Have you made plans for Mother’s Day? In the UK it falls on Sunday 31 March, so we thought this post is perfectly timed to give you some ideas and inspiration! My mum used to love being treated to an Afternoon Tea. It was the whole luxurious experience in sumptuous surroundings that made her feel special. I wish she were still here so I could treat her to every one of the amazing suggestions we’re showcasing today; courtesy of our Trips100 community of travel bloggers. Feast your eyes on these …
The Grand Cafe, Oxford, UK
The Grand Cafe in Oxford is one of Oxford’s best-known afternoon teas and is the perfect place to take your mum this Mother’s Day. Few places beat The Grand Cafe for afternoon tea in a gorgeous setting – although it’s small, it’s like walking into an opulent living room – lots of gilt and mirrors – a suitably high-end setting for the tea.
Then there’s the tea itself – done to perfection, with some of the fluffiest scones you’ll ever taste. You can choose from the cream tea (scones, clotted cream and jam accompanied by a pot of tea) or the full Afternoon Tea with additional finger sandwiches and petit fours.
Both are fabulous but the Afternoon Tea is an unforgettable experience – one that you should take your time over and savour.
Julianna, The Discoveries Of.
The Ritz, London, UK – High Tea
Entering the Palm Court at the Ritz London immediately relocates you to the 1800’s and what it must have felt like to dine in such fine elegance. To help set the ambiance for your afternoon of high tea, right outside the Palm Court is a gentleman in a dashing black tux playing a grand piano. The Palm Court is dripping in gold with its chandeliers and detailed design. The tables are gracefully decorated with white tablecloths, intricate silverware and delicate little blue flowers with green stems on white china.
As you begin this tradition you will be asked by your tux dressed waiter for your tea selection. Along with your personal silver tea pot is a selection of sugar cubes on its own unique silver tray. Soon your three-tiered silver tray is brought with the selection of finger sandwiches to choose from on the bottom tier; cucumber, cheese, and meat. The middle tier has the famous sconces accompanying this is your jams and preserves. The top tier is your delicious artistic desserts. There is plenty of food for as many guests attending. But it does not end there – for the dessert cake cart will soon be at your table too.
Sherrie, Travel By A Sherrie Affair
The Merrion Hotel, Dublin, Ireland – Art Tea
It is difficult to select the best afternoon tea I have ever had because I have enjoyed so many exceptional teas. But currently the Art Tea at The Merrion Hotel in Dublin, Ireland, is up there at the top of the list. It is one I also looked forward to with great anticipation. This unusual tea takes place in The Drawing Room, where our table was fireside (the cosy fire was fed by fragrant local peat bricks). We started with Champagne, followed by tea served in fine Wedgewood china cups. But the show-stopper is a tiered tray laden with sandwiches, scones, and cakes – all taking their culinary cues from art in the hotel’s collection. The hotel’s “Art Tea” catalogue was presented at the end as a gift, and we used it to guide our stroll after through some of the lovely collection.
Carole, Berkeley and Beyond
Slattery’s, Whitefield, Manchester, UK
By far the best afternoon tea I have ever been lucky to have is at Whitefield’s Slattery’s Do you enjoying tasting mouth-watering food and even tastier deserts? Then you have got to try the famous Slattery’s.
This amazing afternoon tea shop is a family run business and the service you will receive here is phenomenal. You can dine here at breakfast, lunch and at tea. No matter what time of the day you go you will enjoy the divine food. The craftsmanship that goes into the deserts is nothing short of spectacular.
We enjoyed some scrumptious afternoon tea followed by some seriously tasty deserts. The deserts here will blow your mind. Best of all there is a shop downstairs that sells, wedding cakes and some of the tastiest treats you will ever taste.
If you are one to enjoy afternoon tea, then you have got to try Slattery’s in Whitefield, Manchester. You will not be disappointed.
Louis, The Northern Boy
Peninsula Hotel, Hong Kong – Classic Afternoon Tea
The Lobby at the Peninsula Hong Kong is a classic old charm. With the high ceilings, marble floor and classical music played by a string quartet, it oozes quintessentially British elegance and luxury. While sipping the classic British afternoon tea here, your mom will feel like British royalty.
