21 delicious afternoon teas in Northamptonshire…
We celebrated afternoon tea a while back and pulled together a few Northants venues serving it up in style...(we are very lucky in this county you know : )
Fawsley Hall, Daventry
What better place to enjoy this tradition than in a super historic country house which will really set the mood. Fawsley Hall offer afternoon tea served in their Tudor Bar and Lounge, the Conservatory or Great Hall; all rooms just bursting with history and beauty. On the weekends, afternoon tea is served in the Salvin Suite only. If the sun is out, you can have it served in the stunning courtyard, perfect with a glass or two of good ol’ fizz. All options are served up until 5:30pm and prices start from £19.50. Head Pastry Chef, Raechel Harris, is crafting beautiful cakes for your delectation; it’s almost a shame to eat them.
The relaxed dining environment in beautifully crafted rooms and garden sets the perfect atmosphere for a catch up with the gals or an unwind with the family. The imaginative range is made using the best local ingredients to bring you fresh seasonal dishes of a high quality. Trad High Afternoon Tea is £16 per person, £21.50 with a glass of Prosecco and vegi and gluen free are catered for! Open Monday to Saturday, The Green Room transforms from a cool cafe bar during the day to a stylish gin and tapas bar in the evening and uses local and authentic ingredients.
Dreams Coffee Lounge, Northampton
Nestled away on the fabulous and award-winning St Giles street, which is known for its independent shops and cafes, Dreams Café is a favourite of many locals. More than just a coffee shop, Dreams pride themselves in freshly prepared, locally sourced food and their traditional afternoon teas are always popular because who doesn’t love an egg mayo or a smoked salmon & cream cheese sandwich?! Served from 2pm Monday to Saturday’s their trad’ afternoon tea is presented on a lovely cake stand and includes sandwiches, fruit scones, home-made cake slice and a pot of tea or Americano coffee. It is all served in a friendly, welcoming and relaxed environment, perfect after a mooch on St Giles St.
The Dining Room, Northampton
Sat next to Beckets Park in Northampton’s Cultural Quarter, The Dining Room is located within The Charles Rennie Mackintosh House at 78 Derngate (cultural fix right there). We indulged in afternoon tea a wee while back while doing some networking, and judging by the throngs of customers there not networking, it’s obviously incredibly popular. With Pimms and Prosescco options, this stylish savoury to sweet afternoon tea (all served on a 3-tier cake stand with unlimited tea or coffee), is a good one for a special occasion.
Vintage Fleur, Kettering
Not only can you treat yourself to afternoon tea, you can pick up a little something special from the store at Vintage Fleur located in Kettering. A quaint, lovely little gem with a big vintage vibe (clues in the title) and lots of bunting, they only serve the tea in vintage china (which you can even hire). Afternoon tea is served between 11am – 3pm and kiddies are catered for too.
Old House, Northampton
If you fancy afternoon tea in a more bar like atmosphere than tea shop, The Old House on Wellingborough Road has you covered. You can choose a classic afternoon tea, Prosecco tea or or if you really want to set the tone – the Cocktail Afternoon Tea is £21.95 and the cocktails are goooooood. It’s served every day from 12pm – 4pm with a generous menu featurieng tasties like ham hock and mustard sandwiches, vegetarian quiche and roasted peppers and hummus. We’ve never had a bad meal at the Old House so would say it’s definitely worth a visit (it’s pretty stylish inside too)!
Whittlebury Hall, Nr Towcester
A relaxing and sumptuous afternoon tea, this is great if you want to have some time out whilst indulging in their beautifully made finger sandwiches which are all freshly prepared with many more delicious offerings on their afternoon tea menu. Whittlebury offer cream teas, afternoon teas and even a kid’s afternoon tea and of course there’s the bubbly option too. Up until July 30 you can also book in for their summer afternoon tea to with pavlova, terrine and many more summer treats on the menu, all bookable online.
ARTea Room, Towcester
ARTea Room is a traditional, vintage tea room with a range of loose-leaf teas in vintage bone chip and saucers to start. Then onto their afternoon tea, with two options available, one with a glass of sparkling wine, we suggest that one of course. Serving a generous offering of mini cakes, sandwiches and scones with tea or coffee, here you can be sure a friendly service in a place just bursting with character. There is also local art work to browse and buy.
The Apothocoffee Shop, Earls Barton
With two options available, traditional and celebration afternoon tea, whatever the occasion, the lovely conservatory at The Apothocoffee shop in the quaint village of Ears Barton is great place to have afternoon tea. Relax and enjoy a range of freshly made sandwiches, scones and homemade cakes and if you go for the celebration option you can enjoy all that with a glass of bubbly. If you fancy a group afternoon tea celebration, they cater for party’s up to 30 people.
The Orangery, Delapre Abbey
If you want to enjoy the tradition of afternoon tea in a traditional abbey to set the scene surrounded by beautiful gardens and history, the new Orangery Café offers some great options for afternoon tea including a kids menu so you can treat your little ones to sandwiches, scones and other delicious treats all made from the best local ingredients.
The Magic Bean Emporium, Northampton
Now this place really is magical, no seriously. The walls are plastered with Harry Potter wallpaper, food gets served in baskets, classic films get played on the TV and it’s just like being in your own fairy tale. A great place to have sandwiches, treats and a feast on the eyes. It’s on St Giles street which is right bang in the town center so after some shopping, head over and enjoy.
The Good Loaf, Northampton
With two in Northampton, one in Kettering and a lovely back story the Good Loaf is definitely one of the most popular places to go for a tasty sandwich, cakes and drinks. What makes here different is the great story attached, providing employment to vulnerable, local women to help break the cycle of poverty, unemployment and offending. They pride themselves in making the very best artisan bread so whatever you choose off the menu you can be sure it is filled with love and care using flour from local mills.
Highgate House, Creaton
Served in the Chudley Room or on the beautiful lawns, dependent on weather, at Highgate House you can be sure to leave with a smile on your face after indulging in their afternoon tea served daily from 2pm – 5pm. There are a whole bunch of options available, from traditional afternoon tea to Pimms or Champagne. In August, week commencing 12th, to celebrate afternoon tea week, book in for their gin tasting afternoon tea, now that’s definitely one not to miss (we’ve been to Highgate countless times and loved every visit)!
Cheyne Walk Club, Northampton
For only £10 per person enjoy a traditional afternoon tea in an even more traditional but social environment at Cheyne Walk Club. The building dates from 1868 and is now often used for networking between local businesses. There’s a good selection of sandwiches, savoury and sweet treats and of course tea or coffee and only a tenner, it’s not going to break the bank!
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