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Pinkies poised?

If you’re on the hunt for a gift voucher or just after inspiration for a later date, then we’re here to help – feast your eyes on these brilliant afternoon tea spots in Hants & IoW.

Carey’s Manor, Brockenhurst

Fall down the rabbit hole and celebrate Mother’s Day with a whimsical twist on classic British afternoon tea. The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party will feature delicious dainty finger sandwiches perfectly paired with a selection of sweet treats, freshly baked scones, cream and jam and loose-leaf teas.

Montagu Arms, Beaulieu

Whisk mama away to an altogether more refined era with a dee-lightful Mother’s Day afternoon tea in the sumptuous Victorian-style Magnolia Lounge. The Montagu has been charming its guests since 1742, so even the fussiest mama should be in her element.

Long Barn, Alresford

Afternoon tea at Alresford’s hippest hangout is a wonderfully informal affair. Expect tumbling tiers of sandwiches along with lavender-infused scones and endless Long Barn preserves. Who said cream teas were stuffy?

Jane Austen’s House, Chawton

History buffs might want to whisk mamaaa (say it Downton-style) to Chawton on Mothering Sunday, where this charming time-capsule museum is the prettiest locale for a rather old-school afternoon tea. Explore the atmospheric cottage and gardens before getting down to the all-important scone-scoffing.

Heckfield Place

The walled garden sunroom at Hampshire’s slickest five-star hotel might just be the most verdantly va-va-voom spot in town. All tumbling greenery, Farrow and Ball hues and blanket-decked chairs, its where the county’s coolest crowd take tea.

Oakley Hall Park

Make like you’re at Kew Gardens and take tea in the ultra-refined Glasshouse restaurant. Artisan sandwiches, scrummy cakes and the odd glass of champers (hic) are the perfect precursor to a stroll around the country pile’s listed grounds.

Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire

Stake your claim as the favourite child by taking mother to tea at Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire, a bucolic country estate where champagne and cakes await in the velvet-clad library. Your mama will also receive a heart shaped keyring from luxury leather goods firm Aspinal of London, really sealing your top-dog status.

Alexandra’s Kitchen at the Tea Barn

An outdoorsy afternoon tea? It’s all possible! Check out the Tea Barn at Durleighhmarsh Farm, where clotted cream, teas feature produce fresh from the fields and there’s rustic, rural vibe. Have a potter round the fab farm shop afterwards and pick up some goodies.

* all venues open at time of writing but please check check check before you venture out!

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