Five spots for Afternoon Tea that you wouldn't want to miss this week (or ever)
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Afternoon Tea Week is at full steam, and we are sure many of you are considering celebrating it with style, in a quirky and unusual environment. And to save you the trouble of looking for the perfect spot, we've selected the five best places around the UK to enjoy the Victorian tradition.
The Enchanted Tearoom - Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
Self-described as the ‘quirkiest tearooms in town’, this hidden gem is tiny in size but big on character. Boasting a menagerie of mismatched china, handmade cakes and sandwiches, and walls lined with rustic maps - this place looks like it’s both a glimpse into the past, and through Alice’s looking glass. It’s only open over the long weekend - so book ahead if you want a place guaranteed! At £12.95 per head for High Tea, it’s definitely worth a trip!
The Grand Cafe - Oxford, Oxfordshire
The Grand Cafe is situated on the site of England’s first ever coffeehouse! In a beautiful, historic building - they serve a range of tea and cakes during the day (and cocktails into the evening!) Although this location can get incredibly busy, the marble-pillared building is one of the most visually stunning (and historically rich) structures you could imagine having a cream tea in!
Eteaket - Edinburgh, Midlothian
With ethically-sourced, loose leaf teas - eteaket is situated in a bright, sunny spot on Frederick Street. Not only do they offer light lunches with gorgeous crockery, but they have their range of teas available in their concept store down the road (just in case you fall so in love with your cuppa, that you just have to buy it to take home!) £8.95 a head for High Tea, and a range of TEA COCKTAILS available (yes, you heard me right), how could you not take the time to explore this gem?
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Richmond Tea Rooms - Manchester, Greater Manchester
If you want an Afternoon Tea fit for a Queen (or King) of Hearts, you NEED to visit the Richmond Tea Rooms. Their menu highlights a gorgeous range of Alice-in-Wonderland inspired nibbles, gorgeous special-blend teas, and freshly prepared cakes. Their finger-sandwiches offer an impressive range of both vegetarian and vegan options, not to mention an extensive availability for gluten-free substitutes! The perfect place to bring a group of friends for a plentiful feast, though booking ahead might be advised!
Hands Georgian Tearooms - Bath, Somerset
Their menu reads: ‘enjoy piano accompaniment most afternoons’ - and if that hasn’t sold you, I don’t know what will. £13.50 per head for High Tea, and a gorgeous Grade 2 listed building (that, believe it or not, was originally a dairy!) are ingredients for an incredible experience. Their large range of affordable teas come with a little description of what to expect - the Green Tea Mango being a winner! It’s worth bearing in mind that they don’t accept debit/credit cards so come cash in hand, ready for a wonderful afternoon!Did we miss a favourite spot? Let us know in the comments.