Can you think of anything more tempting than an array of fresh, dainty sandwiches, luxurious cakes and a scone oozing with jam and fresh cream? All washed down with a pot of English tea or some great coffee.
If you are fortunate enough to be on a guided tour exploring the Cotswolds – with its abundant natural beauty and architectural splendours – why not opt for a glass of prosecco with your Cotswolds afternoon tea?
Afternoon tea never goes out of fashion. But throughout this area, cafes and tourist attractions have been quick to find new ways to meet the growing demand for this delicious finger food. After all, a little bit of what you fancy does you good!
You might be wondering: “where are the best places for afternoon tea in the Cotswolds?”
Every guide to the Cotswolds comes with its own list of appealing places to eat. A lot depends on what your ideal feast is. And of course, the location can be as important as what’s on your plate too.
Here are five of the best to get your mouth watering!
Badgers Hall Tea Room – Chipping Campden
This delightful spot consistently gets great reviews online and has a few awards to its name. And it’s easy to see why.
The tea room offers a charming atmosphere and great service. Badgers Hall is also generous both in terms of the quality and quantity of its afternoon tea items. One option is Fizz and Tea on a Tier. As the name suggests, this includes prosecco to wash down freshly-made savouries, sandwiches and cakes.
There are choices to suit a wide range of preferences. You could select your favourite ahead of your visit here.
Sudeley Castle & Gardens – Winchcombe
If you want to enjoy exquisite finger food (and dine like royalty) then a trip to Sudeley Castle to sample treats at the Terrace Café is worth your while. Their Cotswold afternoon tea features beautifully presented bite-sized sandwiches, a delectable selection of cakes and, of course, a fresh scone.
Sudeley Castle’s afternoon tea can be served with champagne or prosecco, for adults exploring the Cotswold’s noble heritage.
You can find opening hours and other details, here.
Huffkins – various locations
If truly delicious Continental-style patisserie is your idea of the perfect afternoon tea, then head for Huffkins! This is a well-known family firm of bakeries and cafes in the Cotswolds. Visitors and local folk go out of their way to get their hands on Huffkins goodies. The Company has been around since 1890, so they’ve had plenty of time to perfect their cakes and scones!
Huffkins can serve their tempting classic afternoon tea with chilled prosecco for special occasions. They also offer a Cotswold Afternoon Tea for lighter appetites. This consists of scones, cream, jam and a hot beverage.
Find the best Huffkins tea room location for you here.
Dormy House – Broadway
If you want to nibble at naughty treats in a far more quirky location, then boutique hotel Dormy House is home to The Potting Shed. It prides itself on what it calls “faff-free food”, but that’s not to say its afternoon tea isn’t sumptuous. They can even provide a hamper of beautiful treats, so you can take your feast outdoors!
Visit the Dormy House website and to book a table.
The Kitchen – Minchinhampton
Now: somewhere for those with a big appetite!
The Kitchen has won plaudits as the leading Tea Shop in the Cotswolds. It offers a fabulous array of fresh food, including gluten-free treats. This passion for quality sandwiches and cakes is fully displayed in its Classic, Traditional or Vintage Tea Party options. These are guaranteed to satisfy even larger appetites and anyone with a substantial sweet tooth.
And, for anyone on a Cotswold’s tour who doesn’t have to worry about driving, you can add prosecco or even champagne here too! This is a well-known stop off point for anyone touring the Cotswolds (and a magnet for locals) so booking a table is highly advisable.
Their menu and contact details can be found here.
That’s our list of the top five Cotswold afternoon teas. But let us know if your favourite is not in this selection. And is it jam or cream first on a scone?
This blog was contributed by Ian Henry, the owner of Cotswold Tours and Executive Travel. He gives private guided tours of the Cotswolds and has lived there for over 20 years. He has a passion for exploring and walking the Cotswolds and is keen to share this with visitors to this area. When not touring the Cotswolds, Ian enjoys sampling new foods and wine.