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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 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, vegan and gluten-free varieties of their traditional afternoon tea are also on offer.

For Mother's Day, embrace the delectable treats of Springtime Serenitea Afternoon Tea, with a variety of sandwiches, patissieres and scones available to try. 

So, whether you need some 'me time' or want to surprise a loved one with a memorable experience, you can book their special afternoon tea to enjoy whenever you please.

Afternoon Tea at Boringdon Hall Hotel


China Fleet Country Club

Set in 180 acres of exquisite countryside, on the cusp of Devon and Cornwall, China Fleet is a beautiful location for a perfect afternoon pick-me-up. 

Treat yourself to delicate sandwiches, homemade cakes and scones, served with Cornish clotted cream and delicious jam. Alongside a warming pot of tea or cup of coffee. Available 12pm to 5.30pm. They even offer childrens and vegan afternoon Tea depending upon what your preference is.

Afternoon Tea at China Fleet


Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill

If it’s views you’re after, then this Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill 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!

Afternoon Tea at Marco Pierre White


Future Inn Plymouth

In the north of Plymouth you’ll find Fishbone Restaurant in the Future Inn Hotel, serving up delicious homemade afternoon tea between 1pm- 5pm. You’ll be treated to some mouth-watering creations, delicate finger sandwiches, scones with clotted cream and jam, homemade cake selection and unlimited tea and coffee. They offer Traditional, Sparkling, Gin & Tonic and even Cocktail afternoon teas! There is something for everyone.

Head to the hotel for Mother's Day Afternoon Tea and devour delicious sandwiches, cakes and sweet treats available to indulge in. 

Afternoon Tea at Fishbone Future Inn   


The Bottling Plant

The Bottling Plant is a hidden gem, nestled on the historic Barbican’s South Side Street offering a beautiful, historical setting for your afternoon tea. They offer a selection of finger sandwiches, small treats and fresh scones with jam and Cornish clotted cream, served with the drink of your choice. Should you wish to enhance your experience further, they offer an extensive list of cocktails for every occasion.


Tudor Rose Tea Rooms

The Tudor Rose Tearooms and Garden is situated in one of the beautiful listed buildings on New Street on the Barbican, one of the oldest streets in Plymouth. The owners have lovingly renovated the Tudor Rose breathing new life into its quaint tearoom, charming lounge, elegant patio and historic walled English garden. Enjoy a delicious combination of their traditional and savoury afternoon tea brought together to create their ultimate afternoon tea experience.

Afternoon Tea at Tudor Rose Tea Rooms


Be sure to take a look at all the Food & Drink offerings across the city, with so many more offering afternoon tea, the choices are endless. 

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



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    Experience their ultimate afternoon tea experience by indulging in a wonderful combination of their traditional and savory afternoon tea.

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