In the 2001 census, it was recorded that there were just over 81,000 residents in Hemel Hempstead. It’s not big, and there isn’t a great deal to see or do here, but there are some great places to enjoy afternoon tea in Hemel Hempstead and that’s what we’re here for.
We have to admit that we didn’t spend a great deal of time in this town and more or less passed through while reviewing other places in the town of Bishop’s Stortford and in Hertfordshire on the whole. But we did try a few of them and there are two that stood out to us the most.
If you think that your place deserves a mention on this list of the best afternoon tea in Hemel Hempstead, be sure to contact us. You may also want to check with our other south east cream tea locations such as Essex and Oxford.
Afternoon Tea at Shendish Manor
£20 seems to be the standard price for afternoon tea in the United Kingdom, or rather it is if you live outside of London. But what that amount of money gets you can differ quite considerably. In Northumberland, for instance, it can get you stacks of food at a manor house or even more food at a tearoom.
In Durham and Teeside you can get even more bang for your buck. But don’t expect much in Harrogate or Chester or even Colchester, where it seems establishments can afford to be a little less generous.
At Shendish Manor, we found some amazing value, which was surprising for a small tourist town in the south of England. The total cost of this afternoon tea was £18.95, with some upgrades to Prosecco and Champagne for £5 and £10.
They can cater for all kind of dietary needs, they have amazingly attentive staff and they also have fantastic food. It’s a manor house hotel, so we didn’t expect much in terms of quantity, but we were bursting our belts by the end thanks to some delicious chocolate mousse treats, a host of finger sandwiches, several scones served with a thick slab of clotted cream…and don’t even get us stated on those fluffy cakes.
It makes us hungry just thinking about them.
Afternoon Tea at Aubrey Park Hotel
This location is even cheaper and offers just as much. As with the location above, it also offers an upgrade that gives you a glass of bubbly and you can get this for change on £25.
There is a cozy lounge and bar to enjoy your afternoon tea in and there is also a terrace. As is usually the cases with hotels like this, the afternoon tea can feel like an afterthought, certainly more than it does in tearooms, but that is to be expected and we can’t argue considering the quality of the food on offer and the price of it all.
Apparently they also bake their own ham for their ham sandwiches, and there are also plenty of other freshly made sandwiches and treats. Our favorite treat was the eclair. Probably not homemade (although we don’t know for sure, and we don’t want to do them a disservice) but a delicious, melt-in-your-mouth treat nonetheless.