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15 Bloody Delicious Afternoon Teas You Must Eat Before You Die

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This delightfully OTT tea-room is decorated in homage to Tim Burton's movie version of Alice in Wonderland. Expect lavish wallpaper and Alice in Wonderland-themed menu options. Our fave? The Hatter's Tea, which includes savoury pastries, finger sandwiches, scones, and pot of tea. It comes in a gluten-free option too.

First, explore the fascinating museum. Then make like Jack and Rose and dine next to an opulent replica of the Titanic's Grand Staircase. Best to skip lunch though as their afternoon tea menu is extensive, and indulgent.

Visit Blacker Hall Farm Shop and discover the Yorkshire Cream Tea. Yes, there's the usual scones and clotted cream, but there's also open sandwiches (check out the ham and piccalilli on the above right) and doorstopper-thick slices of millionaire's shortbread.

"Dainty" here doesn't refer to the portion sizes, rather, to the place settings. Located in the beautiful Bute Park, this tearoom dishes up on exquisite bone china. Bonus! You can choose your own sandwich fillings, and importantly, whether or not you want fruit in your scone.

This delightful indie tearoom has an impressive menu of sandwiches (including Coronation Chicken), and its bakes are as pretty as a picture. That's not even mentioning the fact that you can order a ~lavender scone~ too.

This location is a little off the beaten track, but is worth it. The tearooms can be found in the ruins of a 14th-century monastery, which make for an atmospheric background to your nibble. The monastery features in several D.H. Lawrence works, so keep an eye out for dishes like Lady Chatterley's platter.

To be honest, you'll be spoilt for choice when tracking down a cream tea in these parts. But we like Hidden Treasures – especially thanks to their handmade clotted cream truffles (left). Don't agree? Seek out Tea on the Green or Tea by the Taw too.

The Blitz Tea Room and Jazz Lounge in Kettering channels a 1940s vibe with its afternoon tea. Choose from the Vera Lynn or the Churchill (the latter comes with mini Yorkshire puddings *filled* with mini pigs in blankets) and enjoy the sounds of Glenn Miller on the wireless.

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It's hard to get more charming than the Butterfly and the Pig, which describes itself as "a cosy wee place to catch up with friends and treat yourself to some yummy home made cake". Plus, at £16 for afternoon tea (including a glass of prosecco) it can't be beat.

Tudor Rose's building dates from 1640, and even has an Elizabethan garden. Which means that these tearooms are almost too dreamy to be real. Tuck into a cream tea, complete with oodles of clotted cream. Or take a breather with a luxurious hot chocolate like the one above.

Whether it's close-up of a giant slab of coffee and walnut cake, or a flat lay of your scones and jam bonanza, Blackbird is pretty as a picture. Plus, they have a gigantic selection of teas for your perusal.

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Home to the Sally Lunn bun, this tearoom is worth travelling for. The Sally Lunn is almost like a brioche, and suits both sweet or savoury flavours. Which means you'll have to try one with butter and one with jam. To make sure which you like best, of course.

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Operating since 1919, Bettys' legendary status is well-deserved. Think fluffy scones, steaming pots of tea, and dainty sandwiches galore. Can't make it there? Fear not, you can order online.

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