Bedfordshire is one of the smallest counties in England and most of that small population resides in just two small cities: Luton and Bedford. But small or not, it’s a historic county that is littered with tourist traps and has a rich culture.
In this guide we’ll bypass most of what’s great and good about this county and focus entirely on afternoon tea in Bedfordshire, looking for the best places to sample this uniquely British treat.
Afternoon Tea at Wyboston Lakes
We’re starting off with an expensive one, because at last check afternoon tea at this Bedfordshire location cost £70 per person, but you get a lot for that money. This is like Bedfordshire’s own version of The Ritz, one nestled in beautiful countryside with all kinds of leisure activities nearby.
After you’re washed down your cakes, sandwiches and pastries with a pot of loose leaf tea or freshly brewed coffee you can spend some time at the health club. They have a very relaxing spa in which you can unwind and pamper yourself and there is also a golf course where you can play a full 18 holes.
It’s the ultimate resort for a weekend getaway, allowing you to see and to taste all that this county has to offer.
Tea at OSO Coffee and Cake
This has constantly been ranked as the best tearoom and coffee shop in the county. It has been serving locals and tourists alike for sometime now and has nothing but great reviews from all of them.
It’s not a traditional afternoon tearoom, or at least it wasn’t the last time we checked, but they sell amazing cakes, fantastic teas and a great deal more. It has all the pieces, you just need to put them together.
OSO Coffee and Cake is in Cranfield, Milton Keynes. If you happen by we would recommend trying out their pecan pie. And don’t worry if you’re vegan, vegetarian or have other dietary requirements as they have options for everyone.
Afternoon Tea at Woburn Abbey
According to tradition, Woburn Abbey is where the tradition of afternoon tea was born over 150 years ago now. The means that they have a great responsibility to provide one of the best cream teas in Bedfordshire, and it’s a responsibility they have accepted with glee.
Their afternoon tea costs between £17 and £25 per person depending on which option you go for. There are also cream tea gift vouchers to give to your tea loving friends, entitling them to a tea or coffee of choice, a selection of sandwiches, scones, cakes and cream, and a visit around the house and the gardens.
More Afternoon Tea in Bedfordshire
There are plenty more great places to enjoy cream tea in Bedfordshire. To see more specific towns and cities, check with our individual guides, including our one on afternoon tea in Luton. Be sure to check the following out as well:
- Luton Hoo Hotel: This one will set you back nearly £40 per person, but it’s a luxury venue that was reportedly frequented by royalty once upon a time.
- The Bedford Swan: With more than 200 years of history behind it, this hotel is full of charm and at £20 per person, it’s also an affordable place to enjoy some high tea.
- Priory House: It’s cheap, costing around £15 per person, but you get a lot for your money and they could easily get away with charging more than that.
- Hallmark Hotel Flitwick: This chain is always reliable when it comes to quality cream tea and they haven’t failed to live up to their reputation here. It’s very reasonably priced as well.