All I want for Christmas is a festive afternoon tea
The festive season is all about getting together with loved ones, old and new. This year, arrange a get together (or a few) that your besties won’t forget in a hurry and book a delicious festive afternoon tea. Not sure where to go? Don’t worry, we have a few of our top picks below…
Blythswood Square Hotel
When in Glasgow and in the mood for luxury, only one place comes to mind; The award winning 5 star Blythswood Square Hotel.
Take the grand staircase to the second floor where you will find the gorgeous salon with picturesque views of the Blythswood Square garden, where the indulgence begins. The afternoon tea menu is simply divine and will make you feel like Christmas has came early; chestnut and cranberry sausage rolls, turkey and cranberry sandwiches, dark chocolate and chestnut Yule log – the list goes on!
From £32 per person or £40 with a glass of Moet and Chandon Champagne (it is a time of celebration, after all), this is the perfect Christmas treat in Glasgow. Available 1st to 24th December
(ps. this treat is available on Christmas day too at £65 per person)
Take your afternoon tea experience to new highs (literally!) at this unique venue located at the highest point in Manchester. A firm Manchester favourite for their yearlong afternoon tea, Cloud 23’s festive afternoon tea is no exception and will not disappoint. Indulge in savouries, scones and festive treats for only £28 per person or upgrade your afternoon tea and include a glass of Champagne for £38 per person (it’s Christmas – treat yo’self!) Available 23rd November to 31st December
Looking for an extra special, extra Christmasy treat? Book Cloud 23’s Magical Melodies Afternoon Tea! While you indulge yourself in a range of seasonal treats and a glass of Champagne, you will be treated to all of the classic festive songs from a live choir. Available 2nd, 9th and 16th of December – limited places available so don’t miss this treat!
60 Hope Street
We love celebrating any of the major holidays at 60 Hope Street as their entrance is always decorated beautifully (we were swooning over the rose covered Valentine’s Day themed door!) . So make sure you arrive early to take a few festive photos on the steps. This family run restaurant is located in the gorgeous setting of the Georgian quarter in a Grade II listed building and is a perfect setting to a magical afternoon. Christmas Afternoon Tea replaces their standard offering from 3rd to 24th December but don’t worry, the festive treats are delicious! Enjoy a selection of freshly made festive finger sandwiches, homemade scones with jam and cream and an assortment of homemade mini festive desserts with a pot of tea or coffee.
Clink are here to remind us that, for a lot of us, Christmas is a time to indulgence but, most importantly, we shouldn’t forget that it is a time for giving. Clink restaurants are a major part of The Clink Charity’s prisoner rehabilitation initiative, whose mission is to break the cycle of crime by changing attitudes, creating second chances and transforming lives. Clink are well known for their high quality meals and attentive service, and their afternoon teas are no exception. Feast upon homemade sweet and savoury treats and, as the occasion is extra special, why not upgrade to include a delicious mocktail!
Book now for a festive afternoon tea at a Clink restaurant for an unforgettable experience, while supporting an excellent charity that provides valuable experience to trainees.
Newport, South Wales
Festive afternoon tea is taken very seriously at Celtic Manor. With so many options available, no matter who you are celebrating with, there is a festive afternoon tea perfect for everyone.
Enjoy a special Christmas afternoon tea in the beautiful Oliver Tree & Garden Room (served in the Manor House on Sundays) which includes a host of the seasonal classic flavours such as mice pies, freshly baked cranberry, vanilla and chestnut scones and served with a glass of Mulled Wine. Available 30th November to 1st January.
If you are looking for a glamorous treat this festive season, book for festive afternoon tea in the Mulberry Bar. Relax in a luxurious setting with plush decor and low lights that create an elegant atmosphere and indulge on sumptuous savoury tasters, handmade cakes, warms scones and shortbread mince pies with whisky butter. Available 30th November – 23rd December on Friday, Saturdays and Sundays.
Celtic Manor have also created a festive afternoon tea for the whole family. Book the Family afternoon tea with Santa and experience a magical afternoon that is full of tasty treats for adults and kids. The kids are treated to a special reading from Mrs Claus and then Mr Claus will arrive to say hello to all the children with a special present for each.
Available 1st-22nd December but book early to avoid disappointment!
Nothing sounds more magical than indulging in sweet and savoury delights by an open fire in luxurious surroundings. Let InterContinental Dublin make your winter dreams come true and book for their delicious festive afternoon tea. In one of Dublin’s finest 5 star hotels, enjoy a selection of delectable treats prepared by their resident Pastry Chefs and relax in the opulent surroundings of the Reading Room. The savoury sandwiches are exquisite but, for us, it is the sweet treats that steal the show. Our favourites are the chocolate orange and hazelnut sponge and Panettone bread and butter pudding. Available from 1st – 31st December (exc. 24th, 25th and 26th), make sure to book in advance for an experience that your friends and family will never forget.
Thornton Hall Hotel
This summer, Thornton Hall Hotel was voted the Best Afternoon Tea in the UK by The Hotel F&B Magazine. So it’s no wonder that we have included their festive afternoon tea in our top picks. Enjoy the wonderful festive afternoon tea in the stunning setting of the Lawns Restaurant and indulge on Christmas cakes, fancies and pastries along with sandwiches filled with traditional festive fillings and scones with cream and jam. Since it is the most magical time of the year, why not upgrade your indulgence to include a glass of Prosecco or, the for ultimate classy affair, enjoy a glass of Champagne!
Penny Blue at The Halston
Cumberland sausage roll with red onion marmalade, delicious savoury sandwiches, mince pie baklava, salted caramel yule log – the list of festive treats goes on and on in Penny Blue’s Christmas afternoon tea. If you’re festive celebration MUST include the classics then Penny Blue at The Halston is the perfect place to celebrate. Located in the heart of the city centre, it is the ideal spot for to relax after some Christmas shopping or a Christmas get-together with your girl gang.
11 Cadogan Gardens
After spending a day wandering through the stunning Christmas displays of Covent Garden and spending all of your hard earned cash on Christmas presents from Oxford street, you definitely deserve a festive treat. And when visiting the capital it only seems right that you indulge in a hotel which is just as prestigious as the location. This gorgeous hotel, located in Chelsea, was once a private members only club and still holds this exclusive feel today, making it the ideal setting for a quintessential British indulgence. Enjoy the festive classic flavours such as roasted turkey, cranberry and stuffing sandwiches, cranberry and nutmeg scones, and clementine and white chocolate eclair. At only £35 per person, which includes a glass of Champagne, this is a real London festive treat at a great price.