What could be a more perfect way to say ‘thank you, mum’ than a gorgeous display of tea and cake?
Here, we’ve rounded up 27 of the best Mother’s Day afternoon tea offerings in the UK, from traditional scones and jam to burgers…
Conrad St James Little Women Afternoon Tea, London
If your mum loved Greta Gerwig’s recent adaptation of the classic novel Little Women, she’ll be over the moon with this afternoon tea booking. From a lemon, candy ginger and dark honey opera cake inspired by Saoirse Ronan’s character Jo, to a raspberry macaroon with ruby chocolate ganache and fresh raspberries in homage to Emma Watson’s Meg, keen readers will delight in each and every treat on the tower. This quirky feast launches officially on 8 March, so you’ve got plenty of time to book in advance, and costs £45 per person.
Mr Fogg’s House of Botanicals, London
For a ‘Blooming Tipsy’ afternoon tea, head to Mr Fogg’s in Fitzrovia. Settle back amongst the enchanting flora and fauna, inspired by the fictitious explorer Phileas J Fogg from the Jules Verne’s novel ‘Around the world in 80 Days.’ Choose from a selection of botanical-inspired cocktails such as ‘Heart of the Oak’ – a Bacardi Oakheart spiced rum cocktail with elderflower liqueur, champagne and dandelion & burdock bitters. Or perhaps the ‘Elixir of Life’- Bosford Rosé gin, lemon juice, eucalyptus syrup, Green Chartreuse herbal liqueur and egg white. Follow with a pot of tea and a selection of sweets, snacks and savoury favourites. Available Saturdays, from £44 per person; 48 Newman St, Fitzrovia, London W1.
Hilton Manchester Deansgate
At the Hilton Manchester Deansgate tea is served in Cloud 23. Situated on the 23rd floor of the Beetham tower, it offers panoramic views of the city. Their Mothering Sunday Afternoon Tea offers sandwiches and savouries (Beef & Salad with horseradish mayo wrap, Broccoli & blue cheese quiche) and sweet treats (mint velvet cupcake with After Eight buttercream and cherry scones, with jam and cream). Also, a choice of limitless tea, coffee and hot chocolate and a gift for every Mum. It’s available from Saturday 30th March to Monday 1st April, priced at £33 per person, which includes either a cocktail or Champagne.
The first Bettys tea room opened in 1919 in Harrogate; 100 years later there are six branches in Yorkshire – two in Harrogate, two in York, one in Northallerton and one in Ilkley. Bettys Traditional Afternoon Tea (no pre-booking) includes a selection of sandwiches, sultana scone with strawberry preserve and clotted cream, a miniature cake selection (chocolate and hazelnut pave, lemon and orange macaroon, fresh fruit tart) plus a teapot for one. A vegetarian or gluten-free selection of sandwiches is available on request. £19.95 per person or £27.95 for Bettys Pink Champagne Afternoon Tea. A bookable afternoon tea, £32.95, is available in the Imperial Room, Harrogate, and the Belmont Room, York. From 21 March, Betty’s are launching a Bookable Afternoon Tea with a full vegan option on (£34.95 and £42.95 with Champagne).
Colonnades at The Signet Library, Edinburgh
The Signet Library is a Georgian building close to The Royal Mile in Edinburgh, Scotland. Following restoration, the Lower Library reopened in 2015 under the name Colonnades. Afternoon tea can be taken at Colonnades at The Signet Library surrounded by Corinthian columns, gold leaf décor, ornate balustrades and handwoven carpets. The afternoon tea menu is updated regularly, serving sweet treats such as banana crème brulee macaron, chocolate and orange gateaux Paris Brest and rhubarb and custard tart; and savouries such as prawn and crayfish cocktail, mushroom, chestnut and gorgonzola tart and beetroot and goats cheese choux. From £40 per person.
Berners Tavern, London
The fabulous new Afternoon Tea at Berners Tavern, priced at £39.50 per person, is packed with delights to please both sweet and savoury lovers. Sweet options offer unique spins on traditional favourites such as coffee and crispy caramel macaroons, apple and cinnamon crumble tarts and chocolate and hazelnut cream sponge. For those with a savoury tooth, delights include wild mushroom focaccia with mushroom ketchup and pickled girolle, toasted crumpets with brown shrimp and caviar, english mustard and cider cured ham croissant and Montgomery cheddar cheese, mustard seed dressing. It is available from 12pm to 4pm every Saturday and Sunday.
