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Afternoon Tea in Bristol

Going out for Afternoon Tea in Bristol is more popular than ever, but where to choose? We reveal the best places to enjoy afternoon tea in Bristol, including the tea rooms of Green House, Harvey Nichols, The Village Hotel and Hotel du Vin Bristol.

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.

Green House

Green House

About: Are you tired of the same old traditional tea parties with bland cucumber sandwiches and boring tea options?

Well, it's time to switch things up and say hello to Crafternoon Tea! This trendy new concept is taking the world by storm, and it's not hard to see why. Instead of the usual tea and scones, you'll be treated too seriously good Hot Honey Chicken Waffle Sliders, cheesy Pretzel Bites, and decadent Biscoff Cheesecake slices.

You can view more about their afternoon tea offer here.

Price: £36pp

Serving Times: Monday - Sunday

Address: 37 College Green, Bristol, Gloucestershire, BS1 5SP

Telephone: 0117 927 6426

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Symonds at Redwood

Symonds at Redwood

About: Enjoy a sublime afternoon of delicious English delicacies with one of our Afternoon Teas here at Symonds at Redwood. From the traditional afternoon tea with finger sandwiches, homemade scones and cakes, to a more contemporary twist or even a themed tea.

Serving Times: 2.00pm-4.00pm

Packages: Traditional Afternoon Tea with all the trimmings; Homemade scones with clotted cream, a selection of finger sandwiches and delicious sweet cakes and pastries.

Themed Afternoon Teas: Feeling like a little something different to the usual afternoon tea? They offer traditional afternoon tea with all the usual trimmings you would expect, plus some extras themed to suit a special event. Ask about our limited edition ‘ A Cracking Afternoon Tea’, raising money for Wallace and Gromit’s Grand Appeal, the Bristol Children Hospital Charity.

G and Tea: For a contemporary twist on a classic Afternoon Tea, consider on of they “G & Teas” with quintessentially English gin and tonic served in a china cup.

Address: Beggar Bush Lane, Failand, Bristol BS8 3TG

Telephone: 01275 219 892

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Hotel du Vin

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-5.00pm

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 £12.50 | Afternoon Tea £22.50 | Champagne £30.00

Address: The Sugar House, Narrow Lewins Mead, Bristol, BS1 2NU

Telephone: 0117 403 2979 

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Cox and Baloney

Cox and Baloney

About: Famous for their 'Cream Tea Towers' and 'Dotty's Afternoon tea'. Cox and Baloney 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: They are only open Friday Eve/Saturday Day and Eve and Sunday Day so space is limited!?

Packages: Why not treat yourself to a gorgeous afternoon tea party, with a vintage twist! Enjoy pots of freshly brewed tea, finger sandwich selection, in-house baked cakes and cream tea-style fruit scones with lashings of Cornish clotted cream, Jam & seasonal berries.

  • Lilly's Afternoon Tea £18.50 

Address: 182-184 Cheltenham Rd, Bristol BS6 5RB

Telephone: 0117 944 3100

Harvey Nichols

Harvey Nichols

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 to Saturday: 3pm – 4.30pm | Sunday: 2.30pm – 3.30pm

Packages: Whether it’s a loved one’s birthday, a catch up with friends or simply ‘just because’, enjoy a delicious assortment of handmade sandwiches, scones and cakes alongside a pot of Harvey Nichols tea or spoil yourself by upgrading with a glass of Harvey Nichols Brut or Rosé Champagne. Afternoon tea never goes out of style.

  • Harvey Nichols Afternoon Tea £22 per person

Address: 27 Philadelphia Street, Bristol BS1 3BZ

Telephone: 0117 916 8898

Berwick Lodge

Berwick Lodge

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-4.30pm

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 £21.95
  • 'Berwick' Afternoon Tea £28.95
  • Champagne Afternoon Tea £30.95

Address: Berwick Drive, Bristol, BS10 7TD 

Telephone: 0117 958 1590

Thornbury Castle

Thornbury Castle

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 £20.95
  • Full Afternoon Tea £24.95
  • Champagne Afternoon Tea £35.95

Address: Castle Street, Thornbury, Gloucestershire, BS35 1HH

Telephone: 01454 281182

Browns Bristol

Browns Bristol

About: Take your pick from a delicious selection of seasonal savouries, like our smoked haddock fishcakes, coronation chicken sandwiches and smoked salmon & cream cheese on whisky & thyme oatcakes.
Afternoon Tea just isn't complete without a variety of mini desserts and sweet treats, such as our home-baked buttermilk scones, glazed lemon tart and salted caramel profiteroles — it’s the perfect way to while away a lovely afternoon in comfort and style.

Serving Times: 3.00pm – 5.00pm

Packages: BROWNS AFTERNOON TEA £16.95: SAVOURIES Pulled salt beef & wholegrain mustard brioche roll Sandwiches: Copper Maran heritage hen egg mayonnaise; coronation chicken; cucumber & cream cheese Smoked salmon & cream cheese on whisky & thyme oat cake HOME-BAKED SCONES Clotted cream, apricot jam, strawberry jam MINI CAKES & PUDDINGS Lemon tart, carrot cake, Victoria sponge, summer berry pudding. 

CHAMPAGNE OR G&T AFTERNOON TEA Add a glass of Moët & Chandon Impérial or a classic Hendricks G&T 23.95 per person

Address: 38 Queens Road, Clifton, Bristol, City of Bristol, BS8 1RE

Telephone: 0117 930 4777

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The Bristol

The Bristol

About: Relax in an armchair and take in the sights of the Harbourside as you enjoy our Vintage Afternoon Tea in the chic modern setting of The Bristol’s lounge. Served on retro crockery, our traditional scones with Cornish clotted cream and jam, miniature cakes, and finger sandwiches are sure to delight. To make your afternoon tea extra special, add a Hendricks gin cocktail in a vintage teacup, or a glass of champagne.

