Is there any culinary occasion more quintessentially British than afternoon tea? With it’s wealth of crumbly scones, delicately shaped finger sandwiches, and of course, tea, afternoon tea is something of a national institution, securing the admiration of countless foodies over the years.
Given the widespread popularity of afternoon tea, both as an occasion fit to try delicious sweet treats and sandwiches as well as gossip, it comes as no surprise that there are thousands of establishments all staking claim to England’s finest afternoon tea. Hull and East Yorkshire, an area culturally renowned for it’s love of tea, also boasts a number of cafes, tea rooms, and eateries that offer the unique, exciting experience that is afternoon tea. For your guidance, here are the very best afternoon teas on offer in and around Hull & East Yorkshire.
The Millhouse Restaurant
Beverley Rd, Skidby, Cottingham HU16 5TF
Located in the pastoral and quaint village of Skidby (some six miles from Hull) is The Millhouse Restaurant, a bespoke and varied eatery, offering everything from Sunday Lunch and Wine to bookings for weddings. The impressive, strikingly modern establishment also provides it’s customers with the opportunity of indulging in a first class afternoon tea, sure to impress any seasoned foodie.
Afternoon tea is served Wednesday to Saturday, 12pm-2.30pm, with 24 hour notice and payment being required upon booking. The restaurant offers everything from a standard ‘Full Afternoon Tea’, comprised of sandwiches, sultana scones, sweets, and a pot of coffee or tea, to alternative packages, offering an additional glass of champagne. Always with the customer in mind, The Millhouse also provides a children’s afternoon tea and a baby shower option, thus providing customers with delicious food and excellent service for any occasion.
The Milhouse’s varied and delicious afternoon tea is complimented by the eateries pastoral residence and comfortable atmosphere. Offering hot refreshments, delicious food, and peaceful surroundings, The Millhouse gets everything right.
Check out their website: https://www.millhouseskidby.co.uk/
Cheval of Willerby
Green Lane, Hull HU10 6NT
With it’s homely gift shop, stocked plentifully with rustic spreads and delicious beverages, Cheval of Willerby is one of Hull and the East Riding’s most exciting places to eat and socialise. In addition to possessing great earthly charm and atmosphere, the café/deli also offers a delicious afternoon tea.
The price per person is £12.95, and ideal for sharing between two people, the comfortable eatery provides its customers with a traditional, 3-tier stand, abundant with delicious and varied finger sandwiches, fresh scones, cakes, and refreshing fruit. ‘For an extra dose of decadence’ Cheval also recommends an accompanying bottle of prosecco, perfect for any couple seeking luxury and friendly service at an affordable price. Combining good quality food and charm, Cheval of Willerby is an eatery of great importance to any fan of afternoon tea.
Check out their website: https://www.chevalofwillerby.co.uk/
Raywell Lodge Park, Riplingham Rd HU16 5YL
Rivalling The Millhouse in its natural, scenic surroundings is Millers, a homely and welcoming Tea Room found in Raywell. Although the establishment provides everything from sandwiches and soft drinks to breakfasts, it is the tea room’s irresistible afternoon tea that has customers returning so often.
With its delicious chocolate eclairs and wealth of rustic, deliciously crafted sandwiches, it’s easy to see why Millers retains a near perfect score on TripAdvisor. For fans of homemade scones (served with generous amounts of jam and cream) and extravagant sweet treats, all served amidst beautiful surroundings, Millers is perfect.
Check out their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/MillersRaywell
The Blue Whippet Cafe
789 Hessle Rd, Hull HU4 6QE
Hull and the East Riding’s most wholesome eatery also boasts one of the local area’s most rewarding and delicious afternoon teas. Established in 2018, this dog friendly cafe provides afternoon tea to both customers and their furry companions (the eatery has its own menu specifically for dogs!), making it a unique and friendly place to visit.
With the option of dining in or takeaway, The Blue Whippet Café provides an extensive and delicious afternoon tea menu, available at the affordable price of £12 per person. As well as allowing customers to choose their choice of sandwiches, The Blue Whippet also provides gluten free and vegan options, allowing the establishment to accommodate anyone and everyone. The cafe’s birthday afternoon tea and children’s afternoon tea packages also make it the ideal location for families and groups of friends to convene at a charming establishment and indulge in a national classic.
