Dining Al Fresco

Dining Al Fresco

by D Hodgkinson

Afternoon Tea in Tunbridge Wells

Treat yourself to something very British and very delicious – traditional afternoon tea!

Normally taken between 3.30pm and 5:00pm, 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 Hotel Du Vin where afternoon tea is the perfect combination of sweet and savoury, although a little naughty, it’s worth every bite.

Washed down with a cup of tea, choose from a selection of classic tea blends or fruity infusions that have been created for Hotel Du Vin by Twinings whilst enjoying the view of Calverley Grounds.

Spoil yourself and try an aperitif, a classic champagne or one of the many inspired gins.

At the Spa Hotel, afternoon tea is served in the Orangery overlooking their secluded gardens and presented with all the elegant trimmings.

Choose from a selection of teas, or for that extra indulgence, a glass of champagne, but do book in advance.

The Ashdown Park Hotel located in the middle of nearby Ashdown Forest, just a short drive from Royal Tunbridge Wells, is a luxurious setting in which to enjoy award winning afternoon tea.

Served in the elegant Drawing Room, there are several menus to choose from, including a special ‘Winnie the Pooh Tea’ for children, not forgetting the all-important “hunny sandwiches”!

Afternoon Tea in Royal Tunbridge Wells

What could be better after a full day’s shopping or sightseeing 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 are even more homemade cakes at the delectable CakeShed.

Complete with vintage cake stands, our independent and longstanding traditional department store, Hoopers, can also serve up a mean afternoon tea at the top of the High Street.

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 Cranbrook, the Waterloo Tea Rooms provide refreshment for your four legged buddy as well - dog bowl of water at no extra charge! 

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.

A Kentish Country Tea

Make a day of it and combine afternoon tea with a visit to somewhere special.

The spectacular gardens and tranquil woods at Pashley Manor, near Ticehurst alone are well known locally, but so are the homemade cakes and delicious teas served on the terrace overlooking the lawns and gardens, the perfect way to end a visit to a very English garden.

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.

Be inspired by the locals, browse their blogs on Eating Out

Our Explore pages will tell you all about the country villages too.

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  1. Add Woods Restaurant &  Bar to your Itinerary

    Woods Restaurant & Bar

    Royal Tunbridge Wells

    A Warm welcome awaits you at Woods where you can enjoy excellent food and drink in a warm and friendly environment. Whether for all day breakfast or brunch, lunch, afternoon tea (… or maybe just a quiet coffee or drink whilst taking advantage of our free WIFI access…..).


    Woods is the cosiest,…

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    Restaurant

  2. Add The Spa Hotel & Zagatos Restaurant to your Itinerary

    The Spa Hotel & Zagatos Restaurant

    Royal Tunbridge Wells

    Cuisine is classically based modern British, complemented by an extensive and carefully selected wine list.

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    Restaurant

  3. Add Hotel du Vin & Bistro to your Itinerary

    Hotel du Vin & Bistro

    Royal Tunbridge Wells

    Take your choice from Afternoon Tea, Sunday Lunch, Dine Alfresco or Bistro dining at its heart warming, mouth-watering best!

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    Restaurant

  4. Add Salomons Bistro to your Itinerary

    Salomons Bistro

    Royal Tunbridge Wells

    Popular Bistro, where you can enjoy superb food in an elegant setting.

    Type

    Restaurant

  5. Add Chapel Place Wine & Gin Bar to your Itinerary

    Chapel Place Wine & Gin Bar

    Royal Tunbridge Wells

    Wine bar and gin specialist

    Type

    Restaurant

  6. Add Sandhurst Tea Rooms to your Itinerary

    Sandhurst Tea Rooms

    Sandhurst

    Cafe serving tea, coffee & snacks and afternoon tea.

    Type

    Tea Room/Coffee Shop

  7. Add The Cake Shed to your Itinerary

    The Cake Shed

    Royal Tunbridge Wells

    Cafe

    Type

    Café

  8. Add Esquire's Coffee to your Itinerary

    Esquire's Coffee

    Royal Tunbridge Wells

    Cafe serving breakfast, snacks, lunch, afternoon tea, dog friendly, laptop friendly

    Type

    Café

  9. Add Starbucks Coffee to your Itinerary

    Starbucks Coffee

    Royal Tunbridge Wells

    Cafe

    Type

    Tea Room/Coffee Shop

  10. Add Barsleys Department Store to your Itinerary

    Barsleys Department Store

    Paddock Wood

    Tea room & coffee shop serving snacks

    Type

    Tea Room/Coffee Shop

  11. Add Waterloo House Tea Rooms to your Itinerary

    Waterloo House Tea Rooms

    Cranbrook

    Tea Room / Coffee Shop

    Type

    Tea Room/Coffee Shop

  12. Add The Warren to your Itinerary

    The Warren

    Royal Tunbridge Wells

    Restaurant

    Type

    Restaurant

  13. Add Tiffin Cafe & Catering to your Itinerary

    Tiffin Cafe & Catering

    Royal Tunbridge Wells

    Cafe serving tea coffee snacks and sandwiches

    Type

    Café

  14. Add Basil's Cafe to your Itinerary

    Basil's Cafe

    TUNBRIDGE WELLS

    Cafe serving cakes, sandwiches, snacks & take away food

    Type

    Café

  15. Kingdom Cafe

    Add Kingdom Cafe to your Itinerary

    Kingdom Cafe

    Penshurst

    Dog friendly woodland kitchen serving breakfast, lunch and tea

    Type

    Café

  16. Add Fine Grind to your Itinerary

    Fine Grind

    Royal Tunbridge Wells

    Type

    Tea Room/Coffee Shop

  17. Add Juliet's to your Itinerary

    Juliet's

    Royal Tunbridge Wells

    Cafe serving afternoon tea coffee snacks & sandwiches

    Type

    Café

  18. Add The Eating House to your Itinerary

    The Eating House

    Royal Tunbridge Wells

    Classic British dining made with finest local ingredients

    Type

    Restaurant

  19. Add The George Hotel to your Itinerary

    The George Hotel

    Cranbrook

    Hotel with bar and restaurant

    Type

    Pub/Inn

  20. Add Costa Coffee to your Itinerary

    Costa Coffee

    Cranbrook

    Coffee Shop

    Type

    Café

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