The time old British custom of taking Afternoon Tea was established in 1870 by Anna Maria Russell, 7th Duchess of Bedford, to fill the long gap between luncheon and the fashionably late evening meal that left her feeling peckish mid-afternoon.
Once she started inviting people to join her the practice quickly spread across the country and has since become synonymous with British life, whether as a way to enjoy and absorb beautiful surroundings, or to introduce a pause to a busy or active day.
The resurgence in popularity of this tradition has drawn inspiration from its roots nearly 150 years ago, and reintroduces a touch of indulgence and splendour to the modern world.
Whether it is the traditional cucumber sandwiches, pastries, scones and clotted cream or indeed a slightly more Bacchanalian version with the addition of something fizzy, throughout the District there are a number of spectacular locations, from convenient town centre tearooms and elegent hotels to stately homes in immaculately kept gardens, waiting to tempt you to take some time and enjoyment for yourself.
Afternoon tea fits perfectly into the modern world, offering an hour’s rest from an enjoyable day exploring the many diverse shops of Harrogate, a chance to meet or treat friends and relatives in luxurious surroundings or an excuse to stop off while driving across the stunning Yorkshire Dales landscape to stretch the legs and discover somewhere new.
Yorkshire has deep connection with afternoon tea, from its high standard of homemade cakes and locally blended tea, to Ripon cathedral – where Lewis Carol is thought to have been inspired to create his Wonderland, a magical place where afternoon tea could go on forever by merely changing places.
Here you can find the best Afternoon teas across the Harrogate district, so why not have a look, and the next time you feel like treating yourself to something a little decadent and different, indulge yourself at one of these excellent locations.
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Delicious hand-cut sandwiches and a mouth-watering selection of home-made scones and cakes are complimented by our famous Yorkshire tea or why not treat yourself to a glass of fizz. Served daily between 12 midday and 5pm, priced from £17.95 per person.
Opened in June 2016, our Porterhouse...
Enjoy a quintessential Afternoon Tea at the Crown Hotel
Consisting of a mouth-watering array of delicate pastries, homemade cakes, and Scones with clotted cream and fruit preserves.
Accompanied with a selection of traditionally prepared and cut sandwiches. Choose from our menu of blended...
Queen Victoria was an early pioneer of the great British Tradition of Afternoon Tea.
In fact she was such a fan she even had her own special cake made, The Victoria Sponge - and here at The Majestic we wish to continue to celebrate this great tradition with some hand-picked period sandwiches...
Looking for a more modern approach to afternoon tea? Enjoy a home baked delicious Afternoon Tea ( 100% Gluten Free Available too!) in these elegant stylish surroundings in the centre of Harrogate.
This fashionable venue has put their own original spin on the great British tradition offering...
An invitation to take Afternoon Tea at Bettys
Welcome to our Lady Betty Afternoon Tea, an exquisite dining experience that has been nearly 100 years in the making. When Bettys opened in 1919, our Café Tea Rooms in Harrogate swiftly set the standard for Afternoon Tea.
Almost a century on,...
Enjoy a lazy afternoon with us at The Timble Inn, an idyllic 18th Century Coaching Inn and 5 star hotel in the rolling hills of the Washburn Valley.
Our Afternoon Tea offers a selection of freshly prepared sandwiches with a variety of exquisite fillings, the traditional fruit scones with jam...
What better way to spend an afternoon than taking in the spectacular views from the surroundings of a 17th century castle whilst partaking in the classic British tradition of Afternoon Tea.
Swinton Park, former Ancestral Seat of the Earl of Swinton, and owned by the Cunliffe-Lister family...
The West Park hotel is part of the award-winning Provenance Inns group so we know that luxurious design and décor means little without exceptional service and hospitality and here at the West Park you’ll find just that. Customer care is at the heart of absolutely everything we do, so whether you’re...
Rudding Park is considered to be one of the best hotels in Yorkshire for afternoon tea. Served in the conservatory, alongside the 400 year-old olive tree, guests benefit from a bright and airy room looking out to the terrace and gardens.
The beautifully presented afternoon tea includes a...
Fodder is an award winning farm shop and café based at the Great Yorkshire Showground and supports over 350 local farmers and producers.
The café serves breakfast, lunches and of course coffee and cake and the afternoon tea is a veritable feast! Fresh sandwiches, scones with jam and clotted...