Pinkies poised for afternoon tea
Get your fix of diddy sandwiches, cakes and scones with our pinkies out pick of the best afternoon teas in Somerset & Dorset
Stoberry House & Garden, Stoberry Park, Wells
Enjoy views of the spectacular Stoberry Gardens, one of the jewels in Somerset’s horticultural crown, whilst nibbling on their special summer afternoon teas of scones, sarnies, slates of shortbread, pastries and finger desserts. Glass of glass of bubbly before a stroll around the grounds, madam? From £15–£37.50.
Dot.Teas, Westbourne, Bournemouth
Very handily positioned for a peruse of all the independent shops in trendy Westbourne village, this vintage boutique tea room’s luxury afternoon teas – sarnies, little cakes, scones – are renowned. Afternoon tea £16, plus £5 fpr a glass of fizz
Castle Hotel, Taunton
Afternoon tea with the best wisteria in the West at the historic hotel in the centre of Taunton. Scones with clotted cream and jam, finger sarnies, pastries and cakes plus coffee, teas of your choice or a glass of champers and the Museum of Somerset right next door for a spot of culture. Tues to Sat, 2.30pm–5pm.
Love Cake Cafe, Swanage
It’s afternoon tea all day long at this little cafe in Swanage, one of the finalists in the Best Cafe in the Somerset & Dorset Muddy Awards 2021. Expect sweet treats, fresh sandwiches, cakes, a warm scone served with local raspberry jam and thick Dorset clotted cream with tea of your choice, all served up on pretty vintage china for £14.50. Make it sparkling with a glass of prosecco for £16.50.
Royal Crescent Hotel, Bath
Hmmm … flute or flight of Champagne with your afternoon tea, of which there are three including a veggie one and a kids’ version. Fancy finger sandwiches, scoff-in-one savouries, pastries, sweet delights, scones and Bath buns (natch). Lap it all up amidst the Georgian grandeur and gardens of this 5-star hotel on Bath’s famous crescent. Every day 1pm–4.30pm. £37.50.
Moonfleet Manor Hotel, nr Weymouth
There’s nothing so much fun as messing about in boats – except for tucking into a Wind in the Willows inspired afternoon tea at this family-friendly hotel. For kids: finger sarnies, crudites, Toad in the Hall sausage tartlet and Mole’s marscapone and mango gel ‘boiled egg’ with chocolate pastry soldiers. For you: truffled cheddar and ham Scotch egg, savoury and sweet scones, Ratty’s lemonade posset and Badger’s chocolate and berry Swiss roll. Every afternoon until the end of September. Adults £27 (£35 with sparkling wine); kids £15.
Sweet Little Things, Bath
Afternoon tea with gin? Yes please! All the works plus a glass of gin, or prosecco if you prefer, in the pinkly floral surroundings of Bath’s most Instagrammable cafe. Afternoon teas from £19.95. Kids’ version £12. Served from 2pm–4pm every day.
Thyme after Time Cafe, Spire Hill Farm, Stalbridge, near Sturminster Newton
Everything’s locally made here – even the mugs! Rustic Dorset cream teas every day but pull on the elastic-waisted trousers for their super generous homemade afternoon teas from Weds to Sat, up to 2pm and on Thurs and Fri until 4pm. Choice of four: traditional; all savoury:, gluten-free; and posh vegan versions, all with unlimited tea/coffee and sparking Dorset wine and cider if you like.. Teas £23.95, wine/cider extra.
Plate, The Bird, Bath
On the terrace or dining dome overlooking Bath Abbey or cosy inside the chic hotel – how civilised. A flight of homemade cakes and pastries, a flock of sandwiches and chef Dan’s Nan’s scones with strawberry jam and Somerset clotted cream, with tea, coffee and a glass of Tattinger if you like. From £28. Weds to Sun 3pm–4.30pm.
The Elms, North Wootton, near Sherborne
Homemade cakes, lots of different teas, coffee and booze, with views and a neat little shop selling sustainable gifts to browse before you leave, at this former pub turned light and airy farmhouse kitchen cafe/restaurant. Bring your dog. Cream teas and treats Tues to Sat from 2.30pm.