The world renowned Oxford, one of the UK’s most popular destinations. Oxford does not only boast one of the most prestigious universities in the world, but also a town steeped in history and buildings of unparalleled architectural beauty. Home to the Bodleian Library, the Radcliffe Camera and the imposing Oxford castle, one will never run out of things to do in Oxford.
Oxford is the birth place of Alice in Wonderland and one of the few UK towns where one can enjoy a bit of punting. Traditional Oxford punts are available for hire any day and time of the week. Punting down the river is precarious of course and one never knows how their skills are going to pan out, so to speak.
One can be a fantastic boatman, or end up head first into the river. Either way, a visit to the glorious town of Oxford cannot be complete without a visit to one of the quaint and decadent afternoon tea venues scattered around the city.
Afternoon Tea at the Old Parsonage Hotel
If classy luxury is your chosen style and you need an environment to match your exquisite taste, then the Old Parsonage Hotel is definitely the place you want to be. Served from Monday to Saturday between 14:30 and 17:00 and Sunday from 15:30 to 18:00, the Old Parsonage’s afternoon tea is a delight for your taste buds.
With surroundings worthy of an old gentleman’s club, dressed with opulent fabrics and individual furniture, cream tea at the Old Parsonage offers homemade scones and freshly prepared sandwiches that can be enjoyed next to an open lot fire. One can also go for the decadent choice and enjoy a glass of Champagne with their chosen high tea selection.
Afternoon Tea at Quod
Enjoy a traditional afternoon tea at one of Oxford’s most central locations, Quod restaurant and bar. Quod’s afternoon tea is served between 15:00 and 17:30 throughout the week and it includes delicacies like homemade scones with clotted cream and jam, a selection of sandwiches and a large variety of coffee and tea choices.
Quod is an elegant venue, clean and minimalistic in its approach to deco, which is reflected to the amazing range of freshly prepared food offerings included in their menu.The piece the resistance is of course Quod’s Graduation Tea offering, which includes a glass of Henry Favre champagne!
Afternoon Tea at Vaults & Garden Cafe
Where does one start when trying to accurately describe the experience of visit the Vaults & Garden Cafe at University Church. I suppose talking about the truly seasonal and fresh ingredients the chef sources for their culinary creations is the place to start.
Awarded as the most sustainable restaurant in Oxfordshire, the Vault & Garden Cafe boasts a menu to die for, filled with exceptionally creative recipes which can be enjoyed any day of the week. High tea in particular is an unforgettable experience filled with home made scones served with Upper Norton clotted cream, freshly made cakes and quality coffees and loose leaf teas of your choice.
The unique building and elegant fresh deco is equally as inviting, with the option to have your cream tea outside in the beautiful garden, weather permitting.
Make sure you also checkout our guides to Afternoon tea in South Wales, Scotland and Belfast to take your passion UK-wide. If you’re from “the other place” as Oxford Uni grads say, then check with our Tea in Cambridge guide instead.