UK’s best garden tea rooms

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 

RHS Harlow Carr, 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.

Borde Hill Garden, West Sussex

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.

Britain's Best Garden Tearooms Malthouse Gallery
Saunter with your cup and saucer around the Malthouse gallery

East Lambrook Manor Gardens, Somerset

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.

Helmsley Walled Garden, Yorkshire

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.

Best Garden Tearooms Tresco
Bursts of colour pepper the crumbling walls of Tresco Abbey Garden

Tresco Abbey Garden, Scilly Isles

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.

Scampston Hall, Yorkshire 

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.

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