Kent is known as ‘The Garden of England’, with breathtaking landscapes and historic castles, it is the place to be all year round, but even more so during the spring and summer months. Visitors normally like to visit the areas of Rochester and Canterbury, as well as coastline towns, such as Margate. One would also be surprised to know that swimming in the sea is entirely possible in this stunning county, as it boasts the most blue flag beaches in the UK.
When all is said and done though, one thing matters, and that is where the best afternoon tea in Kent can be found. So here are our finest choices.
Best Place for Afternoon Tea in Kent: Secret Garden
Do you remember being a child, reading fairy tales about secret gardens, full of enchantment and delicious looking fruits. Afternoon tea in Kent can deliver just that, only in real life. Secret Garden offers Kent’s best afternoon tea in exquisitely classy surroundings.
Flowery fine bone china, fresh seasonal fancies and cakes, homemade scones, preserves and unlimited tea or coffee are just some of Secret Garden’s decadent offerings. Secret Garden caters for vegan, gluten and dairy free dietary requirements, and they require 24 hours’ notice at the time of booking. At £22.95 per person Monday to Friday and £24.95 on Saturday and Sunday, it is not the cheapest option in town, but one certainly gets what they have paid for, add a few pounds for a glass of bubbly and Bob’s your uncle.
One of the options Secret Garden is offering for your high tea experience carries the title “Chocolate Afternoon Tea”, we cannot even begin to describe how excited those three words strung together is making us. Chocolate chip scones, mini chocolate cakes and a hot chocolate instead of ye old cuppa, are just some of the options on that weird and wonderful take on the traditional cream tea.
Afternoon Tea at Fleur de Thé
Vintage elegance is the best way to describe this indulgent afternoon tea venue. Beautiful décor, unusual delicate china and a vintage feel will definitely make you feel at home and ready to enjoy the freshly baked fancies and cakes, homemade scones, as well as the extensive selection of sandwich fillings.
Only drawback is that you have to provide 48 hours’ notice and pay a £5 deposit per person, but trust us, this high tea will be one you remember for a while after It’s finished. Afternoon tea at Fleur de Thé is served daily from 11:30 to 15:30 and it is available for up to six guests, however, the owners are quite accommodating for separate requests.
Afternoon Tea at the Rowhill Grange Hotel & Utopia Spa
A hard to come by utopian setting indeed. Rowhill Grange offers afternoon tea in its charming and calm environment seven days a week.
This characteristically British afternoon tea, is served with a selection of delicious homemade pastries, cakes and freshly made sandwiches, from 12:30 to 17:30pm. Rowhill Grange’s afternoon tea can be enjoyed in various areas of the hotel, such as the lounge, brasserie or the restaurant, or, weather permitting, the hotel’s beautiful terrace overlooking the amazing garden and beautiful grounds surrounding the hotel.
If you are not much of a people’s person, or if you are celebrating an intimate affair, you will be glad to know that at Rowihill Grange one can also opt for an intimate afternoon tea, starting at £27.95 per person. Advance bookings are recommended.