The iconic luxury hotel serves a three-tiered afternoon tea set that consists of finger sandwiches, bite-sized pastries, and scones with jams and clotted cream. A wide variety of tea selections is offered including the Peninsula classic (Earl Grey), organic blend and herbal infusions.
The afternoon tea is served daily between 2 pm and 6 pm. Make sure to be there before the crowd as it’s first come, first served. The Peninsula Classic Afternoon Tea is HKD 368 for one person and $688 for two (extra $200 for a glass of brut champagne).
Chloe, Chloe’s Travelogue
Sanderson Hotel, London, UK – Mad Hatters Tea Party
The Mad Hatters Tea Party at Sanderson Hotel is one of the quirkiest afternoon teas in London right now. This Alice in Wonderland themed tea is held in a semi-sheltered courtyard in which tropical plants and fake pink flamingos are dotted all around. Every part of the experience fits in with the Alice in Wonderland theme with the menu hidden inside a vintage book and the teas coming in small bottles labelled “Queen of Hearts”, “Mad Hatter” and more. The sweet treats are designed to look like characters from this beloved children’s story included macarons which look like the rabbit’s pocket watch, chessboard cake bites, heart-shaped Jammie Dodgers and more. To make it extra special this Mother’s Day you can also upgrade to the Mad Hatters Pink Champagne Afternoon Tea, which includes a glass of Laurent Perrier rosé and a pink “floquet” (flamingo croquet) cake.
Laura, What’s Hot?
One Aldwych, London, UK – Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Inspired Tea
For a super special afternoon tea in London, head to One Aldwych for their Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Inspired Afternoon Tea.
Everything about the afternoon tea is inspired by Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. The menu’s feature the characters from the story. The tea consists of sandwiches and hot savouries, warm scones with jam and clotted cream, and ‘chocolate factory’ based sweets. The sweets are the obvious highlight and include a golden chocolate egg filled with vanilla and mango cheesecake, candy floss, chocolate milk, cake pops and eton mess. A variety of teas are served, as well as hot chocolate for kids, and champagne and cocktails are available.
One Aldwych is family friendly – kids of all ages are welcome. If you’re looking for a special treat for Mother’s Day, suitable for mums and kids alike, then this Charlie and the Chocolate Factory inspired tea would be perfect.
Nicky, Go Live Young
The Angel Hotel, Abergavenny, South Wales
Afternoon tea at The Angel Hotel is a truly delightful experience. Based in Abergavenny, South Wales – near the beautiful Brecon Beacons – The Angel is a member of the UK Tea Guild. It previously held an ‘Award of Excellence’ since 2008 – one of only nine hotels outside of London to have achieved this! In 2011, they actually received the top national award – the Oscar of the tea world!
A three-tier cake stand is brimming with freshly made triangular sandwiches on white and brown bread with crusts removed, cakes, bakes, pastries and hot savoury snacks. Meanwhile, the top tier contains freshly baked, warm scones with a choice of clotted cream, whipped cream or butter, and homemade jam. Everything is baked fresh daily by specialist baker, Sally Lane and so beautifully presented on traditional ornate crockery, you almost don’t want to eat it. Almost…
To wash it all down, choose from a selection of exquisite teas or treat yourself to a glass of Prosecco or Champagne.
Both Afternoon Tea and High Tea are served from 2pm – 4pm from Monday to Friday at £26 p.p. On the weekends, only High Tea is served, from 1pm – 5pm at a cost of £31 pp.
Kacie, The Rare Welsh Bit
The Dorchester Hotel, London, UK
The Dorchester is one of my favourite places in the UK for afternoon tea! The Dorchester Hotel exudes luxury at every turn and its afternoon tea is no different! The Dorchester afternoon tea doesn’t come out on a traditional afternoon tea stand but presented in courses! The first round was the sandwiches. All the traditional fillings were present but for me the star was the egg and cheddar sandwich! If looking for a special Mother’s Day afternoon tea then look no further than the Dorchester – and make sure to add a glass of bubbles to make it extra special!
Leona, Wandermust Family
The Amstel, Amsterdam, The Netherlands – Royal Afternoon Tea
Amsterdam is the perfect city to spoil your mom for Mother’s Day. You can take a stroll along the canals, do some shopping (don’t forget to go to Bijenkorf) and stay in one of the amazing luxury hotels. Skip lunch and go to the Intercontinental Amstel hotel to enjoy their famous High Tea.
