One of the best things about having holidays in your motorhome or going camping is having the flexibility to go where you please. If you’re looking for great places to stop off and have some afternoon tea, here are our top tips from across the UK.
1. Betty’s, Harrogate
Betty’s tearooms in Harrogate and York are a Yorkshire institution, and afternoon tea here transports you back to Edwardian Britain. Enjoy the traditional afternoon tea experience with dainty smoked salmon sandwiches, scones and sophisticated Opera cake.
2. Urquhart Castle
Right on the banks of Loch Ness is Urquhart Castle, where the large café offers panoramic views up and down the Loch. Choose from a wide range of sandwiches, scones and cakes, and if the weather’s good enough, try to grab one of the outside tables on the terrace.
3. Scarlet Hotel, Newquay
Afternoon tea with scones and clotted cream is a Cornish classic, so where better to have afternoon tea than in the Scarlet Hotel, overlooking the Atlantic? The menu changes regularly, but expect to find artisan breads, homemade tarts and of course, lots of clotted cream.
4. Ballygally Castle, County Antrim
Used as a filming location for Game of Thrones, Ballygally Castle in Northern Ireland offers the chance to enjoy a Game of Thrones themed afternoon tea in the magnificent surroundings of the castle. Most of the food is named after the show’s characters – a must for all fans.
5. Angel Hotel, Abergavenny
Right in the town centre of Abergavenny, the Angel Hotel offers a traditional afternoon tea experience and an additional option of High Tea, adding a selection of freshly baked and warm pastries to the usual sandwiches, scones and dainty little cakes.
6. Celtic Manor Resort, Newport
One of Wales’ most upmarket resorts, Celtic Manor is the place for you if you want afternoon tea served in five star luxury settings. Treat yourself to a glass of prosecco rather than sticking to tea or coffee for even more of a treat.
7. Daffodil Hotel, Lake District
If your style is more contemporary than traditional, then you’ll love the modern take on the classic afternoon tea at the Daffodil Hotel in Grasmere. Their pastry chef creates sandwiches, scones and cakes using the very best local produce and a real artistic flair.
8. The Buttery, Lymington
Situated at the heart of the beautiful New Forest, Lymington’s a popular stopping place for people on motorhome tours or day trippers into the area. The Buttery is right on the town’s High Street, and has been serving up tasty cakes and homemade scones since 1948.
9. Old Course Hotel, St Andrews
Overlooking perhaps the most famous golf course in the world, the Old Course Hotel at St Andrews offers the fine dining afternoon tea experience. Enjoy the coastal and golf course views from the conservatory, and don’t forget to leave time to explore the rest of St Andrews before heading off to your next destination.
10. Chatsworth House, Derbyshire
Chatsworth often tops the list of Britain’s finest stately homes, and it makes a lot of sense to combine a visit to the extensive estate with an afternoon tea. It’s a quintessentially British experience, with grand surroundings and dainty cakes served on fine china plates.
11. Running Fox Bakery, Felton
Just a couple of miles from the A1 and the perfect place to break a journey, the Running Fox offers afternoon tea served just the way you like it. Guests can choose their own sandwiches, quiche and cake, and there’s even a gluten-free option. Upgrade your meal with a gin and tonic – although perhaps not if you’re driving.
12. Mitton Hall, Lancashire
A warm welcome is guaranteed at Mitton Hall, near Clitheroe in Lancashire. The emphasis here is on a relaxed atmosphere with your food served in front of a roaring fire, or the option to eat on the terrace in summer months. Add a glass of champagne or a cocktail into the mix for a special occasion.
13. Red Lion, Bradley, Staffordshire
The Red Lion’s afternoon tea offering won the prize for being the best in Staffordshire, so you won’t be disappointed here. Expect finger sandwiches, strawberry jam for your homemade scones, and a selection of cakes.
14. Carfraemill, Scottish Borders
They do High Tea rather than afternoon tea in Scotland, and at Carfraemill this means a hot meal such as fish and chips or steak pie, followed by scones and homemade cakes. Perfect for colder months when a cup of tea just isn’t warming enough.
15. Dormy House, Cotswolds
Served in the relaxed atmosphere of the hotel’s Potting Shed bar and restaurant, the afternoon tea at Dormy House is hard to beat. Prepared using the finest local ingredients and freshly made scones, this is one of the best afternoon experiences in the area.
16. The Gardener’s Cottage, Knutsford
Part of the sprawling Tatton Estate, The Gardener’s Cottage serves up traditional afternoon teas on pretty vintage china, with lovely views over the orchard and walled gardens. The estate’s produce is used where possible, and guests can also choose from a wide range of different teas and coffees.
17. Shard, London
The Oblix restaurant on the 32nd floor of London’s iconic Shard building breath-taking views over the Thames and Tower Bridge as well as the classic British afternoon tea. It’s not the cheapest afternoon tea in the capital, but the views can’t be beaten.
18. Titanic Belfast
Northern Ireland’s award winning museum located on the slipway where the Titanic was built offers the chance to have afternoon tea 1912 style, in opulent settings with a replica of the Titanic’s famous staircase.
19. ZIndiya, Birmingham
Experience afternoon tea with a difference at Zindiya in Birmingham, where the High Chai brings together Indian food and British tradition. If you enjoy spice this is for you; cardamom scones, samosas, carrot cake and chicken tikka regularly feature on the menu.
20. Longleat Safari Park
An unforgettable afternoon tea experience for adults and children alike, combine a visit to Longleat’s famous safari park with afternoon tea in the stately home’s fabulous Orangery.