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Afternoon Tea in Bristol
Afternoon tea is more popular than ever, but where to choose? TGtB reveals the best places to enjoy afternoon tea in Bristol, including the tea rooms of Harvey Nichols, The Lido and Hotel du Vin.
So you fancy some afternoon tea in Bristol, but do you know how this great concept came about? This great British tradition of afternoon tea was first started back in 1830 by the Duchess of Bedford, who when irritated by hunger pangs in between lunch and dinner, decided to schedule time to take tea and snack each afternoon.
Whether treating your mum or spending the afternoon with friends, here are our favourite venues to sip tea, sample scones and swoon over sandwiches in Bristol.
Hotel du Vin
About: Hotel du Vin is an elegant city centre retreat where guests can indulge in quality time with friends, sample outstandingly good infusions, treat themselves to tempting towers of pastries and nibble on delicious homemade scones and finger sandwiches.
Serving Times: 12.00pm-6.00pm
Packages: Afternoon consists of a selection of finger sandwiches, cakes, scones and sweet treats served alongside a choice of teas, or add gin or champagne.
- Classic £20 | Gin £27.30 | Champagne £29.95
- Cream Tea £8.50 | Gin £15.80 | Champagne £18.45
Address: Narrow Lewins Mead, Bristol, BS1 2NU
Telephone: 0117 403 2979
The Bridge Café
About: The Bridge Café is the ideal venue for a spot of Afternoon Tea, whether catching up with friends or showing visitors the area. A delight to be savoured.
Serving Times: 12.00pm-6.00pm
Packages: Homemade macaroons and a pot of tea are the order of the day at The Bridge Café. A selection of finger sandwiches, homemade scones with jam and clotted cream plus a few mini treats.
- Cream Tea £8.50
- Traditional Afternoon Tea £20
Address: Sion Hill, Clifton, Bristol BS8 4LD
Phone: 0117 403 0210
Cox and Baloney
About: Famous for their 'Cream Tea Towers' and 'Dotty's Afternoon tea'. Cox and Baloney Cox is a vintage-inspired boutique and tearoom serving a variety of delicious homemade cakes, freshly brewed tea and dainty finger sandwiches on Grandma's finest china.
Serving Times: 11.00am-6.00pm
Packages: Noreen's homemade cakes and cream tea style scones with strawberries, local jam and a pot of freshly brewed Cox and Baloney tea is the perfect way to treat yourself in Bristol.
- Elizabeth's Afternoon Tea £18.50 | Prosecco £22.50
- Ethel's Cream Tower £5.50
- Mad Hatters Tea Party for Children £6.50
Address: 182-184 Cheltenham Rd, Bristol BS6 5RB
Telephone: 0117 944 3100
About: The Lido boasts a stunning dining room overlooking the pool, where tea lovers can escape the rigours of the day to day city life and indulge in tea and cakes.
Serving Times: 3.00pm
Packages: After your swim, sauna, steam and hot tub usage from 12pm – 3pm, you will be served your afternoon delights - smoked salmon on toast and a glass of Prosecco to scones, jam and clotted cream with a choice of hot drinks. The menu also includes freshly baked cakes, muffins and custard tarts.
- Swim & Afternoon Tea £40.00
Address: Oakfield Place, Clifton, Bristol BS8 2BJ
Telephone: 0117 332 3970
About: Set in the Quakers Friars section of the Cabot Circus development, Harvey Nichols is an ultra chic city centre destination where visitors can enjoy a luxurious afternoon tea.
Serving Times: Monday-Saturday 3.00pm-5.30pm
Packages: Egg mayonnaise, Inverawe smoked salmon with mascarpone and cucumber and poppy seed make up the trio of sandwiches served with this charming afternoon tea. Sweet offerings include homemade cakes, mini scones with clotted cream and a choice of Harvey Nichols preserves.
- Harvey Nichols Champagne Tea £28 per person
- Harvey Nichols Afternoon Tea £20 per person
Address: 27 Philadelphia Street, Bristol BS1 3BZ
Telephone: 0117 916 8898
About: Afternoon tea at Berwick Lodge promises to quite simply, dazzle your senses! Enjoy a traditional spread in either the Berwick Lounge or the garden, sampling delicious food in a relaxed and elegant ambience.
Serving Times: 12.00pm-5.00pm
Packages: Guests can enjoy a full Afternoon Tea experience with a selection of sandwiches, cakes, tarts, freshly made scones with clotted cream, as well as a great choice of fine loose leaf teas.
- Traditional Afternoon Tea £19.95
- 'Berwick' Afternoon Tea £23.95
- Champagne Afternoon Tea £29.95
- Children's Afternoon Tea £8.95
Address: Berwick Drive, Bristol, BS10 7TD
Telephone: 0117 958 1590
About: This magnificent 500 year old Tudor Castle, is perfectly perched on the edge of Bristol, Bath and the Cotswolds. Offering guests a unique and magical place to enjoy a traditional afternoon tea.
Serving Times: 12.30pm - 4.30pm
Packages: Escape the city and enjoy an elegant Afternoon Tea complete with a pot of tea or coffee, freshly baked scones with homemade jam and clotted cream, homemade biscuits, a selection of cakes and a selection of finger sandwiches.
- Cream Tea £19.50
- Full Afternoon Tea £23.50
- Champagne Afternoon Tea £34.50
Address: Castle Street, Thornbury, Gloucestershire, BS35 1HH
Telephone: 01454 281182
About: Spend a lazy afternoon enjoying delicious home-made scones straight from the oven in the elegant surroundings of Alveston House Hotel.
Serving Times: 1.30pm-5.30pm
Packages: With a range of options from Tea and Scones to Celebration Full Afternoon Tea you really are spoilt for choice. Guests can either choose to dine on the lawn in Carriages peaceful walled garden or, unwind in the relaxing lounge or conservatory.
- Full Afternoon Tea £16.75
- Cream Tea £8.75
- Afternoon Tea £12.75
- Celebration Full Afternoon Tea £21.75
Address: Alveston, Thornbury, Bristol, BS35 2LA
Telephone: 01454 415 050
The Tea Birds
About: The Tea Birds is an independent vintage tearoom in Bristol serving fine loose leaf teas and home baked goods. Kitsch, cosy and cute - delicious cupcakes and first-rate tea are the order of the day at this fabulous cafe.
Serving Times: 12.00pm-5.00pm
Packages: The tea includes a selection of sandwiches, homemade scones with jam and clotted cream, cupcakes and an assortment of sweet treats all accompanied by a choice of loose-leaf teas.
- Cream Teas £4.75
- Afternoon Tea £12.00
Address: 20 Park Street, Bristol, BS1 5JA
Telephone: 0117 922 6003