Indulge in a sumptuous afternoon tea in Afternoon Tea at Leonardslee House, brought to you by Head Chef Jean Delport of Michelin star Restaurant Interlude.  Set within the drawing room of our two-storey Italianate styled Leonardslee House, which dates back to 1801.

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Looking for a lavish afternoon tea to remember? There are some stunning venues offering some of the best afternoon tea in South East England from refreshingly good tea rooms to the indulgence of top quality hotels and even themed events to enjoy.  Whether your celebrating a birthday, anniversary or just getting together with friends, an afternoon tea is an experience to be remembered and enjoyed.

It is believed that the afternoon tea started back in the 1840's by Anna, the seventh Duchess of Bedford. She would become hungry around 4pm as it was a long time between lunch at noon and dinner at eight.  So a tray of tea, bread and butter was served.  As time went by, friends where invited and the tea grew into a more lavish affair closer to what we enjoy today.

From hotels, restaurants, cafes and bistros to pubs, museums and stately homes, there really is more to be discovered where afternoon tea is involved. From mouth watering scones, delectable cakes and sweets to accompany a pot of English tea along with the traditional finger sandwiches, often produced by award-winning chefs, afternoon tea is a traditionally English delight to savour.

Best afternoon teas with a twist

High Tea really lives up to its name at Portsmouth's Spinnaker Tower where you can enjoy sandwiches, pastries, cupcakes, scones and more from a viewing deck at 110 metres.  Great food and great views over the Solent in one.

Enjoy aftertoon tea at the beautifully restored house and gardens of natural history pioneer Gilbert White, Hampshire, that offers a selection of sandwiches, scones and sweet treats, including White’s Trifle, Victoria Sponge and Seasonal Fruit Tart. The price is £18 per head and £22 per head with a glass of Prosecco.

Experience afternoon tea on the water with the Windsor & Maidenhead boat company as you float down the River Thames, passing through locks and under bridges, leaving from Maidenhead Riverside Gardens or Windsor Leisure Centre.

Relax with family and friends in The Savill Garden Kitchen with an afternoon tea. Surrounded by the backdrop of the award-winning garden, mark the Platinum Jubilee year with a menu of cakes, sandwiches and scones, served with your choice of tea every Friday from 3 June until 16 December (excluding 26 August). 

Enjoy your afternoon tea on the stunning sun-drenched terrace overlooking the beautiful English countryside and South Downs at Mannings Heath Golf and Wine Estate, Horsham.

Experience uninterrupted sea views and a classic afternoon tea with the Brighton i360 ticket and afternoon tea package. Gluten free, vegan and vegetarian options are available, and you can upgrade to include a glass of award-winning Nytimber Sparkling Wine to enjoy on the pod too.

Will it be a Traditional or Tipsy Afternoon Tea on your visit to Command House, Chatham, Kent?  A traditonal country pub built in the 1800s, this Grade II listed new-look hostelry is steeped in military history and enjoys panoramic view over the river towards the former Chatham Dockyard.

Indulge in the ultimate afternoon tea at Leonardslee Gardens, West Sussex , brought to you by Head Chef Jean Delport of the Michelin star Restaurant Interlude.  Choose for Classic, Savoury or Sparkling afternoon tea all set in the Italianate styled Leonardslee House, which dates back to 1801.

Enjoy Mother's Day afternoon tea at Balfour Winery, Tonbridge, Kent.  Begin with a tasting of their signature Balfour Brut Rosé, followed by afternoon tea served alongside sparkling Balfour Wine. Available on the 26th/27th March.

Afternoon tea near me

So why not treat yourself, a friend, a loved one, or a family member to a sumptuous afternoon tea in South East England. So whether you're looking for afternoon tea in Hampshire, Sussex, Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Surrey, Dorset, Kent or the Isle of Wight, select 'map view' on the list below for our top recommendations.

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  1. Windsor & Maidenhead Boat Company

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    Conference Venues

    MAIDENHEAD

    Here at the Windsor & Maidenhead Boat Company, we like to make your day out one to remember. We operate a beautiful vessel called the Georgian, which is more like a floating restaurant rather than a boat that you might expect. We offer four types of…

  2. Houghton Lodge & Gardens

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    Type:

    Tea Room/Coffee Shop

    Stockbridge

    Idyllically set above the tranquil waters of the River Test with untouched views across the valley and water meadows. After a walk around the glorious gardens enjoying the peaceful Walled Garden with rose arbours and peony walk, visit the quaint Tea…

  3. Runnymede Surrey Magna Carta 800th Anniversary Garden

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    Type:

    Garden

    Egham

    Runnymede Surrey Magna Carta 800th Anniversary Garden

  4. Oakley Hall Hotel

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    Restaurant

    Basingstoke

    Take time out to enjoy a delicious afternoon tea in our 2 AA Rosette Glasshouse Restaurant or on the garden terrace with stunning views over the back lawn.

