The English tradition of afternoon tea is something many of us love, so we thought we’d pick 17 of our favourite places for Afternoon Tea in the Peak District and Derbyshire – updated with some new additions! The best in scones, cakes and perfectly cut sandwiches, some traditional, some with a modern twist.
1. The Cavendish Hotel
Best for: Opulent decor and sheer luxury
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 favourite English tradition. Taken either in the Garden Room, Gallery Restaurant (booking essential), or on The Terrace. Sweet, homemade creations are served alongside a selection of finger sandwiches, buttermilk scones with clotted cream and homemade preserve. All accompanied by freshly brewed tea, speciality infusions, or fresh coffee.
*PLEASE NOTE*: The cavendish Hotel is currently undergoing an extensive refurbishment and will be begin to re-open mid February 2024.
Price: Cavendish Afternoon Tea £36.50 per person or Champagne Afternoon Tea £52.75 per person
How to book: You can book online and choose your date and time slot or call direct to book. Click here to see the current menu.
T: 01246. 582311
2. Thornbridge Hall
Best for: Those who prefer a traditional Afternoon Tea
Enjoy a traditional Afternoon Tea on the Thornbridge Estate. You can either have this served in Quackers Cafe or book their Orangery for an Afternoon Tea Party if you have a group of at least 12 people and want to make an event out of it! You can even add on a private House Tour. Alongside the traditional Afternoon Tea there’s also a seasonally designed cake of the day served with the tea. They also have a children’s Afternoon Tea option too.
Price: Afternoon Tea £20 per person in the Quackers Café / Children’s Afternoon Tea £9 per person. Afternoon Tea £30 per person in the Orangery / Children’s Afternoon Tea £9 per person. There is also The Grand Afternoon Tea Party which combines Afternoon Tea PLUS a private 1-hour house tour for your group – price is £50 per person.
How to book: You can book online and choose your date and time slot OR call direct to book. Click here to see the book and see the current menus.
Website/Booking link: thornbridgehall.co.uk/afternoontea
T: 01629 640617
3. Biggin Hall
Best for: The tranquil setting and getting away from the crowds
This 17th century country house hotel, located on the outskirts of Buxton is a lovely scenic spot to enjoy a traditional afternoon tea in this tranquil setting. You can choose from a warm fruit scone or a cheese scone which is a nice touch. Close to Dovedale and Hartington, it makes for a really pretty run out and a walk if the weather is ok. Note – Afternoon Tea is served Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 3pm – 5pm only.
Price: £20 per person.
T: 01298 84451
4. Chatsworth House
Best for: The surroundings of this magnificent stately home
There’s a luxurious feel to the afternoon tea here. Served in the Cavendish Restaurant which looks out into the courtyard at Chatsworth House. It’s also well worth perusing the excellent shop while you’re there on your visit. The four-course Afternoon Tea features a savoury starter, followed by a platter of freshly made sandwiches served on locally baked breads. Then, cleanse the palate with a cooling sorbet. Finally enjoy warm scones and indulgent cakes served on a Wedgwood tea stand. Served with a cafetiere, barista-made coffee, or a pot of tea from their handpicked range, supplied by Northern Tea Merchants of Chesterfield.
Price: £49.50 per person, for the ultimate indulgence add a glass of Laurent-Perrier Cuvée Rosé for an additional £20.
Website/Booking link: chatsworth.org/visit-chatsworth/shop-dine/afternoon-tea
T: 01246 565300
5. The Old Bakewell Pudding Shop
Best for: Local flavours and their famous Bakewell Pudding
Purveyors of the famous original Bakewell Pudding, you can also enjoy Afternoon Tea here in their lovely first floor restaurant. There’s different variations of Afternoon Tea available which is nice, for example if you want a something lighter. The Full Afternoon Tea features a selection of sandwiches (choose one filling per person), macaroons, their famous Bakewell Pudding, Bakewell Tart, a luxury fruit scone and Mrs Wilson’s fruitcake.
Price: All Things Bakewell £18.50 pp or £36 for two / Full Traditional Afternoon Tea £35 per person, add £5 for a glass of Prosecco / Children’s Afternoon Tea £12
How to book: Book a table by calling the restaurant direct (currently no online bookings). Click here for the current standard menu.
Website : bakewellpuddingshop.co.uk/restaurant
T: 01629 812193
6. Tilly’s of Castleton
Best for: Sensational homemade cakes
A lovely tea room located in Castleton offering a few options on their Afternoon Tea menu. Worth the visit as one of Derbyshire’s prettiest villages. Afternoon Tea is traditionally served and the sandwich selection is good served with a small serving of salad which is nice. The homemade cakes and scones are delicious (and rightly so, highly rated in Tripadvisor).
Price: £12.95 per person or with Prosecco £18.95 per person
How to book: Contact the tea room directly by phone
T: 01433 620834
7. No.6 The Square, Buxton
Best for: A quintessential English tea room experience with glorious views
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. Served traditionally on 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. For a lighter option they also serve their Derbyshire Cream Tea – a pot of tea and a scone with jam and cream for £6.95. A lovely relaxing place to visit and ideally situated too.
Price: £25 or add a quarter bottle of pink or white Prosecco for an additional £7.95.
T: 01298 213541
8. Edensor Tea Cottage
Best for: A picturesque location at the heart of the Chatsworth Estate
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. If you have time, take a walk round Edensor too, this pretty ‘model village’ is an Instagrammers paradise.