Cliveden House, Berkshire
Dating back to 1666, and set in 376 acres of spectacular parkland, Cliveden House in Berkshire has been home to dukes, earls and viscounts. It opened as a luxury hotel in 1985. In May 2018, it was the hotel that hosted Meghan Markle the night before her wedding to Prince Harry. A Classic Red Velvet Afternoon Tea is served in the Dining Room overlooking the parterre; try their selection of finger sandwiches, freshly baked scones with home-made jam and clotted cream, bite-size cakes, pastries and delicacies, with Cliveden blend teas. £40 per person.
Chewton Glen, Hampshire
Chewton Glen is a luxury country house hotel and spa on the fringe of the New Forest with over 130 acres of woodland and parkland. The Marryat Afternoon Tea, taken in the Dining Room overlooking the gardens, is named after Captain Marryat, the British Royal Navy officer and novelist who sometimes stayed at the house in the 1840s. Their afternoon tea uses local ingredients and features sandwiches, cakes, scones, jams and teas and Champagne. It’s served between 3pm and 4.30pm in The Dining Room, or in fine weather, on the terrace. £32.50 per person or £40 per person for Champagne.
The Midland Hotel, Manchester
This historic hotel (it’s where Rolls met Royce) has been offering afternoon tea for more than 110 years. It’s served in the Tea Room overlooking St Peter’s Square in Manchester. The Royal Afternoon Tea includes sandwiches such as cucumber with apple and Hendrick’s gin compote on dark malt bread. Choose sweet treats from lemon drizzle cake with candied lemon glaze, dark chocolate and orange sachertorte, duck egg custard tart with Yorkshire rhubarb and apple and caramel ‘crumble.’ It also includes a glass of Champagne and costs £38 per person. Vegan, vegetarian, gluten free and children’s afternoon teas are also available.
Whatley Manor, Wiltshire
In the heart of the Cotswolds, Whatley Manor’s English afternoon tea includes a selection of finger sandwiches – cucumber with dill crème fraîche, Sherston egg mayonnaise and cress followed by warmed steamed bao bun, peanut satay. Guests can then enjoy chocolate brownies, lemon and raspberry choux bun, summer berry fruit tart and beetroot and lemon macaroon, plus a choice of tea or coffee. £29 per person (Champagne from £14 a glass).
Pennyhill Park, Surrey
Although now a hotel in Surrey, Pennyhill Park was believed to have once been common land used as a beacon warning site, part of the national system set in place to warn of the arrival of the Spanish Armada in 1588. Take Afternoon Tea with Sarah Frankland in The Ascot Bar where the menu is seasonal and changes every six to eight weeks. All the teas have plain and fruited scones with homemade strawberry jam and always served with a macaroon, a choux bun or éclair, and a cake and tart for textures and flavour. From £40 per person.
The Salutation, Kent
The Salutation is a Grade I Listed hotel in Sandwich, Kent with beautiful gardens designed in 1912 by architect Sir Edwin Lutyens. The afternoon tea, served in a ‘mini greenhouse’, may include savouries such as sweet pickled cucumber, ham hock on brioche, coronation chicken on rye. Follow with mango and coconut panna cotta on a white chocolate biscuit, carrot cake with spiced mascarpone. From £30 (£58 per person with Champagne) including free entry to the gardens.
The Salt Room, East Sussex
The Salt Room in Brighton enjoys views of Brighton seafront and the British Airways i360 observation tower. This lively restaurant offers a seaside themed afternoon tea with treats such as crab bun, brown crab mayo, mustard cress; whipped cod roe, malt vinegar and chips; crispy egg, seaweed and salad cream; potted ham knuckle and picallili. Then sticky toffee pudding, whisky caramel; homemade scone, orange marmalade and clotted cream, rhubarb, custard meringue, chocolate pebbles. From £27.95 per person and £37.95 per person with Champagne.
Celtic Manor Resort, Newport
The five-star Celtic Manor Resort in Newport, south Wales is set in more than 2000 acres of parkland. Try their Winter Afternoon Tea in the cocktail bar. Savouries include ham and sunblushed tomato tortilla wrap with rocket, west coast crab brioche roll, crisp lettuce, cayenne mayonnaise and smoked salmon and dill crème fraiche. Then enjoy sweet treats like almond and cherry florentine tart, white chocolate opera slice, lemon meringue torte, lemon and lime curd centre and the delicious salted caramel whoopie pie; tea or coffee. £21.50 per person on weekdays and £29 per person on weekends.
