Afternoon Tea That Quintessentially English Tradition - The Directory Group

Afternoon tea: that quintessentially English tradition...

Afternoon tea: that quintessentially English tradition, and the perfect treat for Mother’s Day. Ideally, one would have a pot of leaf tea, fresh milk, bone china, delicious homemade cake and a splendid view.  Where can one partake of such delights nearby? Fear not; we have a few suggestions.

Gilbert White’ s House, Selborne

The new tea rooms at this museum are situated in the former stables, now sporting beautiful handmade oak tables, whitewashed walls and an elegant courtyard garden to view. After your tea, you could visit the museum, which is dedicated to 18th century naturalist Gilbert White, but also includes exhibits on explorer Oates. There is a gift shop and plant stall too. Teas feature a selection of sandwiches, warm home-made scones with strawberry jam and clotted cream, and your choice of cake and tea for £13 per person. Typically, afternoon teas are served between 2pm and 4pm. It is best to book in advance on 01420 511275 or

The Queens Hotel, Southsea

How about a right royal view of the sea while sipping your Earl Grey?

A traditional afternoon tea is served in the Edwardian tea rooms of the hotel, 2-4pm. 

Afternoon tea here includes freshly made sandwiches with a selection of traditional fillings, a selection of sweet treats including scones with clotted cream and unlimited tea and coffee for £17.95 per person. Add a glass of Prosecco for £6.50 or Champagne for £10.50. Booking is essential. Call 02392 822466 or see

The Pavilion Tea Rooms, Stansted Park, Rowlands Castle

Enjoy your afternoon tea in the restored Victorian glasshouses at this stately home. There is a walled garden, maze, the chapel and landscaped gardens to explore. Afternoon tea is served from 3.30pm and includes a selection of dainty sandwiches (salmon and cream cheese, free range egg mayonnaise and cress, English chicken, smoked bacon and mayonnaise, gammon ham and mustard) freshly-baked scones with clotted cream and preserve, lemon and thyme cake, butter shortbread biscuit, Black Forest sponge, and pot of tea or cafetière, all for £16.95 per person. A gluten-free option and vegan option are also available. Add a little sparkle with Prosecco or Champagne from £4.95. On March 28 you can enjoy live jazz music with your tea. See or call 02392 413432.

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