The UK's finest afternoon tea experiences
We've put together a selection of our favourite afternoon teas from around the country. Bon appétit!
Goldsborough Hall, Harrogate
Best for… something traditional
Why we love it: The traditional afternoon tea at this Grade II-listed mansion, which was once home to HRH Princess Mary, can be taken in the impressive Jacobean library or, when the weather allows, on the terrace. You can work up your appetite by wandering the 12-acre Royal Gardens for free before your tea.
K West Hotel & Spa, London
Best for… something a little different
Why we love it: K West Hotel & Spa's fun Spring Rocks afternoon tea includes "rolling scones", as well as candy floss and mini doughnuts, and is served on vintage record covers.
Cloud 23, Manchester
Best for… the "wow" factor
Why we love it: Manchester's Cloud 23 boasts the "best views of any in the city", according to Time Out, and you can enjoy them while indulging in its popular afternoon tea and signature cocktails.
Ballygally Castle, Northern Ireland
Best for… "Game of Thrones" fans
Why we love it: You can explore numerous nearby iconic filming locations of the popular television show before heading to Ballygally Castle for their speciality Game of Thrones afternoon tea.
The Ritz, London
Best for… blowing the budget
Why we love it: Afternoon tea has been served in the glamorous surroundings of The Ritz since 1906, and is one of the most British experiences you can have. Book well in advance and be prepared to dress in your Sunday best when dining at this world-renowned venue.
Lake Vyrnwy, Powys
Best for… summer days
Why we love it: Lake Vyrnwy's "simply magical" (Condé Nast Johansens) location makes it the perfect place to enjoy afternoon tea on a sunny day. There is an outdoor terrace that overlooks the lake, which is "one of the most picturesque settings" in the world, according to Wales Online.
Laguna Kitchen & Bar, Cardiff
Best for… the gents
Why we love it: Laguna Kitchen & Bar's gentleman's afternoon tea puts a masculine twist on the traditional afternoon tea of finger sandwiches and dainty cakes, swapping them with mini venison burgers, scotch eggs and sirloin-stuffed Yorkshire puddings.
The Landmark, London
Best for… chocolate lovers
Why we love it: With an array of chocolate cakes and pastries, the 5-star Landmark Hotel's take on afternoon tea has enough to satisfy any chocoholic's sweet tooth. And all in a top-notch setting.
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