Serving Times: Monday to Sunday 1.00pm – 5.00pm

Packages: Cream Tea £6.00 freshly baked fruit and plain scones served with jam and Cornish clotted cream.

Vintage Afternoon Tea £19.00 selection of finger sandwiches, mini cakes and freshly baked fruit and plain scones served with jam and Cornish clotted cream.

Champagne Afternoon Tea £25.00 selection of finger sandwiches, mini cakes and freshly baked fruit and plain scones served with jam and Cornish clotted cream with a glass of house Champagne.

 WHY NOT ADD The Hendrick’s Gin cocktail experience £6.00 served in a tea set A house cocktail £8.50 A Gluten Free Afternoon Tea is available on request.

Address: Prince Street BSI 4QF Bristol

Telephone: 117 923 0333

1766 Bar Kitchen

1766 Bar Kitchen

About: Bristol Old Vic has undergone a massive refurbishment of its front of house revealing the original theatre façade which dates back to 1766. Set against this stunning backdrop, is a social hub for Bristol, serving everything from morning coffee, breakfast and lunch, right through to evening pre-show dining, cocktails, dinner and more, with a menu inspired by the theatre itself.

Serving Times:  Mon – Fri, 12–4pm and Sat, 3–4pm

Packages: You can choose from a sumptuous Cream Tea at £7.95 per head, our signature Afternoon Tea at £17.95 per head, or our Sparkling Afternoon Tea at £21.95 per head. You can really make your experience pop with additional glasses of delicate Prosecco. 

Bristol Old Vic, King Street Bristol, United Kingdom

Telephone: 0117 907 2682

Clifton Village, No. 4

Clifton Village, No. 4

About: At No.4, enjoy a quintessentially British afternoon tea with an assortment of delicious sandwiches, traditional cream teas and a variety of cakes, all of which are prepared and made by our talented head chef.
Sit inside in our spacious and airy restaurant or outside in our secluded walled garden. No. 4 is the perfect location for enjoying a spot of afternoon tea in style. 

Serving Times: 12.00pm-4.00pm

Packages:  Afternoon-tea-classic £12.50 per person Assortment of miniature sandwiches, Freshly baked scones, Lemon Drizzle Cake, Chocolate Brownie, Tea or freshly brewed coffee

Hendrick's Afternoon Tea  £16.50 per person Hendrick’s Gin & Tonic, assortment of miniature sandwiches, freshly baked scones, lemon drizzle cake, chocolate brownie, Tea or freshly brewed coffee.

Perrier-Jouët Afternoon Tea £22.00 per person. A glass of Perrier-Jouët Champagne, an assortment of miniature sandwiches, freshly baked scones, lemon drizzle cake, chocolate brownie, tea or freshly brewed coffee.

All Packages Available for groups of 10+ people, advance bookings only.

Cream Tea: £5.00 per person Tea or coffee and a scone with cream and jam for £5. Available Saturday 12noon until 4 pm.

Address: 4 Rodney Place BS8 4HY Bristol

Telephone: 0117 970 6869

The Ivy Clifton Brasserie

The Ivy Clifton Brasserie

About: The Ivy Clifton Brasserie offers accessible all day dining for local residents, businesses, shoppers and visitors to the area, and brings some of the familiarity of The Ivy brand to ceaselessly chic Clifton Village. The Ivy Clifton Brasserie is open seven days a week, in the heart of Clifton Village, Bristol, located on the corner of Caledonia Place and The Mall, overlooking The Mall Gardens.

Serving Times: 3.00pm-5.00pm

Packages: CREAM TEA £7.95 Freshly baked fruited scones, Dorset clotted cream and strawberry preserve Includes a choice of teas, infusions or coffees. 

AFTERNOON TEA £18.95 SAVOURIES Truffled chicken brioche roll Marinated cucumber and dill finger sandwich Smoked salmon on dark rye style bread with cream cheese and chives SWEET Warm fruited scones with Dorset clotted cream and strawberry preserve Raspberry cheesecake Chocolate and salted caramel mousse Crème brûlée doughnut Includes a choice of teas, infusions or coffee.

CHAMPAGNE AFTERNOON TEA  £26.50 Afternoon tea with a glass of Champagne Includes a choice of teas, infusions or coffees.

Address: 42 - 44 Caledonia Place BS8 4DN Bristol

Telephone: 0117 203 4555

Heartfelt Vintage

Heartfelt Vintage

About: Heartfelt Vintage is a vintage hospitality company and vintage lifestyle boutique nestled in a beautiful corner of Clifton, Bristol. They are passionate about all things vintage; from glorious wedding dresses to exclusive fashion to bespoke events and good, old fashioned afternoon tea.

Serving Times: 12pm- 4pm on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. 

Packages: They bake everything ourselves, in house. From the bread to the cakes to the scones and even the clotted cream. To make sure we deliver a proper, traditional afternoon tea experience.

  • Classic Afternoon Tea | £18.50 pp

    Vegan Afternoon Tea | £18.50 pp

    Gluten Free Afternoon Tea | £20.50 pp

    Child's Afternoon Tea | £6.95 (Under 10s)

    Under 5's | FREE

Address: 32 Alma Vale Road Clifton, Bristol, United Kingdom

Telephone: 0117 904 2898

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