Let out those waist bands because Monday 14 August marks the start of Afternoon Tea Week. Jam or cream first?  Ahh the great Devonshire or Cornish cream tea debate…well, we suggest seeing how it’s done Bristol fashion. 

From the quirky to highly traditional, grab a brew and sink your chops into some of these afternoon teas:

Central Bristol

Located in an old sugar factory, this place is used to all things sweet. A tea sommelier serves dazzlingly good infusions accompanied by beautifully towering treats like Gruyère croissant, gin and tonic sundae and homemade candy floss. For extra wow factor wash down with carefully selected gins or Champagne.

Malmaison afternoon tea

Image - Malmaison (Hotel du Vin) afternoon tea

One of the top twenty-five bakeries in the UK, everything is baked throughout the day in open view. Mix and match your own afternoon tea – choose from scones, tarts, tea, sandwiches, sourdoughnuts, breads and pastries.

Pinkmans bakery

Image - Pinkmans

For a quirky twist on the traditional offering, grab some chums for Afternoon T at Wapping Wharf, where the T stands for Tacos and Tequila!

After a real sense of occasion? Sink into sofas in the drawing room for a Royal High Tea or West Country Cream Tea at this sophisticated hotel.

Bristol Marriott Royal

Image - Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel

Treat yourself to a Sparkling Spa and Afternoon Tea here. Feel heavenly after a pool, Jacuzzi, sauna and steam sesh, before spoiling yourself with a sinfully good afternoon tea.

Fresh, home-baked, ethically and locally-sourced food and drink is the order of the day at this new café. Afterwards, take a wander round the John Wesley Chapel and Museum - it’s the oldest Methodist church in the world!

Cream tea at John Wesley's New Room

Fend off shopping sugar lows with some teatime indulgence at this stylish eatery.

Wash down your afternoon indulgence with a glass of Pimms in the summer or mulled wine come winter, before heading out to explore Bristol from your city centre location.