Check out their website: https://thebluewhippetcafe.com/
10 Lairgate, Beverley HU17 8EE
This independent, French family-run eatery is one of Beverley’s most charming and popular cafes, situated in the very heart of the market town’s historic and picturesque centre. Besides offering customers cosy and homely surroundings, TC Patisserie also provides a wealth of delicious homemade meals and treats, of which their afternoon tea is a culinary standout.
The establishments afternoon tea options are varied and subject to change, thus providing customers with an exciting and unique experience. The Patisserie’s afternoon tea for 1 costs the affordable sum of £9.95, and includes everything from sweet and savoury patisseries (some of which bare an exciting French influence) and finger sandwiches, to tea or coffee. The afternoon tea for 2 and 3, consisting of the same delicious options, costs £18.50 and £26.95 respectively.
Check out their website: http://www.tcpatisserie.com/
Sweet Little Things Tea Room
200 Newland Ave, Hull HU5 2ND
Sweet Little Things, a colourful and atmospheric tea room situated on Hull’s ever bustling Newland Avenue, is one of the finest places to try afternoon tea in the local area. In keeping with Newland’s air of cosmopolitanism and urban trend, Sweet Little Things provides a certain twist with it’s afternoon teas, perfectly complimenting the establishment’s fantastical and attractive décor. Although a classic and true to tradition afternoon tea is provided, served with breakfast tea, a selection of cakes, fresh scones and sandwiches, the lively tea room combines the refined experience of afternoon tea with the option of alcoholic beverages.
In addition to breakfast tea, afternoon teas served with prosecco, gin, and cocktails are also readily available, making the culinary occasion suitable for large parties of friends seeking to mix decadence with a good time.
Check out their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/sweetlittlethingstearoomhull/
The Old Lamp Room
Station Rd, Station, Cottingham HU16 4LL
Formerly the village’s station office, now a quaint and alluring eatery, The Old Lamp Room is the perfect place to come with a loved one and share an afternoon tea in lovely surroundings. Although their afternoon teas are a little more pricey (£18.99 per person) the friendliness with which they are served and the quality of the product justifies the expense.
Featuring delicious homemade pastries, good quality sandwiches and sweet treats of the most delectable variety, The Old Lamp Room manages to provide the perfect, classic afternoon tea that is so beloved nationwide.
Check out their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/oldlamproom
Custom House Buildings, Whitefriargate, Hull HU1 2ER
Using ethically sourced tea and freshly ground coffee, this quaint little eatery in the heart of Hull’s city centre is the ideal establishment to visit with friends or a loved one to indulge in one of Britain’s most famous culinary traditions. Bookings are required in order to secure one of the tea room’s delicious afternoon teas, featuring moreish chocolate eclairs, fruit, and generously sized sandwiches.
Check out their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/LiquidJadeHull/
387 James Reckitt Ave, Hull HU8 0JE
Just a small walk from Hull’s scenic and atmospheric East Park, Deli 1936 is a homely and affordable eatery with friendly service and delicious food. Bookings and payment are required for parties interested in obtaining one of the establishments afternoon teas, which cost £12.95 per adult (with an unlimited pot of tea or coffee!) and £6.95 for children (with unlimited juice). Serving homemade sausage rolls, delicious macaroons and moreish buns, Deli 1936 provides everything a hungry customer could want in their standout afternoon teas, accommodating all parties and their potential needs. Deli 1936 is the perfect place to socialise with friends and family over a delicious and hearty afternoon tea.
Check out their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Deli1936
80-86 Pickering Rd, Hull HU4 6TE
Last but by no means least on this guide to local afternoon teas is The Peloton, a warm and lively café situated within the Warners Health Club & Physio centre on Pickering Road. With it’s stunning décor and emphasis on stylish modernity, The Peloton promises to offer good quality food and drink with an urban twist. Supplanting the traditional three tiered stands usually associated with afternoon teas, the establishment serve their dishes on minimalist black slates, complimenting the cafe’s atmosphere of ease and style.
Like most of the establishments featured on this list, The Peloton requires booking (48 hours) and a deposit in order to secure their tasty and unique afternoon teas. Providing sleek, delicious sandwiches, quiches, quintessentially English buns and strawberries, The Peloton successfully combine modern and stylish décor with delicious food at a reasonable price (£12.50 per person). Those with a particular love of tea will be happy to know that the café provides unlimited Yorkshire tea, therefore satisfying any thirsty customer parched for tea. For a unique and memorable experience, The Peloton is ideal.
Check out their website: https://thepelotoncafe.co.uk/