Category: Food and Drink

A quintessentially British tradition, afternoon tea dates back to the 1840s. A traditional afternoon tea will typically include sandwiches and savoury treats, scones with jam and clotted cream, delicious cakes and tarts, and of course, tea! But there’s now a huge range of variations on this traditional meal and Plymouth has plenty to offer.

The South West is of course famous for its cream teas (cream first, then jam when you’re in Devon!), and with scones being a key part of a proper afternoon tea, there are plenty of places in Plymouth to indulge in these traditional treats with friends and family.

Here are our top ten suggestions for the best places to enjoy afternoon tea in Plymouth.


Boringdon Hall

Experience five-star luxury at Boringdon Hall Hotel with one of their tempting afternoon teas. The menu includes a fantastic range, with champagne, vegan and gluten-free varieties of their traditional afternoon tea all on offer.

They also have bi-monthly ‘special edition’ afternoon teas, complementing the season and festivities – themes have ranged from cocktails to favourite childhood characters, like Winnie the Pooh!


Duke of Cornwall

Situated close to Plymouth’s bustling city centre, the Duke of Cornwall Hotel offers one of the city’s most spectacular afternoon teas. From March to September, you can book in for ‘Tea at the Top’.

This luxury experience gives two people access to the Duke’s tower suite, which boasts panoramic views across Cornwall, Devon and Plymouth Sound. Enjoy the view as you tuck in to hand-crafted sandwiches, a selection of sweet treats and champagne, all served by your own private butler.


Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill

If it’s views you’re after, then this restaurant situated at the top of the Crowne Plaza, overlooking Plymouth Hoe, will deliver in spades. Their traditional afternoon tea includes a scrumptious range of sandwiches, pastries (such as sachertorte and macarons) and freshly baked scones. You can add some extra sparkle with a glass of prosecco.

Young afternoon tea fans are also catered for, with a children’s version on offer featuring child-friendly sandwiches and treats!



Chocolate specialists Chocaccino are based on Southside Street on Plymouth Barbican and offer a huge range of delicious treats! Their afternoon tea includes their famous chocolate chip scones and a great range of cakes.

They also offer vegetarian, vegan and children’s afternoon teas too.


The Treasury

Centrally located in Plymouth city centre, The Treasury is a great place to stop during a busy day of shopping. Their traditional afternoon tea includes delicate finger sandwiches, homemade scones with clotted cream and local jam, a selection of cakes and petit four chocolates.

Add a glass of prosecco for some extra sparkle, or mix it up by exchanging the tea in your pot for a cocktail (the Manhattan or Cosmopolitan are recommended)!


Tudor Rose Tea Rooms

Tucked away on historic New Street, one of the oldest streets in Plymouth, the Tudor Rose Tea Rooms is a quaint venue offering truly traditional experience. Their delicious afternoon teas include dainty finger sandwiches and homemade scones and cakes, and they offer themed menus around different holidays.

They also have a delightfully quiet garden, so you can enjoy your afternoon tea outdoors on a sunny day.


The Flower Café

Serving up deliciously flamboyant hot chocolates, milkshakes and of course, afternoon teas, The Flower Café on the Barbican is a real family favourite! With afternoon tea themes including dinosaurs, unicorns and wizards, kids of all ages are sure to be delighted.


Future Inn Plymouth

In the north of Plymouth you’ll find Fishbone Restaurant in the Future Inn, serving up delicious homemade afternoon tea. Costing just £12 per person, and £6 for under 12s, you’ll be treated to some mouth-watering creations. It comes with unlimited tea or coffee, but you can upgrade to add a glass of bubbles or a cocktail.


Slug & Lettuce

Treat yourself to a tipsy afternoon tea at Slug & Lettuce Plymouth. Perfect for special occasions or catching up with friends & family, their Afternoon Tea comes in a beautiful bird cage filled with tasty treats.

The Two Bridges Hotel

A little further afield, located in the heart of Dartmoor National Park, is The Two Bridges Hotel. Their award-winning restaurant serves up full afternoon teas or traditional Devon cream teas – and everything is homemade.

During the winter months, dine by the crackling log fires in the lounge, and in summer experience the beauty of Dartmoor from the terrace, with views over the West Dart River.


For more inspiration on eating out in Plymouth, check out our Food & Drink pages

In partnership with GWR, Destination Plymouth’s lead travel partner 



  1. DevonGirl
    Only one gluten-free offering and that costs £27 - I'll stick to North Devon thanks!!
  2. Daisystearooms
    We always have a gluten free cake in stock plus gluten free fruit scones and bread. Afternoon teas start from £10.50p for gluten free, which includes a sandwich if your choice, a fruit scone with jam and clotted cream a slice of cake from the counter, a pot of tea or a mug of coffee or hot chocolate.

    Daisy’s tea rooms & coffee shop

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