An Introduction to Afternoon Tea in the UK:

An Introduction to Afternoon Tea in the UK:

Afternoon tea in the UK is an unforgettable experience that everyone should have at least once. Whether it’s a small tea shop in Cornwall or an upscale hotel in London, afternoon tea provides you with a unique opportunity to experience British culture, hospitality and history all at once. It’s a time to sit, relax and be in the moment with a friend or two over a piping hot pot of tea, a warm scone slathered with clotted cream and jam and little finger sandwiches.

Afternoon tea desserts and scones at the Goring Hotel, London

This unique British tradition provides an escape from reality, transporting you to another time and place, through an array of intricately prepared desserts, savories and a myriad of teas from all over the world, all served in a beautiful setting. Imagine walking into a room full of freshly cut flowers, tables set with fine bone china, silver tea pots, white linens and friendly servers eager to welcome you in. Who wouldn’t want to have that experience? 

Afternoon tea desserts and scones at the Lanesborough Hotel, London

This refined British pastime can be found at hundreds of tearooms throughout the UK, each one offering something unique to the region. It’s my goal in this blog to explore as many of these tearooms as possible, writing about my experiences here and bringing you along on the journey with me as your tour guide of Britain’s best tearooms.

Afternoon tea at the Hands Georgian Tearooms in Bath

I invite you to read more below to find out why the tradition of afternoon tea is such an integral part of British culture and why it’s one of the best experiences you can have in the UK. I’m sure you’ll find one or two places that will be perfect for your next afternoon tea outing. You can also check out my reviews of some of the best tea rooms I’ve visited as well as detailed city guides and itineraries. Have fun planning your next trip, over a nice hot cup of tea!

Afternoon tea at the Colonnades at the Signet Library, Edinburgh

Learn more about afternoon tea in the UK:

The History of Afternoon Tea

Afternoon Tea Vs. High Tea

Clotted Cream

Cornish Cream Tea Vs. Devon Cream Tea

How to Brew the Perfect Pot of Tea

by Kat Phipps

Read Kat’s afternoon tea reviews