As Britain gears up for Afternoon Tea Week, we’ve summed up our top five picks for afternoon tea in and near Coventry.
A national, week-long celebration of Britain’s favourite teatime treat is upon us and if you, like us, love your tea, Afternoon Tea Week is the perfect excuse to indulge.
From 12 to 18 August, tea rooms, restaurants and hotels across the country will be ordering in extra scones and holding exclusive events in celebration of the British heritage of afternoon tea.
We’ve summed up our top spots in and near Coventry to enjoy afternoon tea all week (and after).
Coombe Abbey Hotel
Set in 500 acres of breathtaking land and private gardens with a lake of its own, Coombe Abbey might just be one of Coventry’s most iconic and historic locations.
Hosted in their Garden Room, which offers stunning glass-fronted seating with views of the stunning grounds, Traditional Afternoon Tea at Coombe Abbey features three tiers of sandwiches, cakes, pastries and freshly baked scones. Served with whipped clotted cream and preserve with loose leaf tea of your choice.
Upgrade to one of their speciality afternoon teas, such the Hendrick’s Gin Pot Afternoon Tea presented on a tiered stand served with gin & tonics. Choose from: Fever Tree Tonic, Naturally Light, Mediterranean, or Elderflower Tonic.
Traditional Afternoon Tea at Coombe Abbey Hotel starts from £26.95 per person.
Laura Ashley The Tea Room, The Iliffe
To celebrate Afternoon Tea Week, Laura Ashley The Tea Room at The Iliffee has launched a new picnic afternoon tea.
Make the most of the great British summertime and enjoy afternoon tea al fresco, ideal to enjoy with family or friends, to celebrate an anniversary or for a romantic proposal.
Each picnic afternoon tea comes with a beautiful Laura Ashley blanket for diners to relax on in the tea room gardens.
The picnic afternoon tea comes complete with a selection of sandwiches plus sweet and savoury treats as well as traditional scones with cream and jam, with vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free options available on request.
You’ll also receive unlimited tea, coffee and iced tea and can opt for a Prosecco or Champagne upgrade with your afternoon tea.
Picnic afternoon tea is priced from £20 per person or £10 per child and is available until 30 September.
The Belfry Hotel & Resort
Enjoy a quintessentially British afternoon tea with a range of finger sandwiches and home-made scones accompanied by tea breads, delicate pastries and a selection of fresh leaf tea or coffee at one of the country’s top hotel and golf resorts.
The Belfry host their afternoon tea in the relaxed environment of their Brabazon Bar, located at the very heart of The Belfry, exuding class and style.
After you’ve finished why not play a few rounds on the golf course, or head to the spa for a treatment?
Served 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm daily, priced from £40 for two.
The Undercroft at St. Mary’s Guildhall
Located in the atmospheric medieval undercroft of St. Mary’s Guildhall, this is the most unlikely place you’ll find afternoon tea in the entire city.
Just a short stroll from Broadgate, West Orchards Shopping Centre and neighbouring tourist attractions, The Undercroft at St. Mary’s is a perfect place to unwind in the city’s historic Cathedral Quarter.
Their afternoon tea is prepared in the same medieval kitchens that have catered for royalty and civic dignitaries for nearly 700 years (with a few updates over time, of course).
The Rising Café
Housed within the historic surroundings of Coventry Cathedral, Rising Café is a local favourite for delicious lunches, excellent coffees, a uniquely scrumptious afternoon tea.
Their Classic Afternoon Tea is served with a selection of sandwiches including tuna and cucumber, cheese and ham, corned beef and tomatoes, accompanied by scones and a selection of home-baked desserts.
They serve two speciality afternoon teas, The American Alliance which features a selection of mini burgers with traditional homemade fries, and The Winston which comes with a roast beef and mustard 3-tier sandwich with onion chutney, served with mini Yorkshire puddings, filled with pigs in blanket and dipping gravy, mini apple crumble and custard, gingerbread and meringue.
The Rising Café’s afternoon tea starts from only £10 per person, or £19 for two, with kids, gluten-free and vegetarian options all available too.