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Festive afternoon tea

Time for boozy hot chocolates, lashings of mulled wine and copious amounts of cake which is why we've rounded up the best spots for festive afternoon tea.

Festive tea you say? Don’t mind if I do! Our pick of the best ones around.

Cattows Farm Tea Room

Take in gorgeous views of the Leicestershire countryside while tucking into a delicious festive delight here. Enjoy sandwiches before picking a savoury or sweet option after. Enjoy cheese scones with Christmas chutney, beetroot and feta turnovers or opt for the sweets and dig into alcoholic strawberry trifle, chocolate orange cookie dough brownie, salted caramel and chocolate banoffe pie but my personal fave…homemade mince pie served with pink prosecco lemon cream. Until 23 Dec. £16.50. Served between 2.30 – 3.30pm.

Skylark Bakery

Just try and resist the seasonal spread that includes festive bakes, mini viennese topped mince pies,  toasties with tiny soup bowls and Christmas yule log. Wash it down with mulled spiced tea or gingerbread tea. Served every afternoon until 23 December from 1-4pm. £15.

Baxter’s Tearoom

This family-run tea room is a brilliant place to book in for a foodie treat. Bag a spot in the vintage team room and ​enjoy roast turkey with stuffing, cream cheese and cucumber, ham and mustard as well as cranberry macarons, Christmas fruit slice, raspberry and almond tray bake, chocolate cupcakes and of course mulled wine, tea and coffee. served between 2-4pm. £15 or £28 for two people.

Belmont Hotel

After pounding the streets looking for pressies, make a pit stop at this city hotel and start with a refreshing cocktail followed by a selection of cakes and finger sandwiches. Served daily from 2-5pm. Starting from £15.95 – add a G&T for £19.95.

Castleton Farm Shop

A three-course menu awaits and includes festive sandwiches including turkey and ham or red pesto and mozzarella, mini roast pork and cranberry pies, blinis topped with smoked salmon, cranberry, orange and cinnamon scones, festive cake fingers and more. Everything is prepared at Castleton using local ingredients and comes with a shot of sherry trifle. £14.95 or go add a mini bottle of prosecco for £19.95. Served between 12 – 4pm from 1 – 23 Dec.

Normanton Park Hotel

Set in the remains from the extensive manor and parkland created in the 1700’s by the Heathcote family, the Normanton Hotel is the perfect place to tuck into a memorable festive tea. Think traditional sandwiches including  turkey and cranberry, loin of pork, sage and onion stuffing and sweet treats like the mandatory mince pies, Christmas fruit cake and more as well as tea or coffee. £13.50 per person, £16.95 per person with a glass of mulled wine, £19.50 per person with a glass of prosecco. Served between 3-5pm between 1 – 23 Dec.

Barnsdale Gardens

Created by Geoff Hamilton for Gardeners’ World, Barnsdale Gardens, is home to 38 pocket-sized, themed garden rooms, perfect for those green fingered type. After your visit, pop into the cosy Tea Room and enjoy perfect, dainty sandwiches with all the festive goodies including mince piece, scones and fruit crumble and gingerbread as well as those all important mini Christmas crackers. All served on bone china with a pot of tea or coffee or a glass of mulled wine. Tea for two £31.95 and for an extra tenner you also get Garden entry.

City Rooms

The popular festive afternoon tea in the city is back and guests can expect a spread of delightful sandwiches, scones with preserves and clotted cream and lush treats including scones, gingerbread Christmas trees, santa brownies and macarons. Prices start from £18 and include veggie, vegan and even kids sandwiches. Avail dates 8,9, 15 16 and 22 Dec.

Kilworth House Hotel

Grab a table in the beautiful and ornate Wordsworth Restaurant and marvel at its domed ceiling, airy lantern, glittering chandeliers and fireplace while tucking into tea. Think finger sandwiches with fillings including turkey and cranberry, smoked salmon, egg and cress and sweet indulgences like fruit scones, spiced carrot cake, gateau opera, chocolate and orange Battenberg and lots more. From £25 throughout December. 

Beaumanor Hall

Enjoy the Winter Warmer afternoon tea in Beaumanor’s beautiful hall. Enjoy tasty food and a glass of mulled wine on arrival. Lots of tasty sandwiches to choose from including ham glazed with honey and piccalilli, roast turkey and apricot stuffing, stilton and celery, mini quiches before feasting on mini snowball mousse, brandy snap filled with Cointreau and ginger cream, mini Stollen and more. £21.95 per person. 12pm sitting on 15 Dec only.

Wistow Cafe Bistro

This popular cafe will be serving a selection of sandwiches with festive fillings such as turkey, stuffing and cranberry, and home cooked ham and piccalilli, as well as savoury delights such as pigs in blankets and mini goats cheese balls, and sweet treats including homemade Christmas cake and Nutella tiffin. £20 per person, it also comes with a glass of fizz, non-alcoholic mulled wine, tea or filter coffee. Only one sitting at 2pm.

A Perfect Blend

Slow down and take a time out at this popular coffee shop A deliciously indulgent way to spend an afternoon with friends and family this festive season. Enjoy a selection of sandwiches, scones, mince pies, home baked cakes and other festive treats with a pot of tea. £12.50 throughout December.

Occasions Tea Room

There will be a delectable treat including a selection of freshly made sandwiches, mini mince pie, brownie bite, macaron, Sherry trifle shot pot and more all served with unlimited tea/spiced Christmas tea or filter coffee. £13.95 and served Tuesday to Saturday throughout December.
Let me know if there’s a venue near you that does a stonking festive afternoon tea! I’m all ears. Leave a comment below. Kx

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