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Best Afternoon Tea in Bristol

Historic Bristol with its prime location on the Avon and Frome rivers has been a settlement since Roman times.

Bristol was one of England's largest towns in mediaeval times and it has a rich history as a trading port, so there's lots to explore when you visit.

Luckily, Bristol also has a great variety of hotels and tea shops offering delicious afternoon teas that will boost your energy ready for more sightseeing.

Here's our pick of places offering the best afternoon tea in Bristol:

Berwick Lodge

Berwick Lodge
Berwick Lodge © Berwick Lodge

Berwick Lodge is a luxury boutique hotel that is an ideal venue to enjoy a delicious afternoon tea.

Berwick Lodge is a beautiful manor house set in acres of stunning grounds with distant views across to Wales.

With a setting like this, you'd expect the food to be special, and afternoon tea at Berwick Lodge doesn't disappoint.

Traditional Afternoon Tea offers a selection of sandwiches, freshly baked scones with jam and clotted cream, and of course a selection of sweet treats.

Berwick Lodge
Berwick Lodge © Berwick Lodge

You can also choose from a Berwick Afternoon Tea which adds a selection of savouries, or Champagne Afternoon Tea with a glass of bubbly.

Whichever you choose, you can enjoy a traditional British afternoon tea in the cosy wood-panelled lounge or, in the beautiful garden (weather permitting).

https://www.berwicklodge.co.uk/fine-dining-restaurant/menus/afternoon-tea

 

Ashwell & Co

Ashwell & Co
Ashwell & Co © Ruby Walker Photography

Ashwell & Co is an intriguing combination of a superb tearoom and an award-winning vintage boutique.

The result is a unique experience whether you're shopping or eating.  It's probably the most unusual place to take afternoon tea in Bristol.

Everything that goes into an Ashwell & Co afternoon tea is handmade from scratch to ensure the highest quality - from the bread and cakes to traditional scones and jam - even the clotted cream is homemade in-house!

Ashwell & Co
Ashwell & Co © Ruby Walker Photography

Just some of the delicious choices are Classic Cucumber Sandwiches on freshly baked white farmhouse bread, or Avocado, Tahini & Pink Pickled Onions, Chocolate Dipped Shortbread Hearts, Cherry & Almond Loaf and Plain Scone with strawberry jam and clotted cream

Ashwell & Co serve afternoon tea in Clifton on Fridays and Saturdays.  Classic Afternoon Tea costs from £22.50 per person.

https://ashwellandco.com/afternoon-tea/

 

The Ivy Clifton Brasserie

The Ivy Clifton Brasserie
The Ivy Clifton Brasserie © The Ivy Clifton Brasserie

In the heart of Bristol's Clifton Village, The Ivy offers afternoon tea in an impressive room with high ceilings, large windows and superb art-deco detailing.

The Ivy offers a Wonderland Afternoon Tea with savoury treats like Grilled Chicken and Truffle Mayonnaise Brioche Roll, followed by warm fruit scones, strawberry preserve, clotted cream and fresh strawberries.

The Ivy Clifton Brasserie
The Ivy Clifton Brasserie © The Ivy Clifton Brasserie

The tempting sweets on offer include a Two of Hearts Chocolate Shortbread Slice and Red Velvet Raspberry Queen Cake.

Wonderland Afternoon Tea at The Ivy in Bristol starts from £26.95 per person, or you can choose Champagne Afternoon Tea for £35.95 per person.

https://theivycliftonbrasserie.com/

 

The Bristol

The Bristol
The Bristol © The Bristol

Situated on the harbourside, The Bristol is a wonderful place to take afternoon tea and contemplate Bristol's maritime history.

Vintage Afternoon Tea is a traditional spread with a selection of finger sandwiches, fresh scones with Cornish clotted cream and a selection of cakes.

The Bristol
The Bristol © The Bristol

Afternoon tea is served from Wednesday to Sunday from 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm and costs from £20 per person.

https://www.doylecollection.com/hotels/the-bristol-hotel/dining/afternoon-tea

 

Browns Bristol

Browns Bristol
Browns Bristol © Browns Bristol

Browns is situated in the beautiful former City Museum - a listed building modelled after the Doge's Palace in Venice.  Enjoy watching the world go by through the enormous arched windows, or if the weather is kind, eat on the outdoor terrace.

Afternoon Tea at Browns is an elegant contemporary twist on an old tradition.

As well as traditional cucumber finger sandwiches, you can choose a Heritage Hen Egg Mayo Brioche Roll or Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese on a Whisky and Thyme Oat Cake.

Browns Bristol
Browns Bristol © Browns Bristol

Of course, the traditional warm scones with a choice of jams and clotted cream are part of the meal.

Mini cakes and puddings include Lemon Drizzle Cake or a Chocolate Mousse Flower Pot!

Afternoon Tea is served from 3 pm to 5 pm except Sundays, and costs from £20 per person, or £30 with a chilled glass of Champagne.

https://www.browns-restaurants.co.uk/restaurants/southwest/bristol/afternoonteamenu

 

Harvey Nichols

Harvey Nichols Bristol
Harvey Nichols Bristol © Harvey Nichols

Located on the top floor of Harvey Nichols, the Second Floor Restaurant has been awarded two AA Rosettes.

Take a break from shopping and admire the view of Quakers Friars through floor-to-ceiling windows while you enjoy an afternoon tea in a modern setting.

The menu includes treats such as Cucumber, Poppy Seed and Mascarpone sandwiches, homemade scones with Harvey Nichols jam and clotted cream, and Hazelnut Mousse Choux Bun.

Harvey Nichols Bristol
Harvey Nichols Bristol © Harvey Nichols

There are some excellent Harvey Nichols teas to choose from including English Breakfast, Earl Grey and Oolong.

Afternoon Tea at Harvey Nichols costs from £25 per person, and Champagne Afternoon Tea is £10 extra.

https://www.harveynichols.com/restaurant/bristol-dining/restaurant/

 

We hope you've enjoyed our selection of some of the best afternoon teas in Bristol.

 

 

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