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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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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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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Take a trip to the Russell-Cotes Museum in Bournemouth

Take a trip to the Russell-Cotes Museum in Bournemouth

Enjoy the art on offer at the one of the most important museums in England which reflects the Victorian fascination with world cultures.

Location: Bournemouth, Dorset

Museums, galleries and libraries
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Highclere Castle

Highclere Castle

Discover the real Downton Abbey

Location: Newbury, Berkshire

Castles and Historic Properties
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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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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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Spend a day at the picturesque Queen Elizabeth Country Park

Spend a day at the picturesque Queen Elizabeth Country Park

Enjoy a barbeque, family adventure or tranquil stroll in the beautiful South Downs countryside.

Location: Horndean, Hampshire

Walking and hiking
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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 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 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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Take a trip to Ludlow Food Centre

Take a trip to Ludlow Food Centre

A farm shop like no other, Ludlow Food Centre is situated in Shropshire’s gastronomic capital of Ludlow.

Location: Ludlow, Shropshire

Regional specialities
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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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Get a taste for tea at the Twinings Tea Shop and Museum

Get a taste for tea at the Twinings Tea Shop and Museum

Learn about the history of Tom Twining’s shop and get an introduction to every type of tea.

Location: London, Greater London

Budget
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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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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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Indulge your sweet tooth in Cocoa Wonderland

Indulge your sweet tooth in Cocoa Wonderland

Sneak into Cocoa’s enchanted chocolate wonderland for a true midnight feast and experience a lock-in with a difference.

Location: Sheffield, South Yorkshire

Hidden gems
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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 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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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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