Best afternoon teas
Crack open the Champagne, it's Afternoon Tea Week! But who needs another excuse to eat more cake? Not us! Here's some of the best afternoon teas to book locally. Get those pinkies ready!
The posh one
This award-winning afternoon tea really pulls out all the stops. Choose from the classic, gluten free or vegan afternoon tea (all £22 per person) and enjoy everything from finger sandwiches including chicken, bacon and basil as well as cucumber and cream cheese plus, scones and a selection of desserts (we’re loving the sound of the cherry and chocolate mousse). As for the tea, we’ve got our eye on the Gin and Tonic (yes for reals!). It’s an amazing blend of green tea, herbs and botanicals all combined to create a gin and tonic flavoured tea – without the booze – and can be served hot or cold. Just when you think it can’t get better, your afternoon tea is all served on a beautiful collection of crockery by Yvonne Ellen as seen on the Great British Bake Off. Chink chink! Black Iron at Winstanley House.
The farm one
Tucked away on this mahossive family-run farm, the gorgeous light-filled tea room – with panoramic views of the Leicestershire countryside – is the perfect spot for afternoon tea with friends and family. The newly refurbed eatery is already known for its delicious array of cakes and desserts; there’s usually a whopping 25 different options on offer, so you can imagine how delicious their afternoon tea is. Bookings need to be made at least 48 hours and costs £12.50 per person (or order the one with prosecco for £18) and we think, it’s one of the best value around. It’s served from 2.30pm (3pm on Sundays and in August). Expect tiered parcels of deliciousness, loaded with delicate sandwiches, scones and individual cake and tray bake bites. Book now or buy vouchers. Cattows Farm
The vintage one
The restaurant at Badgers Mount Hotel was awarded a Bib Gourmand earlier this year so expect a pinkie finger-raising affair with their vintage afternoon tea. Away from the hustle and bustle, enjoy your homemade fancies in a delightful bubble of serenity at this secluded spot. Served on vintage china, afternoon tea here includes freshly cut sandwiches, mini baguettes, assorted French fancies, toasted scones and luscious countryside views. For a little indulgence, upgrade to Champers (£27.95 weekdays and £31.50 on Sunday) or they’ve even got a slightly cheaper prosecco option. Pre-booking is essential at least 24 hours in advance together with a 50% deposit. Prices start from £18.95. Badgers Mount.
The traditional one
This exceedingly charming English tea room is set on the second floor of a Grade 2 listed building in the ‘Rural Capital of Food,’ Melton Mowbray. Inside, the original features of the building include heavy beams and original floors and add to the overall atmosphere. Here, loose leaf tea is served from china pots into bone china tea cups and sugar is served with tongs. How quaint! Luxury afternoon tea is £16.95 and comes with a selection of delicate sandwiches, pork pie or quiche, scone with clotted cream and jam and a selection of home made cakes. Bring the kids and they can enjoy one for under a tenner. Head for the Market Square and look for the red teapot on the wall. Miss B’s Tea Rooms.
The pub one
This gorgeous gourmet bolthole in the heart of the Hambleton Peninsula serves a tempting afternoon tea that includes sandwiches, homemade scones with clotted cream and jam, cakes and a choice of tea for £16.95. If you manage to grab a table on the terrace, you can enjoy it all with stunning views of Rutland Water. Served Mon – Sat from 3-5pm. Finch’s Arms.
The savoury one
Can’t decide between a sweet or savoury afternoon tea? Then don’t! Order one of each instead and tuck into the best locally sourced delights from this award-winning farm shop and deli. The savoury one comes with a homemade cheese scone, butter and apple chutney, plus coleslaw, a wedge of pork pie, sausage roll and quiche. If you’re partial to a slice of cake (or two), then choose the sweet one that comes with scones clotted cream, strawberry jam and a selection of four homemade treats. Each one for only £12.50! Farndon Fields.
The vegan one
This quintessentially English country pile in Melton Mowbray serves a scrumptious vegan afternoon tea. For £29.50 you’ll get a variety of sandwiches including feta, cucumber and spiced tomato chutney sandwiches as well as avocado, roasted red pepper, courgette. There’s fruit and plain scones, plus a selection of sweet treats like macaroons, salted caramel banana bread and more. Served 1.30 – 4pm with either a pot of traditional tea, fruit and herbal infusions, or filtered coffee. I’ll be adding some Champers with mine for £32.50, but you can also choose prosecco or a cocktail (Bellini or Bloody Mary). Try their traditional afternoon tea or go gluten free, opt for the veggie and there’s even one for the kids for £14. Phew. I think that covers everyone – right? Stapleford Park