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Afternoon tea is a quintessentially English tradition and always feels luxurious (it was, after all, started by royalty!) Whether you prefer to keep it simple in a cosy café, fancy indulging in an afternoon of opulence or like trying something unique, there’s an afternoon tea experience for you in Norwich! Here’s our top recommendations for the best places to enjoy a timeless treat in this historic city.
At the Assembly House you’ll be greeted by an impressive tower of sandwiches, savouries, scones and quirky cakes and pastries. They are currently offering a circus-themed afternoon tea for only £23.95 per person, which includes candyfloss, a big top striped meringue and caramel popcorn mousse among a host of other sweet delights! It’s certainly the go-to place for a unique feast. You can also try a Before-noon Tea, served until 11.30am daily, which comes with a hot plate of breakfast food. Or for lovers of all things Christmassy, The Assembly House is bringing back its popular Narnia themed tea in November!
If you’re looking for a touch of Parisian glamour, look no further than The Ivy. Bringing its signature extravagance to the afternoon tea, it’s a must for food lovers who want to enjoy their food in a chic setting. The Summer Garden Afternoon tea, comprising of expertly crafted savoury and sweet delights, is £24.95 (or £33.95 with Champagne if you really want to treat yourself). The stars of the show: the truffled chicken brioche roll, and the pistachio nasturtium crème brûlée.
Afternoon tea at the Maids Head is the picture of elegant English tradition. Guests can enjoy their tea in a luxurious lounge or in the pretty hotel courtyard on a warm day. While it’s a civilised experience for grown-ups, kids will love the under 13s Dinolicious tea! It’s available this summer as part of the Dino City Food Trail, celebrating the arrival of Dippy, the Natural History Museum’s Diplodocus cast at Norwich Cathedral. The City Food Trail finishes on the 22nd August – so hurry and book your table to sample this special afternoon tea while you still can!
Visiting Norwich Cathedral? (You should!) You’ll be pleased to hear that the Refectory offers its own cream tea for only £5.95! Whether you’re visiting for worship, to learn some history, admire the architecture or see Dippy, the Natural History Museum’s Diplodocus cast in the Cathedral nave, refresh yourself with yummy scones and a hot, comforting cup of tea.
Plantation Garden deserves a visit in its own right; family-friendly, yet peaceful and romantic, there’s something for everyone. There’s plenty of stories to discover; the garden has been enjoyed since 1842, and now you can feel a part of history by honouring the afternoon tea tradition there! If you’re not a history buff – simply appreciate delicious tea and cake surrounded by beautiful nature. Afternoon tea at Plantation Garden is also accompanied by musicians and singers, which will surely keep you entertained. It’s only available on Sundays from 2-4pm until September 5th, so make sure you don’t miss it!
Coffee lovers simply must visit Alchemista. Located in the Norwich Lanes, they are known for their great coffee, but they also offer a delicious afternoon tea, decked with chocolate brownies, fresh fruit and cream. Plus, they have a vegan afternoon tea available too! And the best part? You can put your own twist on a Champagne afternoon tea by ordering one of their award-winning coffee-themed cocktails! Prices start at £16.
For a lavish afternoon tea in a grand and regal venue, visit St Giles’ House Hotel and enjoy tiger prawn cocktail open sandwiches, raspberry and chantilly cream shortbread, smoked dapple cheese scones and more! It costs £21.95, which includes a glass of Champagne, or £40 for two – perfect for a romantic afternoon in one of the oldest hotels in Norwich. And if you’re not a fan of the bubbly, they also offer a glass of Norfolk gin and tonic for £4.50.
The ‘Harriets’ experience is a taste of English refinery. A charming floral display crowns their three-tiered traditional afternoon tea, which is often accompanied by a live pianist! There’s nothing quite like being serenaded as you dine on dainty finger sandwiches; it’s the perfect way to unwind from a busy day exploring the city. There are a range of options to choose from between £7.45 and £17.95.
Relaxing with an elegant afternoon tea must be one of the best ways to enjoy the spectacular interior and grounds of The Norfolk Mead, a historic Georgian country house only a 25-minute drive from the city centre. They use fresh, locally sourced produce to craft their traditional cakes and treats, and why not make the afternoon sparkle with a glass of Laurent Perrier? Afternoon tea at the Norfolk Mead costs £18.50 per person, or £33 including Champagne.
If you’ve been looking for a luxurious boating experience on the idyllic Norfolk Broads, consider hiring the hotel’s six-seater open-top English Harbour yacht, with prices starting at £100 for a half day. Guests can request to have their afternoon tea picnic-style on the water – so you can take treating yourself to a whole new level!
This family run hotel and restaurant is known for its amazing service and fantastic food. With all of the Stower Grange’s ingredients locally sourced, their selection of sandwiches, cakes and pastries are freshly made by their talented staff. Enjoy an afternoon tea in the traditional surroundings of the AA Rosette restaurant overlooking the gardens for only £17.50 per person.