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Indulge in a quintessentially British pastime with a spot of Afternoon Tea for Two, the perfect gift experience. The 19th century tradition is enjoying something of a modern-day revival with venues all over the UK now serving up scrumptious scones, delicious cakes and savoury delights.
It’s been an institution since 1840 when the seventh Duchess of Bedford asked her footman to fetch a pot of tea with light refreshments one afternoon. The ritual soon caught on and traditional afternoon tea became a cornerstone of high society dining.
Today, it’s best known as an afternoon of sheer indulgence – and it hasn’t lost a crumb of its delectable charm. Find out for yourself with our afternoon tea deal. We’ve carefully hand-picked the best afternoon tea locations across the UK so there’s a venue to suit all occasions.
Spoil someone special to a luxury afternoon tea, round up the girls for high tea at one of the country’s trendiest boutique hotels, or make it a more relaxed affair at a cosy independent tearoom. Whatever the occasion, why not add a glass of fizz to the proceedings?
Afternoon tea may vary slightly depending on your chosen location. In any case, you’ll be treated to freshly made sandwiches, scones with cream and jam, and at most locations, a choice of cakes and pastries. Most importantly, it’ll all be served with a pot of tea or coffee.
This experience is available on selected dates, throughout the year. Restrictions may apply to certain venues.
Generally you will spend an hour at the venue, but there is no set time.
This experience is for two people, there will be other people there on the day.
Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult. Some locations have a minimum age of 18 years old.
If you have any dietary requirements, please notify the venue on booking.
We would advise you to book at least 2 weeks in advance.
This is for a voucher entitling the holder to any of the activities supplied by Activity Superstore up to the value stated.
Rossett Hall Hotel,
Holly from National Accounts, August 2019
We decided to visit North Wales and have an afternoon tea at Rossett Hall Hotel. Arriving at the hotel we were pleasantly surprised at how beautiful the gardens and entrance were. Parking was easy and right outside ‘Oscars’ the restaurant that the afternoon tea takes place. We were greeted right away by a friendly waiter and shown to our seats next to the window overlooking the garden. Our tea was brought over to us straight away and was very welcomed as the day was unfortunately cold and rainy so a hot tea did just the trick of warming us up! Our food was brought over next and was presented beautifully. There were so many sandwiches that we couldn’t get through them all (obviously we had to leave room for the cakes!). The scones were warm and went down a treat, and then on to the best bit; the cakes! There was a selection including carrot cakes, lemon and custard slices and a lemon posset. All were delicious!
After we finished the food, we spent awhile sat in the restaurant chatting and enjoying our tea and were not at all rushed to leave. We left feeling very full and relaxed and ready to finish our day exploring the beautiful countryside surrounding Rossett.
If you decide to have your afternoon tea here, be sure to visit other local attractions in North Wales – there’s loads to do!
Grovefield House (Classic Lodges) - Burnham, Buckinghamshire
Charlotte from Customer Service, May 2019
I decided to treat my sister for her birthday to an Afternoon Tea and we were not disappointed! We went to Grovefield House in Buckinghamshire and right from the start the venue gave off an impressive vibe.
All staff made us feel very welcome from the moment we stepped into the grand entrance hall and any other member of staff we met always had a smile on their face or time for a quick hello which was refreshing.
We were seated in the main bar / dining area to begin with and then moved into a separate area for those taking part in the Afternoon Tea. There was nothing wrong with the room whatsoever, but at the time of our booking, we were the only people having Afternoon Tea and as such the room did not have the same atmosphere as the other area.
We were quickly shown the menu and you both get to select two sandwich fillings each, to accompany the sweet treats, scones and tea!
The scones were homemade and still warm which was beautiful and most definitely the stand out moment for me personally. The sweet treats offered a wide variety so there was sure to be something that took your fancy, but I have to admit we loved it all and there was not a crumb left in sight.
Afterwards we decided to take a stroll around the grounds to admire the scenery, I would definitely recommend this venue for those wanting a peaceful afternoon treat.
Bring an appetite and make sure you leave time to wander around the beautiful grounds.
Saffron Walden, Essex
Omba from Marketing, December 2018
There are two types of Afternoon Tea – the glamourous chic hotel with delicately prepared treats or the quaint cosy tea room with delicious homemade generous portions! We decided to go for the latter on this occasion, and Tea Amo tearoom in Saffron Walden definitely did not disappoint! We were greeted by a very friendly member of staff who helped us decide which sandwiches to choose and talked us through the cakes on offer. We decided to be a bit quirky and go for the Earl Grey cake and the lavender and honey cake… I’m so glad we did! The cakes were so different but so delicious. The scones were homemade, warm and generously sized. The list of teas was extensive and both me and my partner decided to go for the Darjeeling tea to add some ‘poshness’ to our afternoon! We both really enjoyed our treats and the surroundings included lots of vintage decorations. Also, everything was served on beautiful mismatched china tea sets! I would highly recommend this experience. It is perfect for those (like us) who prefer the quaint cosy style of afternoon tea, but there is plenty of choice for those who like to celebrate their afternoons in a more elegant upmarket establishment as well!
Have a small breakfast as the portions are very generously sized!