There is nothing more quintessentially British than the classic afternoon tea complete with scones, cucumber sandwiches and the perfect cup of Earl Grey. Why not really go all out for the last weekend of National Afternoon Tea Week (14th August – 20th August) and book a few days away so that you can fully relax after your tea? At Beyond Bespoke, we have put together a guide to the best exclusive hotels offering teas that will cater to everyone’s wishes, whether you’re looking for a themed experience or just the picture-perfect afternoon tea. This selection will help guests enjoy the best that afternoon tea has to offer surrounded by luxury – get ready for a tea crawl!
For Tea-Setters: Great John Street Hotel, Manchester
A tea with a twist, Great John Street Hotel’s Gentleman Jack Afternoon Tea, is perfect for those wanting to add a modern spin on this timeless classic. An ideal afternoon treat, guests can taste fish and chip skewers, mini beef burgers and prawn dumplings, before sampling a bespoke dessert menu of cheese and crackers. Bedecked in eclectic décor, it’s difficult to miss this Loved by Guests Hotel.
Book here from £133 per room, per night.
For Brides: The Arch, London
Wedding season is upon us and The Arch London is the perfect treat. For anyone wanting to celebrate the blushing bride, the hotel’s Bridal Shower Afternoon Tea is a must. With traditional classics, such as Coronation Chicken sandwiches and luxury desserts, this is an elegant, memorable way to start a wedding weekend in style. Once toasts to the happy couple have all been made, guests are welcome to relax in the hotel’s luxurious Martini Library whilst admiring it’s famous artwork upon the walls.
Book here from £302 per room, per night.
For Game of Thrones fans: Ballygally Castle
Escape your screen and stop your impressive amount of hours spent binge-watching. Now you can find yourself fully immersed in the drama at Ballygally Castle in Country Antrim. This striking hotel has its own special Game of Thrones themed afternoon tea menu in celebration of it being used as a filming location for award-winning TV series. The menu is greatly inspired by fan-favourites, such as the Lannister Egg Rolls with Spring Onion and Pulled Pork Brioche. Even without these afternoon tea treats, the location itself is enough to tempt you in with the hotel perched atop the famed Causeway Coastal Route. Once you’ve polished off the tea, simply walk if off outside amidst stunning scenery and golden sands of Ballygally Bay.
Book here from £130 per room, per night.
For Fashionistas: Aloft Liverpool Hotel
Step into the stylish Aloft Liverpool, situated in the iconic and much-loved landmark, the Royal Insurance Building. To really fuel your passion for fashion, book their brand new fashioned-themed afternoon tea, which has been inspired by this summer’s The British Style Collective. With each item made hand-made from scratch, this ‘couture’ afternoon tea experience features chic treats such as shortbread dresses and handbag biscuits. Snap a photo of the impressive chocolate fudge brownie stiletto and you’ll be the envy of all your friends.
Book here from £57 per room, per night.
For History Buffs: Coombe Abbey Hotel, Warwickshire
At Coombe Abbey, founded in 1150AD, you can experience this classic English tradition whilst surrounded by breath-taking history, taking your afternoon tea to new heights. Immerse yourself within the building’s captivating story as you savour the Knight’s and Gentleman’s tea. This tea with a twist includes old English favourites, such as scotch duck egg and a Malt Farm Pork Pie. Then, finish it all off with a delicious half pint of Coombe Ale before retiring to your impress bedchambers.
Book here from £79 per room, per night.
All of these delightfully delicious hotels can be booked via Hotels.com.