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Some of Britain's Best Places For Afternoon Tea

May 11, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 181

Arguably one of the best British traditions is that of afternoon tea. Who can resist a cake stand stacked high with freshly baked scones, cakes, and handmade sandwiches? Accompanied by a steaming pot of tea, mmm, perfection! Even better are the places where your hosts roam the room with a trolley full of baked goodies. But how does one choose where to go in a world where the tradition has become such a major trend again?

The best general advice is to avoid places who've spent vast amounts of money on an advertising campaign. No no no, you're looking for places with a more independent approach. Many of the best afternoon tea spots take care of their own publicity through the successful use of social media, and simply by word of mouth.


In Scotland the tradition of afternoon tea has become as hip as can be. Cafes seem to be competing not only in terms of who makes the nicest cakes, but also who has the cutest vintage tea sets and cake stands.

Visitors to Edinburgh are absolutely spoilt for choice. It seems like an impossible task to nominate just a few of the best places for tea and cakes. The clear winner in the Twittersphere is Mimi's Bakehouse. Mimi tweets daily pictures of mouthwatering cakes. And they taste exactly as exquisite as they look. Due to its massive following, the cafe recently had to expand, taking over the other half of its lovely "old warehouse-type building by the canal" in the trendy Shore area of town. Mimi's is beautiful in every sense of the word, from branding to cake mastery to interior design. It's cakey bliss!

Other local favourites are The Birdcage in Musselburgh where tea and cakes are served in a stunning setting in an old mill complex, and Eteaket tea boutique with its lovely selection of mini-patisserie.

In Glasgow afternoon tea doesn't come better than that served in The Willow Tea Rooms, designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh himself. The lush selection of fresh delicacies tastes even better in the glamorous, old school setting.

T Ann is where to go in Dundee for yummy homemade goods in a cute wee shop just near the high street.


You just have to go to Devon for afternoon tea in England. Nowhere is better to savour the sweet treat that is scones with clotted cream and jam. The thought alone is enough to make one hungry even minutes after having finished lunch!

One of the best afternoon teas in the area can be enjoyed within the historically grand Lewtrenchard Manor with its blazing fireplaces and gorgeous period features.

In Mersham le Hatch, Kent you'll find The Secret Garden where everything is locally sourced. Simply knowing that your scone and cream originated just down the road make them taste ever the more delicious!

Time For Tea is a total time warp in the heart of London's hip Shoreditch area. Te faux 40s interior is a great setting to indulge in cakes and ponder over a milky mug of tea.

No matter where you end up having your afternoon tea, it's bound to fill you up and make you sleepy so a nap is adamant. Therefore you need to make sure you book yourself a cosy and comfortable Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee, Devon or London Westminster hotel, preferably with a gym...

Harvey McEwan writes to offer information and advice on a variety of areas, from technology to holiday destinations. Read through Harvey's other articles here to find out more.

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