Food & Drink

Afternoon Tea

To celebrate Afternoon Tea week here are some top-notch tea spots to indulge in this fabulous British tradition.

Don’t forget to book!

Did you know? High tea or low tea? High tea was originally known as a working-class man’s main meal which included bread, meats and pies. Alternatively low tea was enjoyed by higher classes and was considered a light snack before the main dinner. The ‘high’ and ‘low’ refer to where the tea was taken. Either at a low table whilst lounging on a comfortable sofa or at a high dining table.

Owl Tea Rooms

This amazing tea rooms has a traditional feel with natural wood and Georgian architecture. With a shop and bakery you are certain to enjoy a fabulous selection of homemade cakes, breads and savouries. You will find a richly varied selection, from traditional Norfolk shortcake and their famous quiches, to exotic pistachio cherry cakes and pecan pie. Eat in or in the secret garden which has an attractive, paved terrace and colourful borders. Afternoon tea includes three delicious sandwiches made with their homemade bread, fruit and cheddar cheese scones with Dorset clotted cream and raspberry jam, and an array of delectable handmade cakes.

Holt, Norfolk NR25 6BA

01263 713232

The Tea Shed

The beautiful seaside village of Walberswick is certainly one of the best days out on the Suffolk coast and The Tea Shed is the perfect place to stop for afternoon tea after a long morning of crabbing and walking in the dunes. The delicious afternoon tea’s are available from September to March every year. They include a selection of sandwiches, sausage rolls, scones with cream and jam, amazing cakes and unlimited tea and coffee.

Walberswick, Suffolk IP18 6TT

01502 724468

Hamptons @ the Barn

Set in a beautiful converted barn situated just outside the village of Bawdeswell in the leafy Norfolk countryside, where you can enjoy an exceptional afternoon tea with everything hand-made on the premises; sandwiches, sausage rolls, cheese straws, cakes and scones with cream and jam. The fifty-seater restaurant has an adjoining terraced area for enjoying al fresco dining during the summer months.

Bawdeswell, Norfolk, NR20 4AA

01362 688094

Bridge Stones of Potter

This gem in the heart of the broads is famous for its in-house bakery which produces a full range of delicious homemade cakes and pastries everyday. The restaurant offers a view of the Norfolk broads and they also have an outside seating area where you can enjoy a mouth-watering selection of freshly baked cakes, homemade scones and a range of speciality teas. Bookings are required for the afternoon tea.

Potter Heigham, Norfolk NR29 5JD

01692 671923

The Snug Tearoom

This quintessential village tearoom serves an excellent selection of homemade fayre which can be enjoyed inside or in the peaceful courtyard garden; dogs are also welcome inside and out. Afternoon tea includes sandwiches, sausage roll, cheese scone, fruit scone with jam and cream and a selection of mini cakes served with tea or coffee. Like most venues 24 hours’ notice and booking is essential.

Westleton, Suffolk IP17 3AD

01728 648216

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