Located in the north west of England, the is one of the biggest tourist counties in the north of England, home to cities like Manchester and Liverpool, as well as tourist meccas like Blackpool. We’ve covered the best tearooms in those cities already but now it’s time to focus on the finest menus in the whole county.
Mitton Hall Hotel
This is a grand manor house that operates as a hotel. It is over 400 years old and is situated in an ideal, bucolic location. It’s grand and glorious and the tea is on par. It’s also very reasonably priced considering what you get for your money as you’ll get change from £20 per person here.
Easily one of the best afternoon teas in Lancashire we have ever enjoyed. This is a small group of hotels that never seems to fail to provide great service in beautiful surroundings. The food is dainty and they don’t have the biggest servings on this list, but it’s some of the best tasting and we simply loved the overall experience. At exactly £20 per person, it is also very reasonably priced and reminds us of some of the great locations we visited in nearby Chester and in York, which is a little less nearby.
Best Western Carlton
Okay, so it’s time for some hard truths. We’re not big fans of the Best Western or Blackpool. Combined, it’s not something that really entices us. But the afternoon tea is more than acceptable and we feel that it deserves a spot on this list because it surprised us so. It’s also great value for money at less than £15 per person, but the decor could use a little sprucing up. It had a certain “retirement home” vibe when we dropped by.
Shaw Hill Hotel in Chorley
At less than £20 for afternoon tea, this Lancashire location is ideally situated and offers up some fine fare. Just what you need when money is tight but you still want the very best food and service. It’s also in a Georgian building, so you get some of that traditional decor and style that every good cream tea needs.
Patisserie Valerie in Preston
The pastries are the standout products here, as you might guess from the name. The tea is great, as is everything else they sell, and it’s all very reasonably priced at £35. It’s more than some of the others mentioned here, sometimes twice as much, but wait until you see the selection of cakes and treats that you get for that price.
Marriott Hotel in Preston
The Marriott has a great name, and not without reason. Hotel chains can falter from location to location, losing some of the refinement that gave them their name and that’s no different with this one, but their Preston location is definitely one of their better ones. It’s a great location and it’ll cost you just £16 per person for afternoon tea.
Blackpool Tower Ballroom
This is another Blackpool location that we didn’t have high hopes for, but it surprised us. There can be a certain laziness to locations like this as they rely on the name, the reputation and the surroundings. But we didn’t feel that was the case here and we really enjoyed the overall experience. At £60 per person you will need to pay quite a bit more, but it’s worth it in the end.