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 where to find either in the Tunbridge Wells area. Here are just a few.
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 trimmings of an elegant afternoon tea. 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 tea. Served in the elegant Drawing Room, there are several afternoon tea menus to choose from, including a special ‘Winnie the Pooh Tea’ for children.
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 spectacular homemade cakes and more at Juliet’s in the High Street. The Place restaurant just a short walk from the Pantiles in Chapel Place, offers a selection of afternoon tea, choose from a traditional tea, a Chocolate tea or Champagne tea with a glass of bubbly. Enjoy views of the park in the lovely garden of Hotel du Vin whilst taking tea on the terrace (please book in advance).
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. Penshurst village, eight miles to the west of Royal Tunbridge Wells you will find FirTrees – in the centre of the village and within a short walking distance of Penshurst Place & Gardens.
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. Finish up 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 whether, 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 English way to end a visit to a very English garden.
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