In 1840 this quintessential pastime was first introduced to England by the Duchess of Bedford, and the phenomenon of English afternoon tea has continued to grow in popularity. Becoming a fashionable occasion for the upper classes, ladies would don elegant dresses and hats, and retire to the drawing room to socialise. Traditional afternoon tea would have an offering of cucumber sandwiches and scones with clotted cream and jam. Over the centuries the tradition has spread throughout the social classes and now consists of many different savoury and sweet treats. There are many luxury hotels with afternoon tea venues, which has become an experience many of us have indulged in. At we feature hotels across the country that have the best afternoon tea recipes and menus. From the cool city hotels of London to charming Cotswolds accommodation, we have a delicious selection for you.

Llangoed Hall Brecon
Linthwaite House Hotel Windermere
Gara Rock Devon
Tickton Grange Beverley
The Eastbury Hotel Sherborne
Sopwell House St Albans
Penrhiw Priory St Davids
Palé Hall Hotel Bala
Maison Talbooth Hotel Dedham
Hurley House Berkshire
Doxford Hall Hotel & Spa Northumberland
The Cavendish Hotel Baslow
Dormy House Hotel Broadway
The Swan Bibury
Raithwaite Estate Whitby
The Talbot at Malton North Yorkshire
Lucknam Park Hotel & Spa Bath
Milsoms Kesgrave Hall Ipswich
The Swan Southwold Suffolk
The Arch Hotel London
The Langdale Hotel Lake District
Feversham Arms Hotel and Verbena Spa Helmsley
Seaham Hall County Durham
The Fish Hotel Cotswolds
Pentillie Castle and Estate Cornwall
Eshott Hall Hotel Northumberland
Storrs Hall Windermere
The Vineyard Newbury
The Elms Hotel Worcestershire
Tewkesbury Park Hotel Cotswolds
The Traddock Austwick
Fistral Beach Hotel and Spa Newquay
Moddershall Oaks Country Spa Retreat Staffordshire
Twr y Felin Hotel St Davids
The Cornwall Hotel Spa & Estate St Austell
The Montagu Arms Hotel Beaulieu
Hare and Hounds Tetbury
Danesfield House Hotel & Spa Marlow
Dalhousie Castle Hotel & Aqueous Spa Edinburgh
Coniston Hotel Skipton
Congham Hall Kings Lynn
Castle Leslie Estate Monaghan
Careys Manor Hotel & SenSpa New Forest
Bowood Hotel Spa & Golf Resort Wiltshire
Boringdon Hall Hotel Plymouth
Applegarth Villa Windermere
Gilpin Hotel Lake District

Afternoon Tea in London

From the stylish Milestone Hotel to the elegant Egerton House Hotel, these are great places to relax in the city.

Afternoon Tea in Hampshire

Surrounded by beautiful countryside, Hampshire has several idyllic settings where you can nibble on sandwiches, sip on champagne and soak up views of English country gardens.

Afternoon Tea in Bath

This ancient city of Bath is home to several luxury hotels where you can immerse yourself in the much loved British tradition. After exploring the shops, return to delectable goodies that have been created with as much love and passion as a Michelin star dinner. Wherever you are in the country we can find the nearest luxury hotel so that you can sample the cakes, pastries and afternoon tea sandwiches.