The favourite tea rooms of Porridge Lady and a giveaway too! A recipe for a perfect summer afternoon tea.


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.

Porridge Lady at Terre a Terre

Porridge Lady at Terre a Terre

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

Tea made with precision timed perfection by the skilled staff. This is a must visit for tea obsessives!

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

Milling your own flour to make your own scones to serve is pretty impressive in my book. Delicious too!

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.

Funky! Where else has a huge tea clock on the wall so you can time your tea to taste.

Best for the budget

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.

‘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

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.

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!

A recipe for a different afternoon tea at One Aldwych

A recipe for a different afternoon tea at One Aldwych

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20 Responses to The favourite tea rooms of Porridge Lady and a giveaway too! A recipe for a perfect summer afternoon tea.

  1. Matty says:

    So love afternoon Tea, best I’ve found is the Chesterfield Hotel in Mayfair. Well worth checking out :)

  2. Tea, how lovely…

    My favourites are:

    The Dancing Goat, Framlingham
    Pump Street Bakery, Orford
    The Tea Hut, Woodbridge

    The Whistle Stop Cafe near Benn Eighh

  3. Kavey says:

    I have been 3 times to the chocolate afternoon tea at chancery court hotel in holborn. Great patisseries and you choose from buffet, a much as you like. Tea, sandwiches and scones served to table.

  4. Lindsay Dytham says:

    I love an afternoon tea so this is a really helpful list – thank you!
    It’s not a secret but Groupon or other such daily-deal websites are a great way of experimenting with different afternoon tea establishments. I am sampling one this coming Sunday. Not only was a great bargain but it is also taking me to an as-yet unexplored part of my county (Hertfordshire), bringing the family together for a civilised “meal” and *hopefully* filling me full of tasty treats. It may even inspire some home baking…which I am a big fan of!

  5. Amy says:

    Favorite tea rooms in Cardiff:
    For a wonderful traditional experience, like stepping back to the 40’s (and lovely cakes too) – Pettigrew tearooms
    For a modern twist on the tearoom with a mind boggling array of teas to choose from and very unusual cakes – Waterloo gardens teahouse
    If you’re ever in Cardiff you must visit these two gems

    • ladyporridge says:

      Thanks for the suggestions Amy. I’ve had a look at the tea menu for Pettigrew Tearooms and it is really extensive! Adding to my list now! :-)

  6. John Morgan says:

    Alpine Coffee Shop in Betws-y-Coed. Despite the name, it’s the teas that make this place worth a visit.

  7. Love, love, love partaking in afternoon tea, which I have been doing alot lately.

    The Dorchester, London for the glamorous and grand surroundings and afternoon tea individually served, best of the London top hotel I have tried

    Hotel La Tour, Birmingham for excellent value for money and brilliant twist inc welsh rarebit, inside out sandwiches and mini pastries

  8. Kirsten Larsen says:

    Best place ever – The Willow Tea Rooms in Glasgow designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh…gorgeous, iconic, elegant…just perfect!

  9. Lisa Emson says:

    The Tea Cosy, Kemptown, Brighton
    It’s not big or posh but it is full of wonderful memorabilia, and you are greeted warmly alongside service second to none, a mouthwatering selection of treats and tea in pots covered in knitted tea cosies!
    An experience not to be missed.

    • ladyporridge says:

      Hello Lisa yes I know of the ‘Tea Cosy’ and tried to book in last time I visited Brighton but sadly they were fully booked :-(

  10. James says:

    The cafe up the stairs in the Scarthin Bookshop, Cromford, Derbyshire.

  11. Bea says:

    For me it’s Tiny Tim’s Tea Room in Canterbury, especially at the weekends when there is this gentleman playing the piano

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