7 Most Instagrammable Afternoon Teas

Afternoon tea is one of the most quintessentially British rituals, and thankfully it’s still alive and well. What started as a way for aristocratic women in the 1800s to squeeze an extra meal into their day (at the time, people usually only dined twice a day), has become an iconic tradition of British society.

And it shows no sign of slowing down, with the country’s most luxurious hotels offering ever-more decadent and elaborate feasts. You can expect exotic teas from far-flung corners of the globe or bubbling champagne, fluffy finger sandwiches packed with an array of fillings, and expertly crafted desserts to rival any Parisian patisserie.

Arriving layered on a vintage cake stand, with the vibrant colours of plump raspberries and myriad sweet treats and surrounded by fine bone china or chic ceramic crockery, it all makes for ideal Instagram fodder.

With Mothers’ Day just around the corner, you have the perfect excuse to book a table for the ultimate afternoon indulgence. Check out our top 7 afternoon teas from around the UK for inspiration.


1. Alexander House Hotel and Utopia Spa, Sussex

Alexander House Sussex afternoon tea


2. Appleby Manor Country House Hotel, Cumbria

Appleby Manor afternoon tea


3. Mercure Aberdeen Ardoe House Hotel and Spa, Aberdeen

Ardoe House Mercure Aberdeen afternoon tea


4. Bedford Lodge Hotel and Spa, Suffolk

Bedford Lodge


5. Bishopstrow Hotel and Spa, Wiltshire 

Bishopstrow Hotel afternoon tea


6. Calcot Manor Hotel, Gloucestershire

Calcot Manor afternoon tea


 7. Bannatyne Charlton House Hotel and Spa, Somerset

Charlton House Hotel afternoon tea


Inspired yet? Book your Afternoon Tea and Spa package now!


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