Celebrate Mother’s Day with a sparkling Afternoon Tea at Balfour Winery in Tonbridge, Kent

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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 British Airways i360 flight and dine package.  Gluten free, vegan and vegetarian options are available, and you can upgrade to include a glass of Nytimber Sparkling Wine 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. Sky Park Farm

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    Farm Shop

    PETERSFIELD

    Experience life on a working deer farm, explore the farm trail, adventure playground and picnic in the grounds. The farm shop and butcher offer a wide variety of produce and The Grazing Rooms cafe delivers everything from a lite bite to a…

  2. Houghton Lodge & Gardens

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    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. Waterperry Gardens

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    Type:

    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.

  4. Spinnaker Kitchen and Bar

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    Type:

    Tea Room/Coffee Shop

    Portsmouth

    Distinctively situated on the water’s edge and with its floor-to-ceiling glass windows and open layout, the Spinnaker Kitchen and Bar offers the best, uninterrupted views out over Portsmouth Harbour. Outside seating on the terrace puts you even…

  5. The Runnymede on Thames

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    Type:

    Hotel

    Egham

    Privately owned hotel on the banks of the Thames. 5 miles from Windsor. Extensive conference, banqueting and spa facilities. J13 M25. Bars, restaurant, riverside patio. Nearest Train Station: Egham 2 miles.

  6. 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…

  7. Charney Manor

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    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.

  8. Windsor & Maidenhead Boat Company

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    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…

  9. 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.

  10. Best Western Chilworth Manor Hotel

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    Country House Hotel

    Southampton

    An impressive Edwardian Manor House set in 12½ acres of beautiful landscaped grounds perfect for country walks and relaxing.

    With all 97 bedrooms refurbished in 2016 including 26 luxury manor house bedrooms, residential guests can also enjoy the…

  11. Batsford Arboretum & Garden Centre

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    Garden

    Moreton In Marsh

  12. Runnymede Surrey Magna Carta 800th Anniversary Garden

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    Garden

    Egham

    Runnymede Surrey Magna Carta 800th Anniversary Garden

  13. The Barn Coffee Shop and Restaurant at South Downs Heritage Centre

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    Café

    Hassocks

    The Barn Coffee Shop and Restaurant at South Downs Heritage Centre

  14. 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.

  15. Pavilion Theatre

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    Theatre

    Worthing

    Part of Worthing Theatres, the Pavilion Theatre is situated on the promenade at the entrance to Worthing’s pier and hosts a variety of theatre, dance, music and comedy as well as events including craft fairs, children’s workshops and corporate events

  16. Montagu Arms Hotel

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    Restaurant

    Brockenhurst

    Whether it's a special occasion or you're simply looking for an excuse to get everyone together, The Terrace Restaurant in Beaulieu is the perfect place to celebrate life's great occasions.

  17. Amberley Museum

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    Tea Room/Coffee Shop

    Arundel

    Visit Amberley Museum & Heritage Centre and immerse yourself in the nostalgia of the South East’s industrial heritage.

  18. Jeremy's Restaurant at Borde Hill

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    Cafes & Tea Rooms

    Haywards Heath

    Whether it is a catch up with friends on the terrace when the sun is shining, Sunday lunch, a romantic dinner, business lunch to impress, wedding or special celebration or event, Jeremy's Restaurant at Borde Hill is the perfect venue.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

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