Indulge mum with afternoon tea at England’s Treasure Houses

    Leeds Castle, Afternoon tea
    Afternoon tea at Leeds Castle in Kent, one of the loveliest castles in England
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    There can be nothing more perfect than a visit to one of England’s finest houses, castles and palace. And there is no more perfect way to top the day off than with a wonderful afternoon tea while you’re there.

    With the help of Treasure Houses, we take a look at 10 of the best places to have your cake and eat it…

    Beaulieu, New Forest, Hampshire – Beaulieu Afternoon Tea

    Enjoy afternoon tea with a wide selection of cakes and pastries all baked in-house in the Brabazon Coffee Shop and Restaurant.  Some produce comes from Lord Montagu’s own Victorian Kitchen garden: beetroot is transformed into a delicious moist cake and plums made into jam, to eat on scones with lashings of Dorset clotted cream.   

    Blenheim Palace
    Blenheim Palace. Credit: Blenheim Palace

    Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxfordshire – Marlborough Champagne Afternoon Tea

    Blenheim Palace is the perfect place to enjoy a traditional afternoon tea in the elegant surroundings only a palace could provide.  Tea is served in the Orangery Restaurant, overlooking the Dukes private Italian gardens, a truly inspired setting.  

    Burghley House,  Lincolnshire – Orangery Tea

    Have tea in ‘Capability’ Brown’s Orangery restaurant overlooking the topiary in the South Gardens. Homemade scones jam and clotted cream can be enjoyed in the peaceful and romantic Rose Garden. 

    Castle Howard
    Castle Howard Credit: VisitBritain/Ian Shaw

    Castle Howard, York – Castle Howard Chocolate Brownie 

    From traditional sponge cake and scones with jam and cream to golden flapjack and indulgent caramel shortbread, enjoy an afternoon treat at one of Castle Howard’s cafes.   

    Chatsworth, Derbyshire – Devonshire Afternoon Tea

    Enjoy a British tradition at Chatsworth with an afternoon tea in the Cavendish restaurant in the 18th-century Stables, designed by the famous architect James Paine. 

    Harewood House, Leeds – Discover a special new selection at Harewood

    Taste the delights of afternoon tea at Harewood. Relax on the south facing Terrace, with spectacular views over the award-winning formal parterre and “Capability” Brown landscape as Red Kites soar overhead. 

    Hatfield House, Hertfordshire – The Hatfield House Chocolate & Walnut Brownie 

    Delicious cakes, pastries, scones and much more are available from the Coach House bakery.  On warmer days homemade treats can be enjoyed from the outside upper terrace of the Restaurant which looks out towards the front of the House. 

    Holkham Hall, Norfolk – Lovely locally sourced cake

    As part of a visit to Holkham Hall, you will discoverthe brand new, spacious Courtyard Café with delicious, locally sourced produce. 

    Leeds Castle
    Leeds Castle Credit: VisitBritain Pawel Libera

    Leeds Castle, Kent – Lady Baillie Afternoon Tea

    Treat yourself, or a loved one, to a sumptuous afternoon tea, inspired by Lady Baillie’s chef de patisserie, Maurice Sauget. Enjoy a selection of teas and coffee, traditional finger sandwiches, freshly baked scones with all the trimmings and a selection of fine handmade cakes.  

    Woburn Abbey, Bedfordshire – Anna Maria Afternoon Tea

    The quintessential English tradition of afternoon tea is said to have been started around 1840 by Duchess Anna Maria, wife of the 7th Duke of Bedford, who entertained her friends in the Blue Drawing Room at Woburn Abbey. Visitors today can experience afternoon tea at Woburn at the Duchess’ Tea Room or at the Estate’s hotel in the village.

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