Guide links UK Travel Travel Europe Europe Maps

Britain’s top tea places

A London hotel and a tea-shop in a Cumbrian seaside town have won accolades for their afternoon tea from Britain’s Tea Guild.

A London hotel and a tea-shop in a Cumbrian seaside town have won accolades for their afternoon tea from Britain’s Tea Guild.

Claridges, the Mayfair hotel, has gained the Top London Afternoon Tea 2006 Award. Judges were impressed with the staff’s knowledge of teas and the delicate selection of accompanying cakes, pastries and sandwiches. The hotel offers a huge choice of over 30 different teas from all over the world. These are accompanied by a selection of finger sandwiches, French pastries and freshly baked raisin and apple scones served with Claridge’s own popular tea-infused jam and thick Devonshire clotted cream.

Afternoon tea is available daily, from £28.50 per person, from 3pm to 5:30pm; for reservations, tel. 0207 409 6307. Awards of excellence went to The Four Seasons, The Lanesborough, The Savoy and The Milestone.

A few miles south of England’s Lake District, Hazelmere Café and Bakery in Grange-over-Sands has won the Top Tea Place 2006 award. The owners, Dorothy and Ian Stubley, impressed the inspectors by offering a wonderful range of top-quality teas, brewed and served “to perfection”. Food, using mainly locally sourced ingredients, is produced in their own adjoining bakery. There is an open fire in winter and a Victorian verandah for use during the summer.
There were 34 Award of Excellence winners, including Sir George Newnes Tea Rooms in Lynton, Devon and Betty’s Café Tea Rooms in six Yorkshire locations including Harrogate and York.

Establishments were tested by mystery tea inspectors on 17 criteria, from décor and crockery to tea variety. A book, the AA and Tea Council’s Britain’s Best Afternoon Tea is available at bookshops or from the website: www.tea.co.uk


« Da Vinci decoded in London and Edinburgh · Brits Want To Share A Hotel Room With Keira Knightly »