Whether you are heading to the Cotswolds for a weekend away or you’re a frequent visitor to this beautiful part of the world, you probably won’t have missed the fact that afternoon tea in the Cotswolds is big business. With so many beautiful villages and towns boasting lots of fabulous eateries, pubs, and tea rooms you won’t have to search too hard, but the food and drink on offer and the price you’ll pay for it will certainly differ. We have sampled many a pot of tea, scones with cream and jam, and fancy sandwiches in our time and wanted to share our knowledge with you! Here are our top 6 places to visit for delicious afternoon tea in the Cotswolds.
1. Dormy House Hotel, Broadway
Dormy House Hotel and Spa is a beautiful, luxury hotel with an exquisite interior and a casual, laid-back vibe. The on-site gastro-pub called The Potting Shed makes a cream tea to die for. Choose from the Farmhouse Tea with scones, mini sausage rolls, mini Cotswold pastries, sandwiches, and tarts. If you fancy some bubbles then opt for the Champagne Charlie Tea which comes with a lovely glass of Veuve Clicquot.
2. Well Walk Tea Room, Cheltenham
If you love all things vintage and slightly eccentric then you simply must have afternoon tea in the Cotswolds at Well Walk Tea Rooms, in the bustling town of Cheltenham. This place is filled to the brim with vintage memorabilia it’s a really cute and quirky tea room and has amazing afternoon tea. Think crumpets, scones with jam and cream, cakes, and a wide range of tea served in a pot.
3. Whatley Manor, Malmesbury
This quintessentially British hotel is as beautiful as it is elegant and if you fancy indulging in afternoon tea in the Cotswolds then look no further. If you’re coming in the summer months then you can eat and drink alfresco on one of the terraces overlooking the beautiful gardens and during winter months get cosy in either the Sitting Room, Dining Room, or Reception Room. Afternoon Tea consists of finger sandwiches, freshly baked scones with jam and clotted cream, pastries, and tea or coffee, or if you fancy treating yourself then why not have a glass of fizz?
4. Three Choirs Vineyard, Newent
If you fancy afternoon tea in the Cotswolds with a difference then the Three Choirs Vineyard in Newent is for you. This beautiful winery in the Gloucestershire countryside is also home to a visitor’s center, restaurant, and rooms. For afternoon tea here expect finger sandwiches, gorgeous scones with clotted cream and jam, and a selection of homemade cakes. The Afternoon Tea package includes a tour of the vineyard and wine tasting for two so you’ll be able to really indulge and make a day out of it.
5. The Kings Hotel, Chipping Campden
The small and beautiful market town of Chipping Campden is home to The Kings Hotel, a charming 18th-century building that offers a really delicious afternoon tea. There is a huge variety to choose from and you can have tea/coffee or a glass of bubbles to accompany. There is a lot to see and explore in the Chipping Campden area which is a real gem in the heart of the Cotswolds.
6. Thornbury Castle, Thornbury
Afternoon tea in the Cotswolds will feel very grand at this old Tudor Castle that has been turned into a hotel. The castle is set on unspoiled grounds and has a vineyard, a productive kitchen garden, and a gorgeous restaurant. The afternoon tea has some delicious treats including cakes and finger sandwiches, if you fancy adding a little fizz to your afternoon then add on a glass champers. There are a vast array of teas to choose from and the staff are super accommodating with any special dietary requirements.
We hope you find somewhere delightful to enjoy your afternoon tea in the Cotswolds, time to pop the kettle on I think, all of this talk of afternoon tea has got our taste buds tingling!