Bristol Afternoon Tea

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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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!

Bristol University Quarter 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 to the most important bit though, the good stuff, 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 £15.50 or if you want to add in a cheeky glass of Moët & Chandon Impérial or Warner Edwards Victoria’s Rhubarb Gin & Fever-Tree tonic it'll be £21.95.

Clifton Village Afternoon Tea

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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 Perrier-Jouët Champagne afternoon tea, for £15.00 or £20.00 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.

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.

Afternoon tea is available daily from 12.30pm-4.30pm with the classic finger sandwiches and cakes and freshly baked scones with homemade jam and clotted cream for £23.50 per person or with a glass of champagne for £34.50 per person.

Bristol City Centre Afternoon Tea

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Pop on down to Hotel Du Vin with £22.50, it’s time to bring in the pastry chefs and take afternoon tea up a few notches. Don’t expect just finger sandwiches here or do and you will be blown away. If the likes of Severn & Wye smoked salmon and cream cheese on dark rye bread, egg and cress mayonnaise brioche sub, ham with Gruyère croissant, heritage tomato and tapenade galette and goat’s cheese and spinach quiche take your fancy you’ve come to the right place.

This is followed by cream tea and sweet mini treats of lemon meringue pie, raspberry and dark chocolate tea cakes, a gin and tonic sundae and deliciously soft and sugary doughnuts filled with tangy rhubarb and custard, all topped off with homemade candy floss, infused with sweet fruit flavours and a choice of teas.

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 £19.00 or for an extra £6.00 you could have a glass of champagne or Hendricks Gin cocktail or a house cocktail for £8.50.

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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. This is a real family affair and they offer an adult and child’s price of £21.00 for adults and £16.00 for children.

Somerset Afternoon Tea

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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 in a charming village is in the countryside but conveniently close to the centre. 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.

Backwell House is a luxury country manor hotel and restaurant surrounded by a beautiful tranquil landscape. Serving sandwiches, scones and the delicious sounding Chocolate brownie, Macaroons, Salted caramel éclair and Victoria sponge for £19.50 per person or £25.00 per person with Prosecco.

Why Bristol?

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. Whether you're visiting the city or you live in the area, choose from one of these beautiful venues and enjoy a real treat!

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