Exeter is an ancient city that sits on the River Exe and enjoys an eclectic mix of culture that represents England’s extensive history, from early settlements to Roman architecture and churches built during the English Reformation. It’s modern, it’s plush and it’s on this site because there are some great places to enjoy afternoon tea in Exeter.
Exeter Cathedral Cafe
Exeter cathedral is a must-see if you are in the city and because they have an afternoon tea service here, there’s no excuse not to drop by. It does have the feel of a pop-up cafe as you would expect from a cathedral cafe, but that only adds to the appeal and this is a great place to enjoy our favorite afternoon treat.
This is a unique setting to enjoy high tea, with the grand cathedral windows surrounding you and with attentive staff serving your every whim. It’s affordable, the tea and coffee is great and there are some sandwiches, hot food and sweet treats as well. It’s not just afternoon tea that they serve here and there are also lunch and brunch services, so if you’re looking for something more substantial then you will find it here.
The Kitchen at the Donkey Sanctuary
What better way to enjoy afternoon tea than with a view of the Donkey Sanctuary? You’ll watch the donkeys strut their stuff through the windows of The Kitchen as you enjoy your afternoon tea, with speciality teas, coffee and food available. They try their best to make sure that everything is ethically sourced and freshly prepared. You will pay a little extra for this pleasure, but it’s not a great deal and it’s worth every single penny.
Plus, you know that every penny you spend goes towards helping out those donkeys.
Coach Hall Tea Room
This is a historic building that has been in the same family for more than 700 years. You can enjoy the finest home cooked food, with some speciality teas to wash it all down with. There are some beautiful gardens to enjoy before or after your afternoon tea and one of the best things about this location is that it is open on Bank Holiday Mondays, making it a hotspot with the locals , especially during those warm summer days.
The Salutation Inn
A great place to sample some of the finest food in the city. This is fine dining at its finest and you can sample all that it has to offer with a little afternoon tea or some brunch. It’s on the outskirts of the city in Topsham, a quaint little getaway on the edge of a busy city. It’s not quite like the grand county houses you’ll see in Northumberland, Durham and other areas we have covered before here on Tea-Reviews, but it’s probably as close as you’re going to get this close to Exeter.
Tea on the Green
We’re finishing on a high with this one. It’s a proper British eatery with some locally sourced food and some great teas. The cream teas at Tea on the Green will have you salivating at the mere sight of them and they also know how to source and serve a high-quality cuppa. So if the fine dining is a little too fancy but you’re not quite willing to head to a local cafe or pub, settle for something in between, something that is neither of those things but manages to be better than both with Tea on the Green.