It’s no secret that we Brits love afternoon tea! Over recent years it has grown in popularity and because of this, we’re now able to enjoy more than just your traditional afternoon tea. Venues across the country now offer everything from themed afternoon teas, to those accompanied with bottomless prosecco.
One of the best things about afternoon tea is that it is now available in an endless number of venues. Whether it’s in one of the country’s many regal hotels or in a smaller, more intimate environment; afternoon tea is the perfect pastime for any special occasion or mid-week treat.
To celebrate this much-loved tradition, Age Co has selected some of the best venues across the UK where you can enjoy afternoon tea and listed them on an interactive map. If you wanted to look more in depth at this tradition, Age Co have also teamed up with Eileen Donaghey, also known as “The Afternoon Tea Expert”, to lift the lid on etiquette surrounding afternoon tea.
As a firm favourite of afternoon tea myself, I thought I’d pick some of the venues I’d love to try, which have been featured on Age Co’s map.
The Ritz, London
Arguably the country’s most prestigious hotel, The Ritz is the ultimate venue for afternoon tea. Sit back and relax as you’re surrounded by the pristine décor, whilst you enjoy the array of loose-leaf teas on offer. When it comes to treating your taste buds, you’ll be treated to a selection of sandwiches, freshly baked scones and pastries.
Belfast is one of Ireland’s perfect city break locations and a large part of this is down to its connections with the famous Titanic cruise ship. Enjoying afternoon tea in Belfast’s Titanic hotel is an experience like no other. As you indulge in the Titanic’s traditional hotel, you’ll be able to take in the surroundings of the Titanic Suite and walk up the majestic Grand Staircase.
When it comes to afternoon tea, Bettys Café Tea Rooms in York is by far the country’s standout venue. Tourists from across the world queue for long periods of time to experience afternoon tea at Betty’s and you can see why. Whilst relaxing in the Belmont Room, inspired by the ocean liner RMS Queen Mary, you can sample the most famous afternoon tea around.
Where do you like going for afternoon tea?