Bristol Afternoon Tea: Where Tradition Meets Taste!

Afternoon tea, as quintessentially British as Strawberries and cream, roast dinners and talking about the weather and in great supply in and around Bristol.  If you're having a celebration, catching up with friends or family or just fancy it, an afternoon tea is the perfect and most delicious way to spend an hour or two. Tea, sandwiches, cakes, what's not to love?!

Bristol has a whole host of different options for different moods and budgets. The only question left to answer is which came first, the cream or the jam.

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Experience Luxurious Afternoon Tea in Bristol

Eating cake and quaffing tea or, even better, champagne, under the guise of being elegant is a great tradition in our books and one that we are keen on upholding.

More than just the enjoyment of delicious sandwiches, the real pleasure is in the ceremony of afternoon tea; the delicate china, the pouring of the tea and the excuse to dress up and pretend to be fancy.

Bristol has a wide variety of establishments on offer from the super traditional to the quirky and modern. Whatever your style, there's no better way to pass an afternoon!

Browns Brasserie Afternoon Tea

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Let’s start in Clifton with impressive architecture and an equally impressive culinary offering. When you walk into Browns Brasserie and Bar you can't help but be blown away by the building modelled on Doge’s Palace in Venice.

Now, let's talk about the highlight: the crème de la crème, the afternoon tea

With the likes of lobster and prawn brioche rolls and smoked salmon and cream cheese on whisky & thyme oatcake you know this is high class offering, finished off with the likes of elderflower & gin posset and salted caramel profiteroles.

This can be yours between 3pm and 5.30pm for £22.00 or if you want to add in a cheeky glass of Moët & Chandon Impérial or Roku Gin & Fever-Tree tonic it'll be £32.00.

Clifton Village Afternoon Tea

Whilst we’re in Clifton, If there’s a group of 10 or more of you, No.4 Clifton Village might be the place to go.

Set in a beautiful Georgian Town House you can sit in the restaurant or al fresco in their stunning walled gardens.

With a classic, Hendricks or Prosecco afternoon tea, for £18.00 or £24.00 it’s ideal for a group and gives you the choice of making it boozy.

Perfect to break up an afternoon of shopping in Clifton's independent boutiques and antiques arcades.

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Thornbury Afternoon Tea

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For a change of scenery, why not head out of the city. You want a castle, we've got you a castle, Tudor gardens and parkland, go on then, we'll chuck that in too.

At Thornbury Castle you can choose to have your afternoon tea in the Lounge, Sitting Room or Library.

Enjoy afternoon tea daily from 12:30pm-4:30pm, featuring elegant finger sandwiches, choux buns, blackberry friands, and classic scones with homemade jam and clotted cream

Prices start at £37.50 per person.

Clifton Village Afternoon Tea

Pop on down to Hotel Du Vin with £29.95, it’s time to bring in the pastry chefs and take afternoon tea up a few notches.

Don’t expect just the classic finger sandwiches here. If the likes of Severn & Wye smoked salmon and cream cheese on dark rye bread, or egg and cress on a brioche roll take your fancy you’ve come to the right place.

This is followed by cream tea and sweet mini treats of Victoria sponge roulade, raspberry and dark chocolate tea cakes and orange and marmalade tea loaf, all topped off with a choice of teas or a glass of champagne for an additional £11.00.

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Bristol Harbourside Afternoon Tea

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You think of Bristol and you think of the harbourside and what better location to relax and enjoy an afternoon tea.

If you’re spending the afternoon with people who don’t live in Bristol it would give the ideal chance for a bit of site seeing while you’re at it.

At The Bristol Hotel, for a vintage afternoon tea served on retro crockery with finger sandwiches, mini cakes and scones with clotted cream and jam it’ll cost you £25.00 or for an extra £12.00 you could have a glass of  English sparkling wine or Hendricks Gin cocktail.

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Unique Afternoon Tea

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Restaurants are a great environment for an afternoon tea but this is Bristol, there’s always something different in the mix.

Now this isn’t an everyday experience and it’s only available on Bank Holiday Mondays during the summer. Our next venue for an afternoon tea in Bristol is at the train station. Yeah, you heard right, well not just at the station, it’s running through the Bristol countryside.

Avon Valley Railway offers afternoon tea on a steam train.

You will have a glass of prosecco followed by a High Tea of finger sandwiches, scones with jam and cream and a selection of dainty cakes and pastries and tea or coffee. Tickets cost £39.00 for this unique experience!

Clifton Suspension Bridge Afternoon Tea

Head to the Clifton Observatory for a special afternoon tea in Bristol. Running on selected days, this venue promises a unique experience. As the name implies, get set for some breath-taking panoramic views of the iconic Clifton Suspension Bridge and Avon Gorge.

Enjoy your tea indoors or on the lovely patio for great photos and a memorable experience."

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Elegant Afternoon Tea

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Afternoon tea at The Ivy Brasserie in Clifton, Bristol, is an elegant affair. Priced at approximately £29.95 per person, it includes a selection of finger sandwiches with various fillings, freshly baked scones with clotted cream and jam, and an assortment of delectable pastries and cakes.

The tea menu features a mix of classic and unique blends, with the option to add champagne for an authentic Ivy experience

Somerset Afternoon Tea

If you enjoy a serene countryside locale for your luxury afternoon tea, we have two more places outside of the city centre that might float your boat.

Symonds at Redwood is nestled in a quaint village, offering countryside charm while being conveniently near the city center.

Leather chairs, art work on the walls and a relaxed atmosphere provide the perfect setting to enjoy your afternoon tea. Keep it traditional or add in some prosecco, champagne or gin to mix it up.

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Why Bristol for an afternoon tea?

One of the greatest things about Bristol is its ability to always surprise and offer people amazing quality and variety. Afternoon teas are easy enough to find wherever you are in the country but an afternoon tea in Bristol doesn’t have to be standard.

City, countryside, train or castle, there is something for everyone. Visiting or living in the city? Pick a beautiful venue and treat yourself

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