Afternoon tea, anyone?
Go on, you’re on holiday, you deserve a treat! We serve up the spots in the UK renowned for the best afternoon tea…
…Enjoy our recommendations.
• We have Woburn Abbey to thank for the best afternoon tea tradition (or rather the lady of the house in the 1840s, Duchess Anna Maria), as it was here that filling up on tea, sandwiches and cake between lunch and dinner became de rigeur. Today, at the Duchess’ Tea Room in the abbey’s grounds, the tradition continues, see www.woburnabbey.co.uk
• Think Cadbury World is all about the Dairy Milk? Heck no. The team at this famous Bournville-based attraction has now given the tea experience a chocolatey twist. See www.cadburyworld.co.uk
• 1882. That’s how far back the tradition of afternoon tea dates at the historic Chester Grosvenor Hotel, which has been offering tiered trays of treats since the 19th century, and today offers traditional fare or the heartier ‘Gentleman’s Afternoon Tea’. See www.chestergrosvenor.com/
• Powderham Castle is the home of Devon – or rather the Earl and Countess of Devon – and here, tea can be taken in the Pavilion Café as you delve into 600 years of history. If you’re lucky your tour will be led by the Earl himself, and there are fantastic views across the deer park to the Exe estuary to take your mind off all the calories you’ve just ingested. See www.powderham.co.uk