Must Visit Destinations in England For Tea Lovers

Afternoon Tea on a train in England

Britain is well known for its love of tea, so unsurprisingly there are a wide range of great places to visit where you can relax with a cuppa and maybe even learn something new about our favourite hot drink.

The English capital is jam packed with fab places to see, so why not consider booking trains to London to check them out? The world famous Ritz London is a must-do for lovers of Afternoon Tea but due to its popularity should be booked well in advance. There you’ll be able to enjoy a wide selection of sandwiches and cakes, as well as some of the finest teas around, for around £45 per person.

While you’re in town you could also head to see the last of the tea clippers – the Cutty Sark, where you can walk the deck and follow in the footsteps of those who sailed her to collect that precious cargo – TEA – many years ago. There’s a café onboard too, so it’s a great place to stop for a bite to eat.

Those with train tickets to London can also brush up on their history and pick up some souvenirs at the Twinings Tea Shop and Museum at 216 Strand, while others will no doubt be keen to attend the 2014 European Tea Expo, which will take place from April 24th to 26th.

But it’s not just London where you can experience tea, as Bedfordshire’s Woburn Abbey is said to be the place where the idea of Afternoon Tea was first conceived.

Although England has a long association with the beverage, the only tea grown in the country is at Tregothnan in Cornwall, and nearby Devon is known for its cream teas, so why not visit both places for a cup of English grown tea and a traditional Devon cream tea?

Great tea calls for a proper teapot and Teapot Island in Yalding, Kent is home to more than 6,700 of them, with many having unusual designs. You can even get a little hands-on and paint your own pottery to take home with you.

Speaking of teapots, you’ll find around 3,000 of them in the Twining Teapot Gallery at Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery, with some dating back to the 1730s. Or how about a visit to Stoke-on-Trent, known as the home of British pottery? You can learn more about all things ceramic there at the Gladstone Pottery Museum and The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery.

And last but not least, if you happen to be a little further north in Yorkshire, be sure to stop off at one of the six Bettys Cafés located across the region in places including Harrogate and York.

 

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  1. When I get ready to travel to England the next time I am going to be referring to this list. Thanks!

    • My pleasure, Marilyn … but the next time you travel to England, we’ll have to add ‘Tea with Denise in London’ to the list! 🙂

  2. Denise, I’m excited to have found your blog via SmittenbyBritain. I’m married to an Englishman, too. Our situation, though, is the reverse of yours – he came to the States. We’ve been married almost 9-1/2 years and it’s been delightful. His family is in Kent and we visit often (though not often enough). We’re planning a trip for Sept 2014 for three weeks.

    Anyway! I love – I have an obsession for – cream teas. My first experience was in 2003 when I visited my husband (before we were married) and his family took us to tea at a tea room in Matfield. I have been in love with clotted cream ever since. (I put the jam on first and then pile the clotted cream on top – I think that’s the Cornish way, I guess, but definitely this American girl’s way because I want a glob of clotted cream unfettered by the jam). 🙂

    Do you have any suggestions for tea rooms, by chance? Or suggestions for websites that offer suggestions for tea rooms? I am always on the lookout. Sadly, the tea room in Matfield closed and turned into a beauty parlor) I do love the NT tea rooms – many of them are quite nice serving lovely afternoon teas with real clotted cream. We don’t travel to London much as my husband and I are more keen on villages and out of the way places. Any suggestions outside of London would be terrific.

    • Hi Gale, Wonderful! Thanks for popping by and sharing your story.

      Oooo, I love clotted cream, too. As a matter of fact, we just finished supper and had a Clotted Cream Rice Pudding for dessert. Yum!

      Oh my, tearoom suggestions! There are thousands of tearooms, aren’t there, and of course, I haven’t been to all of them so that’s a tough one. Mr. Tea and I had plans on creating an online UK tearoom guide, but it’s just such a laborious task and as we still both work full-time outside the home, we gave up the domain name.

      Here are a few of my favourites that I would recommend:

      Cassandra’s Cup in Chawton (across the street from the Jane Austen house museum)
      The Chocolate Teapot in Esher
      The Mock Turtle in Brighton
      78 Derngate in Northampton

      I also heartily recommend these two books for finding UK tearooms, with the caveat of course to always double-check that a place is still open before setting out because tearooms do come and go.

      Fancy a Cuppa
      Margaret Thornby’s Guide to Tearooms in Britain

      Hope this is helpful, and again thanks for your note! x

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