I love afternoon tea so much and summer seems the perfect time to enjoy an afternoon of tea and treats more than ever. I have written before about the traditions of afternoon tea and on tea pop-ups too but I have never shared my favourite tea rooms.
I have taken tea in the wonderfully grand Ritz through to been given a tea picnic at a festival to DIY! All memorable but below are some of my favourite tea rooms But! it doesn’t stop with my list as I would like to know your favourite places too!
Once you have had a read of my list I would love you to leave a comment at the bottom of the page sharing your favourite place to take afternoon tea. Everyone who leaves a comment before the 31st of July will be entered into a draw to WIN the wonderful book; Tea Time: A Taste of London’s Best Afternoon Teas.(the book is worth £25)
My favourite tea rooms…
Best for tea
- Orange Pekoe – Barnes, London
Tea made with precision timed perfection by the skilled staff. This is a must visit for tea obsessives!
- Ginger & Pickles – Nantwich, Cheshire
Well deserved winners of the Tea Guild’s Award of Excellence 2012. This tea room serves up some of the finest teas in the finest Burleigh pottery.
Best for the cakes/scones
- Malpedurham House – Mapledurham, Berkshire
Milling your own flour to make your own scones to serve is pretty impressive in my book. Delicious too!
- The Owl Tea rooms – Holt, North Norfolk
Homemade cakes aplenty served in a lovely tearoom. Definitely try one of the wholemeal scones or generously large jam tarts.
Best For the charm
- Betty’s – Various but I visited the York tea rooms
Full of traditional charm and just enough grandeur to make it feel like a ‘proper’ afternoon tea.
- Tea Pod – Shand Thames, London
Funky! Where else has a huge tea clock on the wall so you can time your tea to taste.
Best for the budget
- Victoria and Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, London
Not just for visiting after viewing an exhibition, with the wonderful Morris, Gamble and Poynter Rooms the V&A is a tea destination. The cafe is reasonably priced for tea but also regularly has an afternoon tea special offer.
- Idler Academy – 81 Westbourne Park Road, London
‘Liberty through eduction’ is the Academy’s motto! You can buy a book from their vast stock and educate yourself whilst you Idle over a lovely, and and keenly priced afternoon tea.
Best for something different
- Terre a Terre -71 East Street, Brighton
I had been swimming in the sea at Brighton and had worked up an afternoon tea hunger when I stumbled across Terre a Terre. The platter of patisserie delights that I was served was a feast for the eyes as much as the hungry swimming tummy.
- One Aldwych – London WC2
What can I say, afternoon tea came with Asparagus and a dippy egg. Now I can’t say I’ve ever been served that with an afternoon tea before. Genius!