Afternoon Tea in Cambridge - Our Top 10 Spots
Afternoon Tea is a light meal of delicately cut sandwiches, scones with clotted cream and jam, cakes and pastries.
It became popular in the 19th century and is now a favourite ritual of us Brits.
Whether you prefer traditional surroundings with scones and cream or a more contemporary decor with a chocolate muffin, there is a huge choice available.
Cambridge has some of the best eating and drinking spots in East Anglia but what about afternoon tea?
Hotel Felix offers a traditional tea service, including traditional china, in a modern setting. This tea service costs £13.25, which includes sandwiches, tea, cakes, and scones on it’s covered terrace or indoor dining area. This location requires pre-booking, however. Call ahead at 01223 27797 to book an afternoon tea at Hotel Felix.
Whitehouse Lane, Huntington Rd., Cambridge CB3 0LX
This Cambridge institution is UK famous for its “Chelsea Buns”. Fitzbillies has been located on Trumpington Street since 1922. Served on a three-tier cake stand, Fitzbillies’ afternoon tea includes a pot of tea, a selection of finger sandwiches, a home baked sultana scone, and a selection of three mini cakes, all for £15.
52A Trumpington Street, Cambridge CB2 1RG
The Orchard Tea Gardens
The Orchard Tea Gardens markets itself as “a corner of England where time stands still as the outside world rushes by.” The history present at these Gardens, as well as the antique feel would seem to suggest this is true. The Gardens have played host to famous historical figures like Sylvia Plath, Maynard Keynes, and Virginia Woolf. This secluded tea garden is truly a breath of fresh air.
45-47 Mill Way Grantchester CB3 9ND
Aunties Tea Shop
Looking for a traditional English tea service? Opened in 1979, this vintage-inspired tearoom offers an historical feel with lace tablecloths, waitress service, and vintage china. The shop prides itself on serving up tasty homemade cakes and scones – and its patrons seem to agree! International tourists and celebrities, as well as many Cambridge natives frequently visit Aunties Tea.
1 St. Mary’s Passage, Cambridge CB2 3PQ
Cafe on the Round
Café on the Round is centrally located and has both inside and outside dining options. Café on the Round offers a number of fair trade coffees and teas, as well as a number of Mexican food items. Strapped for time? Café on the Round has an online ordering service to make your day a little easier. Using their online form or a twitter account, ordering items from their menu becomes quite convenient.
Round Church Street, Cambridge
Baroosh Bar and Kitchen
At night, Baroosh Bar and Kitchen acts as a modern nightclub, offering exciting nightlife events like art shows and concerts. But, in the day, Baroosh offers a range of coffees and teas for your afternoon break. Baroosh’s loose-leaf teas are served by the pot and complement the array of pastries they have available. If you are looking for a good cup of coffee, you’re in luck: Baroosh’s coffees are made using triple-certified beans, and are a hit with its customers.
8 Market Passage, Cambridge CB2 3PF
If looking to enjoy afternoon tea for two, Browns is for you. The prefixed afternoon tea menu at Browns includes finger sandwiches, scones with an assortment of jams, and mini cakes. Browns offers three teatime packages, with separate pricing for one or two people:
Make sure to try their “Most Unusual Afternoon, which includes a glass of Hendricks &Tonic alongside regular afternoon tea offerings.
23 Trumpington St., Cambridge, CB2 1QA
Harriet’s Tea Room
Harriet’s Café takes the element of tradition very seriously. All wait staff dress in period uniforms as pianos in each tearoom chime out music of the past throughout the café. Teas available at Harriets range from the traditional English-style – Early Grey and Darjeeling – to International influences, like Russian Caravan and Lapsang Souchong. Visit Harriets on an afternoon off or for their weekend tea service.
17 Green Street, Cambridge
Teacake at Shepreth
Teacake at Shepreth, while a bit far off, is worth the trip. This tearoom is house in a timber-framed, long straw-thatched cottage that is believed to be buily in 1660. The location offers morning and afternoon tea services, which include an array of teas, like Egyptian Mint, Green Gunpowder, and Assam; and unique ice cream flavours like Bramley Apple and Cinnamon, and Late Summer Plum.
8 Meldreth Road, Shepreth
The Green Coffee Co.
The trend of “fair trade” and “home grown” seems to be popping up everywhere – most notably at Green Coffee Co right here in Cambridge. Green Coffee is most for the globally conscious tea-drinker. The shop sells all fair trade, organic teas and coffees. For your afternoon tea, Green Coffee Co also has a range of fresh baguettes, Panini, and cakes to complement your drinks.
The GuildHall, Peas Hill, Cambridge