Mention the word afternoon tea and visions of posh city hotels usually spring to mind with London being the main place to head to. However you might be surprised to hear that there are some really rather fabulous afternoon tea venues scattered throughout our beautiful British countryside and some of our smaller towns and villages that are well worth visiting. We place the spotlight on the picturesque county of Berkshire this month, not just home to Kate Middleton’s family estate but a destination in its own right for a delightful afternoon tea.
Royal Berkshire is one of our oldest counties, dating back to the 9th century and is home to a whole host of very special places as well as some truly stunning scenery. The famous Windsor Castle is visited by millions each year and is the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world whilst Eton College has educated generations of Britain’s aristocracy as well as 19 Prime Ministers. Highclere Castle (otherwise known as Downton Abbey) is drawing in crowds from all over the globe whilst the Royal Ascot Racecourse is a legend in the horse racing world.
There are plenty of wonderful afternoon teas to enjoy in Berkshire so we thought we’d take this chance to highlight those we think are well worth a visit.
Located in Ascot, Coworth Park is the ideal choice for those heading off to the races and is a truly stunning setting. Part of the exclusive Dorchester Collection, this incredible stately home is surrounded by beautiful Berkshire countryside and is the perfect location for a very special afternoon tea. Refined and elegant, afternoon tea is taken back to its glamourous best at Coworth Park.
Found just outside of Newbury, The Vineyard is an award winning five star hotel and restaurant and is simply idyllic for an afternoon tea. Head Chef Anthony Millon has created a masterful afternoon tea filled with delectable treats. Why not enjoy their brilliant Highclere Castle Afternoon Tea where you’ll receive a free copy of Lady Carnarvon’s current book –“Lady Catherine and the Real Downton Abbey” together with Lady Carnarvon tea – a real treat for any Downton fan.
Sanctum on the Green
Just a few minutes from the quaint village of Cookham Dean, Sanctum on the Green is a fashionable boutique hotel and is sister to London’s trendy Sanctum Soho hotel. Afternoon tea here takes place in the stylish Luke’s Restaurant and features some mouth-watering offerings including mini smoked salmon bagels with cream cheese and cucumber, cinnamon and raisin scones and Luke’s salt caramel milkshake.