21 Absolutely Charming Tea Rooms You Have To Visit Before You Die

Time for tea.

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1. The Bat’s Wing Tea Room, Isle of Wight

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This 16th-century tea room is too pretty to pass by.

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Not only does Blackbird serve the best tea and cake in Brighton, it’s also got a delightful café dog named Miss Potter.

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Eat delicious cakes in a sunny tea room, or go one step further and join the monthly Tiny Tim’s pudding society. If you’d prefer a more traditional tea, try The Moat.


If historically perfect tea is your thing, then visit The Bridge Tea Rooms. It’s been around since circa 1675, it’s won numerous awards, and all the waiting staff wear Victorian costumes. Adorable.

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Afternoon tea at Claridge’s is simply divine. Endless sandwiches, dainty china, and perfect service. Yes, it’s pricier than most, but worth it.


Low-key with a vintage feel, Hidden Treasures is a little gem. It also caters brilliantly for vegetarians and gluten-free/wheat-free customers.

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The oldest house in Bath is best-known for one thing – the Sally Lunn bun. Rich, like a brioche, it suits either sweet or savoury flavours, and is worth travelling for.

8. Bettys, Harrogate

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Bettys is an institution, and rightly so. Pictured here is the Harrogate branch, but there are five others across the north of England, including branches in York, Ilkley, and Northallerton.

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If you’re in Melton Mowbray, it would be sacrilege not to get a pork pie. And you’ll need a cup of tea to wash it down with too.

10. The Willow Tearooms, Glasgow

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Designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh in 1904, The Willow Tearooms is an art nouveau haven that serves a particularly good scone.

A sweet tea room in the Cotswolds with a really good gluten-free menu. Look at that gluten-free apple and almond cake!


Draped in wisteria, this utterly charming tea room is pretty as a picture. And if you like, you can stay in the adjoining B&B.

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Homemade cherry scones. Need we say more?

14. The Orangery, Whitstable

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This rather affordable tea room is located in the grounds of Whitstable Castle. The menu starts from two crumpets with butter for £1.


Housed in a beautiful 16th-century building, this tea house is run by jam-making firm Tiptree, so you can anticipate a fine spread.

16. Harriet’s Cafe Tearooms, Cambridge

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With two branches, one in Cambridge and one in Bury St Edmunds, you can easily get a fix of Harriets’ delicious cakes and steaming hot tea.

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Check out those cupcakes – they are something else! And the scones don’t look half bad either.

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A slightly edgier tea room, Lee Rosy’s puts on gigs and serves up delicious vegan peanut-butter cookies.

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The perfectly picturesque Cobbles Tea Room prides itself on its loose-leaf tea.

20. Anteaques, Edinburgh

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Part tea room, part antiques shop. What more could you want?

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With a name that translates as “beyond the bridge”, Tu Hwnt I’r Bont couldn’t be more breathtaking if it tried.

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Ailbhe Malone is the UK lifestyle editor for BuzzFeed and is based in London.
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