Best Afternoon Tea in Cambridge

Considering an Afternoon Tea in Cambridge but unsure which establishments offer afternoon tea and which are the best places to go.

We have compiled a list of the best afternoon tea Cambridge can provide, so if you are looking for the perfect afternoon tea with friends, a romantic valentines afternoon tea, a mothers day afternoon tea treat for your mum, or just a special treat for yourself, check out:

22 Afternoon Teas Cambridge Has To Offer

Afternoon Tea Cambridge - SIX Brasserie at The Varsity Hotel

SIX Brasserie at The Varsity Hotel & Spa

Thompsons Lane, Cambridge, CB5 8AQ

Located on the 6th floor of The Varsity Hotel with spectacular views, you’ll get to enjoy home made finger sandwiches, scones served deliciously warm accompanied by clotted cream, jam and of course a selection cakes and speciality teas created by master blenders.

They also cater for vegetarian and gluten-free.

From £22.50 per person

Tuesday to Friday 12 noon -5.00pm; Saturday & Sunday 1,15-4.30pm (pre-book)

Afternoon Tea Cambridge - Fitzbillies Chelsea Buns

Fitzbillies Chelsea Buns

51-52 Trumpington Street and 36 Bridge Street, Cambridge

Fitzbillies is the ultimate place to go for afternoon tea. Afternoon tea includes a selection of four finger sandwiches on brown and white bread a sultana scone with raspberry jam and clotted cream and a selection of three mini cakes from the bakery – usually a macaron, a fresh fruit tart and a mini chocolate eclair (cake selection may vary depending on season and availability), and your choice of tea or coffee. Both branches currently offer a takeaway service.

See website for further details.

Afternoon Tea Cambridge - Clayton Hotel Cambridge

Clayton Hotel Cambridge

27-29 Station Road, Cambridge, CB1 2FB

Situated right alongside the beautiful Cambridge University Botanic Gardens, you’ll find the four-star Clayton Hotel. Relax in the Garden Room and take in the beautiful surroundings as you enjoy a traditional afternoon tea.

With a strictly traditional afternoon tea, reflecting the colonial-style setting, you should expect the perfect scone, complete with jam and fresh cream. Choose from an array of champagnes and cocktails to accompany the traditional fare.

See website for prices

Served daily pre-booking only.

Afternoon Tea Cambridge - Parkers Tavern

Parker’s Tavern

52-42 Regent Street, Cambridge , CB2 1AD

The Parker’s tavern inside the University Arms has a delightful take on afternoon tea. Every little dish on the menu has an interesting story behind it, or pays homage to an exciting moment in the history of Cambridge.

There’s a trio of sandwiches inspired by the 4th Earl of Sandwich, who studied at Trinity College and a delicious glazed apple mousse with a compote centre named Sir Isaac Newton’s Apple. St Christmas they offer a festive style afternoon tea.

From £21 per person

See website for opening times.

Afternoon tea Cambridge - Quy Mill Hotel

Quy Mill Hotel

Church Road, Stow-Cum-Quy, Cambridge, CB25 9AF

The afternoon tea menu at Quy Mill changes seasonally and is served with your choice of loose leaf tea or coffee on traditional platters in either the Mill House Restaurant, or in the lounge, both of which have beautiful views over landscaped gardens.

You can enjoy a traditional afternoon tea and there is also a children’s afternoon tea.

Visit the website for prices and opening times


Afternoon Tea Cambridge - Browns Brasserie

Browns Brasserie & Bar

23 Trumpington Street, Cambridge, CB2 1QA

At the stylish Browns Brasserie there’s a delectable assortment of savouries, warm scones with seasonal jams, and irresistible mini cakes and puddings.

Wash these down with hand-blended, Fairtrade teas, a perfectly chilled glass of Moët or a delightful boutique British G&T.

From £19 per person

Served daily 2-6.00pm; Saturday 3-5.00pm

Afternoon Tea Cambridge - Queens Head Inn Savoury Afternoon Tea

Queens Head Inn

52-54 Station Road, Peterborough, PE8 6QB

Whilst we are still in lockdown, the Queens Head Inn are offering an afternoon tea box which can be ordered for delivery or collection. There are savoury, classic and mixed options to choose from.

Tea for two is £25

Available Saturday 12 noon -2.00pm.

Afternoon tea Cambridge - Harriet's Cafe Tearooms

Harriet’s Cafe Tearooms

16-17 Green Street, Cambridge , CB2 3JU

Harriets’ Cambridge City Centre Tearooms is elegantly decorated with a traditional feel and has good access for wheelchairs and pushchairs. There’s plenty to choose from with freshly baked scones, finger sandwiches and miniature pattiseries.

Classic afternoon tea £17.95, Miniature afternoon tea £12.95, Cream tea £7.45.

See website for opening times.

Afternoon Tea Cambridge - Eleven A

Eleven A

11 Fore Hill, Ely, Cambridgeshire, CB7 4AA

Where traditional and staple foods become interesting and fun. The in house Chef has created a suite of menu’s that are recognisable yet interesting, but most importantly are of the best quality ingredients. Afternoon tea is available including a festive style afternoon tea at Christmas time.

See website for prices

Served Sunday 12 noon -4.00pm

Afternoon Tea Cambridge - The rchard Tea Garden

The Orchard Tea Garden

47 Mill Way, Grantchester, Cambridge CB3 9ND

Situated in picturesque Grantchester just a stones throw away from the river, the Orchard Tea Rooms has a variety of themed afternoon teas to choose from. There’s the Rupert Brooke tea; the Maynard Keynes tea and the Orchard Cream tea.

