Indulging in Elegance: The Top 10 Afternoon Tea Destinations in the UK

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As National Afternoon Tea Week approaches, connoisseurs of the quintessential British tradition are in for a treat. From the heart of London to the picturesque corners of Britain, we have curated a list of the finest establishments where you can bask in the glory of afternoon tea. Whether you fancy a classic cream tea, desire the opulence of high tea, or seek the regal touch with a glass of champagne, these venues promise an unforgettable experience.

Tea in London

  1. Brown’s Hotel, Mayfair

Nestled in the heart of Mayfair, Brown’s Hotel boasts a rich history that includes a royal nod from Queen Victoria herself. The English Tea Room, adorned with wood-panelled walls and modern art, sets the stage for a refined tea experience. Dive into the extensive tea library featuring Brown’s exclusive blends or opt for a guilt-free ‘tea-tox’ for a healthier twist on tradition.

  1. The Chesterfield Mayfair

Dubbed a “hidden gem among the Range Rovers of Mayfair,” The Chesterfield Mayfair elevates afternoon tea to an art form. Commended at the Afternoon Tea Awards in 2016, this hotel offers an Original Sweetshop-themed tea, complete with vintage candy and flavoured milk for the younger tea enthusiasts.

  1. The Langham London

Step into the lavish Palm Court at The Langham London, a venue rumored to be the birthplace of afternoon tea over 140 years ago. With an elegant setting complemented by live piano music, it earned the title of ‘Best Afternoon Tea Service 2018.’ For a unique twist, indulge in teatime treats as a picnic in one of London’s iconic parks.

  1. Fortnum & Mason, Piccadilly

Founded in 1707, Fortnum & Mason’s Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon offers a traditional tea experience in an elegant setting. Choose from an impressive selection of 92 teas and delight in a menu that caters to both sweet tooths and savoury cravings. For a touch of royalty, opt for a glass of champagne to accompany your afternoon indulgence.

  1. Roast, Southwark

Tucked away above the vibrant Borough Market, Roast Restaurant’s afternoon tea remains one of London’s best-kept secrets. Revel in delectable sandwiches, cakes, and traditional scones made from the freshest produce. Vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free alternatives are available, ensuring a delightful experience for all.

Teas Across Britain

  1. Bettys, Harrogate, Yorkshire, England

Founded in 1919 by a Swiss baker, the origin of the name Bettys remains a mystery. However, there’s no mystery about the delightful experience awaiting tea enthusiasts in the Imperial Room. With five locations across the North of England, Bettys offers a traditional afternoon tea as a perfect respite from a day of shopping and sightseeing.

  1. Gleneagles Hotel, Auchterarder, Perthshire, Scotland

Renowned for its golf and spa, Gleneagles Hotel invites guests to indulge in the finest afternoon tea in the Glendevon Room. With a breathtaking view of the Ochil Hills, this five-star hotel promises a memorable experience, enhanced further by the option to add a glass of the finest Veuve Clicquot Champagne.

  1. The Royal Hotel, Ventnor, Isle of Wight, England

A favorite of Queen Victoria during her visits to Osborne House, The Royal Hotel offers afternoon tea in the conservatory, brasserie, or Geranium Terrace. Opt for the Royal Afternoon Tea for an extra special treat, or choose the children’s tea or Cake O’Clock for a more casual indulgence.

  1. Coombe Abbey Hotel, Coventry, Warwickshire, England

Set in a historic Grade I listed building, Coombe Abbey Hotel offers an Abbots’ Afternoon Tea with a traditional three-tier selection. Alternatively, the Knight’s tea caters to those craving more hearty savoury options. Gin enthusiasts can elevate their experience by adding a pot of Hendrick’s Gin for a refreshing G&T.

  1. Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh – The Caledonian, Scotland

Situated in a luxury former railway hotel, The Caledonian at Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh offers a full afternoon tea experience in Peacock Alley. With over 40 tea options and decadent treats, including triple chocolate scones, guests can indulge while enjoying the soothing sounds of a live harp performance.

This National Afternoon Tea Week, embark on a journey through these distinguished establishments, each offering a unique take on the time-honoured tradition of afternoon tea. Whether in the heart of London or the tranquil corners of the British countryside, these venues promise an exquisite blend of elegance, tradition, and, of course, exceptional tea.

Elliot Preece
Elliot Preece
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