Best Spots for Afternoon Tea in the Cotswolds

Where are the Best Spots for Afternoon Tea in the Cotswolds I hear you ask!!!

Afternoon tea has got to be one of England’s most iconic traditions! From the delicate finger sandwiches to the delicious cakes and scones followed by a steaming mug of tea; there is nothing better to bridge the gap between lunch and dinner.

Which is where this long tradition originated back in the 1840s when the Duchess of Bedford found herself becoming hungry between a midday lunch until dinner which was typically served late into the evening. 

However, it wasn’t just the food that became tradition, the location was also important with most afternoon teas becoming synonymous with the beautiful English countryside and gardens. Which is why the Cotswolds with its traditional buildings, gorgeous landscape and delicious local food is the perfect place to enjoy a traditional afternoon tea!

So, today I thought I would share my favourite places across the Cotswolds to enjoy a lovely afternoon tea! 

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Best Spots for Afternoon Tea in the Cotswolds

1. Ellenborough Park, Cheltenham

Cost: £37 PP

Time: 2:00-4:30

Enjoy afternoon tea in style in this gorgeous park and hotel, offering a delicious selection of sandwiches, cakes and scones freshly baked that day.

You can even add a bit of sparkle to your meal if celebrating a special occasion and add a bottle of bubbly or even a cocktail! Afterwards, you can check out the gorgeous grounds of the Park with a quiet stroll.


2. Bleinheim Palace, Woodstock

Cost: £34-£58 PP

Time: 12:00-4:00

If grandeur is what you are after than what better place to enjoy afternoon tea than an actual Palace! You can spend the day exploring the beautiful interior and gardens, even following in the footsteps of Sir Winston Churchill before sitting down in the restored Orangery to enjoy your afternoon tea.

They offer both a traditional and premium menu giving you plenty of options for whatever your taste.

best afternoon tea in the cotswolds

3. Thornbury Castle

Cost: £37-£48

Time: 12:30-4:00

Dine like a Tudor in Thornbury Castle, this stunning location was once the retreat of famous Monarch Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn. Today, it still holds onto the historic charm and grandeur of the era. Here you can enjoy a tasty afternoon tea fit for a King (Or Queen)!

There is a variety of options to suit everyone with full vegan and vegetarian menus available. What is even more special about this option is the tea selection, with the choice of several PMD loose tea flavours available!


4. Jelly Pickle Jam, Evesham

Cost: £7.50-£18

Time: Majority all day, a few special items 11:30-3:30

Jump down the rabbit hole into this gorgeous little tea room and shop offering a variety of different afternoon tea options and cakes. This cosy little tearoom is a great stop off after a day of walking and exploring!   

best afternoon tea in the cotswolds

5. Dormy House, Broadway

Cost: £40 PP

Time: 2:00-4:00

For one of the most luxurious afternoon teas available in the Cotswolds be sure to check out Dormy House, not only do they have a range of great dining options include their amazing afternoon tea selection, but you could also explore their beautiful hotel and spa as well. 


6. Lucy’s tea room, Stow-on-the-wold

Cost: £18 PP

Time: Opening till 3:30

This cosy 300 year old tea room is the perfect spot to enjoy your afternoon tea in a charming and relaxed atmosphere. You can sample a selection of classic finger sandwiches, scones, jams as well as, your choice of that day’s daily cake selection.

On warmer days you can sit outside in the beautiful little courtyard to enjoy your afternoon tea in the summer weather.

best afternoon tea in the cotswolds

7. The Lygon Arms, Broadway

Cost: £35-£50 PP

Time: 1:30-4:00

Steeped in 600 years of history afternoon tea at the Lygon Arms hotel does not disappoint, and you don’t even have to stay here to book in! They offer two options for your Afternoon tea as well as a children’s option if you have any younger companions.

You can choose between the traditional or you can pair it with their house champagne for a sparkly twist.


8. Tisanes Tearooms, Broadway

Cost: £16 PP

Time: 12:00-4:30

Set in a 17th century stone building Tisanes tearoom really takes the tea literally in afternoon tea! This cosy little tearoom offers over 35 different types of leaf teas available, from traditional to more exotic flavours.

The afternoon tea starts with one of their freshly made finger sandwiches, followed by a freshly baked scone and choice of cakes. This can then be washed down with any of the tea or coffee options they have available! You definitely won’t be feeling peckish after this afternoon tea! 


Where is your favourite Spots for Afternoon Tea in the Cotswolds? Let me know on Instagram!!

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