Great Places for Afternoon Tea

9 November 2018

Whether it is scones and jam with clotted cream or dainty finger sandwiches, there’s nothing like a traditional afternoon tea especially when served with a glass of fizz.  So now the evenings are drawing in why not take yourself for a ramble in the country or do a spot to Christmas shopping to build an appetite, then settle down to a delicious afternoon tea at one of our fabulous pub with rooms – or make a real celebration of it and stay for a night or two.

The Farmhouse at Redcoats, Hitchin, Hertfordshire

Informal hotel set in peaceful countryside close to A1M (J8) offering modern British food and comfortable rooms split between the old farmhouse and a magnificent restored barn. Delicious home made delights and a specialty range of craft tea result in a superb afternoon tea.

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The Royal Hotel, Kirkby Lonsdale, Cumbria

Georgian town centre inn spruced up in elegant period style with opulent bedrooms and a crowd-pleasing menu where Afternoon Tea has become something of a Royal institution, especially after a long day hiking on the hills.

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The Swan Hotel, Southwold, Suffolk

Bold, contemporary makeover for Adnams flagship property in coastal Southwold; cracking Tap Room bar showcasing Adnams beers, good modern British food and fabulous rooms that ooze style and comfort. Enjoy a sumptuous afternoon team in the drawing room overlooking the marketplace – add champagne or G&T for an extra treat.

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Old Stocks Inn, Stow-on-the-Wold, Gloucestershire

The Old Stocks Inn, fantastic pub food in Gloucestershire

Expect the unexpected at this boldly revamped Cotswold inn on Stow’s square – super comfy rooms, modern British cooking, secret garden and its own cool café next door serving cream teas with 100% organic teas available.

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Shibden Mill Inn, Shibden, West Yorkshire

Shibden Mill Inn Halifax West Yorkshire Pub with rooms Afternoon Tea

A renovated 17th-century corn mill hidden in the folds of the wooded Shibden Valley, overlooking the babbling Red Beck perfect for an alfresco afternoon tea – a truly peaceful spot just minutes from the hustle and bustle of Halifax.

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Bell Inn, Bramshaw, Hampshire

Ponies wander past this classic New Forest inn, refurbished in country-chic style with a lovely tree shaded garden – perfect for long walks, off-road cycling and a cracking round of golf next door finished off with a top notch New Forest Afternoon Tea.

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The White Horse, Brancaster Staithe, Norfolk

Slick seaside inn with stunning saltmarsh views, innovative fishy menus, sea-breezy modern bedrooms, and great walking.  Build up a good appetite and indulge in a delicious White Horse Champagne Afternoon Tea.

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Pheasant Inn, Bassenthwaite Lake, Cumbria

A beautiful North Lakes location for this classic old coaching inn, renowned for its timeless bar, traditional atmosphere, warm hospitality and modern British cooking. Afternoon tea is served in the lounge overlooking the garden and provides some serious sustenance mid-afternoon.

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The Duke William, Ickham, Kent

Chef Mark Sargeant’s pub thrives as a community local and a dining destination – seek it out for the rustic-smart interior, the classic pub food (with a twist), and the stylishly simple rooms.  Served 12 – 4pm Monday to Friday enjoy a delicious Full Tea or a Cream Tea.

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George in Rye, East Sussex

Stylish bolthole in the heart of Rye with a classic bar, an informal Grill serving local seasonal food and fab rooms that ooze detail touches.  Rye is famed for its cream teas and the George is no exception – take a seat by the roaring log fire in the panelled sitting room – bliss.

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Eagle & Child, Ramsbottom, Lancashire

Roadside pub revamped in 2017; now smart and stylish with a new Orangery extension, quirky, luxurious rooms, great food and fabulous views – for a tea with a difference indulge in a Gentleman’s Afternoon Tea.

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The Grosvenor Arms, Shaftesbury, Dorset

A grand old inn, the thriving hub of Shaftesbury, with a cool, contemporary feel, Mediterranean-inspired food, a secret alfresco courtyard and smart, spacious rooms. Hunker down in the congenial bar for afternoon tea.

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