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Saturday, 21 April 2018

9 Sumptuous Afternoon Teas | Traditional British Locations

The Imperial Torquay Luxury Afternoon Tea
Phew!  Would you take a look at that afternoon tea?!  I'm proud to say this was demolished in under fifteen minutes - but photographed for probably twice as long beforehand!  Last month I found myself in Torquay for a few days, staying at The Imperial Torquay.  While there, I seized the opportunity to indulge in an afternoon tea downstairs overlooking the harbour.  Blazing hot sunshine streaming through the windows, large helpings of condiments and glorious interior design to set the mood.  It was undoubtedly one of my all-time favourite afternoon teas... which got me thinking; what other fabulous, traditional afternoon teas can be found right now across the country?  Notepads at the ready, it's time to hunt down the tastiest scones in the UK!  The rules are loose, but sumptuous interior deign is a must...
The Imperial Torquay Hotel Afternoon Tea
The Imperial Torquay Hotel Afternoon Tea For Two
Psst!  This is in no particular order.  Any of the locations listed below are pretty much guaranteed to provide you with a fabulous experience.  So, take your pick and start exploring!

T H E   I M P E R I A L   T O R Q U A Y

You're looking at it here in this post!  The views of the harbour from the hotel are breathtakingly beautiful and even more so on a sunny day.  I'll be sharing a full travel guide to the area (featuring this hotel) soon - so keep an eye out!

P A L M   C O U R T   A T   T H E   L A N G H A M

I could quite happily live in any room of The Langham for the rest of my life, and the dining rooms are no exception.  It's decor heaven and that includes the food - afternoon tea is beautifully presented

T H E   G R O V E   (  W A L E S  )

If it's traditional you're after, look no further!  Surrounded by nature, it's a cosy location ideal for enjoying afternoon tea outdoors on a warm summer's afternoon  

T H E   R I T Z   L O N D O N

Afternoon tea at The Ritz had been on my wishlist for a while, before being ticked off the list by Pandora Jewellery last month in a private dining room.  Dreamy!  If it's luxury you're after... 

G L E N E A G L E S   S P A   &   G O L D   R E S O R T   (  S C O T L A N D  )

Book an overnight stay to enjoy the 5 star luxury of the hotel rooms and then the cream on top of the scone?  Book a tasty afternoon tea!  Encourage the men in your group to compete in a round of golf, and then scoff aaaall of the scones yourself!

M A C D O N A L D   O L D   E N G L A N D   H O T E L  &  S P A

After walking for miles and then taking a boat to Windermere, sitting down in a traditionally luxurious living room two years ago to enjoy afternoon tea in the Lake District was complete perfection.  The food is absolutely divine - a must when in the area

T H E   R U B E N S   A T   T H E   P A L A C E

With a view of Buckingham Palace, The Rubens makes perfect sense for tourists exploring this part of London.  Oh and don't even get me started on that plush burgundy interior...

S K E T C H   L O N D O N

Arguably one of the most popular pink locations in the country, Sketch is the perfect location for a feminine afternoon tea in London.  Hello Instagrammable venue!

T H E   W E S T B U R Y   D U B L I N 

I'm yet to get around to exploring much of Ireland, but believe me that when I do, The Westbury in Dublin will be at the very top of my to-do list.  The interior design, the food, the location - I'm yet to read a bad review!

Travel Blogger Guide to Torquay 2018
The Imperial Torquay Hotel Afternoon Tea DessertsUgh, my mouth is watering just looking at this afternoon tea again - oh, sweet memories...

As always, I'm really looking forward to reading your thoughts in the comments below.  Have you ever enjoyed afternoon tea at any of the places mentioned in this post?  Where was the last afternoon tea you enjoyed?

The Imperial Torquay
Parkhill Road

With love,

Gabrielle x



  1. It seems to be a delicious selection ;)

  2. Going out to afternoon tea is one of my favorite things to do! Whenever it's my birthday or there's something worth celebrating, my family and I always hunt down the best places to have the proper English Tea ritual here in NY. I cannot wait until I go to London so I can try some of these places. All of them look fantastic :)

  3. I love afternoon tea! I've tried the one at The Ritz and Sketch. I'll be in Dublin in a couple of months and I'm going to look into the one you've listed above.


  4. Going for an afternoon tea is one of my favorite activities!! Everything looks so delicious in your pictures Gabrielle! I would love to visit any of your recommendations because I'm sure those places are amazing!

    Hope you are having a lovely weekend!


    Seize your Style

  5. I only went for afternoon tea once in my life, it isn't really a thing here in Germany. It was delicious though, and my godmother (she's from London) said it was good enough to qualify.

    Anne - Linda, Libra, Loca

  6. I haven't been to a classic afternoon tea, just a small one as part of an attraction, but these suggestions sound amazing x

    Velvet Blush

  7. Those all sound amazing! I want to go to a tea place now

  8. Oh yum, that looks amazing, such good food no wonder it went so quickly, haha! I have been to a few homemade high teas but never to a restaurant, I'd like to one day !Thanks for sharing your top places for it! :)

    Hope you are having a great weekend :) We are having the perfect weather - warm and sunny in the morning, then cooler in the afternoon and evenings when the storms roll in. We spent time by the pool yesterday morning!

