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11 of the Best Afternoon Teas in York – Detailed Reviews!

11 of the Best Afternoon Teas in York – Detailed 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 Betty’s 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 have also added in any current afternoon tea offers that I have seen on websites like Groupon as you can save a lot of money that way to afford even more glorious afternoon teas!  If you click through my link, I do get a small commision, at no extra cost to you (plus the offers I share are brilliant!).


Champagne Afternoon Tea at Middlethorpe Hall in York

If you like the idea of taking Champagne Afternoon Tea in a stately home hotel that was featured as a location in Downton Abbey, then Middlethorpe Hall is the destination for you.  Take your time sipping tea in their elegant drawing room, gazing out over the manicured grounds.

Have a look at the full review of Champagne Afternoon Tea at Middlethorpe Hall, York.

Champagne Afternoon Tea at Middlethorpe Hall, 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. 

See our review of the Countess of York.

afternoon tea at the Countess of 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.  I absolutely loved this afternoon tea and heartily recommend it for something different.

**UPDATE – there is an offer for this afternoon tea currently on Groupon HERE for £8.75 each or £10.75 to include a glass of Prosecco!** 

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

Afternoon tea york

The Grand Afternoon Tea in York

The Grand Hotel in York do a variety of Afternoon Teas, including the Grand Afternoon Tea, Hendrick’s Tipsy Afternoon Tea, a Children’s Afternoon Tea and a Spa Afternoon tea.  On one occasion I had a lovely day visiting the Spa and then sharing a Grand Afternoon Tea with friends.  On another occasion I sampled the silver service afternoon tea.  You can find both reviews below.

I have reviewed two different styles of afternoon tea at The Grand, York.  Afternoon Tea in The Rise Restaurant at The Grand, York

Grand Afternoon Tea

and the luxury Silver Service Afternoon Tea in Hudson’s at The Grand, York.

Sandwiches - Hudson's Afternoon Tea at The Grand, 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.  The Principal is one of my favourite afternoon tea’s in York.

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

The Principal York - Twilight Afternoon Tea

The Hilton York – Opposite Clifford’s Tower

Regular or vegetarian afternoon tea.  Very centrally located, just opposite Clifford’s Tower, the Hilton York do afternoon tea.  Very central and ideally placed after a visit to the Jorvik Viking Centre, York Dungeon or The Castle Museum. 

**UPDATE – there is an offer for this afternoon tea currently on Groupon HERE for £9.50 each or £12 to include a glass of Prosecco!** 


Hilton York Afternoon Tea

City Cruises York Afternoon Tea Cruise

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.

**UPDATE – there is an offer for this afternoon tea currently on Groupon HERE for £25 each which of course includes the afternoon tea and cruise itself** 

Have a look at my review of City Cruises York.

York Afternoon Tea Cruise

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!  The Ivy’s afternoon tea is set in lovely 1920’s opulence in the centre of York.

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

The Ivy Afternoon Tea York


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.

afternoon tea york


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

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