Take Time for Tea in Oxford
By Jane Venables
Home to probably the most famous university of the world (although Cambridge would obviously disagree), Oxford is one of the most important cities in the UK with regards to education and culture. Dating back over 800 years, Oxford University has educated some of the world’s most prominent faces, from royalty and scholars to actors and authors and boasts over 30 colleges throughout the city. Known as the "City of Dreaming Spires" thanks to its numerous historical buildings, Oxford is visited by millions of people each year and offers plenty to see and do. Aside from the university, there are countless museums to visit including the amazing Ashmolean with its collection of antique paintings, coins and musical instruments and the University Museum of Natural History. The Pitt Rivers Museum is a must see, home to an outstanding collection of artefacts from around the globe.
A quintessential British city, Oxford is the perfect location in which to enjoy a quintessential British pastime such as afternoon tea and there are some pretty good ones to choose from.
Located just opposite The Ashmolean, the Macdonald Randolph Hotel is one of the finest destinations for afternoon tea in the city. Served in the sumptuous Drawing Room, guests are treated to a divine example of afternoon tea which includes a selection of homemade sandwiches, afternoon pastries and fruit cake all served with a pot of fine loose leaf tea. For special occasions, the Celebration Afternoon Tea is just the ticket and includes a glass of fine Moutard champagne.
Just a short walk from the city centre, the lovely 4 star Cotswold Lodge Hotel offers a well-priced afternoon tea at just £14.95 per person which includes a selection of finger sandwiches, a range of cakes and pastries and delicious homemade scones with strawberry jam and clotted cream. For those wanting a light bite the lovely Cream Tea is great value for money at just £6.95.
For a really special afternoon tea in Oxford, the Old Parsonage Hotel is a must try. One of the best hotel’s in the city, this stunning 17th century establishment is found in the heart of the city centre at the end of the Boulevard St Giles and just a short walk from The Ashmolean. Tuck into a fabulous afternoon tea from just £20 per person and you’ll be sipping tea alongside some of Oxford’s literary and academic elite.
There are many more great afternoon tea venues to choose from in Oxford so please do check out our dedicated page on afternoon tea in Oxford.