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The finest afternoon teas in Northants

Here at Muddy Manor we are very particular about our afternoon teas (FYI its jam first, then cream), so we've picked out the most spiffing local spots for a cucumber sandwich and a proper cuppa cha.

Whittlebury Park, Nr Towcester

Whittlebury park afternoon tea

We think Whittlebury is one of the nicest places to relax and enjoy a spot of indulgence and luxury and have a bit of a pamper without it ever seeming stuffy. Snuggle down in one of the enormous comfy sofas and make sure you keep plenty of room after your sandwiches for the exquisite lemon meringue macarons and vanilla and blueberry madeleines.

Fawsley Hall, Daventry

Afternoon tea at Fawsley Hall Northants

Fancy yourself as the Lady of the manor? Then take a perch beside the bay window in the Tudor Hall at Fawsley to take your afternoon tea, just like Louisa Knightley enjoyed doing in Victorian times, and soak in 500 years of history. If the weather is good, you can enjoy your homemade fancies and bubbly in the picturesque courtyard and there is even a special kids’ menu.

Rushton Hall, Kettering

Afternoon tea at Rushton Hall

If it’s extra you’re looking for then this is it. Elegant doesn’t even cover it at Rushton Hall, with afternoon tea painstakingly curated by the Tea Academy trained Afternoon Tea Manager, it’s hard to beat this sumptuous spread, which includes a choice of Brut or Rose Cuvee Champagne from Laurent Perrier or a non-alcoholic Sparkling Tea from Copenhagen Sparkling Tea Company to accompany your finger sandwiches, macarons, choux buns and opera cakes. We’ll be opting to wear a floaty dress with a very forgiving waistband.

Delapre Abbey, Northampton

Afternoon tea at delapre abbey

One of our favourite spots in Northampton for escaping into a delightful bubble of serenity, afternoon teas in the Billiard Room at Delapré Abbey are super chilled and utterly splendid and, if the weather allows, a post-tea walk around the grounds and the lovely walled garden is a great way to aid digestion.

The Old House, Northampton

Bar more your scene than a cost tea room? 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 £22.95 and the cocktails are goooooood. It’s served every day from 12pm – 4pm with a generous menu featuring 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)!

Bell Plantation, Towcester

afternoon tea

The fabulous cafe at Bell Plantation offers very popular afternoon teas. Indulge in one of the great British traditions with Bell’s renowned cakes and sandwiches after a potter around the garden centre and a spot of vintage shopping. Just our cup of loose leaf, dahlink.

Brewbabu, Oundle

brewbabu afternoon tea

It’s in gorgeous Oundle and it’s afternoon tea. Could it get any better? The answer is a resounding yes: it’s at Brewbabu, one of our fave cafes in the shire, so you can guarantee the quality will be second to none, whilst the atmosphere is supercool and not a starched shirt in sight. Available with Prosecco, Pimm’s or gin fizz, they also offer a kids’ menu as well as vegan and gluten free options FYI.

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