Here are some of the top places for indulging in homemade cakes, scones and sandwiches in Hampshire
Afternoon tea is one of life’s simple pleasures. Warm, fluffy scones loaded with sticky fruity jam and silky smooth clotted cream alongside a piping pot of brew… say no more.
Perfect for celebrating a special birthday or anniversary, Valentine’s Day or Mother’s Day or even a hen party, the traditional British pastime is a wonderful way to relax, sit back and indulge in all things delicious.
It doesn’t have to be saved for a special occasion though, and it’s a lovely treat that can be enjoyed anytime of the year — and Hampshire is home to dozens of charming tearooms and impressive hotels offering cream and afternoon teas.
From the luxury five star Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire in Dogmersfield, to the quaint Manor Farm Tea Room in Tongham, there’s plenty of choice to suit all budgets and occassions.
Booking is essential for many afternoon teas as they require time to make, so make sure you give your chosen venue a call before you decide to visit.
1. Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire, Dogmersfield
Set in a restored, 18th century manor on 500 acres of picturesque grounds, this five star hotel really does offer a country escape.
Afternoon tea is taken in The Library filled with dainty crockery, lush armchairs and supple sofas.
Available: Daily 1.30pm-6pm.
Price: £38 per person (add a glass of Champagne for £14).
Address: Dogmersfield Park, Chalky Lane, RG27 8TD.
Book: Call 01252 853000.
2. Long Barn Lavender, Alresford
This charmingly relaxed café, set within an original vaulted barn and extending to a garden courtyard, is the perfect place to meet with friends and family for afternoon tea.
Expect a hint of lavender in your homemade scones.
Available: Mon-Sat 9am-4.15pm and Sun 10am-3.30pm.
Price: £19.95 per person.
Address: The Old Sheep Fair, Bishops Sutton Road, SO24 9EJ.
Book: Call 01962 738684. A 10% deposit is taken on the booking confirmation.
3.Tylney Hall Hotel and Gardens, Rotherwick
As well as traditional afternoon tea, there is also cream tea, Champagne tea and a gin tea available all of which is served on the finest china.
Guests at the luxury hotel can enjoy the experience, either in the ornate Italian Lounge, looking out onto the gardens from the Grey Lounge, or hiding away in the cosy Library Bar.
Available: Mon-Sat 2pm-5pm and Sun 3pm-5pm.
Price: Cream tea from £17.50 per person and afternoon tea from £29 per person.
Address: Ridge Lane, Hook, RG27 9AZ.
Book: Call 01256 764881.
4. Aviator, Farnborough
Enjoy views over the runway while tucking into sweet and savoury delights from the Sky Bar at this boutique, luxury hotel.
The hotel offers a large selection of free from afternoon tea menus including vegetarian, gluten free, dairy free and nut free.
Available: Sun-Fri 2pm-5pm and Sat 12pm-5pm.
Price: From £27.50 per person.
Address: Farnborough Road, GU14 6EL.
Book: Call 01252 555 893.
5. Manor Farm Tea Room, Tongham
This traditional British tearoom is a converted cattle shed and is surrounded by open countryside and is dog friendly too.
Decorated with bunting and fairy lights, this charming gem is located under the A31.
Available: Tues-Sun 10am-5pm.
Price: Varous. See inside for details.
Address: Wood Lane, Seale, GU10 1HR.
Book: No need to book, just turn up.
6. The Lake House Eatery, Aldershot
Enjoy a traditional English cream tea or afternoon tea at the café overlooking Gold Valley fishing lake.
Served on vintage bone china, the full works come with a selection of finger sandwiches, freshly baked scones dusted with powdered sugar, strawberry preserve and clotted cream, plus a seasonal selection of homemade miniature cakes, served with a pot of tea.
Available: Daily (closed Tuesday).
Price: Cream tea is £13.95 each. Afternoon tea is £19.95 each (or £23.95 with a glass of Prosecco).
