The Best Locations for Summer Afternoon Tea

Summer is the perfect time of year to enjoy afternoon tea. Here is our top picks for enjoying tea and cake in the sunshine…

As a nation of tea drinkers it’s no surprise that the phenomenon of afternoon tea remains a firm favourite, especially during the summer – there’s even a whole week dedicated to the classic British tradition in August (12-18 Aug 2019).

Throughout the region you’ll find plenty of places where you can indulge in an afternoon of finger sandwiches and cake. Whether you’re looking for a sophisticated affair to sip your Earl Grey, a cute and cosy café or fancy tea al fresco, we’ve travelled the region to find the best afternoon tea experiences…

Woburn Abbey

Woburn, Bedfordshire, MK17 9WA


This summer Woburn Abbey will host ‘Two Centuries of Afternoon Tea’ on 24 July and 28 August. Visit where the concept of afternoon tea begun for this fascinating illustrated talk by Simon Pestell, head housekeeper at Woburn Abbey, with full afternoon tea included. It will cover how tea drinking was first introduced into England, how it was popularised and how afternoon tea became a social institution. Enjoy a glimpse into history and find out, through entertaining anecdotes how Duchesses past and present like to take their afternoon tea. Tickets priced £40.

Tamburlaine Hotel

27-29 Station Rd, Cambridge CB1 2FB

You don’t need to be an overnight guest to enjoy a sumptuous high tea. Enjoy your experience in the stylish surroundings at Cambridge’s Tamburlaine Hotel. The hotel offers an indulgent and colourful afternoon tea with loose leaf Newby tea, fruit infusion or artisan coffees, alongside sandwiches, scones and fancy pastries decorated with flowers. The afternoon tea can be enjoyed in the sleek and stylish restaurant or the instagrammable garden room!

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Ufford Park Hotel & Spa

Yarmouth Road, Melton, Woodbridge, IP12 1QW

Fancy a girly day out? Check in to Ufford Park for a spa day where you can a leisurely swim, relax in the thermal suite or indulge in a mud serial bath! Work up an appetite in the gym before visiting the restaurant for an afternoon tea featuring sandwiches, a homemade sausage roll, scones and selection of desserts. The afternoon tea must be pre-booked, but if you’re not a big eater there’s also the option of a cream tea!

Hampers at The Gallops

The Gallops Tearoom

Newmarket CB8 8FF

Make this a stop before a day at the races! The Gallops Tearoom offers a selection of delicious traditional afternoon tea options, including high tea and afternoon tea, consisting of dainty sandwiches, scones and a selection of cake and cream tea. For something different try the Gentleman’s Afternoon Tea which is a slight twist on the traditional style and includes chunky bread, ham and pickle, sausage roll and a selection of cakes.

During the warmer months, the Gallops will be offering a summer special Afternoon Tea with a choice of Pimms or Gin and Tonic. Their picnic hamper hiring service will also return throughout the summer, perfect for any occasion whether it’s a day at the races or a picnic in the park. Their beautiful wicker basket hampers can be fully customised to suit the occasion, choosing from the selection of sandwiches, sweet and savoury snacks and delicious homemade cakes from the menu.

The Ickworth Hotel

Horringer, Bury St Edmunds IP29 5QE

Enjoy afternoon tea in the grand historical surroundings of the Ickworth Hotel. Take a wander around the landscaped gardens before sitting down in either the conservatory, drawing room, library or terrace, set within the atmospheric walled garden, for afternoon tea with delicate finger sandwiches, savouries and pastries. It’s the perfect location for a summer’s day out.

Outdoor terrace at The Folly

Folly Tearoom

Unit 4 Hoppers Yard, Bull St, Holt NR25 6LN

For a classic option visit The Folly Tearooms; an enchanting oasis in the centre of Holt where afternoon tea is served on vintage china accompanied by uniquely blended Folly Teas. The food is all homemade including delicate finger sandwiches, mouth-watering scones and delicious cakes. A gentlemen’s afternoon tea with scrumptious quiche and sausage rolls means all tastes are catered for. It’s a must visit if you’re in the area!

The Orchard Tea Garden

45-47 Mill Way, Grantchester, CB3 9ND

During the summer there’s no better way to experience afternoon tea under a tree in Grandchester’s pretty orchards. The Orchard Tea Garden is an expansive open air tea room with a delightful choice of sandwiches, homemade scones, tray bakes and cakes.

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