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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.

The Three Conies, Thorpe Mandeville

three conies thorpe mandeville aternoon tea northants

Soak up the brilliantly irreverent and quirky vibes at The Three Conies. Nothing here can be described as conservative and they certainly don’t hold back when it comes to the food, which is not your run of the mill dainty afternoon tea fare. Think chunky baps and finger sarnies, massive fruit scones and mini doughnuts, iced sponge cakes and fresh strawbs, served on elaborate platters in quirky, eclectic surroundings.

Lamport Hall

Home to the Museum of Rural Life and with glorious gardens abundant with spring flowers, Lamport is a hidden gem. A sumptuous Mothers’ Day Afternoon Tea, prepared by award-winning chef Danny Tompkins, will be held on 27 March in the newly refurbished The Stables and the menu is glorious, with a special kids menu available too.

Whittlebury Park, Nr Towcester

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One of the nicest places to relax and enjoy a spot of indulgent luxury and 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 Pineapple and passion fruit choux buns and vanilla and Tiramisu macarons.

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, Nr. Kettering

Rushton Hall afternoon tea Northants

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

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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 Falcon Inn, Castle Ashby

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Head Chef at The Falcon, Russel Bateman, has curated a superb afternoon tea menu that includes the Compton Cake, featuring seven layers of rum soaked chocolate torte sponge in tribute to Lord Northampton, the 7th Marquess of Northampton, aka Spencer Compton. We happen to know that Spenny’s into clean eating these days, but that won’t stop us from having a slice or two in his honour. The rest of the menu is pretty tasty too with vegan options available and Laurent Perrier Champagne.

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