Is there anything more luxurious than an afternoon tea? Whether it is a birthday treat, a welcome break from shopping, a baby shower, catching up with friends, or just celebrating the weekend, there are plenty of places to enjoy afternoon tea in Plymouth.
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Plymouth Afternoon Tea
What is the perfect afternoon tea menu? Traditional afternoon teas are composed of dainty finger sandwiches, freshly baked scones with clotted cream and jam, plus cakes and sweet treats. These delicious morsels are washed down with a pot of tea or coffee.
Make sure you pre-book before dining out, as most restaurants require a minimum of 24 hours when making a booking. Some establishments may ask for a deposit. So, get that date in the diary, and make the reservation. Most places also offer gluten free and vegan afternoon teas, so many sure you mention this too.
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Best Afternoon Tea Plymouth
Fortunately for us, there are plenty of places to go for afternoon tea in Plymouth. There are hotels, restaurants, high street chains and even local pubs offering their own best afternoon tea in Devon. With so many on the market, how does each stand out from the rest?
Afternoon Tea Plymouth Barbican
1620 Pub & Eatery
The 1620 Afternoon Tea has a great selection of sweet and savoury bites, including a filled Yorkshire pudding, Mediterranean tart, a crispy egg with a runny yolk and a cheese swirl. This comes with bite-sized sweet delights, scones and a choice of tea. Upgrade to include a gin and tonic or bottomless Prosecco.
Saturday between 1pm-5pm. From £14.95 per person
Lockyers Quay Cookhouse and Pub
Just a short walk from the National Marine Aquarium is Lockyers Cookhouse and Pub. All the favourites include finger sandwiches, scones with clotted cream, cake and a pot of tea to wash it down with.
Monday to Saturday between 11am-5pm. £14.99 for two people
Marco Pierre White Plymouth Afternoon Tea
The celebrity chef’s restaurant serves a luxurious afternoon tea. Marco Pierre White, found at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Plymouth, includes an array of sandwiches; smoked salmon, ham and mustard, cucumber and cream cheese and roast beef. There are also sultana scones with clotted cream, delicious sweet treats and a pot of tea or coffee. A bottomless Prosecco afternoon tea is also on offer.
Monday to Sunday between 12.30pm-3.30pm. From £19.95 per person
Monty’s Café serves afternoon tea in the historic Barbican. The café is very relaxed, informal and beautifully presented. But still professional and refined. Choosing which huge slice of cake to eat first is always a difficult choice.
Monday to Sunday between 11am-3pm.
Portico Cocktail Bar
On arrival, you get a glass of Prosecco. The afternoon tea at Portico Cocktail Bar and Cafe comes with a selection of finger sandwiches, cupcakes, fresh scones with clotted cream and jam, chocolate treats and unlimited tea.
Sunday between 11am-4pm. £14.95 per person
The Bottling Plant
The Grand Afternoon Tea includes a selection of finger sandwiches, cakes, and fresh scones with jam and Cornish clotted cream served with the drink of your choice. The upgrades include bottomless Prosecco or bottomless Champagne if you prefer. The Bottling Plant is a hidden gem in Plymouth’s Barbican. With flagstone floors and original pillars, it is a gorgeous place.
Saturday to Sunday between 12.30pm-3.30pm. From £19.95 per person
The Flower Cafe
Found on Southside Street, The Flower Cafe is home to the famous unicorn hot chocolate and the renowned tasty afternoon tea. The afternoon tea includes a sandwich, two scones and a pot of tea. The secluded courtyard is perfect for al-fresco dining on a nice day.
Monday to Sunday between 12pm-4pm. £8.50 per person
Slug and Lettuce Plymouth
The afternoon tea at Slug and Lettuce is served in a beautiful bird cage filled with tasty treats. With a selection of sandwiches and wraps, scones and bite-sized desserts. Plus, tea or coffee. Known as a cocktail bar, it means upgrades are available, such as a Tipsy Tea with Prosecco or cocktails.
Monday to Sunday between 12pm-4.30pm. From £13 per person
Tudor Rose Tea Rooms
On one of the oldest streets in Plymouth is the Tudor Rose Tearoom. With a charming lounge, elegant patio and historic walled English garden, the Plymouth tea room is ideal for afternoon tea. It includes delicate finger sandwiches, a warm Devonshire scone and slices of homemade cake.
Wednesday to Sunday between 11am-4pm. £11.95 per person
Afternoon Tea in Plymouth Hoe
Ocean View at The Dome
Found on Plymouth’s seafront is Ocean View restaurant at The Dome. When you treat yourself to an afternoon tea here, you are surrounded by art deco-inspired furnishings and incredible panoramic ocean views. A traditional or vegan afternoon tea can be ordered.
