There is an endless list of stereotypes about British life and people – a love of queuing, gabbing about the weather and having disastrously bad teeth, to name but a few. Some seem rather ill conceived (the latter), but some, it has to be said, are bang on the money, namely our unfading, eternal love of tea. We seem to love our tea more than we love the Queen, Harry Potter and maybe even our mothers, especially when devoured alongside scones, tiny sandwiches and cakes, so it’s unsurprising that Britain has decided to dedicate a whole week to the glorious pastime, naming it (rather creatively) National Afternoon Tea Week. We are, after all, the nation that awarded a show about making cake (The Great British Bake Off) a BAFTA. Sounds about right.
We’re sure you all want to go out and celebrate this momentous occasion in true British style, so we’ve come up with a few high tea hot spots that you simply must visit, lest you be ostracised by society for being decidedly un-British.
There are few things in life that can’t be made better with a little sparkle. We’re not talking about the sort of sparkle you might get from diamonds, a really clean pan or Edward Cullen when he’s in the sun – we’re talking about sparkling wine! The Wroxeter Hotel is based just outside scenic Shrewsbury and offers an indulgent afternoon tea complete with a selection of sandwiches, scones, shortbread, cakes and a glass of sparkling wine in their bright conservatory overlooking the beautiful hotel gardens. We can picture it now…
More of a Champagne gal? Then head to Kettner’s in Soho for a delectable afternoon tea served with a glass of Laurent-Perrier Ultra Brut Champagne. The iconic venue, frequented by Oscar Wilde, Agatha Christie and Bing Cosby, is a Georgian Grade II listed building and features beautiful 1920s décor. You’ll be served delicious treats such as tartlets, quiches, cupcakes and even a lollipop, alongside the usual afternoon tea requirements. Fabulous, darling!
For the crème de la crème of modern and sophisticated cream teas, look no further than The Paper Mill in Lasswade, Scotland. Here, not only will you be able to enjoy some scrumptious sandwiches, cakes and scones in a striking restaurant filled with reclaimed materials, screen-printed artworks and found objects, but you’ll do so while overlooking the beautiful River Esk. The food, interior and view are sure to ‘wow’ in equal measures. Don’t mind if we do!
Now, we thought it was nigh on impossible to improve upon the traditional afternoon tea, but Best Western Plus Windmill Village Hotel in Coventry proved us wrong. Of course, you’ll still be able to devour scones, cakes, sandwiches and tea, but you’ll also be able to enjoy free rein of their spa facilities. Relax in the sauna or steam room, or do a few laps in their heated indoor pool to work off some of those pastries. Not a bad idea!
Like what you’ve read so far? We’re just getting started! 200 St Vincent Street, a restaurant which has been awarded a Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence, offers skyline views across Glasgow and is housed in a Grade A-listed building decked out with marble and dark wood, designer lighting and stylish, minimalist seats. You’ll chow down on your sandwiches, éclairs, macaroons, tarts, meringues and possets on their chic rooftop, washing it all down with cup after cup of tea or coffee. Bliss.
Now, for a hearty Lancashire afternoon tea, head straight to Cherry’s Coffee. Do not pass go. Do not collect £200. Here you’ll tuck into fresh sandwiches with a choice of fillings, scones with jam and clotted cream, a salad bowl, and of course, yet more pastries, tea and coffee! We’d expect nothing less…
Situated on the verdant, tree-lined thoroughfare of Aldwych, the 5* Waldorf Hilton Hotel is a perfect destination for an elegant afternoon excursion. Make yourself at home in the stylish Homage Restaurant, where you will indulge in the finest food alongside distinct blends of tea, as well as a glass of Fantinel Prosecco. Lady Mary would be proud…
Perhaps the most famous tea party of all time was hosted by The Mad Hatter, so it’s no surprise that this next venue has named itself after the famous tableau. Head to Madhatters in Nottingham and you can enjoy a lavish afternoon tea in a quirky, cosy tea room that we’re sure Alice would just love (we’re close personal friends, don’tchya know). What are you waiting for? You’re late, you’re late, for a very important date!
The Amba Hotel, which has been awarded a Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence, has taken this theme to the next level, with Alice in Wonderland-themed edible goodies. After munching on magical meringue mushrooms, a chocolate clock tart and a chocolate Mad Hatter, you’ll be grinning like the Cheshire Cat, we’re sure of it.
And so there you have it, some perfect places to enjoy a good old spot of afternoon tea. Please note – all deals featured may not be live. But with fab new deals added daily, make sure you keep checking Wowcher.co.uk!