The Connaught Afternoon Tea, London
The Connaught Afternoon Tea is served at Jean-Georges at The Connaught, surrounded by stained-glass windows through which you can watch the world of Mayfair go by. On offer discover sandwiches such as cucumber with Greek yogurt, lime, mint, egg mayonnaise with winter black truffle, watercress and coronation chicken. Also, pastries (lychee & grapefruit, lime and almond cake, passion fruit and chocolate éclair), scones and a miniature chocolate fondue with homemade madeleines for dipping. Walk away with a candy floss made in the kitchens. From £55 per person.
Rosewood London is an Edwardian Grade ll-listed hotel in High Holborn. Tea is served in the Mirror Room where floor-to-ceiling decorative mirrors adorn the walls. The hotel offers an art-inspired afternoon tea with a selection of beautiful and artistic pastries. Executive Pastry Chef Mark Perkins has drawn inspiration from world-renowned Spanish painter, sculptor and printmaker Pablo Picasso and his distinctive styles of Cubism and Surrealism. For example, serving an edible version of Picasso’s colourful painting ‘The Weeping Woman’ as well as his famous sculpture ‘Head of a Woman’. The Picasso Art Afternoon Tea is priced at £65 per person (£110 with a glass of unique vintage Dom Pérignon).
St. James’s Hotel and Club, London
St. James’s Hotel and Club, a five star luxury hotel close to Mayfair, is offering a historical themed 1840 Afternoon Tea with classic cakes from Victorian times but with a slight modern-day twist. (Afternoon Tea as a concept was created by Queen Victoria’s lifelong friend Anna Marie Russell, the Duchess of Bedford). Tea is served in the Bistro or the Club Lounge and highlights include a tipsy cake soaked in sherry and served with custard, profiteroles, lemon drizzle cake and a classic Victoria sponge cake, all served on Victorian inspired crockery and washed down with a cup of an exclusive fine loose tea blend from The East India Company – created especially for the hotel – or a glass of Champagne. From £42 per person.
Sketch is a destination for food, art and music over two floors of a converted 18th century building in Conduit Street, Mayfair. The British artist David Shrigley has transformed its iconic Gallery with 239 colourful new works. Afternoon tea is served in the ‘millennial pink’ Gallery, and includes equally pretty delicacies such as man, Rhubarb and raspberry cheesecake, lemon tart and hazelnut praline choux. Available Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st March £85 per person, including a glass of Champagne Pommery.
The Assembly House, Norfolk
One of the most important buildings in Norwich, The Assembly House was designed by architect Thomas Ivory in 1754. In 2018, it won Best Afternoon Tea at the Eat Norfolk Food and Drink Awards. The Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea is served in their Georgian rooms with gorgeous period features and begins with a Kir Royal on arrival, followed by dainty finger sandwiches of smoked salmon, Norfolk ham, free-range egg and cress. Then comes savouries like chorizo and pork sausage roll, followed by fruit scones plus violet macaron, bourbon vanilla buttercream, sugar violets and Sunday tea trifle with cream topping, hundreds and thousands, as well as your choice of loose leaf tea, tisane of coffee. Available on Mother’s Day only, £25 per person plus a little gift for mum. A Classic Tea is also available for £21.95 per person.
The Lowry Hotel, Manchester
The Lowry Hotel, near the River Irwell, takes its name from the famous Salford artist, L S Lowry. The hotel is offering a Family Afternoon Tea Buffet in the Grand Ball Room, starting with your choice from a range of savouries including finger sandwiches, luxury sausage rolls and tarts, then scrumptious sweets and scones with jam and cream. Magician Carl will be wowing families with a range of tricks and surprises in the Ballroom during Afternoon Tea. Adult places are £30; Child places are £15.
Corinthia Hotel, London
At the Corinthia Hotel, two minutes’ walk from Trafalgar Square, traditional afternoon tea is available for £55, or £65 with a glass of Laurent-Perrier, and £75 for tea with a glass of rosé Laurent-Perrier. It’s served in the Crystal Moon Lounge under a spectacular Baccarat chandelier. Served on beautiful, bespoke Richard Brendon porcelain the current menu includes truffle egg mayonnaise sandwiches; tandoori chicken and green apple sandwiches; apple tatin verrine with calvados chantilly; exotic fruit coconut choux; and coffee AND hazelnut mousse with golden raisin sponge.