Monday to Sunday between 12pm-5pm. £27 per person
Afternoon Tea in Plymouth City Centre
Copthorne Hotel Plymouth
The Copthorne restaurant in Plymouth is 50 Degrees North Brasserie and Bar. Savour the taste of sandwiches, two cakes, homemade scones and a pot of English breakfast tea. Don’t forget to add a glass of Prosecco or try the 2-for-1 cocktails.
Monday to Sunday between 12pm-4pm. £14.95 per person
Duke of Cornwall
Situated close to Plymouth’s bustling city centre, the Duke of Cornwall Hotel offers a spectacular afternoon tea. Tea at the Top is a luxury fine dining experience for two people to enjoy the food served by a private butler and panoramic views of Plymouth Hoe and Plymouth Sound. With a petite sandwich selection, bruschetta, sweet tarts, pasties and cakes, fruit and plain scones, tea or coffee and a glass of Champagne.
March to September, Monday to Sunday between 12pm-5pm. £100 for two people
The afternoon tea at Mrs Browns found behind Plymouth’s Museum – The Box is available to eat in or take away. Each box, or stand, includes two scones, a brownie, a cupcake and sandwiches.
Monday to Saturday between 11am-3pm. £12.50 per person
The British tradition is served at Revolution Plymouth. Choose a standard, veggie or vegan afternoon tea with burger sliders, fried chicken, corn dogs, loaded fries, cheesecake and brownies. Plus, you can make it boozy by adding on cocktails or Prosecco.
Friday to Saturday between 12pm-5pm. From £12.50 per person
The Treasury is known as one of the best venues in the city for drinks, so you can upgrade to include cocktails or even bottomless prosecco. The classic afternoon tea has a selection of finger sandwiches, mini cakes, and all-butter scones served with Cornish clotted cream and jam. As well as unlimited servings of tea.
Monday to Saturday between 3pm-5pm. From £14.95 per person
Afternoon Tea for 2 Plymouth
Daisy’s Tea Rooms
Daisy’s Tea Rooms and Coffee Shop is home to freshly baked scones and homemade cakes and is popular for afternoon tea. The quirky afternoon tea is “build your own”. Choose any sandwich off the menu, a plain, fruit or savoury scone, a slice of cake and a pot of tea. Upgrades include a bottle of Prosecco, a glass teapot of gin or even a burger afternoon tea.
Tuesday to Sunday between 10am-2pm. From £14.50 per person
The bright and airy Fishbone Restaurant includes delicate finger sandwiches, handmade scones with clotted cream and jam, homemade cakes and unlimited tea or coffee on their afternoon tea. As they make as much as they can in-house, vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and dairy-free options are also available.
Throughout the year, there are special offers for Valentine’s Day, to spend time with the family on Mother’s Day or even buy gift vouchers for birthdays, anniversaries and wedding gifts. The festive afternoon tea at Christmas is also a must-try.
Monday to Sunday between 1pm-5pm. From £16 per person
The Kitley Afternoon Tea comes with two large scones, fresh strawberries, a selection of sandwiches, miniature cakes and tea or coffee. It’s an idyllic setting; the lakeside manor house was built in the 15th Century.
Monday to Sunday between 1pm-4pm. £19.95 per person
The High Tea served at Signature Strawberries is on three tiers. The neon, pretty pink setting is an Instagrammers dream. It comes with roasted tomato and basil soup, crostini, bouchée, a sweet selection, chocolate-covered strawberries and unlimited breakfast tea or americano.
Thursday to Friday at 12pm or 2pm. Sunday at 12pm. £20 per person
The Old Mill Cafe
The Old Mill Cafe at Wembury Beach serves afternoon tea on vintage cake stands. The tiers are packed with finger sandwiches, homemade cakes and scones and served with tea or coffee. What you need to decide is, do you walk along the beach before or after eating?
Saturday to Sunday between 11am-4pm. £15 per person
The Two Bridges Hotel
Located in Dartmoor National Park, The Two Bridges Hotel serves afternoon tea in their award-winning restaurant. The full afternoon tea or a Dartmoor cream tea with a warm homemade scone, Hogs Bottom farm strawberry jam, Langage Farm clotted cream and tea or coffee. During the winter, there are crackling log fires, and in the summer, you can enjoy the beauty of the countryside from the terrace.
Monday to Sunday between 11am-4pm. From £7.50 per person
The Hyde Park
At Hyde Park, afternoon tea is served in the private bar. They are known for their Gin Tasting Afternoon Tea, the classic spread accompanied by three gin and tonic specialities. Tipsy Tea is also available for fizz fans.