    Away From The Blue Blog

  9. These sweets look amazing. I'm not a tea person, but would enjoy these desserts with a cup of coffee. I'm already imagining it!!! LOL

  10. I was just looking at Afternoon teas in San Francisco, now this post has me overly excited. Thank you for all the awesome information, I’m going to save it :)

  11. Those cakes look delicious! I had quite a few sweets at the wedding I attended yesterday, so I better enjoy cakes in virtual shape for a while. I always enjoy your photography! You look really cute btw, love those oversize sunglasses. The bag is adorable as well.

    I need to bookmark this post, just in case I visit UK this Spring. It was great reading this. I imagine that both tourists and locals would like to know about where to find a perfect cup of tea in a traditional British location. I'm both a tea and coffee lover, and I always wanted to try a British tea.

  12. I feel like such a fraud as a British person in that I have never been anywhere for an afternoon tea, I fully intend on taking my daughter when she is old enough to handle the long long trip to london to visit one of the gorgeous pink locations :)

    Rosy | Sparkles of Light Blog

  13. I absoloutely adore afternoon tea! There's something so lovely about seeing them bring out the cake stand full of goodies isn't there? I'm really intrigued by the quirky afternoon teas that seem to be popular lately too - they look wonderful!

    Musings & More

  14. Se ve riquísimo ! Me acaba de entrar muchisimo hambre viendo estas fotos de estos pasteles.

  15. I LOVE afternoon tea, its so lovely! Love how you featured Gleneagles too - faby!

    Erin || MakeErinOver

  16. Out of these I've only been to the Ritz and Sketch, since I don't live locally to any. I love cakes!

    Raindrops of Sapphire

  17. Amazing photos! Now I'm hungry :D For me there's always time for afternoon tea, in general I love tea and I can drink tea all the time.

  18. Afternoon tea is such a classic British thing to do - and yet ever since I've been here I've never had a proper one! This needs to change haha, and I'm hoping to go later on in the year when I'm on holiday. Sketch is of course a place I'd love to see, it just looks so good that I might even just go for the aesthetics of the place haha. Afternoon tea at a classic hotel like the Ritz must feel so special too!

    Julia x
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  19. These pastries look so yummy! Great photos!

    - Cielo
    Mermaid in Heels

  20. Bonitas imágenes! feliz semana precios@!💜💜💜

  21. Oh I just adore the ritual of afternoon tea! I have done it a few times in New York but I can imagine the experience being even more amazing and authentic in the UK. I just always wish there were more savory options since I'm sugar-free.

  22. I never tried an afternoon tea and have been trying to convince my husband to attend one with me. He thinks it's too 'British'. LOL!

    Shireen⎜Reflection of Sanity

  23. Beautiul yummy dessert. Hope you had a blast! Thanks for sharing!
    much love, Len

  24. Sounds perfect, I love a good place for afternoon tea xx

  25. Girl this looks amazing! Thanks for the recommendations!

    x Lisa |

  26. I like the idea of afternoon tea- is so so British :-) I used to live in UK for 5 years and this kind of places are very popular there :-) So stunning pictures dear xx

  27. I just love afternoon tea - amazing selection of places, would love to try all of them! Have a great week, Gabrielle!

    Miriam xx

  28. I just loove afternoon teas, thanks for the guide babe !!

  29. Always in for a good tea time! We were tea lovers but after we lived in Ireland we made it like an hobby :D Thanks for sharing these places!
    Have a lovely day

    Patricia & Miguel

  30. I love theses delicious pictures!
    And I should be in London for few days I need to keep theses adresses on mind !
    Thanks for sharing ♥

  31. I love attending afternoon tea's Gabrielle. We have a couple of nice places here. Saving this post, if I go to London. Thanks for the list. Everything looks delicious.

  32. I've actually never had an afternoon tea, how bad is that haha?! I have had a fair few cream teas in my time though and I'm a fan!
    Amy xx

  33. Ohhh, everything looks so delicious and you are looking just gorgeous. I love attending afternoon tea whenever I get a chance. I'm a big lover of tea and always ready to go for it. I f i visit London (it's my dream) I will remember these places for sure.
    Have a happy Monday!!

  34. I LOVE afternoon tea! My mom and I were just in Vegas and we did afternoon tea at The Mandarin Oriental. SO delicious. I honestly could eat scones all day long. I would love to try every single one of these places! It's always fun to see the spin they put on the treats!

    Susie |

  35. All of these places sound beautiful, I see it on Insta so much that I'd love to go to Sketch especially!

    Julia // The Sunday Mode

  36. Euhm babe?! How come you're always either making me super hungry or make me want to visit the UK asap?! This looks super delicious! And if I'm ever in the UK again, we need to go to one of these places and have a little blogger date!

    1. Ah, Ella! There's nothing I'd like more - looking forward to when you next find yourself back in the UK. Scones all 'round! haha :)

      Gabrielle x

  37. these treats look delish and you look so posh!

  38. Ahh I LOVE afternoon tea! A must every time I'm in London.
    Great list - so many good places to choose from. Sketch is so instagramable!


  39. Those desserts look heavenly! Also, your sunnies are really pretty too dear. So cute and fab on you.

    Jessica |

  40. Hello beautiful I love the selection of places because when you travel you always want to go to quiet places to have a good tea and a delicious cake.


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