As you take to the city of Cambridge, what better way to spend an afternoon than sipping delicious tea, coupled with tasty finger sandwiches, fluffy scones, and exquisite miniature cakes? The British tradition of high tea fits perfectly into the grandeur and history of the city. If you’re on the hunt for the best places for afternoon tea in Cambridge these four are well worth investigating.
1. Clayton Hotel Cambridge
Situated right alongside the beautiful Cambridge University Botanic Gardens, you’ll find our four-star Clayton Hotel Cambridge. Relax amid the genteel grandeur of the Garden Room and take in the beautiful surroundings as you enjoy a traditional afternoon tea. With ornate Victorian wallpaper and gorgeous silk velvet sofas, you’ll feel pampered and indulged before your plates even arrive.
With a strictly traditional afternoon tea, reflecting the colonial-style setting, you should expect the perfect scone, complete with jam and fresh cream. Choose from an array of champagnes and cocktails to accompany the traditional fare.
2. Bedford Lodge
Just outside of Cambridge sits Bedford Lodge and an afternoon tea with a twist. If delicate finger sandwiches and carefully crafted cakes don’t suit your group, their Gentleman’s Tea might be just what you’re looking for.
Swapping the traditional dainty sandwiches and cream cakes for sausage rolls, hearty sandwiches and a treacle tart, accompanied with a pint, this afternoon tea is one for those with a hearty appetite. With a range of savouries and cakes also on offer, it doesn’t neglect the afternoon tea staple – a crumbly, sweet scone with rich cream and jam. If you want a high tea with a masculine appeal, this might just be the option you’re looking for.
3. The Orchard Tea Garden
Outside of Cambridge, the Orchard Tea Garden takes on the persona of an oasis for the summer months and is accessible by a bike ride or car. Amid the blossoming trees and beautiful surroundings, you can enjoy an exquisite afternoon tea with an indulgent glass of wine or champagne, perfect for those special occasions.
Famous residents of Cambridge are known to have taken traditional afternoon tea in these gardens, so you’re certain to be in good company. With a range of cream tea options to choose from, as well as the usual afternoon tea array, you can pick exactly what you want, whether you want the full works or simply a proper cup of tea and decadent slice of cake.
4. Harriet’s Café Tearoom
With a vintage theme, Harriet’s Tearoom will transport you back in time from the moment you pass through the doors. The traditional 1920s feel aims to encapsulate a yesteryear vibe, and the menu is styled accordingly. The tearoom, which is conveniently located close to the iconic Trinity College, prints its gift vouchers in a style reminiscent of the ration book and waitresses wear period uniforms.
Harriet’s afternoon tea takes inspiration from years past while still featuring modern trends. This mix of old and new mean’s you’re likely to find tasty macaroons nestled alongside your scones and tarts.
With the best places for afternoon tea in Cambridge already taken care of for your trip, all that’s left for you to do is set about exploring the cobbled stones of the city and take in the many sights you’ll find along the way.