The historic market town of Colchester, with a rich and varied history that can be explored through museums and walks along the old streets. Rich in history and culture, Colchester is one of the vibrant destinations. Choosing where to go for afternoon tea when visiting the former capital of England is not an easy affair.
There is a vast selection of establishments that provide incredible surroundings and amazing culinary creations, so we are going to make it much easier for you by giving you a little insight on the some of the best afternoon tea venues in Colchester!
Afternoon Tea at Greyfriars
When a place has a dedicated room colour for their afternoon tea, you know you are onto a winner. At Greyfriars you can enjoy your high tea in the Rose Room, a beautiful room surrounded by natural light and bespoke Murano chandeliers.
You can also enjoy your elegant afternoon tea, embellished with exotic fancies and freshly made scones with rich strawberry preserves, in the hotel’s Lounge and Baroque Bar & Terrace, but don’t forget to pre-book. Sit next to Victorian windows, traditional carpet, rich wine-red wallpaper and the magnificent open fire and you will be transported to a different era, worthy of indulgence and full of elegance.
Those who enjoy a little cheeky tipple with their afternoon tea, will also enjoy the inviting selection of cocktails, which include Martinis, Cosmopolitans and Kir Royales, among others! Greyfriars’ afternoon tea is served daily between 12:00 – 17:00.
Afternoon Tea at Tymperleys
If you are looking for afternoon the in Colchester, it will be extremely difficult to resist the understated beauty and elegance of Tymperleys. Built in 1490, this historic building is home to one of Colchester’s most luxurious afternoon teas.
Anyone say cheese and gooseberry scone with a touch of history? Temperleys’ tasty creations do not stop there, one can enjoy miniature cakes and fancies, scones with Tiptree jam and a rich loose-leaf tea selection, in extremely charming surroundings.
Weather permitting, for about one week per year in England, you can enjoy your high tea in Tymperleys’ walled garden, which is filled with aromatic herbs and climbing roses. For the romantic lovers of champagne among you, there is also an option for a Champagne Tea for two! Vouchers are available all year round.
Afternoon Tea at Jacqueline’s Tea Room
For the afternoon traditionalists and vintage anything lovers, afternoon tea cannot get more enjoyable than at Jaqueline’s Tea Room. An elegant establishment, decorated with vintage finds which include an old bicycle, a small grandfather clock and a warm check carpet, it is guaranteed to make you feel welcome and cosy.
One of the main features of Jacqueline’s is the vast selection of organic teas, which include the aromatic Jasmine tea, and the more eclectic smoky Lapsang Souchong. If food is your main interest, and I suspect it probably is, then Jacqueline’s does not disappoint with freshly-made finger sandwiches and indulgent clotted cream scones, it is bound to satisfy even the fussiest among you.
Once you’re done here, be sure to check with our Afternoon Tea in Colchester guide for another Roman town.