Afternoon tea from £18.50

Served daily 12 noon – 5.00pm

Afternoon Tea Cambridge - Le Patissier

Le Patissier

11 St Johns Street, Cambridge CB2 1TW

Le Patissier is one of Cambridge’s hidden gems. Within walking distance of the main shopping centre, the river and the colleges, Le Patissier is a great spot to go for afternoon tea. Enjoy a selection of homemade cakes and macarons, scones with clotted cream and jam, mini loaf rolls and a pot of tea.

Afternoon tea for two £19.95

See website for opening times.

Afternoon Tea Cambridge - Elsie May's Electric Lounge

Elsie May’s Electric Lounge

Ground Floor, 58 Market Square, St Neots, PE19 2AA

Elsie May was the current owner’s grandmother, and she always dreamt of owning a tearoom. Afternoon tea is one of the specialities and it’s a beautiful space to enjoy it in. On the menu you’ve got all the things you could hope for sandwiches, scones and cakes. There is a Mother’s Day tea available too.

Afternoon tea from £19 (£15 for high tea)

See website for further details

Afternoon Tea Cambridge - The Rupert Brooke

The Rupert Brooke, Grantchester

2-4 Broadway, Grantchester, Cambridge, CB3 9NQ

This Grantchester-based brasserie have firmly put themselves on the afternoon tea map. It’s a nice classic take on afternoon tea and you can add a glass of G&T from the neighbouring  Cambridge Gin Distillery.

Visit the website for prices and opening times.

Afternoon Tea Cambridge - Flock Cafe

Flock Cafe

Flock Cafe, Burwash Manor, Cambridge, CB23 7EY

This café is set up in the artisan quarter of Burwash Manor. The serve fresh local coffee along with light lunches, scones and cakes. Everything is freshly made every morning.

Open daily see website for more details.

Afternoon Tea Cambridge - Houghton Tea Room

Houghton Tea Room

Mill Street, Houghton, Huntingdon PE29 2AZ

If you’re after lavish afternoon tea you’ll need to book ahead but this little gem is full of delicious homemade cakes.

Afternoon Tea Cambridge - Peacocks Tea Room

Peacocks Tearoom, Ely

65 Waterside, Ely, Cambridgeshire, CB7 4AU

This quirky little tea room is super homely. As well as a lunch menu they have a huge selection of home made cakes and they offer tea from every continent. The scones and cakes are all homemade every day so they’re all super fresh.

See website for prices and opening times.

Afternoon Tea Cambridge - Carriages Tea Rooms

Carriages Tea Rooms

Capability Barns, Huntingdon Rd, Fen Drayton, Cambridge CB24 4SD

Travel back to the golden age of luxury rail travel and indulge in a delicious range of handmade afternoon teas.

From the moment you step into the 1920’s station, you will be transported back to this romantic era in original Pullman style Carriages, separate armchairs, locally grown ingredients in the Victorian Garden and a delicious menu of traditional English Afternoon Tea with a contemporary twist.

Please visit the website for further details

Afternoon Tea Cambridge - Tilly The Travelling Tea Room

Tilly the Travelling Tea Room

2 Back Hill, Hadstock, Cambridge CB21 4PB

This genuine Thomson Mini Glen caravan has been lovingly restored to her former glory, with the help of a little Cath Kidston decor. Tilly can come along to your street or your garden and provide a vintage afternoon tea party.

Please visit the website for further details.

Afternoon Tea Cambridge - Teacake of Shepreth

Teacake of Shepreth

8 Meldreth Road, Shepreth, Royston SG8 6PS

Enjoy homemade cake and an amazing coffee and tea selection. There’s everything from huge fluffy scones with the trimmings, traditional Victoria Sponge through to Tiffin, Chocolate Beetroot Cake and specials that change every day. Vintage China, a chocolate box thatched cottage in the country, the perfect setting.

See website for more details.

Afternoon Tea Cambridge - Hotel Du Vin

Hotel Du Vin

15-19 Trumpington Street, Cambridge, CB2 1QA

The tea collection at Hotel Du Vin is superb, it’s perfectly located for a hop over to the Fitzwilliam Museum for some culture afterwards. Finger sandwiches, scones and the chefs pattiserie will be served to delight your taste buds.

From £22.50 per person

See website for opening times.

Afternoon Tea Cambridge - Pinnies

Pinnies of Godmanchester

18d Causeway, Godmanchester, Huntingdon PE29 2HA

This is a very small tea shop,where everything is homemade on the premises including the wonderful layer cakes. The scones are large with lashings of jam and cream and the view of the river from here is fabulous.

What makes Pinnies unique is that both the customers and staff are an inclusive mix of those with and without learning disabilities offering a friendly place to go for a hot drink and a tasty snack where they can meet people with learning disabilities and gain an insight into their lives.

See website for further details.

Afternoon Tea Cambridge - Hotel Felix

Hotel Felix

Whitehouse Lane, Huntingdon Road, Cambridge, CB3 0LX

At Hotel Felix you can choose to take your afternoon tea in Graffiti restaurant or in the Orangery.  Admire the views over their pretty gardens while you indulge in a selection of tasty hand-cut sandwiches with delicious fillings and an array of tempting cakes almost too pretty to eat.

From £18.50 per person

See website for serving times

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