Afternoon tea is a quintessentially British affair, and Gloucestershire is overflowing with splendid venues offering some of the tastiest treats in the UK.
If you’re looking for some inspiration, we’ve rounded up 18 places to enjoy afternoon tea across the county and the Cotswolds.
Featuring panoramic views across the Malvern Hills and the stunning Gloucestershire countryside, Tewkesbury Park has undergone a £10 million renovation in recent years, transforming it into a luxurious Cotswold destination hotel, located just 15 minutes from Cheltenham.
Benefiting from a 6,579-yard, Par 72 gold course; well-equipped health suite featuring an outdoor hot tub, and a range of fabulous restaurants, bars and lounges, a trip to Tewkesbury Park is as opulent as it is relaxing.
Promising an indulgent afternoon filled with an array of sweet and savoury treats, Tewkesbury Park’s Posh Afternoon Tea includes a selection of sandwiches including ham and Tewkesbury mustard, smoked salmon and cream cheese, and cucumber; scones with lashings of locally made jam, and Cotteswold Dairy’s very own clotted cream; plus, there’s a selection of home made cakes available to finish the experience. If you’re celebrating something special, guests can add on a glass of Taittinger Champagne for a sparkling experience.
There are also cream teas available to enjoy with bottomless tea and coffee, perfect to tuck into in Tewkesbury Park’s opulent lounges upon comfortable and stylish seating, overlooking the golf course and stunning Cotswold hills beyond.
Country house hotel, Hatherley Manor, offers a relaxed setting for afternoon tea. Enjoy a selection of finger sandwiches, homemade cakes and fruit scones smothered in jam and cream, along with freshly brewed tea or coffee.
During the winter, guests can enjoy afternoon tea in front of the wood-burner, while the gardens are a beautiful spot over the summer months. And, if you’re looking for a gift for someone with a sweet-tooth, vouchers for afternoon tea at Hatherley Manor are ideal.
For more information, visit hatherleymanor.com directly.
A visit to The Fairview Gardener near Gloucester isn’t just about planting as the garden centre and nursery also has a charming tea room where you can indulge in a spot of afternoon tea.
Served daily from 2pm, the afternoon tea for two invites diners to enjoy a delicious selection of sandwiches and salad, along with homemade cakes, mini scones and proper loose-leaf tea or coffee. Bookings must be made in advance.
For more information, visit thefairviewgardener.co.uk directly.
With views overlooking Stroud Water Canal, Stonehouse Court Hotel near Stroud offers a charming setting for afternoon tea. Guests can take tea on the terrace during the summer or get cosy in the stylish surrounds of Bar 1601 cocktail lounge.
Choose from cream tea or savour afternoon tea, with the option to add a glass of Champagne for the ultimate indulgence. If you’re planning a birthday party, hen do or baby shower, the venue has private dining rooms that are ideal for afternoon tea celebrations.
Expect tables laid out with china tea sets and food served on vintage cake stands when enjoying afternoon tea at Lavender Bakehouse in Chalford. Sample delicate sandwiches, sweet and savoury scones, and a mini selection of cakes, with the option to have a glass of Prosecco too.
Barnsley House near Cirencester offers a delightful setting for indulging in afternoon tea in elegant surroundings. Savour your cake and sandwiches with tea or coffee, along with the option of Pimm’s, a G&T, or Champagne for an extra special touch.
Afternoon tea at five-star hotel Ellenborough Park is served in the spectacular setting of the Great Hall. Expect sandwiches filled with smoked salmon, dill and lemon crème fraiche, and honey roast ham and Tewkesbury mustard, along with freshly baked cakes, scones and pastries.
With a roaring fire and beautiful gardens, The Painswick hotel is a delightful choice for afternoon teas, whatever the weather. Choose from sweet and savoury afternoon teas, with the option to add extras including charcuterie boards, crisps, and nuts.
Cheltenham’s Malmaison offers a classic afternoon tea re-imagined, with diners able to savour treats such as smoked salmon bagels, egg mayonnaise sub rolls, salted caramel brownies, scones, and a seasonal fruit shake. There’s also the opportunity to indulge with Chez Mal’s Cocktail Afternoon Tea, which is perfect for special celebrations.
Retreat to the Art Deco setting of The Ivy in Cheltenham to treat yourself to a delicious afternoon tea. Diners can expect savouries delights such as truffled chicken brioche roll and smoked salmon on rye bread, while the sweet treats span raspberry cheesecake, and chocolate and salted caramel mousse.
The Lygon Arms in Broadway is the perfect place to savour a traditional afternoon tea experience, right in the Cotswolds. Diners can look forward to finger sandwiches and dainty pastries, while the hotel also offers children’s afternoon teas, and special themed ones during the school holidays.
Located in the quaint villages of Chipping Norton and Broadway, The Tea Set is perfect if you’re searching for a quintessential Cotswold afternoon tea. Tuck into homemade scones, dainty cakes and sandwiches, served on vintage china and tiered stands.
Tudor Farmhouse in the Forest of Dean offers diners the choice of classic afternoon tea, along with an afternoon grazing menu, which features a choice of sandwiches, a charcuterie board, and cream teas. The restaurant prides itself on serving home-cooked seasonal food, made from local ingredients.
Lords of the Manor Hotel offers a luxurious backdrop for enjoying afternoon tea in the Cotswolds, with full afternoon tea and cream tea available. Make sure you leave time to explore the award-winning gardens which are set over eight acres.
Nestled in a picture-perfect setting just outside of Cheltenham, Cowley Manor is a delightful choice for afternoon tea. In addition to delicate sandwiches and plain and fruit scones, diners can look forward to a selection of gâteaux. Add a glass of Champagne for the ultimate indulgence.
Soak up original architectural features and delightful Art Deco touches when enjoying afternoon at The Daffodil, a converted picture house in The Suffolks area of Cheltenham. Served on Friday and Saturday afternoons, guests can expect traditional sandwiches, tasty cakes and optional Champagne.
With tea rooms in Stow-on-the-Wold, Burford, Cheltenham Promenade and Cheltenham John Lewis & Partners, there are plenty of opportunities to sample Huffkins’ afternoon tea offering. Along with serving classic tea-time delights, there’s also Teddy Bears’ Picnic afternoon tea for children aged three and over.
The elegant lounge area at The Fish Hotel is the setting for afternoon teas at the luxury bolthole near Broadway. Along with traditional tea-time treats, the hotel offers a Gin Afternoon Tea, and if you want to take your four-legged friend along with you, there’s also a Doggy Afternoon Tea on offer.
Thursday 31 January 2019
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