7 Great Spots for Afternoon Tea in the Lake District
The Lake District is a quintessentially British part of the UK, rich in Victorian history that has been purposefully preserved throughout the centuries. It stands to reason, then, that one of the best places to try a classic British afternoon tea is right here in the UNESCO World Heritage site of The Lake District. Afternoon tea has been a staple part of British culture for centuries - once enjoyed by the aristocracy, afternoon tea is now a treat that everyone can indulge in, and can’t afford to miss out on!
Host to an abundance of boutique dining experiences, breathtaking scenery and hidden treasures, the Lake District is the perfect spot to sit back and relax with a luscious afternoon tea as you take in the splendour of the surrounding views. If you’re planning a trip to the Lake District and an afternoon tea is a must-do part of your Lake District experience, take a look at some great spots for afternoon tea in the Lake District for some of our favourite Lake District Pound recommendations…
1. Yewdale Inn, Coniston
Offering a delicious cream tea in the heart of Coniston, the Yewdale Inn is a charming village inn that offers you views of the South Lakes while you dine. While not a full afternoon tea in the traditional sense, their lighter cream tea option is sure to more than satisfy your cravings for quintessentially British refreshments including scrumptious scones with jam and clotted cream, served with tea or an Americano coffee.
2. Eltermere Inn, Elterwater
The Eltermere Inn is situated in the centre of the beautiful Langdale Valley. Nestled in between the trees, The Eltermere Inn is a cosy spot in the heart of some of the most popular walking spots in the Lake District. Pop by for an Eltermere afternoon tea featuring freshly cut sandwiches and homemade scone & cake selection, or why not treat yourself to their Etermere champagne tea for an extra indulgent treat?
3. Holker Hall Courtyard Cafe, Grange-over-Sands
Home to Lucy Cavendish and her husband Tor McLaren, Holker Hall & Gardens is generously open to visitors throughout the year. Offering exceptional countryside views and mountain landscapes, the Holker Hall Courtyard Cafe is a spacious and welcoming place to relax and enjoy one of their famous Holker afternoon teas before you continue exploring the beautiful hall and gardens.
4. The Chalet Tearooms & Restaurant, Keswick
An excellent spot to rest between walks, The Chalet Tearooms are situated in the village of Portinscale on Derwentwater - a great base for any Lakeland adventurer. Afternoon tea at The Chalet Tearooms is homemade and includes a plump fruit scone with jam and clotted cream, a choice of cake or tray bake from their daily selection, and a choice of freshly made sandwiches served with freshly brewed coffee or a piping hot pot of tea.
5. Bryson’s, Keswick & Bowness
Bryson’s tea rooms are so good, they had to have two! Bryson’s of Keswick and Bryson’s of Bowness both offer a truly authentic British tea room experience. Bryson’s have been hand baking bread with locally milled flour for over 70 years, continuing to make each of their many bakes and confectionaries by hand with care and skill even today. Enjoy a sumptuous afternoon tea at Bryson’s of Keswick or a mouthwatering cream tea at Bryson’s of Bowness.
6. Muncaster Castle, Ravenglass
Muncaster Castle is a must-visit for those with an interest in the history of the Lake District. Aside from being a visually spectacular Castle, Muncaster Castle has a beautiful garden and a hawk & owl centre perfect for family days out. Muncaster Castle offers a few different dining experiences, but for a truly special afternoon tea experience, keep an eye on their events page - Muncaster Castle occasionally offers exclusive afternoon tea events in the Castle itself!
7. Armstrong Ward Cafe, Kendal
A boutique mini department store like Armstrong Ward isn’t the first place you might think you can find a delicious afternoon tea, but the Armstrong Ward Cafe offers a small but perfectly formed menu of treats for you to enjoy while you shop their hand-selected goodies. Indulge in a full afternoon tea with sandwiches, a scone with jam and cream and a slice of cake, or for a lighter indulgence try their cream tea served with proper leaf tea.
Whether you’re planning a tour of afternoon teas around the Lake District or you’re simply looking for that one special afternoon tea to enjoy while you visit, you’re sure to find an afternoon tea in the Lake District that you’ll be talking about long afterwards!
While you plan your trip to the Lake District, why not consider investing in a Lake District Pound Passport? You can even win prizes as you collect stamps from independent businesses. As a UNESCO World Heritage site, we think it’s important to help to support local businesses while passing on excellent savings to you so your Lake District budget stretches even further.