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.
Fawsley Hall, Daventry
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
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
One of our favourite spots in Northampton for escaping into a delightful bubble of serenity, afternoon teas in the Billiard Room at Delapre Abbey are super chilled and utterly delightful and, if the weather allows, a post-tea walk around the grounds and the lovely walled garden is a great way to aid digestion.
Bell Plantation, Towcester
The fabulous cafe at Bell Plantation offers afternoon teas to eat in or takeaway if you’re not yet ready to socialise. 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. This is just our cup of loose leaf 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.
Whittlebury Hall, Nr Towcester
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. Make sure you keep plenty of room after your sandwiches for the exquisite lemon meringue macarons and vanilla and blueberry madeleines. Check in with Whittlebury, as they are yet to open for afternoon tea bookings.