The best afternoon teas in Hants & IoW
Celebrating Afternoon Tea Week? Or just really want to scoff some scones? Whatever your reason, here are 10 excellent afternoon teas in our 'hood. Bring out the cake stand, pronto!
Tiny little sandwiches, a cheeky slice of cake, plus the potential of a few glasses of fizz – what’s not to love about afternoon tea? We’ve selected 13 of the best across Hants and IoW to celebrate Afternoon Tea Week with a spot of fine cake-based dining.
Osborne House, East Cowes
Channel Queen Victoria by having tea, scones and cucumber sandwiches at Osborne House. Beloved by the monarch, this Isle of Wight spot is run by English Heritage, and serves up a lovely afternoon tea in their Terrace. We are definitely amused.
The Montagu Arms Hotel, Beaulieu
Tea doesn’t get more traditional than this, and The Montagu Arms has the perfect British country garden to while away an afternoon in, with good company and excellent food. Also, if you’re not a big fan of cake (I know, I know, but some people just don’t like it), it has a fantastic savoury tea available with Dorset cheese, Pondhead Farm pork scotch eggs and pickle for £25 per person.
Lime Wood, Lyndhurst
As one of Hampshire’s most opulent locations, Lime Wood is renowned for serving a fantastic afternoon spread, and it’s not just restricted to just tea either. Lime Wood also offers a G&Tea, complete with a hand-selected gin to accompany your cakes for £36 per person, or a Sparkling Afternoon Tea with a glass of Hambledon Premier Cuvee for £47 per person.
Rosebourne Garden Centre, Weyhill
For a delicious afternoon tea in a super relaxed location (plus some retail therapy thrown into the mix), then Rosebourne Garden Centre is the perfect spot. Its very popular afternoon tea comes with scones, cakes, sandwiches plus all the trimmings for £23.
The Royal Hotel, Ventnor
This super luxe hotel on the Island offers a fantastic afternoon tea in either the gorgeous Brasserie or Geranium Terrace. Located on the south of the Island, it’s been delighting visitors since 1832 (including Queen Victoria, who was apparently a big fan) and is the ideal spot for a super swish tea and cake experience. Choose from either a simple cream tea at just £9.50 per person, or opt for the fancy £30 per person Champagne afternoon tea (no guesses which we’d choose).
Carey’s Manor, Brockenhurst
This multi-award winning hotel in the New Forest has a huge range of specialist teas, plus gluten-free and vegan choices on its menu. Starting at just £24 per person, with many different additional options available, this is the ideal spot for those who need a little choice when they dine.
Tylney Hall Hotel, Hook
How about pretending that this is your very own country pile while sipping your afternoon tea? Tylney Hall Hotel in Hook is the quintessential English country home, with its Grade II listing and 66 acres of glorious Hants countryside. With Spode china and the choice of sitting in the Italian Lounge, Grey Lounge or super intimate Library, you can enjoy from just £17.50 per person for a classic cream tea. Or from £39 per person you can choose from a Champagne or gin option too.
Miss Moody’s Tudor Tearoom, Romsey
Super vintage and very zany, Miss Moody’s Tudor Tearoom is a hodgepodge of bone-china and kitsch that we absolutely love. Located in King John’s House and Heritage Centre, this super traditional spot serves up a rather pocket-friendly cream team for £4.95 per person, or a savoury tea for £5.25.
Lainston House, Winchester
Afternoon tea in a 17th-century country house? Yes, please! With homemade jam and delicious sounding sweet treats, you can choose from either the traditional tea for £32.50pp, or upgrade to a luxury version on the day with sparkling wine. Bookable from 15 August.
Emirates Spinnaker Tower, Portsmouth
Skywards now, to one of the highest points in the city of Portsmouth. You can enjoy a brilliant afternoon tea atop the Emirates Spinnaker Tower for just £60 per couple. And if you’re feeling super fancy you can even throw in a bottle of Champagne for £35. You also get a general admission ticket and souvenir guide book to remind you of your super ‘high’ tea.