Price: £23.95 or add a 200ml bottle of Prosecco for an additional £6.
How to book: Contact the tea room directly by phone. Click here for the current menu.
T: 01246 582315
9. The Lavender Tea Rooms
Best for: A generous afternoon tea, you won’t leave hungry
Offering the traditional Afternoon Tea, the reviews on Tripadvisor speak for itself; a choice of Traditional, Vegetarian, Vegan and Delux are all served on traditional tiered stands. The Afternoon Tea offers a generous helping of sandwiches, cakes and scones. Centrally located in Bakewell in this charming courtyard, not to be missed if you’re in the area. You can have a Derbyshire Cream Tea (scone with butter, jam and cream served with tea or coffee, if you prefer something lighter (£6.50).
Price: Traditional, Vegetarian and Vegan Afternoon Tea £21 / Delux Afternoon Tea £24
T: 01629 814466
10. Callow Hall Country House Hotel
Best for: Interior enthusiasts
Voted The Sunday Times Hotel of the Year 2021, Callow Hall is set in a stunning location overlooking the hills of south Derbyshire and the Peak District. The uber stylish Garden Room boasting lovely views is the perfect spot to enjoy an Afternoon Tea (the entire venue is a feast on the eyes to be fair). The Garden Room has a natural living roof incidentally too. Featuring a selection of homemade sandwiches, sweet treats, scones fresh from the oven, and a piping hot pot to share from a good choice of teas.
Price: Wildhive Classic Afternoon Tea £26, Wildhive Vegan Classic Afternoon Tea £26, Children’s Afternoon Tea £14, Callow Hall Cream Tea is £14 if you prefer a lighter option.
T: 01335 300900
11. The Maynard
Best for: A historic setting with the wow factor
A luxury country house hotel, taking its name from the Maynard family, whose ancestry goes back to the Battle of Agincourt in 1415. The hotel oozes style and sophistication and is the perfect place to enjoy Afternoon Tea. An ideal spot if you’re celebrating a special occasion. Choose from Classic Afternoon Tea which features everything you’d expect, or, the Gentleman’s Afternoon Tea features fish Finger butty with tartar sauce, handmade sausage roll, Ginger Butcher’s pork pie with piccalilli, scotch egg, mini Yorkshire pudding with roast beef and horseradish, Stilton and walnut scone with butter, indulgent chocolate brownie, pint of ale, lager or glass of fizz.
Price: Classic Afternoon Tea £18.95 (upgrade with glass of sparkling wine for £23.50) or Gentleman’s Afternoon Tea £28.95
How to book: Book online (scroll down to ‘Book a Table’) or contact the hotel direct by phone. Click here for the current menu.
Website/Booking link: the-maynard.com/restaurant
12. The Merchants Yard
Best for: The cakes and sweet treats
The Merchants Yard pride themselves on fine dining, with a current AA Rosette award for Culinary Excellence, the Afternoon Tea is no exception. Now served in a more traditional way on a tiered stand, there’s all the usual trimmings – the cakes are particularly good and served with a mini mouse. The sandwiches are served with a pork pie which is a nice touch. 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.
How to book: Currently no online booking. Please contact the restaurant directly by phone to make a booking. Click here for the current menu.
T: 01298 872442
13. Hoar Cross Hall Hotel
Best for: A special occasion
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 a modern take on the English tradition, presented beautifully and includes sandwiches, cakes and scones. The selection of speciality teas include China Jasmine, Darjeeling First Flush and Earl Grey.
Price: Classic Afternoon Tea £35, Sparkling Afternoon Tea £40, Royal Afternoon Tea £50
T: 01283 576522
14. The Orangery at St Elphin’s Park
Best for: Value for money in stylish surroundings
Served in a slightly more contemporary way, the Afternoon Tea is beautifully presented, just like the venue itself; we love the yellow/grey/blue hues used in the stylish decor. The sandwiches and cakes are what you’d expect with a sprinkle of imagination to change up the flavours.
How to book: Click here to book online.
T: 01629 258055
15. Vintage Tearooms Chesterfield
Best for: a quirky, cosy setting
With homemade cakes a plenty and a quirky vintage theme to the interior, the place has quite a following locally. The Afternoon 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.
How to book: Contact the tea room directly by phone
T: 01246 556079
16. Renishaw Hall Café
Best for: Make a day of it – visit the gardens or take a guided tour of the house
The Café at Renishaw Hall serves Afternoon Tea with a selection of finger sandwiches, mini quiche, fruit scone with jam and clotted cream, a selection of cakes, mini macaroons and your choice of freshly brewed tea or coffee. You could make a day of your visit at this historic home – with guided tours available in the house, a great little Visitor’s Centre and lovely gardens to wander round.
Price: Classic Afternoon Tea £19.95. Luxury Afternoon Tea £26.95
How to book: Call Renishaw Hall directly by phone or by email at [email protected]
T: 01246 437360
17. Cintra’s Café & Tea Room
Best for: Relaxed vibes with a lovely outdoor garden
A lovely little tea room in Hathersage, the garden is very pleasant in summer to sit out in and dine. Afternoon Tea include freshly prepared selection of hand cut sandwiches, delectable homemade cakes and mouthwatering scones with fresh cream and jam.
T: 01433 651825