Situated between the big cities of Birmingham and London, Northampton is between a rock and a hard place. You won’t quite get the huge, open countryside that you’ll find further south and north and you don’t get the big city living that you’ll find in the aforementioned cities. But if you’re sick of city life and don’t want to revert to living in the sticks, Northampton could be perfect.
And if you’re a tea lover, even better, because it has some top-notch tearooms. Afternoon tea in Northampton and throughout Northamptonshire is an experience, with some of the most unique tearooms in the south of England at your mercy.
Brewpub is a described as a “brewing bar and specialist tea house”. Which makes sense, because as odd as the name sounds, every time we write it out spellchecker thinks we’re trying to type “Brewpub”.
The cakes and sandwiches are amazing here. They are bigger than usual, without so much of an emphasis on the cute and the dainty, but with just as much focus on flavour. But it’s the tea and the coffee that really bring this place to life. They have a huge selection and it is a veritable tea nirvana for fans of the drink. If you can’t get enough of flavored teas, herbal teas and speciality blends from all over the world, then you’ll want to reserve a spot in this cozy brew room for the rest of the day.
But don’t worry if they are fully booked when you phone them, because Brewbabu is open every day of the week and serves afternoon tea during all of those days.
Rushton Hall 5/5
This top Northampton location prides itself on offering the “finest afternoon tea in Northamptonshire”. We haven’t tried them all yet so we can’t vouch for that, but it certainly comes very close. Afternoon tea is served 6 days a week at Rushton Hall and there are several booking times throughout the afternoon. You can drink specialty teas and scoff delicious scones from 1:30pm right up to 5:30pm (final booking is at 4pm).
You need to phone in advance and they will give you a table of your own that you can enjoy for 90 minutes as their professional and patient staff serve your every whim. You can bring along as many as guests, with more available on request and there is a smart-casual dress code.
The tea ranges from £26 to £36 per person, with the cheaper option providing you with scones, cakes, sandwiches and tea, and the more expensive ones offering the same but with a glass of Champagne.
A fun little twist on afternoon tea, ARTea is an art gallery and a tearoom rolled into one and you can enjoy all of the local artwork as you sip your tea. In fact, most of these pieces are for sale, but stake your claim if you find one that you like.
The tea itself is cheaper than some of the other options on this page but it’s just as good, with a more relaxed and informal setting that is sure to appeal to the laid-back tea drinkers amongst you. They have a great selection of cakes on the counter and some scrumptious sandwiches as well, and you can enjoy all of this for 6 days a week.