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 indulge in some of these afternoon teas.

Central Bristol

Hotel du Vin & Bistro

Located in an old sugar factory, this place is used to all things sweet. Dazzlingly good tea infusions from Bird & Blend Tea Co. are accompanied by beautiful sandwiches, including a fine selection for vegans, incredible cakes and scones with butter, cream and jam. For extra wow-factor wash down with champagne or a cocktail. 

Cream tea - scones with cream and jam at Hotel du Vin & Bistro

Image - Hotel du Vin & Bistro

Café at the New Room

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's New Room – it’s the oldest Methodist church in the world!

Cake counter at The New Room Cafe

Image - The New Room

Harvey Nichols Bristol Second Floor Restaurant

Fend off shopping sugar lows with some teatime indulgence at this stylish eatery. The menu features classic sandwich combos like smoked salmon and cream cheese alongside homemade sweet treats, from apple and courgette cake to rhubarb pavlova. 

Recess, Hilton Garden Inn

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.

Afternoon tea at Recess, Hilton Garden Inn

Image - Recess at Hilton Garden Inn

Old City

The Harbour Kitchen at Bristol Harbour Hotel

Wind down in the luxurious subterranean spa before choosing between cream, full afternoon, prosecco or champagne tea in this classy setting. You can also book in for an Afternoon Tea Brush Along with Charlotte Tilbury, learning how to create a soft, glowing look with one of the brand's senior make-up artists before or after enjoying fizz and cake. 

Harbour Hotel spa

Image - underground spa at Bristol Harbour Hotel

Harbourside

The River Lounge at The Bristol

Make your afternoon tea super special with a gin cocktail served in a vintage teacup, or glass of bubbles as you watch boats, bikes and people go by on the Harbourside. Enjoy afternoon tea for two for just £30 here until 30 September 2021. 

Clifton

No.4 Clifton Village

G and Tea anyone? Upgrade your afternoon tea to Hendrick’s or Da Luca Prosecco and nibble on freshly baked scones in their lovely garden or inside, surrounded by vintage décor in this beautiful Georgian townhouse. An equally tempting vegan menu is available. 

No. 4 Clifton Village

Image - Hendrinck's afternoon tea, No.4 Clifton Village

360 Cafe at Clifton Observatory

Afternoon tea and one of the best views in Bristol? Tick and tick. Look out over Clifton Suspension Bridge as you tuck into freshly prepared sandwiches, pastries and cakes, with the option to upgrade your tea for prosecco. 

The Ivy Clifton Brasserie

A real treat, afternoon tea is served 7 days a week and includes mouth-watering seasonal delights such as truffled chicken brioche roll, chocolate caramel flower pot and pistachio nasturtium crème brûlée.

Ivy afternoon tea

Image - The Ivy Clifton Brasserie

Ashwell & Co

This quirky little tearoom in Clifton makes a lovely venue for a tea party celebration and even a bit of vintage shopping. They also deliver with the option to hire their stunning crockery, in case you fancy a fuss-free tea party at home.

Scone with cream and jam and sandwiches from Heartfelt Vintage

Image - Heartfelt Vintage

Further afield

Thornbury Castle

Seeing as it was Queen Victoria who helped popularise the tradition of afternoon tea, it’s fitting to be able to wolf down finger sandwiches and miniature cakes in this splendid castle. For hundreds of years the kitchen garden has provided ingredients for Thornbury Castle and continues to do so today.

Thornbury castle

Image - Thornbury Castle

Berwick Lodge

Walk up an appetite in the beautiful grounds before sitting down to lashings of clotted cream, sweet-smelling jam and perhaps a glass of the sparkly stuff. Opt for the Berwick Afternoon Tea for an extra special menu starring duck leg bonbon and summer vegetable tart. They also do a kids version which includes milkshake and unicorn cake. 

De Vere Tortworth Court Estate

A Victorian country house on the Cotswold fringes, not far from Bristol, they do a delightful afternoon tea in their characterful wood-panelled restaurant which overlooks the extensive grounds.

Tortworth Court

Image - De Vere Tortworth Court Estate

Tiffany’s Restaurant at the Grand Pier 

Partake in a quintessential English pastime in a quintessentially English seaside town, but the difference here is that you will be a quarter-of-a-mile out to sea! From the Grand Pier you have views over the Bristol Channel, Mendip Hills and across to Wales.

Backwell House Restaurant

Gorgeous country house hotel Backwell House lays on a superb afternoon tea spread every day between 3 and 5pm. Devour a selection of sandwiches, savouries, scones and the day's cakes, with a vegan menu available if you prefer.  

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