The Amstel is a 5 Star superior hotel, housed in a historical building dating back to 1867. They don’t serve an ordinary high tea but a Royal Afternoon Tea. It’s served in the Amstel Lounge from where you have an amazing view over the River Amstel.
You can choose from a wide selection of teas accompanied by 4 delicious courses. They start with several delightful sandwiches with salmon and there is even one warm course. All the sweets are a feast for the eye and homemade by the hotels own pâtissier. The étagère with profiteroles and many other sweets is to die for.
The high tea is served daily from 12.30PM to 02.30PM and from 4.00PM till 6.00 PM.
Wendy, WorldWide Wendy
Titanic Museum, Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK
For a special afternoon tea experience, the Titanic Museum in Belfast is hard to beat! All aboard for a VIP afternoon tea served on White Star Line replica crockery by a friendly member of the crew. Tasty savoury treats and delicious fancy cakes and scones are accompanied by a selection of tea, prosecco or champagne. To finish off, help yourself to cutting cake in front of the Grand Staircase, a replica of the original staircase from the Titanic. Photograph opportunities on the staircase offer the chance to become Kate Winslet for an afternoon, another unique reason why this afternoon tea is extra special.
Afternoon tea at the Titanic Museum is only served on Sundays between 12.50pm and 2.30pm, so make sure you book a table in advance. You can also buy a combined ticket for entry into the Titanic Museum before or after your afternoon tea.
Claire, Tales of a Backpacker
Sketch London, UK
Sketch is famous for its afternoon teas in the swish area of Mayfair London for a good reason. It serves up drama both in atmosphere and food!
With afternoon tea, you have a choice of with champagne or not! We obviously went for champagne! The tea is served with the usual small cakes and sandwiches. The waiter brings around the choice of teas on a cart and you can pick what you would like to try. There’s a lot of choice on the teas and you can change as often as you wish. Refills on both food and tea are included in the price. Refills on the champagne are extra though. Service is impeccable and the waiters are around to see to your needs without you feeling they are hovering.
Afternoon tea at Sketch is by reservation only and served in a large millennial pink room with whimsical prints on the walls. In addition, to the tea, the bathrooms are also worth a visit – they are individual pods shaped like eggs. There are other rooms at Sketch as well because it is a full-service restaurant. These rooms are worth a look too because they are also fabulously decorated.
Shobha, Nylon Living
The Marriott Hotel, London, UK
The Marriott in London offers a delightful afternoon tea in a classic Environment with a beautiful view over the river and Big Ben. It’s very elegant, but at the same time relaxed and welcoming. They have a wide range of teas to select from, and the setting is stylish, just like an afternoon tea should be.
The scones, finger sandwiches, and pastries were all delicious as well. There was something for everyone, and the finger sandwiches even had a vegetarian option. I would definitely recommend to come here for a nice afternoon tea experience, and of course the beautiful view.
Try to come here as early as possible or book a table by the window. Then you can enjoy the view while sipping on your cup of tea.
Cliveden House Hotel, Taplow, Buckinghamshire, UK
If you’re looking for a Mother’s Day treat that’s a little extra special then afternoon tea at Cliveden House is the perfect gift. Nestled in a beautiful 376-acre estate, the historical Cliveden House is the retreat of choice for many well-known faces including HRH The Duchess of Sussex (formally Meghan Markle).
Cliveden provides an exquisite afternoon tea experience for guests. Afternoon Tea in The Grand Hall offers stately opulence and breathtakingly panoramic views across the Home Counties. You’ll receive first class service alongside freshly prepared finger sandwiches, warm homemade scones and a range of exquisite cakes. There’s also an extensive traditional and exotic tea menu. Any dietary requirements can be catered for – the gluten free menu here receives consistent high praise.
Round off your visit with stroll around the surrounding manicured gardens. If you really want to spoil mum, you could splurge on a five star overnight stay or spa experience.
Kylie, Our World of Adventure
So which ones caught your eye? Where have you enjoyed the best afternoon tea? Let us know in the comments below x