Taking afternoon tea has never been more popular and with its choice of boutique hotels, splendid stately homes and historical attractions there is no better place than Nottinghamshire to discover this quintessentially English pastime.
Sit back and enjoy delicate finger sandwiches, freshly-baked cakes and scones with jam and clotted cream, along with a fine selection of teas and coffees served in china cups. Or why not treat yourself to a glass of something fizzy as you while away an afternoon with a friend or loved one?
Relax in opulent surroundings
Nottinghamshire is home to numerous stunning buildings with equally impressive interiors which make the perfect backdrop to your classic afternoon tea. Escape the stress of everyday life at Thoresby Hall where a champagne or chocoholic afternoon tea awaits you, Hart's on the other hand offers a luxurious option in the heart of the city.
Steeped in history
Once the home of Lord Byron’s family, Colwick Hall Hotel is the place to enjoy Byron’s Afternoon Tea and a Grand Afternoon Tea. In Hockley you will find The Larder on Goosegate, which was Jesse Boot's first chemist shop in Nottingham city centre. Immerse yourself in the elegant surroundings and indulge in a traditional afternoon tea.
Visit Debbie Bryan's Studio and Shop where you can enjoy a traditional cup of tea or even a 'G and Tea' before browing the heritage-inspired goods on offer. At Wollaton Hall, just a short journey from the city, you can sip tea and coffee while nibbling dainty sandwiches and cakes. Lazy Daisy offers Afternoon Tea at Wollaton every Sunday and on Bank Holiday Mondays, with handmade produce served on vintage china.
At Ye Olde Bell, a beautifully-restored 17th century coach house, you can take a traditional afternoon tea on vintage china or a champagne version for those special occasions.
Take Tea in the countryside...
While you're out and about exploring all that the Nottinghamshire countryside has to offer, make sure you stop at the Ollerton Watermill Teashop near to the town of Newark and give their award winning afternoon tea a try in a former watermill on the banks of the River Maun.
For something a bit different . . .
If you are looking for a twist on the traditional afternoon tea then make sure you book a table at the Ned Ludd in Nottingham. As well as speciality teas, scones and cakes you can also order the Chelsea Rose, a special cocktail made from gin, elderflower cordial, fresh berries and apple juice served in a teapot. Meanwhile, at Nottingham’s Theatre Royal you can treat yourself to a high tea of sandwiches, cakes and tea in the Dress Circle restaurant when you book tickets to a weekday matinee. Or you can visit somewhere that knows what it takes to make sweet treats - The Pudding Pantry. Their selection of Afternoon Tea's range from a traditional cream tea all the way up to the swanky high tea with prosecco. Alternatively, tucked away on Low Pavement away from the hustle and bustle of the shops, is hidden gem Thea Caffea, serving traditional afternoon teas as well as a complete lunch and snacks menu.
Further afield in the rural heart of Nottinghamshire, make a stop at Tom Browns Brasserie in the village of Gunthorpe and enjoy different variations on the tradition, all to the highest of standards, on your own little picnic table. Enjoy sandwiches, scones, garden themed sweet treats and more with pure sophistication at the heart of all their afternoon tea experiences. Read more on the experience here.
Learn about Nottinghamshire's literary hero D.H. Lawrence in his hometown of Eastwood before finishing your visit with a Victorian afternoon tea at the nearby D.H. Lawrence Bistro. There are also champagne and chocolate options available for special occasions.
And if you want to be transported to a different era, take the time to enjoy the 1940s themed Time for Tea Vintage Tearoom in Beeston, decorated in a 40s style and serving delicious afternoon tea options to all who partake in this fabulous English tradition.