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 full afternoon, prosecco or champagne tea in this classy setting. All are served with a selection of sandwiches, plain and fruit scones, clotted cream and jam, and a selection of cakes and sweet treats.

Sandwich choices include free-range egg mayonnaise, brie with red onion marmalade, smoked salmon with lemon and dill crème fraîche, and truffled chicken.
.Harbour Kitchen in Bristol Harbour Hotel

Image - Harbour Kitchen at Bristol Harbour Hotel

Harbourside

Vintage afternoon tea at The Bristol

Served Wednesday to Sunday from 12.30pm to 4.30pm, this afternoon tea arrives on retro crockery with traditional scones, Cornish clotted cream and jam, miniature cakes and finger sandwiches. To make your afternoon tea extra special, add a glass of Champagne or a House Cocktail. Gluten free or vegan afternoon teas available on request. 

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 walled garden or inside, surrounded by vintage décor in this beautiful Georgian townhouse. You can also updgrade to vintage crockery for an even more traditional twist! An equally tempting vegan menu is available. Advance booking is required.

No. 4 Clifton Village

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

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 - Ashwell & Co.

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. Served Monday - Friday from 12pm - 2.30pm, or on weekends at 12pm, 12.30pm, 3pm or 3.30pm.

Afternoon tea at Berwick Lodge
Image - Berwick Lodge

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.

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