You don’t have to be a debonair, suited ‘n booted chap or an elegant lady in a frock and pearls to love the English traditional of afternoon tea. Back in the Victorian times it was a glamorous affair these days the ritual of afternoon tea simply involves an afternoon of fun, food and (if you’re lucky) fizz.
It’s National Afternoon Tea Week giving us the perfect excuse to ramp up our quintessential English accents and indulge in scones and clotted cream, cakes, pastries, dainty sandwiches and pots of tea.
So, put your little pinky up and check out the 7 Best Afternoon Teas In And Around Birmingham…
If you’re looking for a decadent, lavish and exciting afternoon tea The Edgbaston is the perfect place. The boutique hotel uses vintage teapots in an impressive 1920s art-deco cocktail lounge. This afternoon hideout, nestled inside a grand Victorian building, comes with a twist – the ingenious Moseley Serve – tea-infused gin cocktails (back in the day ladies in Moseley used to hide their gin by drinking it out of teacups, apparently!).
Price: £20.00 (The Moseley serve – £30.00)
Jekyll and Hyde
Going to a pub named the Jekyll and Hyde for afternoon tea? Surely, not? Well, yep… and it’s no ordinary afternoon tea. It’s a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party served in a quirky Victorian gin parlour with an immense dollop of Alice In Wonderland lunacy. Dr Jekyll serves tarts, cakes, pastries, scones and finger sandwiches with endless pots of tea. Take an afternoon stroll through the nonsensical world of Wonderland…if you dare.
Served: 12-2pm and 2.30-4.30pm
Whether you’ve spent a few hours appreciating the fabulous artwork at the Ikon Gallery or not you can come in and enjoy Café Opus, located inside the gallery itself. The stylish cafe-cum-restaurant is a great spot for afternoon tea in a minimalist and contemporary setting, which is relaxing and low-key. If you’re blessed with sunshine take your afternoon tea alfresco on the terrace and watch the world go by. For a great price you can enjoy homemade finger sandwiches, fancy cakes and scones with clotted cream and jam.
Served: 2.30 to 5.00pm
The Catwalk Cafe
Want an audible “wow” with your afternoon tea? If so, this is the place to come. This quirky Parisian-style cafe is brimming with Victorian inspirations of grandeur and romance, complete with an attention-grabbing red carpet that runs from top to bottom over a retro 1920s black and white checkered floor. Afternoon tea at The Catwalk Cafe is served in silver teapots on vintage cream lace and embroidered cloths and includes a three-tier cake stand of dainty sandwiches, freshly baked scones, a selection of petit fours and unlimited pots of tea… which at £12.50 is an absolute steal! Who thought you could enjoy an unforgettable Parisian inspired treat in small village near Birmingham?
A delightful Elizabethan pub nestled in the heart of idyllic village Henley In Arden – quite possibly the most perfect place for afternoon tea. The Bluebell oozes a warm, welcoming vibe with Tudor beams everywhere creating a stylish but cozy setting. A selection of pastries, sweets and finger sandwiches are served on an eclectic array of fine bone china. The Bluebell is known for fabulous food and their fine tea menu is just as impressive, including Jasmine Pearls, White Peony and Champagne Sencha Green. Take a stroll around the village afterwards and soak up the tranquil Warwickshire countryside.
Hotel Du Vin
Give your afternoon tea experience an sprinkle of elegance and French sophistication at the ever in vogue Hotel du Vin & Bistro. One of Birmingham’s most iconic hotels offers an impressive tea menu with their afternoon treats including luxury infused teas created by their resident tea sommelier. Relax in elegant surroundings with an indulgent tower of pastries, macaroons, finger sandwiches, scones and a selection of cakes. Add a glass of champagne for that extra je ne sais quoi.
Served: 3pm – 5pm
You can expect an lavish high tea at Hotel LaTour offering the very best of British – dainty and delicious, with live piano on Friday through to Sunday. It’s a sophisticated, contemporary hotel with very bold décor and super stylish sofas. Finger sandwiches and scones are accompanied with macaroons. You can add a selection of champagne and gin cocktails to your tea to ramp up your enjoyment if you so wish!