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 21 places to enjoy afternoon tea across the county and the Cotswolds.
Miserden Estate near Stroud
Step into nature and enjoy 'the ultimate Cotswold indulgence' at Miserden with its unique afternoon teas, featuring a wonderful selection of cakes and traditional teatime fare, as well as freshly-brewed tea and coffee - or even a glass of prosecco.
Choose either the quintessentially English afternoon tea in the serene setting of The Garden at Miserden, whilst surrounded by a wide range of roses, clematis, shrubs and herbaceous plants which provide colour from spring to autumn, or perhaps dine under the canopy of trees with a fern covered carpet at the Woodland Afternoon Tea.
Hatherley Manor in Gloucester
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.
The Fairview Gardener near Gloucester
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.
KIBOU in Cheltenham
Not your average afternoon tea, Cheltenham's distinctive sushi joint KIBOU offers guests a Japanese twist on high tea, featuring delightful tasters of some of the restaurants most popular dishes such as sushi, sashimi and traditional sweets.
Guests can pick from a choice of Japanese teas and infusions to accompany their afternoon tea, or go large with a glass of Taittinger Brut Réserve Champagne, cocktail or Junmai Tokubestu sake. Please note, afternoon tea at KIBOU must be booked in advance and is available from 2.30pm to 4.30pm Sunday to Friday.
Once Upon A Tea Room in Cheltenham
All lovingly crafted in a five star rated commercial kitchen, with ingredients sourced locally where possible, Once Upon A Tea Room in Cheltenham believes that everyone should be able to enjoy afternoon tea - from signature Victoria sponges to traditional cucumber sandwiches, guests can indulge in a truly dreamy selection of goodies!
The business provides exclusive special and themed afternoon teas such as Gentleman's Tea for savoury tastes and the Made Without Tea which is suitable for dairy-free, vegan, gluten-free, nut free and vegetarian diets. What's more, you can even create your own sweet treats in the Crafternoon Tea experiences.
Stonehouse Court Hotel in Stroud
With views overlooking Stroudwater 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 savoury 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.
Lavender Bakehouse in Stroud
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. Be sure to book in advance for afternoon tea.
Barnsley House near Cirencester
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.
Ellenborough Park in Cheltenham
Afternoon tea at five-star hotel Ellenborough Park is served in the spectacular setting of the Great Hall.
Expect sandwiches filled with smoked salmon and lemon crème fraiche, and ham and red onion marmalade, along with freshly baked cakes, scones with Devonshire cream 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 prosecco, Champagne or even a cocktail.
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.
The Ivy Montpellier Brasserie in Cheltenham
Retreat to the Art Deco setting of The Ivy in Cheltenham to treat yourself to a delicious afternoon tea.
Diners can expect savoury 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
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.
The Tea Set in Chipping Norton
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 Coleford
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 in Cheltenham
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.
Cowley Manor in Cheltenham
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 with clotted cream, diners can look forward to an array of cakes too. Add a glass of Champagne for the ultimate indulgence.
The Daffodil in Cheltenham
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.
Huffkins in Cheltenham
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 Fish Hotel in Broadway
The elegant lounge area at The Fish Hotel is the setting for afternoon teas at the luxury bolthole near Broadway.
Along with traditional treats, the hotel offers Tipsy Tea with tea infused cocktails, and if you want to take your four-legged friend along with you, there’s also a Doggy Afternoon Tea on offer.
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 ans stylish seating, overlooking the golf course and stunning Cotswold hills beyond.