10 best afternoon teas in Hants & IoW
Stylish country house hotel, right Royal Victoria sponge, classic tea room or sky-high treat, spoil yourself with one (or two) of these awesome afternoon teas.
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? Brush up on your afternoon tea etiquette (no pinkies, please!), then get out there and enjoy yourself at one of our 10 best spots for afternoon teas across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.
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 it serves up a lovely afternoon tea in their Terrace. Victoria sponge, anyone? We are definitely amused.
The Montagu Arms Hotel, Beaulieu
Tea doesn’t get more traditional than this. The Montagu Arms has the perfect British country garden to while away an afternoon in, with good company and excellent food. It’s not all about the cake here, either (although they are delicious and homemade by the pâtisserie!). Finger sandwiches are full of fabulous flavours like honey roast gammon with dijon mayonnaise and organic whisky smoked salmon with lemon and dill. £27.50 adults/£13.75 kids.
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 has a G&Tea, complete with a hand-selected gin to accompany your cakes for £36 per person. Or go for 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 £13.50pp. And there’s great veggie, vegan and gluten-free options, too.
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 a Royal Afternoon Tea at £25 per person or upgrade to a Champagne afternoon tea at £33 (no guesses which we’d choose). Kids can have theirs for £12.50. Book ahead.
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.
The Elvetham, Hartley Wintney, Hook
How about pretending that this is your very own country pile while sipping your afternoon tea? The Elvetham in Hartley Wintney is the quintessential English country home, with its Grade II listing and 35 acres of glorious Hants countryside. Sit in the elegant lounge or freshly revamped Gloriana Bar and tuck in for £24.95 per person.
Miss Moody’s Tudor Tearoom, Romsey
Super vintage and very zany, Miss Moody’s Tudor Tearoom is a hodgepodge of mismatched bone-china and kitsch. Tucked away in King John’s House and Heritage Centre, this totally traditional spot serves up a hearty selection of WI-worthy homemade cakes at pocket-friendly prices. Love it.
Lainston House, Winchester
Afternoon tea in a 17th-century country house? Yes, please! On a sunny day, Muddy highly recommends taking it on the lovely lawn here. With homemade jam and delicious sweet treats, you can choose from either the traditional tea for £32.50pp, or upgrade to a luxury version on the day with champagne/English sparkling wine.
Spinnaker Tower, Gunwharf, 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 £70 per couple (including a general admission ticket to the tower). If you’re feeling fancy, throw in a bottle of prosecco for £28/Champagne for £80.
Missed your favourite? Comment below with your top tip for a lovely local afternoon tea in Hampshire or on the Isle of Wight.