As a quintessentially English town, it’s not surprising Stratford-upon-Avon has lots of places to indulge in miniature sandwiches, tasty fruit scones and beautifully presented cakes. Last weekend we were invited to visit the medieval town to discover what it has to offer for families. Number 5 on our list – 11 of the BEST things to do in Stratford-upon-Avon with kids is treat your family to afternoon tea!
We enjoyed not one, not two but THREE afternoon teas during our weekend, hence I have dedicated a whole article to sharing our mouth watering photos and highlighting the best places for afternoon tea in Stratford-upon-Avon! Note – Our three recommended venues listed below are equally as well suited to couples, hen parties and family gatherings.
Three of the best places for afternoon tea in Stratford-upon-Avon
1. Arden Hotel
Our favourite venue was the luxurious Arden Hotel, located opposite the Royal Shakespeare Company by the riverside. We were fortunate to have the tranquil lounge overlooking the RSC to ourselves and thoroughly enjoyed the delicious sandwiches, scones and cakes whilst sitting in the comfortable large leather sofas.
The fine tea served in pink and white fine china tea cups made the experience much more memorable. It was the first time my boys had seen loose leaf tea and they found straining the tea leaves very interesting!
The Arden Hotel offers a variety of cream teas, full afternoon teas and, for a touch of luxury, sparkling afternoon teas with a glass of fizz. They are also able to cater for all dietary requirements including gluten free, vegetarian and vegan.
Top tip for afternoon tea at the Arden Hotel – Request a table in the lounge (to the right hand side of the main hotel entrance). The beautiful setting makes the experience extra special and provides kids with some space to play!
Price per person £16.50. Click here for further details of the afternoon tea at the Arden Hotel.
2. The Church Street Town House
The grade II listed Church Street Town House is located opposite Shakespeare’s school. It’s a stunning venue to enjoy afternoon tea and very much felt like the hip and trendy place to be seen, despite being a 400-year old building! Many of the guests around us were tucking into a relaxing boozy lunch, although I saw a few envious faces looking across at our scones and cakes!
Although the tea was served in regular white tea cups, unlike the Arden Hotel above, the afternoon tea was quite a treat. The beautifully presented sandwiches, scones with clotted cream and cakes were all delicious.
One thing we particularly loved about the Church Street Townhouse is that they have committed to use local suppliers and strive to only serve food that is ethically sourced.
Top tip for afternoon tea at the Church Street Townhouse – Book a table, we visited mid afternoon on a Saturday and it was busy. Without a table reservation we would have been sent away.
Price per person £15.00. Click here for further details of the afternoon tea at the Church Street Town House.
3. Afternoon tea afloat with Bancroft Cruisers
For a unique afternoon tea experience we can thoroughly recommend a relaxing river cruise with Bancroft Cruises. We enjoyed a pot of tea served with freshly baked scones, clotted cream and jam. The treat was more memorable as it was enjoyed whilst sailing past the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and listening to our thoroughly entertaining guide, (who was great fun with our boys!) If you fancy a full afternoon tea the crew will serve an ‘Ophelia Afternoon Tea’ served on vintage cake stands, with a chilled glass of Prosecco too if it takes your fancy!
Top tip for afternoon tea onboard Bancroft Cruises – You can either join a public cruise, or if you wish, make the occasion extra special with a private charter river cruise where you can turn the music up and have your own party floating down the River Avon! (Perfect for hen parties and family gatherings).
Prices per person – £6.00 for a cream tea, £14.95 for afternoon tea plus Prosecco an additional £4. Click here for further details of the afternoon tea options onboard Bancroft Cruisers.
For more foodie break ideas in Stratford-upon-Avon check out this foodie guide by Shakespeare’s England. For more ideas to entertain your family check out our guide – 11 of the BEST things to do in Stratford-upon-Avon with kids.
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Disclaimer – We were invited by Shakespeare’s England, the official destination management organisation for Stratford-upon-Avon and surrounding towns, to visit the venues above. All words and opinions are, as always, our own.
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