There’s nothing as quintessentially English as stopping for afternoon tea with your nearest and dearest. In fact, there’s nothing more English than having afternoon tea in one of the prettiest spots in the Cotswolds. Whether you lust after cucumber sandwiches, salivate over scones and jam, or are simply in it for all of the cakes, there are so many tasty afternoon teas to be had in Cheltenham. So, grab a cuppa and settle in for my guide to the top places for afternoon tea in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire.
Queens Hotel, Promenade
Boasting their regal ‘Queens Tiffin Afternoon Tea’, based on the fact that ‘to tiff is to snack’, afternoon tea at the Queens Hotel is quite like any other. Take a seat in the eloquent Imperial Lounge and get ready to enjoy some of the best afternoon tea in Cheltenham. Served every day from midday until 4.30pm, you can choose from tasty sandwiches like poached salmon and cream cheese, to chicken tarragon. Other savoury goodies include beef and horseradish Yorkshire puddings and tempura prawns. There are plain or raisin scones, and sweet treats including chocolate and orange ganache and macaroons. It’s an afternoon tea you won’t forget.
The Daffodil, Suffolk Parade
No matter what the occasion – be it a hen do or a baby shower – The Daffodil serves up one of the best afternoon teas in Cheltenham. And where better to enjoy an afternoon tea than a beautiful art deco building? One of the best restaurants in Cheltenham, The Daffodil serves up both a cream tea and an afternoon tea. Tuck into the afternoon tea for a true experience – three delicious tiers of sweet and savoury treats. You can feast on finger sandwiches, fresh scones, and homemade cakes crafted by the in house pastry chefs. Top it all off with freshly brewed tea or a cheeky glass of champagne.
Malmaison, Bayshill Road
Malmaison brings a contemporary twist to the classic afternoon tea. At one of the best places for afternoon tea in Cheltenham, you can opt from a cream tea or the full afternoon tea. Choose from an indulgent range of teas, from blackberry and raspberry to traditional Earl Grey. The food is delicious – think smoked chicken and mustard brioche, mini burgers, vegetable and feta wraps, and prawn cocktail to start. Then, along with the classic scones and clotted cream, move onto coffee and walnut cake, Bakewell tart, Viennese whirls, and even a seasonal fruit shake. It’s just as beautifully presented as you’d imagine. Shake it up by adding on either a cocktail or a glass of Mumm NV champagne.
No. 131, Promenade
You can always expect a little luxury from No. 131, and they’re no different when it comes to afternoon tea. Sink into one of their plush chairs – or, if the British weather holds out – relax on their manicured terrace. One of the top places for afternoon tea in Cheltenham, you can choose between a glass of bubbly or a good old-fashioned pot of freshly brewed tea. Enjoy a classic cream tea or choose an indulgent high tea with delicious sandwiches, cakes, and scones. Indulge on egg and cress and smoked salmon and cream cheese sandwiches, and afternoon cakes and macaroons. Spice it up by making it a ‘Cheeky Afternoon G&Tea’.
Ellenborough Park, Southam Road
There’s no better place to enjoy a traditional afternoon tea than such a historic, beautiful setting in the Cotswolds. With some of the best afternoon tea in Cheltenham, Ellenborough Park kicks it up a notch with great service and top class cuisine. Select a hand picked tea from their tea ‘bible’, or indeed switch it up for a cold glass of bubbly. The tea is complemented by some delicious food. Dine on smoked salmon and creme fraiche sandwiches, freshly baked scones with clotted cream and jam, and beautiful creations from the pastry chefs. It’s a gorgeous afternoon tea you can enjoy with your nearest and dearest.
Hotel du Vin, Parabola Road
Hotel du Vin is a much loved establishment in the centre of Cheltenham. It also happens to offer up some of the best afternoon tea in Cheltenham, with a plethora of cakes, pastries, scones, and finger sandwiches to devour. Each of the sandwiches have delicious fillings, from cheese and posh pickle to cucumber and mint to smoked salmon and cream cheese. To follow, there’s a tasty range of plain and fruit scones with luxurious preserves, Cornish clotted cream, and butter. Finish it all of with a patisserie selection, with an extensive range of teas or champagne.
That’s my guide to the best afternoon tea in Cheltenham! What are your favourite parts of an afternoon tea?