Lincoln is one of the busiest cities in the UK, but it’s also one of the most beautiful. The centre of Lincoln is a mix of the old and the new, with beautifully historic buildings surrounding some great restaurants and upmarket venues. Afternoon tea in Lincoln is some of the best in the north, providing you choose the right venues, which is where this list comes in.
Edwardian Cream Tea Lady Rose’s Tearoom
This is a classy, Edwardian tearoom in the heart of the Cultural Quarter in Lincoln. It’s located in an actual Edwardian era building, with decor and services to match. In many ways it reminds of us of the famous Bettys Tearoom in Harrogate because the tea is served exactly as it would have been over 100 years ago.
It’s like taking a step back in time and enjoying a spot of brunch with the local elite. As for the food itself there is a choice of teas and coffees as well as cakes, sandwiches and more to indulge in. It’s flavourful and it’s affordable. It’s also not open to young children, which is a bad thing if you have kids in tow but a good thing if you’re looking to get away from the chaos and noise that seems to follow all little ones around.
You can book a seat at this tearoom until 5pm most days, including Sunday. It is busy though, so make sure you reserve a seat, especially during peak holiday season.
Coffee and Tea at The Rest
This is technically a coffee room and coffee is what they do best, but they also have plenty of tea and treats on the menu, with afternoon tea served as well. If you prefer something a little quicker then you can also stop buy for a takeout coffee or tea, like Starbucks, but with all of the class and the flavour of an independent coffee house.
The Rest is located on the ground-floor of a bed and breakfast by the name of St Michael’s. This B&B is on the cobbled streets of Steep Hill, one of the most scenic streets in the country and one that has even been voted the best street in the United Kingdom.
It is open from 8am to 8pm and there is a huge platter of food to sample along with a choice of teas and coffees.
Cocktails and Tea at The Electric
Located on Brayford Waterfront on the top floor of the Doubletree by Hilton, this is an upmarket tearoom with a contemporary aesthetic and five-star service. You can order everything from freshly made cocktails and herbal tea, to a platter of beautiful handmade sandwiches, scones and more.
The cocktails are what truly sets this cream tea location apart, so make sure you order one (or five) of these with your scones and sandwiches.
Summer Fun at Grayz Tea Room
Located in the cathedral quarter, this tearoom serves freshly made cakes and other traditional cream tea delights. It’s small, quaint, but just what you need to escape the hustle and bustle of the city or to duck out of the wind or rain. And if you’re in the city for spring or summer afternoon you can enjoy your tea and cakes on the tables outside.
Tea Nearby at Uncle Henry’s Cafe
This is not quite fitting for an afternoon in Lincoln article as it’s actually just outside of this grand and glorious city, but it’s not too far away and it’s well worth the short trip. It’s a cosy little tearoom with a decor of exposed brick, leather seats and wooden floors to keep you warm and cosy as you sip tea and scoff sandwiches.
Uncle Henry’s is in the nearby town of Gainsborough. The town doesn’t have nearly as much to offer as Lincoln, but there is a market nearby if you want to snap up some bargains before heading back to the city.