Afternoon tea

Freshly cut cucumber sandwiches, strawberry jam, and tea in a china teapot. There are few things that evoke a sense of Englishness quite like the tradition of afternoon tea. You can take it in a tearoom in a grand seaside resort, the café of a local park or the elegant dining room of a sumptuous hotel. There are even alternative afternoon tea ideas available – think spelt bread, tabbouleh and flourless chocolate cake – but we know which we prefer. Look out too for its close relation, the cream tea, which is now widely served beyond the West Country.

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Take afternoon tea in the wonderful woods at Falling Foss

Take afternoon tea in the wonderful woods at Falling Foss

If ever there was a magical woodland walk, it’s the 2-mile circular trail through the trees from May Beck to the charming Falling Foss waterfall.

Location: Whitby, Yorkshire

Forests and woodlands
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Sample Manchester’s show-stopping teas and treats

Sample Manchester’s show-stopping teas and treats

Award-winning venues, finger sandwiches, sweet delights and lashings of tea are guaranteed to satisfy even the sweetest tooth.

Location: Manchester, Greater Manchester

Afternoon tea
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Enjoy a literary tea-time away from Bath’s bustling streets

Enjoy a literary tea-time away from Bath’s bustling streets

Escape the city with Mr Darcy and a fine English cuppa.

Location: Bath, Somerset

Afternoon tea
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Dorset's Knoll House

Dorset's Knoll House

Stunning views and epic afternoon teas in Dorset.

Location: Studland Bay, Dorset

Coast
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Tea and cakes with a slice of British yesteryear

Tea and cakes with a slice of British yesteryear

Take a stylish break with spoonfuls of history, at one of Bath's oldest houses.

Location: Bath, Somerset

Food and Drink
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Enjoy really high tea at the Spinnaker Tower

Enjoy really high tea at the Spinnaker Tower

Visit the Café in the Clouds for a high tea with a difference.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

Coastal landmarks and Islands
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Enjoy afternoon tea and Debussy at Eastbourne's Grand Hotel

Enjoy afternoon tea and Debussy at Eastbourne's Grand Hotel

Indulge and relax in Eastbourne with a delectable afternoon tea at England’s only 5-star seaside hotel.

Location: Eastbourne, East Sussex

Coastal towns
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Enjoy a luxurious day out in Royal Crescent

Enjoy a luxurious day out in Royal Crescent

What better way to experience a slice of English tradition than with afternoon tea in the beautiful city of Bath?

Location: Bath, Somerset

Food and Drink
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Stop for afternoon tea at The Meadowside Farm Café

Stop for afternoon tea at The Meadowside Farm Café

Grab a bite to eat at this café in rural Frome, famous for its breakfasts, brunches and excellent afternoon teas.

Location: Frome, Somerset

Food and Drink
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Take tea in a crypt below Trafalgar Square in London

Take tea in a crypt below Trafalgar Square in London

Take a stroll through London's Trafalgar Square, then stop off at St Martin-in-the-Fields Church for a spot afternoon tea in the crypt.

Location: London

Abbeys, cathedrals and sacred places
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Raise a glass of English wine at Holmfirth Vineyard

Raise a glass of English wine at Holmfirth Vineyard

How about a glass of English wine? That’s award-winning English wine. Come to Holmfirth Vineyard and discover their home-grown delight.

Location: Holmfirth, West Yorkshire

Vineyards and wine tasting
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Take afternoon tea at Coombe Abbey

Take afternoon tea at Coombe Abbey

Enjoy afternoon or a cream tea, a great English tradition, in the beautiful surroundings of Coombe Abbey, near Coventry.

Location: Coventry, West Midlands

Abbeys, cathedrals and sacred places
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Betty's Café Tea Rooms

Betty's Café Tea Rooms

True Yorkshire hospitality and delicious treats.

Location: Harrogate, North Yorkshire

Afternoon tea
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Afternoon tea in the Pump Room

Afternoon tea in the Pump Room

Get a taste of Jane Austen’s world while sipping a traditional English afternoon tea at Regency haunt, The Pump Room.

Location: Bath, Somerset

Heritage
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Take in the views and afternoon tea in Wiltshire

Take in the views and afternoon tea in Wiltshire

Build up an appetite with a walk through the picturesque Vale of Wardour before stopping for tea and a spot of cake in the pretty village of Tisbury.

Location: Tisbury, Wiltshire

Activities
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Taste the decadent afternoon tea at Oulton Hall

Taste the decadent afternoon tea at Oulton Hall

There’s nothing so quintessentially English as settling down in the drawing room for sandwiches, scones and a pot of Yorkshire tea.

Location: Leeds, West Yorkshire

Countryside
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Take afternoon tea 20s style and enjoy timeless views

Take afternoon tea 20s style and enjoy timeless views

Sat high on a cliff overlooking the stunning North Devon coast, the art deco Saunton Sands Hotel is a wonderful spot to take afternoon tea.

Location: Saunton, Devon

Coastal towns
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Enjoy afternoon tea in a thatched Cotswolds cottage

Enjoy afternoon tea in a thatched Cotswolds cottage

Tour the Cotswolds’ hidden gems and receive a warm welcome at the Secret Cottage, a private home where you are invited to traditional afternoon tea.

Location: Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire

Areas of outstanding natural beauty

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