On a sunny afternoon, there’s little better than tea and cake in a pretty garden tea room. We pick the best around the country from Somerset to Yorkshire
Any list of the finest tearooms has to include Bettys Café Tea Room in Yorkshire. Bettys overlooks 58 acres of garden brimming with vibrant primulas and sweet peas.
Jeremy’s Restaurant has an adjoining tearoom called Café Elvira serving home-made food in the Victorian walled garden. The menu includes freshly baked cakes and biscuits.
The 17th-century Malthouse tearoom and gallery offers cakes to eat and paintings to buy or browse. It also hosts art classes within the inspiring surroundings of East Lambrook Manor.
The Vine House Café grows its own fruit and vegetables in the grounds of the walled garden. It serves seasonal produce and has won awards for its vegetarian organic café with friendly service and stunning views.
Standing at the entrance to one of Britain’s most exquisite collections of exotic horticulture is a fantastic tearoom, with sparrows on hand to clean up the crumbs. The temperatures may reach the hottest in the country but even in this tropical paradise, no one can resist the warmth of a traditional British brew.
The Garden Restaurant run by the Yorkshire Party serves home-made light lunches and teas with some ingredients grown in the garden. Specialities include the Whitby crab salad.