Saturday and Sunday between 11am-5pm. From £20 per person
Welbeck Manor and Golf
Welbeck Manor is renowned for its afternoon tea; you’ll want to return time and again. With finger sandwiches, savouries including a Thai-infused crab cake, bruschetta and quiche, plain and currant scones with homemade champagne strawberry jam and clotted cream, sweet treats and tea or coffee.
Monday to Saturday between 12pm-3pm. £25 per person
Afternoon Tea Plympton
Boringdon Hall Hotel
The dramatic surroundings at Boringdon Hall make for a truly opulent afternoon tea. The five-star hotel boasts two restaurants, a purpose-built spa and highly manicured grounds. They are served in the Mayflower Brasserie; with sandwiches, quiche, a sausage roll, cake, sweet tarts, cheesecake and macarons. Plus, a pot of tea.
Monday to Sunday between 1pm-4pm. From £32 per person
At Elfordleigh Hotel, afternoon tea is served in the Foyer, which is ideal for people-watching. The prettiest selection of treats, including warm scones, finger sandwiches, delicate pastries, and sweet confectionery, is on the menu. Upgrade to a High Tea or add a glass or two of Prosecco.
Monday to Sunday between 12pm-5pm. From £17.50 per person
St Elizabeth’s House
Alongside the boutique hotel, afternoon tea is served at St Elizabeth’s House – a fine dining destination. The sweet delicacies are homemade and plated alongside freshly cut sandwiches and baked scones.
Monday to Sunday between 12pm-4pm. From £19.95 per person
Afternoon Tea in Tavistock
Endsleigh Hotel Afternoon Tea
The Hotel Endsleigh afternoon tea is served in the most beautiful setting. The Grade I listed historic house is surrounded by woodland. In the library, the table is set, and you can dig into an array of cakes, scones and sandwiches. As you help yourself, you can take your time to enjoy the delicate delights.
Monday to Sunday between 3.30pm-5.30pm. £17.95 per person
Horn of Plenty
The Luxury Afternoon Tea is your more traditional spread, whereas the Savoury Afternoon Tea has a crumpet, cheese scone, arancini, bacon and leek tartlet, with a sweet and pot of tea. The Horn of Plenty is a multi-award-winning country house hotel and 3 AA Rosette restaurant.
Monday to Sunday between 2.30pm-5.30pm. From £27 per person
Afternoon Tea Royal William Yard
Currently, there isn’t anywhere providing afternoon tea. However, you can get a cream tea Royal William Yard.
Cream Tea Plymouth
What is the difference between cream tea and afternoon tea? So, cream tea is a scone or two, served with clotted cream, jam, and a pot of team. In contrast, afternoon tea comes with sandwiches, occasionally savouries (however, this should be called high tea), scones and cakes, plus a pot of tea.
Originating from the west country, you can be guaranteed some of the best cream tea in Devon. It is a must-try when you visit. As many places can now support those with allergies, it is easier to find gluten-free cream tea in Devon.
Places to stay in Devon
Sykes Cottages has over 17,500 holiday cottages to rent across the UK, including in Devon and the surrounding areas. There are pet-friendly cottages, large holiday homes and even houses with hot tubs. They’ve been operating for over 30 years, so you know you’re booking is in good hands.
Best Western Hotels
There are three Best Western Hotels in Devon; Exmouth Beach, Dartmouth and the Lord Haldon Country Hotel in Exeter. Every Best Western hotel is individual and crammed full of its own personality. From big comfy beds, fresh linen sheets and free WiFi. Some of the hotels in Manchester have parking which charges a small fee. Check out their special offers.
Park Dean Resorts
I stayed at Bideford Bay when I visited Bude. There’s also Challaborough Bay near Bigbur, Ruda and Torquay. The caravan park and lodges have a children’s play park, indoor swimming pool, tranquil gardens, pub and restaurant. It is a short drive to Lostwithiel. There is some dog-friendly accommodation too.
Devon Cliffs Holiday Park is in Sandy Bay in Exmouth. It is the biggest park in the Haven family but also a peaceful paradise. With acres of fun for all the family and an award-winning Blue Flag beach, you’ll be thrilled with your stay here. Both caravans and lodges are available here with plenty of leisure facilities and an indoor pool.
Britannia Hotels in Devon are in Torquay and Illfracombe. The hotel offers excellent value for money with spacious en-suite bedrooms, TV’s and tea and coffee-making facilities. Complimentary WiFi sessions are included as well as low-cost parking. Even pets are allowed to stay for a small additional charge.
Cornwall Hideaways have a massive selection of luxury holiday homes to make your next staycation perfect. Whether it’s a romantic getaway or a family holiday, there’s plenty to choose from. You’ll be able to find properties with the things on your tick list, including dog-friendly, sea views, walking routes or even a log fire. There are barn conversions, cottages, lofts and manor houses.
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