Treat yourself to something very British and very delicious – traditional afternoon tea!
Normally taken between 3pm and 5:30pm, afternoon tea can be a formal affair with sandwiches, scones and cream, cakes and of course tea, or it can be simply a refreshing cup of tea with a wonderful slice of naughty cake on the side enjoyed in a quaint tea room.
There is no shortage of places to find in the Tunbridge Wells area. Here are just a few:
Formal Afternoon Tea
If it’s the full works you’re after, then head for the Spa Hotel, overlooking Tunbridge Wells Common, where afternoon tea is served in the Orangery and presented with all the elegant trimmings.
Choose from a selection of teas, or for that extra indulgence, a glass of champagne.
The Ashdown Park Hotel located in the middle of nearby Ashdown Forest, just a short drive from Royal Tunbridge Wells, makes for a wonderful, peaceful setting to enjoy afternoon tea.
Served in the elegant Drawing Room, there are several menus to choose from, including a special ‘Winnie the Pooh Tea’ for children.
Out & About in Royal Tunbridge Wells
What could be better after a full day’s shopping or sight seeing in Royal Tunbridge Wells, than a welcome cup of tea?
Enjoy that cup of tea and watch the world go by sitting outside at Woods in the Pantiles, or try spectacular homemade cakes and more at Juliet’s in the High Street or nearby there is award winning patisserie cakes at La Roche.
Enjoy views of Calverley Grounds in the lovely garden of Hotel du Vin whilst taking tea on the terrace (please book in advance).
Village Tea Rooms
For something less formal, but just as enjoyable and indulgent, try the Sandhurst Tea Rooms in Sandhurst – a short and very picturesque drive from the market town of Cranbrook, or Weeks Bakery and Tea Room in Goudhurst just up from the village pond.
In the tiny village of Brenchley, Gray's Tearoom is an award winning cafe with accolades for ethical business. A good little stop off for sandwiches and tea.
In Penshurst village, eight miles to the west of Royal Tunbridge Wells you will find Fir Trees – in the centre of the village and within a short walking distance of Penshurst Place & Gardens.
Out & About in the Countryside
Make a day of it and combine afternoon tea with a visit to somewhere special.
The tranquil woods and gardens at Burrswood in Groombridge are a wonderful setting for a country walk and what better way to finish, than at Bockey’s Tea Room on the Burrswood Estate for a well earned cup of tea and slice of homemade cake.
Round off a visit to Penshurst Place & Gardens with afternoon tea at the Garden Tea Rooms, or in fine weather, sit on the terrace overlooking the magnificent Penshurst Estate.
The spectacular gardens at Pashley Manor, near Ticehurst alone are well known locally, but so are the homemade teas served on the terrace overlooking the lawns and gardens, the perfect way to end a visit to a very English garden.