Top 5 Best Places for Afternoon Tea

If going for afternoon tea can be classed as a hobby, then it is definitely my favourite one! I like to go for afternoon tea every so often, and I just love trying out new places and comparing the menus. This last week has been ‘Afternoon Tea Week’ (14th – 20th August 2017) so I thought I’d do a post dedicated to my top 5 favourite places to go for afternoon tea!

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Afternoon tea at Woburn Abbey, the original home of afternoon tea.

The History of Afternoon Tea

Afternoon Tea was introduced to the UK by Duchess of Bedford Anna Maria at her home in Woburn around the 1840s. At the time it was usual for people to take only two meals a day, breakfast and dinner. The solution for the hungry Duchess was a pot a tea and a light snack during the afternoon.
Being from Bedfordshire myself and only 8 miles away from Woburn, of course I am a dedicated afternoon tea fan! A traditional afternoon tea generally consists of a selection of finger sandwiches, homemade cakes, scones with clotted cream and strawberry jam, and of course a pot of tea.
Unfortunately I don’t drink tea so the vast tea menus that often accompany afternoon tea are completely lost on me! I usually just order a hot chocolate or an orange juice, which does kind of take away a bit of the fun. But you often can also get a champagne afternoon tea, which is much more fun!

The Best Places for Afternoon Tea

Cakestand & Crumb Tea Room, Ampthill

I’ve visited the dainty little tea room in Ampthill, Bedfordshire a few times as I absolutely love their shabby chic style and yummy menu! The room is very small so I’d recommend booking in advance, but I promise it’s worth it. The decor is very pretty, using lots of pretty pastel colours and vintage mismatched crockery. This is my ideal place to come for tea and cake, and they have a very impressive homemade cake cabinet! Afternoon tea at Cakestand & Crumb is £16.50 per person. Read my full review…



Bettys Café Tea Room, York

The famous Bettys café in St Helen’s Square, York is a stunning venue for a traditional afternoon tea, with huge curved windows, elegant wood panelling and ornate mirrors throughout. They offer a classic experience and serve delicious tea, sandwiches and cake, and you also have the option to add fizz with a glass of champagne. Afternoon tea at Bettys in York is £18.95 per person. Read my full review…


Patisserie Valerie, Nationwide

If you’re looking for a great value afternoon tea, or perhaps want to try your first without spending too much, I can highly recommend Patisserie Valerie. They have café’s in almost every town in the UK, and offer a fantasticly priced afternoon tea menu. It includes everything you would normally get, plus some café’s have the option of adding a glass of bubbly too! This is definitely one of the best places for afternoon tea! Afternoon tea for two is only £25, making it only £12.50 each! Read my full review…

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The Fourteas, Stratford Upon Avon

The Fourteas tea room is located in the centre Stratford Upon Avon in a white washed Tudor style building with black wooden beams. The theme of the tea room is the forties era (obv) so the menus are made to look like ration books, and even the waitresses are dressed in 40’s style uniforms! All of their cakes are baked on the premises, and all ingredients are sourced locally. Afternoon tea at The Fourteas is £15 per person, or £20 with a glass of champagne. Read my full review…


B Bakery Afternoon Tea Bus Tour, London

B Bakery have created a unique afternoon tea experience that is held on a vintage bus that drives all around Central London. Throughout the tour you will be provided with an array of tasty sandwiches and delicious cakes and pastries! A little bit pricier than your usual afternoon tea, the bus tour costs £45 per person. Read my full review…


I hope you enjoyed my round up of some of the best places for afternoon tea! Where’s your favourite place? 




  1. August 19, 2017 / 12:00 pm

    All of these places look great but the tea bus tour just looks like something else entirely, I'd love to do something like that!

    Julia // The Sunday Mode

  2. August 19, 2017 / 3:41 pm

    Such a fabulous idea for a blog post. You have inspired me to go for afternoon tea, I’ve actually never been! I love the look of Fourteas in particular, the forties theme sounds so cool as does that gorgeous hot chocolate. Thanks for sharing. πŸ™‚ xx

    Helen | Helen’s Fashion, Beauty & Lifestyle Blog

  3. August 20, 2017 / 3:45 pm

    I can't believe I've never been for afternoon tea yet, it's something I really want to do at some point. This post is super helpful, I'm hoping to visit York next year and maybe add that afternoon tea to my list of things to do there! The bus tour is also on my list, I've seen the bus around a few times when I was in London, and having a peak inside, everybody seemed to have a good time!

    Julia x
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