Afternoon tea is one of my favourite dining experiences. It really doesn’t get much better than a light meal of delicate sandwiches, cakes, pastries and scones with clotted cream and jam. Afternoon tea became popular in the 19th century in the UK and Cambridge is an afternoon tea hot spot! It’s impossible to visit Cambridge and not enjoy a traditional afternoon tea which is part of the city’s culture! There are so many amazing cafes and restaurants in Cambridge and here are 10 of our top picks for afternoon tea.
THE TAMBURLAINE HOTEL
Afternoon tea at the Tamburlaine Hotel is served in the Garden Room and this stunning plant-filled room with rose-coloured furnishings, tiled floors, stunning Victorian wallpaper and velvet sofas is the perfect location for luxurious afternoon tea with friends (or family)! It’s a wonderful Cambridge spot for a stylish afternoon tea, as you sip on champagne and enjoy delightful food.
Fitzbillies is an essential Cambridge experience. This world-famous bakery sells Chelsea Buns, mini Sacher Tortes and Coffee Chouz Buns as well as afternoon tea! It now has two tearooms in Cambridge and is an essential afternoon tea experience. They also offer afternoon tea in picnic form served either in a box tied with ribbon or packed into a beautiful wicker basket to enjoy on a punt or along the river (just make sure you order at least 24 hours in advance)!
Set on the sixth floor of its boutique hotel, Six offers spectacular views of the Cambridge skyline through its floor to ceiling windows. The afternoon tea is classic and is accompanied by an extensive tea selection. It’s a fantastic afternoon tea experience with some of the best views in the city.
JOHN LEWIS BRASSERIE
This stylish brasserie also has amazing views of the city from its full length windows and has an incredible afternoon tea made by its in-house pastry chef!
Hotel Felix is the perfect Cambridge location for an indulgent afternoon tea. Whether you are relaxing on the terrace or snuggled up in front of a warm fire, this classic Cambridge hot spot will definitely please all visitors! The traditional afternoon tea served on beautiful china is a a favourite among locals and visitors alike.
Browns is popular, affordable and friendly and offers a traditional afternoon tea as well as champagne afternoon tea or their popular Hendrick’s & Fever-Tree tonic afternoon tea. It’s a unique experience, with excellent service in a beautiful, historical building.
HARRIET’S TEA ROOM
Harriet’s is the epitome of tradition. All wait staff dress in period uniform, pianos in each tea room accompany your meal with delightful music from the past and there are an incredible range of teas on offer! Harriet’s is one of the most popular tea spots in Cambridge and their afternoon tea is a must try!
QUY MILL HOTEL
This stylish restaurant overlooks landscaped grounds and offers a sophisticated afternoon tea with top service. The food is definitely worth its value and is a excellent choice for afternoon tea in Cambridge.
Afternoon tease is a cosy cafe offering scrumptious homemade afternoon tea, as well as coffee, breakfast, brunch and lunch! Afternoon tease is often praised for its incredibly high level of service.
HOTEL DU VIN
One of the more upmarket afternoon teas in Cambridge is served at Hotel Du Vin. It is a quiet, luxurious venue with an impressive selection of teas on offer.
Our opinions are as always, our own.