The Best Places for Afternoon Tea Across Yorkshire
To celebrate Afternoon Tea Week (7th-13th August) we've rounded up the best places across Yorkshire to indulge in this delicious British tradition
The Devonshire Arms Hotel
Afternoon tea here is all about English tradition with a Yorkshire touch. Served in The Cocktail Lounge or Conservatory, indulge in cakes made by the award-winning pastry chefs, as well as a selection of delicate finger sandwiches, and buttermilk scones with clotted cream and homemade preserves – not forgetting freshly-brewed tea, speciality infusions, or handcrafted coffee.
Skipton BD23 6AJ
Mama Doreen’s Emporium
In the heart of Harrogate, Mama Doreen’s Emporium serves a range of afternoon teas, from traditional and children’s afternoon tea to over 65s, vegan or dairy-free afternoon tea alternatives. The latest addition to the menu is the tipsy teapot where each guest is served cocktails or Prosecco alongside traditional sandwiches, smoked salmon and cream cheese bagels, a selection of sweet treats and freshly baked scones. Add a pre-appetiser soup with bruschetta topped with chicken and cognac pâté or caramelised onion chutney if you’re feeling extra hungry.
9–11 Station Square, Harrogate HG1 1TB
This small family-run tearoom in Barnsley create an unforgettable afternoon tea experience. The venue decor changes regularly to fit each theme, but always expect a three-course luxury afternoon tea. For those looking for a spellbinding afternoon, book the Wizarding and Potions afternoon tea.
243 Park Road, Barnsley S70 1QW
Enjoy all the excitement and opulence of afternoon tea but with an Italian twist at Leeds’ Livin’Italy. Served with a glass of fizz, the three tier stands include mini arancini carbonara, mini margherita pizzas and short rib of beef sliders, as well as chocolate cake, homemade black cherry tarts and a mini tiramisu. Although the Italian Prosecco is right up our street, the upgrade to Aperol Spritz cocktails is a popular choice for summer.
Granary Wharf, Leeds LS1 4BR
0113 243 0090
Bettys Tea Rooms
The first Bettys Tea Room opened in 1919 and now with six popular venues across Yorkshire, you’ll find classic afternoon teas that showcase the very best of traditional dining. Enjoy a selection of sandwiches and miniature cakes inspired by seasonal ingredients, alongside tea, pink Champagne or Prosecco.
Northallerton, Harrogate, York and Ilkley
Head to the South Terrace on a summer’s day to enjoy afternoon tea created by executive head chef Ruth Hansom, or head indoors to the elegant Drawing Room or Private Sitting Room where you can indulge whist enjoying the stunning views across the Deer Park. From sweet delicacies created in the pastry kitchen to locally-sourced meats and local preserves, the team here take time to source the best ingredients. Why not add a glass of English sparkling wine or Champagne for an extra special treat?
Masham, Ripon HG4 4JH
For something a little different, book a table at Leeds’ Issho rooftop restaurant and enjoy a Japanese take on afternoon tea. Served daily, enjoy vegetable and salmon sushi alongside sweet treats such as matcha scones with clotted cream and miso chocolate orange tarts. Wash it down with speciality tea (there’s Early Grey and English Breakfast tea too) or upgrade to free-flowing Prosecco for an extra treat.
Victoria Gate, 3rd Floor Rooftop, Leeds LS2 7AU
0113 426 5000
Cupcakes 2 Love
Serving afternoon tea daily, indulge in a selection of sandwiches, crisps, salad, pork pies and sausage rolls, plus Scotch eggs, quiche, plenty of mini desserts and scones topped with cream and jam. Cupcakes 2 Love also create popular themed afternoon teas including novelty cakes and decor – think Alice in Wonderland, Harry Potter and Peter Rabbit, plus seasonal Halloween and Christmas specials.
College Road, Doncaster DN1 3JH
A well-known name in Sheffield since 1883, Jameson’s originally became famous for antiques, but now pride themselves on their scrumptious afternoon teas. There are a number of choices here; think classic afternoon tea and Yorkshire high tea, as well as a cheese-lovers and vegan afternoon tea. We love the Ploughman’s, served with a glass of house wine, bottled ale or Prosecco, alongside a selection of savouries, including locally-sourced pork pies, pickled onions, cheese and chutney, plus generous slices of cake and homemade scones.
334–336 Abbeydale Road, Sheffield S7 1FN
0114 255 1159
The Grand, York
Awarded Condé Nast Johansen’s Award for Best Afternoon Tea 2022, tea here is a grand affair. Their elaborate tower of savoury and sweet treats is a feast for the eyes as well as the taste buds. Take a seat in The Rise restaurant or on the terrace and tuck into savoury croissant sandwiches, black pudding sausage rolls, salmon roulades and a selection of scones, before sampling the beautiful desserts.
Station Rise, York YO1 6GD
Middleton Post Office & Tea Parlour
Just a short walk from the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, Middleton Post Office & Tea Parlour transports you back in time with their vintage afternoon tea. Served on china and silverware which gives an authentic 1940s feel, start with egg mayonnaise, cucumber and ham sandwiches, followed by tasty scones with jam and cream, then finish with a selection of mini cakes such as Victoria sponge, caramel slice or tea loaf. Taking the kids? The Tea Parlour also serves a children’s afternoon tea so they can join in the fun.
Main Street, Middleton, Pickering YO18 8NX
Created with the finest Yorkshire produce, afternoon tea is quintessentially British at Grantley Hall. Served in the Main Hall which has some of Grantley’s most exquisite original features, enjoy oak-smoked salmon and cream cheese and truffled cucumber sandwiches alongside golden raisin scones and a selection of pastries. Your choice of tea is also extensive; lemongrass and ginger, pinhead gunpowder, peppermint or Earl Grey.
Ripon HG4 3ET
A fashionable affair, afternoon tea at The Ivy is served mid-afternoon where you can sip on a glass of Champagne or keep it traditional with a pot of tea. Alongside delicate sweet treats such as almond and black bee honey macarons, savour traditional finger sandwiches and freshly baked scones topped with clotted cream, fresh strawberries and strawberry preserve.
Harrogate, York and Leeds
Where quality food meets elegant dining, family-run Pearls Tearoom offers a slice of luxury. Serving three types of afternoon tea, we love the sound of Pearls Indian-take on this British tradition. Accompanied by your choice of speciality tea, enjoy chicken samosas and vegetable rolls, roast chicken kebab tortillas, home-baked sultana scones with clotted cream, and a selection of sweet treats.
46 Rooley Avenue, Bradford BD6 1DA
No.1 by GuestHouse, York
A traditional treat served in The Marmalade Lounge at No.1 York, afternoon tea here includes dainty sandwiches, canapés, scones and cakes all made using the best British ingredients. From black truffle egg mayonnaise sandwiches and Gloucester Old Spot sausage rolls to freshly baked scones topped with seasonal jam and clotted cream, indulge at No.1 York and wash it all down with a pot of tea or glass of fizz.
1 Clifton, York YO30 6AA