Address: Gold Valley Lakes, Government Road, Aldershot, GU11 2PT
Book: Call 01252 314 698. 48 hour advance booking is required.
7. The Elvetham Hotel, Hartley Wintney
Served in the elegant lounge or bar of this historic wedding venue, your feast will include freshly prepared sandwiches, homemade scones, Elvetham pastries and your choice of tea
Available: Daily (may not be available on days when weddings are taking place).
Price: £24.95 per person or £29.95 per person with Champagne.
Address: Fleet Road, RG27 8AS.
Book: Call 01252 844 871.
8. The Hampshire Court Hotel, Basingstoke
You can lounge by the pool as well as tuck into cakes and scones at this spa hotel.
Available: Daily 2.30pm-4.30pm.
Price: £16 per person (spa use costs extra).
Address: Centre Drive, Chineham, RG24 8FY.
Book: Call 01256 319700.
9. Oakley Hall Hotel, Basingstoke
Take time out to enjoy a delicious afternoon tea in the two AA Rosette Glasshouse Restaurant or on the garden terrace with stunning views over the hotel’s back lawn.
Available: Weekdays 3pm-5pm and weekends 2.30pm-5.30pm.
Price: £28 per adult or £14 per child (aged 12 or under).
Address: Rectory Road, Oakley, RG23 7EL.
Book: Call 01256 783350.
10. The Parlour Tea Room, Basingstoke
This traditional English tearoom serves homemade cakes, lunches and afternoon tea.
There is a range of afternoon teas available including: The Queen Tea (scone and tea), The Viables Tea (sandwich, cake and tea) and The Farmers Tea (sandwich, cake, scone and tea).
Available: Tues-Sat 10am-5pm.
Price: The Farmers Tea £15.25 per person.
Address: Viables Craft Centre, The Harrow Way, RG22 4BJ.
Book: Call 01256 325795.
11. Lainstone House, Winchester
Enjoy an unforgettable afternoon spent in the tranquil ambiance of this delightful 17th century country house.
Food is served on a tiered cake stand with a glamorous sense of tradition and occasion.
Available: Mon-Sat 12pm-5pm and Sun 2pm-5pm.
Price: £32.50 per person or £42.50 per person with bubbles. Children half price.
Address: Woodman Lane, Sparsholt, SO21 2LT.
Book: Call 01962 776088.
12. Hotel du Vin and Bistro, Winchester
After wandering down the cobbled streets of Winchester, head to this boutique hotel for a spot of afternoon tea.
Everything is presented and created to excite the taste buds and gladden the eye.
Available: Daily 12pm-5pm.
Price: £22.50 per person.
Address: Southgate Street, SO23 9EF.
Book: Call 01962 896329.
13. The Ivy Winchester Brasserie, Winchester
Also in Winchester is this snazzy restaurant, which is part of the Ivy chain.
There is a choice of cream team afternoon tea and Champagne afternoon tea.
Available: Daily 3pm-5pm.
Price: Cream tea £7.95 per person, afternoon tea £19.75 per person or Champagne afternoon tea £28.50 per person.
Address: High Street, SO23 9AH.
Book: Call 01962 790700.
14. White Lion Antiques, Hartley Wintney
Hidden at the back of a village antiques shop is this gorgeous tearoom every cake lover needs to visit.
There is a fantastic range of afternoon teas including a G and Tea which comes with a choice of gin or whisky from the bar menu, a homemade sausage roll or warm scone and a pot of tea.
Available: Daily 2.30pm-4.30pm
Price: Vintage Afternoon Tea £13.50 per person (full works), sparkling afternoon tea £13.50 (no sandwiches but with Prosecco), Traditional Afternoon Tea £7.85 (cream tea and cake), cream tea £5.95 and G and Tea £10.50.
Address: Hartfordbridge, RG27 8AE.
Book: Call 01252 844000.
