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Afternoon Tea in York – 10 of the Best Places with Reviews!

Afternoon Tea in York – 10 of the Best Places with Reviews!

Afternoon tea in York – I love afternoon tea, and living near York I am lucky enough to have lots of places to choose from.  Here are some of my favourites and some places I have yet to try.  You can go for traditional afternoon tea in York’s plush hotels, like The Grand or The Principal.  Or at the lovely Bettys Cafe right in the centre of York.  You could also choose something a little different like an afternoon tea river cruise, Yorkshire picnic or dining on board a high class railway carriage.  All the details are below, I shall try and get round them all for individual reviews (it’s a hard life….!)

The Ivy Afternoon Tea, York

Afternoon Tea is served at The Ivy in York from 3pm til 5pm daily.  Make it a little more decadent by adding a glass of Champagne too! 

Have a look at my review of Afternoon Tea at The Ivy, York.

Lady Betty Afternoon Tea York

People flock from all around the world for Bettys afternoon tea, York. The Traditional Afternoon tea can be taken at any time in the cafe.  Afternoon tea at Betty’s York is perennially popular, so expect to queue, especially during the day.  If you would prefer more luxury (and who wouldn’t?) then go for Lady Betty Afternoon Tea, which must be booked ahead of time and can only be taken in York and Harrogate.  Lady Betty Afternoon Tea is served in their beautiful Imperial and Belmont Rooms. Take time to soak up the unique atmosphere of these historic rooms.  If you are looking for the best afternoon tea in York then this is certainly a contender.

Have a look at my review of Lady Betty Afternoon Tea, York.

Afternoon Tea at The Principal, York

I loved afternoon tea at The Principal York (locals know it as the Royal York Hotel).  The decor in the hotel is wonderfully calming and the service is excellent.  Ask for a window table to gaze at the magnificent Minster as you dine. 

Have a look at my review of Twilight Afternoon Tea at The Principal York as well as Afternoon Tea Royal York

Yorkshire Picnic at the Doubletree by Hilton York – A Quirky Alternative Afternoon Tea 

For something a bit different you could try the Yorkshire Picnic at the Doubletree by Hilton York.  It includes Yorkshire ham-hock sandwiches, buns stuffed with Yorkshire goat’s cheese, Yorkshire curd tarts and bite-size cakes.

Have a look at my review of the Yorkshire Picnic at the Doubletree by Hilton, York.

City Cruises York – Afternoon Tea

For something a little different why not take afternoon tea as you cruise the River Ouse taking in the sights of York?  A delightful cruise aboard the Captain James Cook, with delicious food, sailing regularly from April to September.  Join us for a delightful 1 hour and 45 minute cruise with a selection of dainty home-made sandwiches, fruit scone with preserve & cream and delicious finger deserts. All served with freshly brewed tea and coffee. This cruise sails from our King’s Staith Landing only.

Have a look at my review of City Cruises York.

The Grand Afternoon Tea in York

The Grand Hotel in York do a variety of Afternoon Teas, including the Grand Afternoon Tea, Sparkling Afternoon Tea, Children’s Afternoon Tea and Champagne Afternoon tea.  I am especially interested in the completely opulent looking Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea Party!


Star Inn the City Afternoon Tea, York

Set in the beautiful Museum Gardens, the Star Inn the City is another great restaurant in York that does afternoon tea.  Located in the Old Engine House on the edge of York’s Museum Gardens in a riverside setting close to the historic Lendal Bridge, The Star Inn The City has an enviable position, which we aim to match with the best produce God’s Own Country has to offer and genuine Yorkshire hospitality for the ‘whole package’.

Afternoon Tea York

The Countess of York – a beautifully restored Rail Carriage, York

Take afternoon tea in York at the National Railway Museum.  Travel back in time to the era of high-class railway dining with a luxury afternoon tea experience aboard our beautifully restored rail carriage, the Countess of York. Our sophisticated afternoon tea menu features delicious sandwiches, homemade cakes and fancies and a wide selection of loose leaf teas, with ingredients changing seasonally.

Afternoon Tea in the Shadow of York Minster – the Dean Court Hotel, York

Experience the quintessential English traditional Afternoon Tea in either the restaurant D.C.H or The Lounge-Bar a more relaxed area with comfy sofas and chairs. Or why not try our newly launched Tea by Gum! – Afternoon Tea with a Yorkshire Twist!  Afternoon tea York city centre.


Afternoon Tea Yorkshire – Afternoon Tea near York


Afternoon Tea at Castle Howard, Malton, North Yorkshire

Castle Howard run seasonal Afternoon Teas at times like Christmas and Mother’s Day.  Do check their website to see when they are available as it’s a beautiful setting to take afternoon tea.

Champagne Afternoon Tea at the Black Swan in Helmsley, North Yorkshire

On my birthday last year I was lucky enough to visit the Black Swan in Helmsley for a cosy Champagne Afternoon Tea.  Have a look at my full review here.


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Also have a look at my round up of the best afternoon teas in Stratford upon Avon.

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