Afternoon Tea in Norfolk
Published date: May 2019
There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea - Henry James
There are few things more quintessentially British than afternoon tea and this custom was introduced in England by Anna, the seventh Duchess of Bedford, in 1840. The Duchess would find herself hungry around 4 o’clock in the afternoon, with the evening meal in her household not being served until 8 o’clock, leaving a long period of time between lunch and dinner, the Duchess requested that a tray of tea, bread and butter and cake be brought to her room during the late afternoon, and she would often invite friends over to join her.
Today it’s a great excuse to eat cake and drink tea until you feel ready to burst and is the perfect way to celebrate any occasion, from baby showers, anniversaries and birthdays to hen parties, christenings and weddings. Hand-made delicate sandwiches, freshly baked cakes, scones with jam and cream, loose tea served in a china teapot and elegant crockery; what’s not to love? Whether you are after a stylish setting or a cosier environment, there are plenty of places in the county offering this British tradition.
Here are some of the best places to enjoy afternoon tea in Norfolk...
Elegant and luxurious - enjoy afternoon tea at Congham Hall, a Georgian manor set in 30 acres of beautiful parkland, in the heart of the stunning Norfolk countryside.
Full Afternoon Tea - a selection of freshly made sandwiches, homemade cakes, freshly baked scones with clotted cream and homemade jam and seasonal dessert with tea and coffee - £20.00 per person
Champagne Full Afternoon Tea – as above, with a glass of bubbly- £30.00 per person
To find out more or to book Afternoon Tea at Congham Hall, please visit their website or give them a call:
Congham Hall - Lynn Road, Congham, King’s Lynn, Norfolk, PE32 1AH
Tel: 01485 600250
A delectable afternoon tea is served daily at Titchwell Manor, a beautiful country retreat that was formerly a Victorian farmhouse, on the north Norfolk coast. Homemade sweet and savoury sandwiches and treats are served alongside tea from the Rare Tea Company. Add a glass of Moutard Champagne for pure indulgence. Gluten free afternoon teas are also served.
Full Afternoon Tea - includes scone, selection of sandwiches, cakes and sweets - £15.00 per person
With Moutard Champagne - £23.00 per person
To find out more or to book Afternoon Tea at Titchwell Manor, please visit their website or give them a call:
Titchwell Manor - Titchwell, Near Brancaster, Norfolk, PE31 8BB
Tel: 01485 210221
Visit the Assembly House for a truly indulgent afternoon of dainty finger sandwiches, scones, pastries and delicious cakes and sample luxury in one of the city’s most beautiful buildings. Serving classic, gluten free, vegetarian and vegan options, there is an afternoon tea to suit everyone at the Assembly House in Norwich.
Classic - includes a choice of dainty sandwiches, warm three cheese toastie, scones with strawberry jam and clotted cream, cakes and pastries - £21.95 per person
Gluten Free - £21.95 per person
Vegetarian - £21.95 per person
Vegan - £21.95 per person
To find out more or to book Afternoon Tea at the Assembly House, please visit their website or give them a call:
The Assembly House - Theatre Street, Norwich, Norfolk, NR2 1RQ
Tel: 01603 626402
Enjoy a delicious afternoon tea whilst overlooking the gardens at Morston Hall. Treat yourself to dainty sandwiches, warm scones and a selection of cakes and add a glass of their own Morston Hall Grand Resérve Champagne to top it off.
Full Afternoon Tea - £30.00 per person
With a glass of Champagne - £40.00 per person
To find out more or to book Afternoon Tea at Morston Hall, please visit their website or give them a call:
Morston Hall, The Street, Morston, Norfolk, NR25 7AA
Tel: 01263 741041
Book afternoon tea at The Grove in Cromer to celebrate a special occasion or to simply treat yourself. Choose to enjoy these sweet and savoury treats in their restaurant, lounge, conservatory or gardens (weather permitting). At the time of booking please make The Grove aware of special dietary requirements and they will do their upmost to meet your needs.
Afternoon Tea - includes savoury finger sandwiches, freshly baked scones with homemade preserves and clotted cream, cakes and a selection of traditional, fruit and herbal tea - £14.50 per person
Flowering Jasmine Afternoon Tea – a lovely variation on their traditional Afternoon Tea features a very light and fruity Tea with a special ‘jasmine Pod’, which unfurls in your tea glass to become a beautiful scented flower - £15.50 per person
Sparkling Afternoon Tea (with two glasses of Prosecco to accompany afternoon tea) - £21.00 per person
To find out more or to book Afternoon Tea at The Grove, please visit their website or give them a call:
The Grove, 95 Overstrand Road, Cromer, Norfolk, NR27 0DJ
Tel: 01263 512412
This small and independent family run boutique hotel located in the historic market town of Swaffham, serves a delightful afternoon tea that changes with the seasons. Sit by the fire in the winter months or go alfresco during the summer.
Traditional Afternoon Tea - includes finger sandwiches, fruit scones with strawberry jam and cream and selection of three different cakes. Choose a cafetière of coffee or a choice of teas - £16.50 per person
Add a glass of Prosecco - £22.00 per person
Add a glass of Champagne - £27.00 per person
To find out more or to book Afternoon Tea at Strattons Hotel, please visit their website or give them a call:
Strattons Hotel - 4 Ash Close, Swaffham, Norfolk, PE37 7NH
Tel: 01760 723845
This charming country house hotel in the heart of the Kelling Estate in north Norfolk, offers traditional afternoon tea in a stunning countryside location.
