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.
Café 21 York
Fenwick Department Store. 2 St. Marys Square, Coppergate Centre Yorkshire, York YO1 9WY
Café 21 York is a stylish and contemporary place to eat within Fenwick in the Coppergate Arcade.
Afternoon tea is served daily from 2pm and includes a selection of traditional sandwiches, raisin and plain scones (with clotted cream and strawberry jam!) and an assortment of handmade pastries. You have a choice of English Breakfast, Earl Grey or Darjeeling tea and can upgrade to include a glass of Champagne!
“A home from home where hospitality comes first. Café 21 is a sociable and effortlessly stylish space, serving crafted comforts, lunch bites and sweet treats.
This breakfast, lunch and early evening venue is the place for a mid-shopping trip lunch, business meeting, afternoon tea, or a quiet cup of the good stuff. A place where ‘me time’ matters.”
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. They have a spa too if you want to combine the two (and why wouldn’t you!).
Have a look at the full review of Champagne Afternoon Tea at Middlethorpe Hall, York.
The Countess of York – a beautifully restored Rail Carriage in 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.
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.
Have a look at my review of Afternoon tea on City Cruises 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.
Have a look at my review of the Yorkshire Picnic at the Doubletree by Hilton, 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
and the luxury Silver Service Afternoon Tea in Hudson’s at The Grand, York.
Lady Betty Afternoon Tea York
People flock from all around the world for Bettys afternoon tea. 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 I would definitely recommend this) 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 teas in York.
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.
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.
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.
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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 a couple of years ago 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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