The UK’s favourite afternoon teas were crowned during an annual awards ceremony.
From the tastiest finger sandwiches, scones and cupcakes to the more unusual twists on the British tradition, AfternoonTea.co.uk have announced the top teatime venues in the UK.
The four main winners include:
- Best Traditional Afternoon Tea – The Savoy
- Best Contemporary Afternoon Tea – Cadogan’s by Adam Handling
- Best Themed Afternoon Tea – The Berkeley
- Best Tea Service – Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London
Plenty of other hotels and restaurants also received commendations. Here, we listed our top choices across the country, which are perfect if you’re looking for a luxury lunch with a difference.
1) Cinnamon Bazaar
Typically an Indian restaurant, Cinnamon Bazaar has teamed up with Great British Bake Off star Tamal Ray to reimagine the traditional afternoon tea. Cucumber finger sandwiches are shunned for the Kolkata finger sandwiches with tomato chutney cooked in turmeric, chilli and mustard oil. You’ll also feast on Chicken Kathi ‘spring rolls’ and Pani Puri – semolina shells filled with spiced chickpeas, mint and tamarind water.
Where it is: Soho, London
How much it costs: £25
Who will love it: If you like a bit of spice
2) The Savoy
This world-famous afternoon tea has been a feature at the famous Savoy ever since it opened its doors back in 1889. The hotel was the winner of this year’s Traditional Afternoon Tea award. The pastry chef has created an exquisite selection of pastries, hand crafted every single morning. There is also a wide selection of JING teas, a vegan and vegetarian offering, and a separate afternoon tea menu for the children.
What it is: The Savoy
Where it is: The Strand, London
How much it costs: £65
Who will love it: Those looking for a special treat
3) Fistral Beach Hotel and Spa
If you need an afternoon of child-free indulgence, take a trip to the Cornish coast where you’ll find the adults-only Fistral Beach Hotel and Spa in picture perfect Newquay. The afternoon tea is served in a room with stunning views overlooking the bay. Aside from their delicious selection of sandwiches and scones with Tiptree jam, you’ll also find a medley of naughty-but-nice treats such as the Prosecco and raspberry jelly, mini Cosmo pipette and raspberry Mojito slice
Where it is: Newquay, Cornwall
How much it costs: £18
Who will love it: If you do like to be beside the seaside
4) Trump Turnberry
With over 20 different types of tea, including a Turnberry special blend, there is something for everyone at Trump Turnberry. There are breath-taking views across the Irish Sea and the Isle of Arran and the lounge bar where afternoon tea is served . There’s also a sparkling afternoon tea or a Hendrinks Gin Afternoon Tea. Trump Turnberry also has a golf course, spa, and three different restaurants
Where it is: Ayrshire coast, Scotland
How much it costs: £32
Who will love it: Avid tea lovers
5) The Rosewood
At the Rosewood Hotel in London, the hosts of this year’s Afternoon Tea Awards, you can find an unusual and artistic flair to the traditional offering. They have a Van Gogh Art Afternoon Tea on offer, which features Dutch-inspired pastries such as Apple boterkoek and Chocolate stroopwafel choux, as well as pastries designed like the artist’s Sunflowers and The Starry Night. Served in the stunning Mirror Room, this is an experience not to be missed. The Rosewood also offer a children’s art afternoon tea for a reduced price.
Where it is: Holborn, London
How much it costs: £60
Who will love it: Art lovers
The Tetley is a contemporary arts space on the site of the old Tetley Brewing Company in Leeds. It’s here you can get a bargain afternoon tea for just £14 per person. They offer a classic menu, featuring a Tetley’s beer raisin scone, a vegetarian menu and even a fully vegan option which includes spiced jackfruit and pickled cabbage and vegan cake bites. Catch an art exhibition while you’re there.
Where it is: Leeds
How much it costs: £14 for tea, £19 with Prosecco, £30 for free flow Prosecco
Who will love it: Vegans and veggies
7) Thornton Hall
The Great Wirral Afternoon Tea at the Thornton Hall Hotel and Spa is award-winning with its extensive range of teas including the exotic mandarin rose petal – but also your typical English Breakfast. Their sandwiches are a little different from your average cucumber filling, with truffled egg mayonnaise and brown crab brioche toastie. Nestled in the heart of the Wirral countryside, this place is definitely worth a visit.
Where it is: The Wirral
How much it costs: £24.50, £31.50 with Prosecco
Who will love it: Those wanting fancy on a budget
8) The Runnymede
Set on the banks of the river Thames, the Runnymede has the tallest cake stands with a tower of homemade scones and finger sandwiches. Sip on a glass of fizzy Rose as you watch the boats go by.
Where it is: Egham, Surrey
How much it costs: £28
Who will love it: Those who want to escape busy city life
9) The Balmoral
The award-winning Balmoral Hotel in Edinburgh offers a sumptuous selection of loose-leaf teas, fresh pastries, dainty sandwiches and a mind-blowing variety of Champagnes. Take a seat under the green leaves of palm trees under the sparkling glass dome and Venetian chandelier. There’s often a harpist to add to the ambience.
Where it is: Edinburgh
How much it costs: £45
Who will love it: Classical music lovers
10) Las Iguanas
It’s usually known for its Mexican fare but surprisingly, Las Iguanas offers afternoon tea too! The chain restaurant with venues across the UK has two fresh sandwiches on offer including the Cuban Cigar with its mouthwatering filling of pulled pork, Wiltshire ham, Emmental cheese, American mustard and dill pickle wrapped in a toasted beetroot tortilla. You’ll also be treated to some Alfajores cookies.
Where it is: Nationwide
How much it costs: £25 for two people
Who will love it: Those wanting something a little bit different
This new bar Lyan-ess at the Sea Containers hotel along the River Thames is offering a twist on the traditional offering with treats including devilled eggs, a veggie take on the famed coronation chicken and a pineapple upside down scone. Enjoy with a selection of their cocktails including the Jasmine Gimlet, which blends jasmine, citrus cordial and Bombay Sapphire gin.
Where it is: London
How much it costs: From £38
Who will love it: Cocktail drinkers
We want to try them all!