Full Afternoon Tea - selection of sandwiches, scones with seasonal jam and clotted cream, cakes and fancies, loose leaf tea or fruit teas - £16.50 per person
Add a glass of House Champagne - £24.50 per person
To find out more or to book Afternoon Tea at The Pheasant, please visit their website or give them a call:
The Pheasant - Coast Road, Kelling, Holt, Norfolk, NR25 7EG
Tel: 01263 588382
The Folly Tearoom and gardens are a tranquil destination, hidden away in Holt, and serve a delicious afternoon tea in vintage mismatched crockery.
The Folly Traditional - includes a selection of sandwiches, scones with strawberry preserve and clotted cream, a selection of miniature cakes and tea or coffee - £14.95 per person
Gluten Free Afternoon Tea - £16.95 per person
‘PINK FOLLY’ - a Folly Traditional Afternoon Tea with a glass of sparkling pink bubbles - £18.95 per person
To find out more or to book Afternoon Tea at Folly Tearoom, please visit their website or give them a call:
Folly Tearoom - Hoppers Yard, Bull Street, Holt, Norfolk, NR25 6LN
Tel: 01263 713569
Sample afternoon tea in the heart of Holt and enjoy traditional finger sandwiches, fluffy scones with clotted cream and jam, tasty cakes and a selection of tea and coffee. Also serving High Tea, the same as their classic afternoon tea but with added savoury treats - scotch egg, deep filled quiche and warm sausage roll. Afternoon tea can be eaten in the cosy surroundings of their snug, or by the fire in their café and restaurant or when the weather is warmer, outside overlooking the bustling market town of Holt. Please state any dietary requirements and food allergies/intolerances when booking.
Classic Afternoon Tea - selection of finger sandwiches, fruit scone with clotted cream and preserves, a selection of Byfords cakes and a choice of tea or coffee - £17.50 per person
Champagne Afternoon Tea - £25.00 per person
To find out more or to book Afternoon Tea at Byfords, please visit their website or give them a call:
Byfords - 1-3 Shirehall Plain, Holt, Norfolk, NR25 6BG
Tel: 01263 711400
Try Biddy’s unique take on Afternoon Tea in this quirky city centre setting. Halfternoon Tea, High Tea, Cream Tea and Savoury Tea are also available as are gluten free and vegetarian options. Please state any dietary requirements when booking.
Full Afternoon - three tiers of build-your-own afternoon tea made from their freshly prepared sandwiches, scones (with clotted cream and jam) and a large portion of homemade cake. All served with one of over 50 blends of tea or a coffee - £13.95 per person
To find out more or to book Afternoon Tea at Biddy’s Tearoom, please visit their website or give them a call:
Biddy’s Tea Room - 15/15a Lower Goat Lane, Norwich, Norfolk, NR2 1EL
Tel: 01603 568019
Experience a wonderful afternoon tea in the Bank House in King’s Lynn. This unique Grade II * Georgian town house hotel on the quayside serves traditional afternoon tea including a selection of finger sandwiches, filled scones served warm, and sweet cakes and pastries. With 6 varieties of leaf tea, and a special ‘tea of the week’, they also offer gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian and vegan afternoon tea options. Please let them know of any dietary requirements at the time of booking.
Classic Afternoon Tea - £15.00 per person
Celebration Afternoon Tea - £22.50
Children’s Afternoon Tea (suitable for children aged 5 – 10) - £7.50
To find out more or to book Afternoon Tea at Bank House, please visit their website or give them a call:
Bank House - King’s Staithe Square, King’s Lynn, Norfolk, PE30 1RD
Tel: 01553 660492
The River Kitchen
Afternoon tea at The River Kitchen in Wroxham is served on vintage china tea sets and includes dainty sandwiches, homemade scones, cakes and fancies. With stunning views of the Norfolk Broads combined with delicious fare, this is the perfect place for a tasty afternoon tea treat.
Afternoon Tea - includes a selection of sandwiches, fruit scones served with jam and clotted cream, homemade cake, treats and sweets and unlimited Yorkshire tea or filter coffee - £14 per person
To find out more or to book Afternoon Tea at The River Kitchen, please visit their website or give them a call:
The River Kitchen - Riverside Road, Wroxham, Norfolk, NR12 8UD
Tel: 01603 926560
Norfolk Mead Hotel
The quintessentially English tradition of Afternoon Tea can be enjoyed at the Norfolk Mead Hotel in their lounge, snug or in their walled gardens.
Full Afternoon Tea - includes a selection of freshly made finger sandwiches, cakes and freshly baked scones with Cornish clotted cream and Norfolk strawberry jam, fresh coffee or tea - £18.50 per person
Champagne Afternoon Tea (glass of Laurent Perrier) £32.00 per person
Norfolk Mead Hotel - Church Loke, Coltishall, Norfolk, NR12 7DN
Tel: 01603 737531
Prices correct at 20/05/2019. For more details and to book a table, please go to the individual websites or give them a call.