The English tradition of afternoon tea is something many of us love, so we thought we’d pick 15 of our favourite places for Afternoon Tea in the Peak District and Derbyshire – 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, so we can give it a mention….right, onto the cakes, jam and cream…
1. The Cavendish Hotel
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.
T: 01246. 582311
2. Biggin Hall
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.
T: 01298 84451
3. Chatsworth House
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. The selection of savouries such as salmon and asparagus tart and feta, pesto and pine nut vol-au-vent or sweet treats such as chocolate and pink grapefruit truffle and chocolate dipped strawberries, make this superb value for money and feels a little special.
T: 01246 565300
4. Tilly’s of Castleton
A lovely tea room located Castleton offering a few options on their Afternoon Tea menu. Worth the visit for decent food and a trip to one’s of Derbyshire’s prettiest villages. Afternoon Tea is traditionally served and the sandwich selection is good serviced with a small serving of salad which is nice. The homemade cakes are scones are delicious! You can always add Prosecco if you wish too.
T: 01433 620834
5. No.6 The Square, Buxton
Close to the town centre in Buxton’s historic quarter, opposite the magnificent Opera House, this small, traditional but highly refined tea room is a must visit if you’re a fan of afternoon tea. Serving traditionally on a tiered cake stands, the selection offered is varied and everything looks very pretty when it arrives at the table. Portions are generous too so you won’t leave hungry. No.6 offer gluten free as a standard across their menu and always have gluten free bread available so you swap items on the afternoon tea to accommodate if needs be. You can add pink Prosecco if you so wish. For a lighter option they also serve their Derbyshire Cream Tea – a pot of tea and a scone with jam and cream. A lovely relaxing place to visit and ideally situated too.
T: 01298 213541
6. Edensor Tea Cottage
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.
T: 01246 582315
7. Old Hall Hotel
Reputed to be England’s oldest hotel, Mary Queen of Scots once took up residence here, hence the Afternoon is named ‘Mary’s Afternoon Tea’. With ambiance like no other in Buxton arguably, the Old Hall Hotel dates back to the 1500s. Afternoon Tea is usually served in the restaurant which is lovely and overlooks the Pavilion Gardens.
T: 01298 22841
8. Lavender Tea Rooms
Offering a range of traditional English as well as the classic Afternoon Tea, the reviews on TripAdvisor speak for itself. The Afternoon Tea offers a generous helping of sandwiches, cakes and scones. Centrally located in Bakewell in this charming courtyard, the period English decor adds to the experience – not to be missed if you’re in Bakewell. You can have a Derbyshire Cream Tea if you prefer something lighter, the full Traditional Afternoon Tea or the deluxe version.
T: 01629 814466
9. Callow Hall Country House Hotel
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. The gents don’t have to miss out either – they can enjoy the ‘Gent’s Afternoon Tea’ (also available for ladies too of course!) features a Smith Farm pork pie, a pint of Peak’s Ale, black pud sausage roll, steak slider, skin on fries and a chocolate mousse
T: 01335 300900
10. The Merchants Yard
With a slightly different take on this tradition, the afternoon tea includes miniature scones, a pork pie, carrot cake and chocolate brownie. 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. There’s the option to add a glass of Perrier Jouët Champagne too.
T: 01298 872442
11. East Lodge Hotel
Enjoy pretty gardens with Derbyshire Afternoon tea at this award winning hotel. Everything you’d usually expect with afternoon is served – the cake selection features fresh fruit tartlets. There’s a good selection of herbal teas on offer too. To make it extra special you can add Champagne.
T: 01629 734474
12. Hoar Cross Hall Hotel
Hoar Cross Hall is a grand Grade II listed building set in 50 acres of countryside. With a pretty water garden, a luxury spa and find dining, you could really treat yourself with a visit here. You can also stay overnight at the hotel if you wanted to celebrate a special occasion. The afternoon tea is is a modern take on the English tradition, presented beautifully is priced at £20 per person and includes sandwiches, cakes and pastries. Add Prosecco if you wish or choose the Royal Afternoon Tea which includes champagne. The selection of speciality teas are superb including China Jasmine, Darjeeling First Flush and Earl Grey.
T: 01283 575671
13. H&F Vintage Tearooms
With homemade cakes a plenty and a quirky vintage theme to the interior, the place has quite a following locally. The afternoon is tea here is well priced or you add Prosecco for a little extra. Expect the usual such as smoked salmon, egg mayonnaise, ham and cheese sandwiches as well as scone with cream and jam and you get to choose your choice of homemade cake. There are plenty of teas to choose from including various herbal flavours too.
T: 01246 556079
14. The Snug at Bow Boutique
Afternoon Tea features traditional freshly made finger sandwiches, home baked scone with clotted cream & Strawberry jam, followed by a selection of locally made sweet treats, all accompanied with endless pots of real leaf English breakfast tea served in fine china. Bow Boutique is a lovely shop selling a wide selection of home accessories and it would hard not to have a little look round if you’re here for the afternoon tea.
T: 01629 580239
15. Vintage Rose Catering at The Tearoom
A traditional English tea room, your afternoon tea is served in vintage china and there’s a selection of sandwiches, followed by a freshly baked cakes, scones, meringues, traditional sweet treats and pastries. There’s an alternative for Gentleman’s Tea which is nice to see and includes finger sandwiches, pork pie and scones with good old fashioned Ginger beer. You can also take your own Prosecco and glasses at no charge.
T: 07906 549694