Harry’s Bar, London
Harry’s Bar, a 1950s-style Italian restaurant in James Street by St Christopher’s Place, pays tribute to both its Italian heritage and British location with its Piccoli Dolci menu – an Italian take on traditional afternoon tea. The menu – which translates as ‘small cakes’ – is made of five sumptuous, miniature desserts including salted caramel tiramisu, gelato cannoli and the renowned Harry’s Toadstool (Mascarpone cream, fresh raspberry and chocolate brownie). Served with a warming pot of tea or coffee, or a glass of Prosecco, the Piccoli Dolci menu is priced from £18 per person and served daily between 3pm and 6pm.
Four Seasons Hotel Ten Trinity Square, London
On 30th and 31st March only, alongside the beautiful Heritage Afternoon Tea at the domed-ceiling Rotunda Lounge at Four Seasons Ten Trinity Square, floral designer Paula Rooney will be offering a hand-crafted bouquet to all mothers. Enjoy a selection of delicate finger sandwiches, pastries and warm scones with strawberry preserve and clotted cream accompanied by a choice of floral-infused teas. The Mother’s Day afternoon tea is priced at £49 per person and includes a glass of Champagne, a box of hand-made chocolates, as well as a bespoke bouquet for the mother.
Hans’ Bar & Grill, London
Hans’ Bar & Grill on Pavilion Road in Chelsea will be offering their traditional afternoon tea of freshly baked scones, homemade pastries and savouries. Highlights include: goat’s cheese & fig tartlet, crayfish, chilli & avocado roll and caramelised banana & blonde chocolate pavlova. The Mother’s Day afternoon tea is available between 2:30pm and 5:30pm daily and priced at £29,99 per person £39.00 for Champagne Afternoon Tea.
The Stafford, London
The Stafford is located in the heart of historical St James, close to Buckingham Palace. Afternoon tea is served in The Game Bird restaurant and adjoining private dining rooms. Alongside their ever changing selection of finger sandwiches, scones and seasonal patisserie, the tea is the star of the show. The Stafford offers four signature house blends, supplied by Camillia’s Tea House, and rare teas including snow buds, anja bai cha and hojicha. Afternoon Tea is served between 12 – 7pm daily. £40 per person or £53 per person including a glass of Moët & Chandon Imperial Brut Champagne.
The Goring Hotel, London
The Goring was opened in 1910 and, four generations later, is still run by the Goring family that built it. It was awarded a Royal Warrant for Hospitality Services in 2013. Afternoon Tea at The Goring is served in The Dining Room, complete with delicate pastries, scones and sandwiches, with the finest blended teas from around the world, and topped off with a glass of Bollinger Champagne. Afternoon Tea is served every day between 3.30pm – 4.00pm and on Saturdays between 1.00pm -4.00pm. £50 per person or £62 per person with a glass of Bollinger Special Cuvée Champagne/£72 with a glass of Bollinger Rosé Champagne.
The Mad Hatters Afternoon Tea at Sanderson is inspired by the whimsical world of Alice in Wonderland. Sandwiches feature smoked salmon scotch quails egg with caviar and cream cheese and Cornish crab brioche roll with spiced avocado and coriander. Sweet delights include a Queen of hearts rose and strawberry Jammy Dodger and a bespoke rose, lychee and raspberry macaroon created specially for Mother’s Day. Also, enjoy a refreshing glass of Veuve Clicquot. The tea is available Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st March. £58 per person.
St Martins Lane Hotel, London
On offer at The Den, located at St Martins Lane Hotel in the heart of Covent Garden, the classic afternoon tea includes focaccia with sun-dried tomatoes, black olive tapenade and roast vegetables and sweet treats of The Rocher, hazelnut cream, praline choux and milk chocolate. Available on Sunday 31st March only, the tea will also include a box of Teapigs tea for all mums to take home. £29.50 per person or £39.50 with a G&T; £40 with unlimited hot chocolate; £42.40 with a Glass of Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label Champagne.
Bite Me Burger, Chalk Farm, London
If you’re looking for tea with a twist Bite Me Burger at 1 Adelaide Road, Chalk Farm is offering an Afternoon Tea from Mothering Sunday. Diners can choose from six mini burgers (try Galician beef with a Jack Daniels sauce, or perhaps ‘Codzilla’ with deep fried cod fingers). There is also an option to transform any of the burgers to veggie and gluten free by replacing the meat with fried aubergine and the bun for lettuce. Sweet treats include freshly prepared cupcakes, plus mini sponge cakes baked to look like mini burgers with sponge ‘bun’, ‘beef’, and ‘salad’ topping! Available from 31st March; £25 per person with a mini bottle of Prosecco or £36 per person with a mini bottle of Moët & Chandon.
Feature by Susan Hope