There aren’t many dining experiences more quintessentially British than afternoon tea. And while there may be debate across the aisle as to what actually should be included in a menu or consider whether jam should go first on a scone or cream, one thing is a certainty – the UK makes high tea like nowhere else in the world. Likewise, nowhere does afternoon tea quite like Wiltshire. So when you’re in the county, you may wonder where is the best place to sample this most British of treats. To help choose where you wish to try, take a look at the list of favourites below to get you started on your very own tea-tasting adventures.
This award-winning country house hotel has it all, including fabulous afternoon tea. Enjoy the stunning hotel and beautiful gardens while sampling a menu featuring finger sandwiches, plain or fruit scones with jam and cream, and a selection of pastries, along with tea or coffee. Or, for something special, try the Celebratory Menu, which includes a glass of champagne or two. There’s also a choice of four dining rooms to complement the experience, along with an outdoor terrace in the walled garden, weather permitting. Discover the Beechfield menus here.
This beautiful cottage tearoom dates back to 1675; however, it became the stunning tearoom it is today in 1989. The tearoom serves a menu that includes sultana and plain scones with Dorset clotted cream and strawberry jam, loose-leaf tea, finger sandwiches, cakes, and even Champagne or Prosecco to elevate your experience. There are also gluten-free, vegan and vegetarian options, but booking is essential for these options. A British classic in a historical setting.
Enjoy a traditional English afternoon tea in this 18th-century Palladian mansion set amidst 500 glorious acres of unspoilt parkland for a truly captivating experience. Afternoon Tea here includes sandwiches, homemade scones with clotted cream and preserves, patisserie, loose-leaf tea and coffee. Guests can also elect for a champagne version with a glass of Joseph Perrier.
This small tearoom was inspired by the style and elegance of Cecil Beaton, the original photographer of the stars. Beatons offers a full high-tea selection with a menu of over 25 loose-leaf teas to choose from, plus coffee, delicious cakes, fresh sandwiches, and scones with jam and cream. For more information on what’s on offer at this gorgeous venue or deciding what to indulge in, look at their website.
The final place for an excellent and welcoming afternoon tea in Wiltshire try the Bishopstrow. This Georgian building features a long, meandering driveway to the grand front doors that will transport you back to 1817. The traditional setting provides an afternoon tea service with a unique flair. Guests can choose to sit in a cosy lounge or on the terrace if the weather is fine. The menu includes fresh finger sandwiches, fluffy scones with clotted cream and jam, and mouth-watering pastries while you enjoy a slow afternoon sipping tea or coffee with your selection.