Whether it’s a beautiful, sunny day or a blustery, cold one, there’s nothing us Brits love more than a steaming hot brew paired with delicious fresh scones. So here’s our pick of the best places in Oxfordshire for a luxurious afternoon tea with the best food, location and views.
Nestled in prime location within the quaint Cotswolds, Old Swan is the perfect spot to sit back, relax and unwind with a cup of tea by the fireside, or, enjoy the outdoor gardens and the beautiful views of this picturesque region of Oxfordshire.
Choose to be served in the cosy pub or on the terrace. The ‘wind rush’ afternoon tea boasts a mouth-watering selection of savouries including smoked salmon, fennel & dill cream cheese sandwiches. A selection of desserts and, of course, fresh warm scones with all the extras are served in this idyllic spot.
For elegant surroundings, this grand 18th-century court house in the Cotswolds provides and amazing backdrop for you to enjoy the equally amazing range of treats and delicacies.
Afternoon tea can be taken in the Brasserie (once the manor house’s billiard room!) or, weather permitting, on the outdoor terrace. Enjoy a classic British tradition in the glamorous and decadent surroundings of this grand property. The menu features delicate finger sandwiches and gorgeous mini-desserts, including a tempting black forest gateau. If the lavish surroundings have got you feeling extra classy, why not upgrade your afternoon tea with a sumptuous glass of bubbles.
Macdonald Randolph Hotel
Push the boat out during your visit to Oxfordshire and dine like royals in a leading 5-star hotel based in the heart of the famous university city. Macdonald Randolph Hotel oozes class, style and sophistication.
Enjoy afternoon tea in the Drawing Room and Lounge and absorb the classic charm of English fine dining at its best. This traditional afternoon tea includes a classic steaming pot of tea alongside fresh, sweet scones with clotted cream and fruity jam.
Whilst you’re here, take a moment to adventure over to Morse Bar, made famous by its namesake, Inspector Morse! Many scenes from the late TV show were shot here amongst the elegant furnishings. One for the bucket list for any fans out there!
For a more trendy twist on the afternoon tea experience, why not try Malmaison Oxfordshire? A former Victorian prison, Malmaison was renovated in 1996 to become the chain hotel and restaurant we know it to be today.
The history of this quirky spot certainly adds some charm to the dining experience, not that the menu needs any more charm! This unique afternoon tea serves mini-burgers, wraps and rye bread alongside a mini-milkshake and some more traditional desserts and scones. Additionally, if you’re feeling cheeky why not upgrade to a cocktail afternoon tea for a delicious alcoholic twist on the British classic.
If all this talk of fine English countryside, cream tea and glorious architecture has got you wanting a break from the bustle of day-to-day life, then Hardwick Parks, located in stunning Oxfordshire, may be just what you need. Additionally, at just under a 30 minute drive away, the Cotswolds is just on our doorstep and a perfect place to rewind and relax with a spot of tea and cake! Learn more about Hardwick Parks, visit our website by clicking here.