz, London

From the strict dress code to Palm Court's spectacular interiors, afternoon tea at The Ritz offers the ultimate experience in all things elegant. Traditional afternoon tea costs £50 per head, but there are also options for a Champagne Afternoon Tea (£66/person) and a Celebration Afternoon Tea (£61/person), which includes a celebratory cake.

2. The Balmoral, Edinburgh

Head again to the Palm Court but this time in Edinburgh at the prestigious Balmoral Hotel. Reside underneath the breath-taking glass dome ceiling whilst taking your pick of delicious treats from a three-tier cake stand. Prices start at £29 per person.

3. Mad Hatter's Tea Party, Sanderson Hotel, London

Tumble down the rabbit hole into the weird and wonderful Mad Hatter's Tea Party at the Sanderson in London. Enjoy an inventive array of food and drink, all of which is brought to life with books and riddles, vibrant colours and quirky drawings. Prices range from £38-£58 per person.

4. Bovey Castle, Bovey

If you find it more appropriate to leave the city and be graced with stunning garden views for afternoon tea, head to Bovey Castle, which is nestled in the heart of the Dartmoor National Park. It's renowned and elegant afternoon tea starts at £25 per head.

5. The Garden Kitchen, Holden Clough Nursery, Holden

Holden Clough Nursery's Garden Kitchen has made it into our top ten because of its quirky and somewhat adorable take on afternoon tea. Receive a delightful range of goodies, all tastefully arranged on a mini picnic table. Plus, it's very reasonably priced at only £13.95 per person, or £16.95 with a glass of prosecco.

6. Betty's, York

A trip to York isn't complete without a visit to the famously elegant, charmingly cosy Betty's Tea Rooms. Book or be prepared to queue for your afternoon tea; this one's about as popular as they come. Prices start at £18.75, going up to £26.50 if you'd like a glass of champagne.

7. Jesmond Dene House, Newcastle

Jesmond Dene House offers the perfect mix of the quaint and traditional, and the stylishly modern. Its afternoon tea includes bright macaroons and indulgent red velvet cakes, and a delectable range of finger sarnies. Prices start at £19.95, going up to £32.45 for a Champagne Afternoon Tea.

8. Richmond Tea Rooms, Manchester

The Richmond Tea Rooms in Manchester ooze charm, with bright brocade walls and antique chandeliers hanging over head contributing to a wonderfully eclectic feel. Mismatched chairs and polished wooden floors make this the perfect venue for an afternoon tea that's a little out of the ordinary. Prices start at £18 and go up to £23.50.

9. Coombe Abbey Hotel, Warwickshire

Enjoy scrumptious scones and delicious cakes, or alternatively pork pies and 'Wariskshire Whizzer' sausage rolls if you fancy something a little more substantial at Coombe Abbey Hotel. Prices start at £19.75 per person.

10. Moroccan Afternoon Tea, MOMO, London

If you've exhausted the traditional avenue when it comes to afternoon tea, make your way to MOMO for an authentic Moroccan experience out on their tranquil terrace. Enjoy Moroccan chicken wraps, pistachio macaroons, Maghrebine pastries and much more. Prices start at £22, going up to £32 for the MOMO special or with a glass of champagne.

So there you have it, the ultimate in afternoon tea. Now all you need to do is decide which one you're going to try. Happy supping folks!

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