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Time for tea? We check out some indulgent tea venues

It must be something about the jubilee weekend approaching, but afternoon teas, particularly with champagne, feel rather appealing!
Tea at The Landmark

I recently carried out some research on afternoon tea locations in and around North London, for a family birthday, helped along by kind friends on our Facebook. Thanks to everyone's helpful suggestions, we ended up having a sunny tea time adventure last Saturday at Hanbury Manor ("adventure" because I forgot to tell a significant family member of a change in location- oops).

But anyway, seeing as it feels like time for tea, here's a round-up of the recommendations I received.

Central London 

I received rave reviews about a number of London Hotels- so here's the shortlist!

The Athenaeum was voted best afternoon tea in London for 2012 by the Tea Guild. The hotel offers an award winning Evergreen Tea  costing £28.50 per person or £35 with a glass of Champagne. Or try the Regent's Park Honey Tea which is exceedingly popular, it's £39 per-person and includes a glass of Honey Fizz. Please book 24 hours in advance.
Tea at Claridges

Claridges, is also a previous (two time) winner of The Tea Guilds Top London Afternoon Tea (who knew?). From £38 per person (£49 including champagne). There is a Diamond Jubilee afternoon tea on offer 2- 6 June, with English pastries and roast beef sandwiches.

The Landmark Hotel offers afternoon tea in the Winter Garden, with an intriguing Chocolate Afternoon Tea option. There is a Diamond Jubilee Tea, featuring mouthwatering Berry tartlet with orange blossom Guimauve, Lemon meringue tart, Orange chocolate mousse on a pecan nut shortbread, Pistachio and cherry cupcake, Crispy chocolate and mint mousse, Raspberry Champagne jelly, Mini sherry trifle and Earl Grey tea macaroon. Yum.

Within 1 hour of North London!

We headed to Saturday to Hanbury Manor, a luxury Marriott hotel set in acres of beautiful gardens and golf course. We were lucky that (those of us who actually made it) were seated outside- I think this actually made the afternoon as the scenery was stunning and the kids could run around. We did have to sign a disclaimer for eating outside which was a bit jarring! Champagne tea consisted of a selection of finger sandwiches, fresh scones jam cream, and a selection of miniature pastries. £30 a head including champagne. Worth the trip for the views.

The Grove is a luxury hotel in Hertfordshire, combining hotel, spa, golf. A number of people have raved about the afternoon tea- there's not much detail on the website but we've definitely bookmarked it for a visit!

Afternoon tea at Luton Hoo
Luton Hoo is a 5* hotel, golf and spa near Luton. Afternoon tea can be combined with champagne or Pimms- the menu sounds scrummy. Prices start at £26 per person.

We also love the look of St Michael's Manor, St Albans. The award winning restaurant gives excellent views across the garden and lake. Afternoon teas start from £8.95, with wheat free and gluten free options.

We've also been recommended West Lodge Park in Hadley Wood. Cream teas start at £12.50, with a Diamond Jubilee tea available at £26.

If you fancy something a bit different, we loved the Black Horse in Woburn which served a stunning and very reasonable (£11) a head afternoon tea with huge slabs of cake, and delicious scones and sandwiches. Not refined but reasonable and really hit the spot!

Yum- I'm off to boil the kettle! DO let us know if we have missed any!
Nadine 7 June 2012 at 12:52 said...

The Hightea shop in Highgate has amazing cakes/scones and a lovely retro/vintage ambience. if you wish for a full high tea, I am sure they woudl do it for you too! Indepedent shop and lovely!

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