Category: afternoon tea

Written by guest blogger Alisha Christina McKay

We are into mid-August, the height of the holiday season, and Plymouth remains a quintessential part of any Devon holiday.

There's so much to see and do here in Plymouth, from beach walks to art exhibitions, all of which encapsulate something of the great British holiday. With many people around the country still not willing to travel abroad, their eyes are being opened to the wonderful possibilities right here on their own shores.

One aspect of Britain which is often hugely understated is our love of tea. Like many Devon seaside towns, Plymouth has its fair share of tea shops where you can take the load off for an hour and enjoy what has become something of a national beverage. In fact, Gala Bingo explains how almost a third of Brits drink more than five cups per day, and with so many to get in, there's a clear need for a good tea shop to break up the day. After all, afternoon tea is as British as cricket, leaves on the lawn and bingo in village halls. We call our English tea 'breakfast' tea, but we're not limited to one time of day. According to The Spruce Eats, the tradition of afternoon tea originated here as far back as the early 19th century.

Luckily, Plymouth has you covered for afternoon tea. If you've been down to the Hoe this weekend, perused the shops and decided you want a nice tea and maybe a bit of cake, then here are the places to visit.

The Tudor Rose Tea Rooms and Garden

6 New Street, Plymouth, PL1 2NA

If you really want to capture the essence of afternoon tea, then a visit to the Tudor Rose Tea Room is a must. It's situated in a delightful, listed building; it is dog friendly and has a walled garden to add to the atmosphere. Their afternoon tea menu is available all day and offers cream tea, savoury tea and gluten-free options. They also have an 'ultimate afternoon tea', which combines elements of all their tea menu.

The Treasury Cafe

Catherine Street, Royal Parade, Plymouth, PL1 2AD

This café/bar/restaurant covers many different types of beverages and meals, but they do serve a mean afternoon tea as well. They serve between 12 noon and 4 pm, six days a week, and have several options on a sliding scale of cost, depending on what you fancy. It's a varied venue with plenty to offer an eager tea drinker.

Daisy's Tea Rooms and Coffee Shop

6 Harbour Avenue, Sutton Harbour, Plymouth, PL4 0BJ

The afternoon tea at Daisy's comes at a good price and with a strong reputation, too. It's a venue with a real family living room feel, something the owners told Plymouth Live is entirely intentional. They named the outlet after their Yorkshire Terrier, and the whole family works in the venue. They offer half and full cream teas, as well as a range of lunch and cake options.

The Old Mill Cafe

Church Road, Wembury, Plymouth, PL9 0HP

The Old Mill Café is situated near Wembury beach and is multi-purpose, acting as a beach shop as well as a café. It is just outside Plymouth, around Heybrook Bay, but it is well worth the trek if you are in the area. A traditional cream tea is just £5, making it one of the cheapest in the area, and that includes two Devon scones with locally produced jam as well. Yummy.

The Flower Cafe

46 Southside Street, Plymouth, PL1 2LD

The Flower Café is another location with a reputation for something other than afternoon tea, in this instance, unicorn hot chocolate. It is still a solid choice for your afternoon tea though, with cream tea, cream coffee and afternoon tea on the menu, as well as a gluten-free option. It does a great breakfast too, so if it's too early for afternoon tea, why not grab an English breakfast tea with a full English to match. What could be more domestic than that to start your day in Plymouth?

Written by Alisha Christina McKay

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