The English tradition of afternoon tea is something many of us love and with Mother’s Day coming up, we thought we’d pick 10 of our favourite places in the Peak District and Derbyshire that serve up the best in scones, cakes and perfectly cut sandwiches, some traditional, some with a modern twist.
Let us know if you’ve been to a place here or if there’s somewhere that served up an afternoon tea that you really loved, we’d love to hear about it….right, onto the cakes, jam and cream, mmmmmm
The Cavendish Hotel feels like sheer indulgence and the lovely Garden Room overlooking the Chatsworth Estate is a very civilised spot to spend an afternoon. The Cavendish Hotel creates a slightly modern twist on this oh so of English traditions. Book ahead to avoid disappointment.
The Cavendish Hotel, Baslow, Bakewell, DE45 1SP
This 17th century country house hotel, located on the outskirts of Buxton is a lovely scenic spot to enjoy a traditional afternoon tea. There’s a few different variations to choose from too. Close to Dovedale and Hartington, it makes for a really pretty run out too and even a walk if the weather is ok.
Biggin Hall Country House Hotel, Biggin-by-Hartington, Buxton , Derbyshire, SK17 0DH
There’s a luxurious feel to the afternoon tea here and if it’s sunny, you can sit inside the outside in the courtyard which is thoroughly pleasant to watch the quiet hustle and bustle and coming and going of visitors. It’s well worth perusing the excellent shop while you’re there too.
Chatsworth, Bakewell, Derbyshire, DE45 1PP
Edensor Tea Cottage is located in the picturesque village of Edensor on the Chatsworth Estate. They serve a traditional afternoon tea with the highlight being the home made scones using Cauldwell’s Mill flour, milled locally in Matlock, Derbyshire.
Edensor Tea Cottage, Edensor, Chatsworth Estate, Bakewell, DE45 1PH
This quirky cafe tea room inside the lovely Cavendish Shopping Arcade offers a vibrant and generous afternoon tea. The rooftop courtyard is really nice in summer too. This cafe prides themselves on fresh, homemade good food; the afternoon tea is pretty to look at and tastes lovely too.
Upstairs at Charlottes Cafe, 11 Cavendish Arcade, 6 The Colonnade, Buxton SK17 6BQ
Expect finger sandwiches followed by Bakewell Pudding, Victoria sponge and Egg custard amongst other treats at this boutique hotel in Derby. The afternoon tea is served in the bright and sunny Orangery or weather permitting sit outside in the garden offering stunning views of the Derbyshire countryside.
The Kedleston Country House, Derby, DE22 5JD
The gardens are very pretty overlooking the hills of south Derbyshire and the Peak District. Afternoon Tea offers sandwiches on brown or white bread, warm freshly baked scones and a selection of cakes including fresh fruit tartlets, soft baked meringues sandwiched with fresh cream and their very own Callow Hall fruit cake.
Callow Hall Hotel and Restaurant, Mappleton Road, Ashbourne, DE6 2AA
With a slightly different take on this tradition, the afternoon tea includes miniature scones, pork pies, carrot cake and macaroons. All beautifully served on a miniature picnic table! The interior is modern and chic too. You could always double up the afternoon tea with a walk down Tideswell Dale – the flora and fauna in the summer in the dale is great with lots of butterflies, wild flowers and big striped snails – ideal for all the family, post afternoon tea and to walk off those cakes.
The Merchants Yard, St John’s Road, Tideswell, Derbyshire SK17 8NY