  5. Gilbert White's House & Gardens

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    Museum

    Alton

    Historic house and garden, home of Gilbert White, author of 'The Natural History of Selborne'. Exhibition on Frank Oates, explorer and Capt Lawrence Oates of Antarctic fame.

  6. Borde Hill Garden

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    Garden

    Haywards Heath

    Set within 200 acres of spectacular parkland, the garden is a series of 'rooms' - each with its own particular atmosphere, form and planting design. Glorious heritage and collectors' garden.

  7. Blenheim Palace

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    Type:

    Tea Room/Coffee Shop

    Woodstock

    Enhance your visit to Blenheim Palace and enjoy a choice of tempting afternoon tea packages, all with a delicious selection of homemade cakes, mini pastries and scones.

  8. The Grand Brighton

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    Hotel

    Brighton

    The Grand Brighton is an iconic Victorian hotel standing centre stage on Brighton’s famous seafront. Grand in both its size and its looks, this magnificent hotel is the epitome of luxury and is enriched in British history.

  9. Waterperry Gardens

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    Garden Centre

    Oxford

    A day out at Waterperry Gardens near Oxford is guaranteed to delight and inspire garden-lovers from across the country and the world.

  10. White Lion Antiques

    HOOK

    Historic antiques centre, bistro and tearoom with over 90 sellers offering antiques, collectables, gifts, furniture, jewellery, vintage clothing, retro items and much more.

  11. Montagu Arms Hotel

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    Hotel

    Beaulieu

    A charming 17th Century hotel (former coaching inn) in the picturesque village of Beaulieu offering effortlessly intuitive service with inviting comfort and a stunning Michelin Star restaurant.

  12. Langshott Manor Hotel

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    Country House Hotel

    Horley

    Langshott Manor intertwines period features with home-from-home comfort and luxury touches. The hotel’s location is convenient and the grounds are simply breathtaking.

  13. Windsor & Maidenhead Boat Company

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    Type:

    Sightseeing

    MAIDENHEAD

    Here at the Windsor & Maidenhead Boat Company, we like to make your day out one to remember. We operate a beautiful vessel called the Georgian, which is more like a floating restaurant rather than a boat that you might expect. We offer four types of…

  14. Charney Manor

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    Type:

    Bed & Breakfast

    Wantage

    Charney Manor, set in the Heart of the Oxfordshire Country side offering an attractive rural setting, three acres of manicured gardens and a sense of History as parts of the Manor date back to the 13th Century.

  15. RHS Garden Wisley

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    Type:

    Garden

    Woking

    Enchanted Story Trail returns to the Garden this Christmas to entertain 4–10 year olds and their adult companions. Stories and songs await discovery in the magical landscape. Free with normal Garden entry. For more information visit the website. …

  16. The Refectory restaurant, Guildford Cathedral

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    Café

    Guildford

    Whether you would like to stop for a cappuccino and a slice of homemade cake, an excellent selection of hearty lunches, a bowl of fresh soup or an afternoon tea our dedicated staff will be on hand to provide the service.

  17. Careys Manor Hotel

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    Tea Room/Coffee Shop

    Brockenhurst

    Relish the indulgence of an Afternoon Tea in heart of the New Forest, with delicious finger sandwiches, speciality cakes and freshly baked scones smothered in New Forest Jam and thick clotted cream.

  18. Command House

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    Pub/Inn

    CHATHAM

    The historic, riverside Command House has recently undergone a half a million-pound renovation.

    Built in the 1800s, the Grade II listed new-look hostelry steeped in military history, has period features and a panoramic view over the river towards…

  19. Windsor & Maidenhead Boat Company

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    Type:

    Boat

    MAIDENHEAD

    Here at the Windsor & Maidenhead Boat Company, we like to make your day out one to remember. We operate a beautiful vessel called the Georgian, which is more like a floating restaurant rather than a boat that you might expect. We offer four types of…

  20. Brighton i360

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    Type:

    Sightseeing

    Brighton

    Take to the skies to see Brighton and the South Coast as you have never seen them before!

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