Cheltenham is a spa town located on the edge of the Cotswolds, one of the most naturally beautiful areas in the country. Made famous because of its festivals of food, music and horse racing, Cheltenham attracts a host of tourists every year from all over the United Kingdom.
If you’re visiting the town this year or you live locally, take a look at these places to enjoy afternoon tea in Cheltenham as we scour the best tearooms, hotels and more. Make sure you also check out guide to the Best Tea in the South West, as well as our guides to Exeter and Portsmouth.
Cream Tea at Ellenborough Park
Afternoon tea at Ellenborough Park is served on the finest bespoke china and made with the finest ingredients, which is perfectly befitting of the 5-star luxury surroundings. This is a huge manor house that is now one of the most sought-after and celebrated hotels in the region and you can choose to enjoy your afternoon tea in one of two rooms, or on the terrace, with the latter affording views over the glorious countryside.
It’s fine dining in great surroundings, just what high tea should be and as you sit and sip loose leaf black tea or fruity herbal teas, and snack on clotted cream and freshly made scones, you can pretend you’re part of the Elizabethan upper-class.
The Enchanted Tea Room, Cheltenham
A quaint, unusual place to enjoy great afternoon tea. It’s cluttered, it’s small, but every inch is glorious nonetheless and every morsel is delicious too. There are no dainty cakes and sandwiches here. It’s like dropping by a grandmother’s or great aunt’s house and being served the finest, thickest homemade cakes and scones.
If you like you cream tea with a little more cream, and you’re not on a diet, we definitely recommend paying a visit to the Enchanted Tea Room.
Afternoon Tea at Huffkins
Huffkins is a chain of tea rooms, a Cotswolds institution that you can find everywhere from Stratford-upon-Avon to right here in Cheltenham. They are all about afternoon tea and they serve it all day. They like to try and outdo all of their competitors, becoming the granddaddy of cream tea in the region, and this means that they have a bigger selection and a greater number of choices than you will find anywhere else.
Opt for their traditional high tea and sink your teeth into their fluffy, buttery scones, which have won several awards and need to be tasted to be believed.
Other Places to Enjoy Afternoon Tea in Cheltenham
There are many more locations in and near this town that are deserving of a mention, with others on the way:
- The Marshmallow Tea Room: Located it the small village of Moreton-in-Marsh, this is a gem of a discovery that has actually won awards.
- Kelmscott Manor: A 16th century manor house that looks like something straight out of a Bronte novel, with great tea, scones and sandwiches served every day.
- Thornbury Castle: You can make requests for all kinds of dietary options here, including vegan and gluten-free. The food is fresh, colorful, and delicious from the first bite to the last, and there is also an option for a Champagne afternoon tea to add some sparkle to your day.