The Ivy Afternoon Tea, York – a Review

The Ivy Afternoon Tea, York – I recently had the good fortune to try the Champagne Afternoon Tea at The Ivy in York. The restaurant itself is really beautiful, with an art deco feel evoking a feeling of timeless elegance. It overlooks the Mansion House in St Helen’s Square, and will be particularly scenic come Christmas as there is always a lovely big Christmas tree outside.

Champagne Afternoon Tea, The Ivy, York

But I digress, what you are here for is to learn all about the Champagne Afternoon Tea at The Ivy. To begin with we were seated in a nice corner booth. Around us was quite busy with people clearly having a nice time. Our server greeted us and offered us still or sparking water before bringing two chilled glasses of Champagne to the table – marvellous!

The Ivy Afternoon Tea, York

From there we were offered tea, which came in large pots with an accompanying pot of hot water.  I mention this as last Summer I visited another establishment in York where a pot of tea was only enough for one cup and was £4.50 to boot.  It’s something I am very conscious of watching for now! I also loved the little sugar bowl – and would have liked some tongs to go with it.

The Ivy Afternoon Tea, York

Then the main event – afternoon tea was served!  The sandwiches were made up of Truffled chicken brioche roll, Marinated cucumber and dill finger sandwich and smoked salmon on gluten-free dark rye with cream cheese and chives.  My guest and I do not like salmon (I should have brought the kids – it’s their favourite) so we asked if we could substitute more chicken sandwiches instead.  This was happily done.  The cucumber and dill sandwiches were my absolute favourite and my guest’s favourite much to her surprise.  The chicken filling was lovely, but I wasn’t as keen on the brioche.  

The Ivy Afternoon Tea, York

Then, the best bit – the sweets!

The Ivy Afternoon Tea, York

It’s always difficult to know where to start when there is such a lovely selection, but I began with the Crème brûlée doughnut.  I then moved on to the Chocolate and salted caramel mousse which I think may have been my favourite and was certainly a big hit with us both. 

Finally the pinnacle of the afternoon tea  – Warm fruited scone with Cornish clotted cream and strawberry preserve.  Absolutely lovely.  It’s a lovely afternoon tea in elegant and lovely surroundings in the centre of York – what’s not to love?


We were invited for afternoon tea at The Ivy, York, but as ever, all the opinions expressed are my own.


If you like Afternoon Tea, have a look at my round ups of the best afternoon teas in York.  Or look directly at my Afternoon Tea reviews of The Principal Hotel in York, The Ivy in York and the Black Swan Hotel in Helmsley.