15. The Casa Hotel, Yateley
The three star hotel is a wedding venue and home to Marco Pierre White Steakhouse, Bar and Grill.
Each afternoon tea includes unlimited tea or coffee, a range of traditional finger sandwiches and freshly baked scones with clotted cream and preserves.
Plus there will be a selection of pastries and sweet treats to enjoy.
Available: Mon-Fri only, 2pm-4pm.
Price: £19.95 each.
Address: Handford Lane, Yateley, GU46 6BT.
Book: Must be pre-booked. Call 01252 873275.
16. The Courtyard Café, Hartley Wintney
This charming High Street café serves its Courtyard Afternoon Tea every day of the week.
Tea comes with a selection of traditional finger sandwiches, a scone with clotted cream and jam and a variety of patisserie and cakes.
A pot of tea is included in the price and there is the option to add a glass of Prosecco.
Cream tea and small afternoon teas (with sandwiches and a scone) is also available for smaller apetites.
Available: Mon-Fri 9am-5pm and Sat-Sun 9am-6pm.
Price: £22.95 each. With Prosecco £24.95 each.
Address: High Street, RG27 8NY.
Book: Call 01252 842616.
17. The Lismoyne Hotel, Fleet
A selection of blended teas, homemade sandwiches, sweet pastries, cakes and scones are freshly prepared at this four star hotel.
The only choice you have to make is where to enjoy the experience, either in the lounge, conservatory or in the gardens (weather permitting).
Smaller portions are available for children.
Available: Fri-Sun 2pm-5.30pm.
Price: Cream tea costs £6.95 per person and afternoon tea costs £19.95 per person.
Address: Church Road, GU51 4NE.
Book: Call 01252 628555.
18. Warbrook House, Eversley
Enjoy afternoon tea in this Grade-I listed Mansion House nestled in 121 acres of private estate.
There are four packages on offer: Cream tea, traditional afternoon tea, sparkling afternoon tea and cocktail afternoon tea.
Groups of 10 or more have the option of hiring a private room.
Price: Cream tea £8.95 per person, traditional afternoon tea £19.95 per person, sparkling afternoon tea £25.95 per person and cocktail afternoon tea £27.95 per person.
Address: The Street, RG27 0PL.
Book: Call 0118 9732174.
19. West Green House Gardens, Hook
Tea is prepared on the premises of the lovely gardens and served on pretty tiered china stands.
It includes sandwiches, scones, cakes and speciality pastries and can be complemented by a glass of fizz as an extra treat.
Available: Daily 2.30pm-3.30pm
Price: £30 per person or £40 per person with a glass of fizz (includes entry to the gardens).
Address: Thackham’s Lane, RG27 8JB.
Book: Call 01252 844611.
20. Highfield Park Hotel, Hook
Afternoon tea at this gorgeous hotel includes oven-warmed plain and fruit scones with clotted cream and strawberry preserve, a selection of sandwiches, mini Victoria sponge, lemon madeleines, cherry and almond bakewell and farmhouse cake.
This is served with your choice of tea or coffee.
Price: £19.95 per person. Add on a glass of Prosecco per person for £7.50.
Address: Church Lane, RG27 0LG.
Book: Call 0118 932 6369.
21. Daisy’s Tea Room, Fleet
This dainty tearoom is located inside a gift and antiques shop called Serendipity.
Cream tea and afternoon tea is available as well as just slices of cake or scones for those with a smaller appetite.
Available: Mon-Sat 9.30am-5pm and Sun 11am-4pm.
Price: Cream tea £5 per person, afternoon tea £12.25 per person.
Address: Fleet Road, GU51 3BT.
Book: Call 01252 620888.
22. The Tea Shop Around the Corner, Farnborough
This humble tearoom in North Camp serves breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea in a warm and inviting environment.
Available: Mon-Fri 8.30am-5pm and Sat 9am-4pm.
Price: Various, enquire within.
Address: Camp Road, GU14 6EP.
Book: Call 01252 542971.
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