10 top places to take tea
To mark National Tea Day today, we’ve round up 10 great places to savour a cup of tea, from grand hotels to quirky tea shops.
People queue for hours to get into Bettys,which has six tea rooms across Yorkshire. Served on a traditional silver cake stand, by waitresses in period costume, Bettys takes you back to an era of sophistication. Bettys Cafe Tea Rooms was founded in Harrogate in 1919 by Frederick Belmont who immigrated to England from Switzerland.
The Orangery at The Fan Museum, Greenwich, London
Take afternoon tea after a spin around the Fan Museum, home to around 3,500 fans dating from the 11th century. In the Orangery, with its beautifully detailed murals, exudes an enchanting atmosphere. Overlooking a ‘secret’ garden in the Japanese style, it offers the perfect space to unwind over o delicious teas, which have garnered much praise. It’s also great value for money.
Head up to the Yorkshire coast and, at the historic port of Whitby with its cobbled streets and ruined clifftop abbey, you’ll find Botham’s, founded in 1865 by Elizabeth Botham and still run today by her great-grandchildren. It has a delightful olde-worlde atmosphere, waitresses in white aprons, and the cakes and pastries are made from Victorian recipes.
Booking Office and Restaurant at St Pancras Renaissance Hotel, London
The St Pancras Renaissance London hotel is luxury hotel in London, uniting Victorian splendour with contemporary style and service, where you can find loose-leaf tea that is brewed to perfection.
The Angel Hotel, Abergavenny
Abergavenny’s Angel Hotel regularly wins awards for its top-tier afternoon tea. Freshly baked scones, cakes and pastries from local specialist baker Sally Lane are served in the charming Wedgwood room.
Woburn Abbey, Bedfordshire
The afternoon tea is said to have come from the 7th Duke of Bedford’s wife, Duchess Anna Maria, in the late 1830s, who ordered the sweet treats to keep her friends entertained at Woburn Abbey. Emulate her style at abbey’s Duchess’ Tea Room.
Badgers Tea House, Alfriston
Alfriston is home to the National Trust’s first property, the Clergy House, and, just off Market Square, Badgers Tea House, in a building, formerly a bakery. All their cakes and scones are baked daily, and you can take tea in the walled garden if the weather allows.
Fortnum & Mason, London
The Queen along with the Duchess of Cambridge opened the Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon last year. With more than 80 teas on offer and one of the elegant spots in London, sippling a cuppa here is a luxurious treat to be remembered.
Richmond Tea Rooms, Manchester
This traditional English-style tea room, with an array of food and beverages has to be seen to be believed. The decor is a nod towards a Tim Burton, while chefs create unique specialities slongside traditional favourites too.
Brown’s Hotel, London
The English Tea Room at Rocco Forte’s Brown’s Hotel in Mayfair, London, is famed for the quality of its tea service. James Brown established his hotel for ‘genteel’ folk in 1837 and Agatha Christie later wrote At Bertram’s Hotel here, no doubt enjoying afternoon tea in The English Tea Room. It would be rude not to follow suit.
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