Portsmouth is a port city with a rich history. It’s less than 20 miles from the capital and it’s the birthplace of English greats like Charles Dickens and Isambard Kingdom Brunel. This history is played up by some of the local eateries and you’ll get a flavour of that yourself if you’re looking for the best afternoon tea in Portsmouth.
Tea at The Parade Tearooms
This is a relatively new afternoon tea offering in Portsmouth, having opened in 2015. But what it lacks in history it more than makes up for it style. It’s modern, it’s fresh, and it’s just what you need if you’re tired of the traditional decor that so often surrounds afternoon tearooms in this country.
The food is traditional though and so is the China on which the afternoon tea is served. There are traditional cakes as well, with some classic favourites like Pavlova and with a host of other treats to try. There is a huge cake counter taking centerstage in The Parade. This is where it’s at and if you have a sweet tooth then this will be heaven behind plexiglass.
You will be able to enjoy some of their homemade sweet treats during their high tea, but the whole cakes are where the action really is so be sure to sample a few slices of these. If you have a birthday party to organise you can also order full sized cakes tailored to suit your needs.
Cream Tea and Seaviews at The Tenth Hole
Located on the seafront, this is the perfect spot for a little high tea by the sea. There are homemade treats aplenty and some specialities that you won’t find anywhere else, including a cheesecake with chopped Mars Bars mixed in. If this sounds like a sickly nightmare to you (it’s really not) then there are more traditional cakes on offer, including jam sponge cakes, cream cakes and more.
Cream tea at the Tenth Hole also has a selection of teas for you to enjoy, but as with The Parade, it’s all about the sugary treats. Drop by for your sugar fix, grab a cup of builder’s tea to wash it all down with and enjoy a few finger sandwiches while you’re there.
Afternoon Tea with Granny at 19 Fourteas
This tearoom will take you back to the 1940s, as the brilliantly named tearoom suggests. The sandwiches are cut into triangles, just like your mother used to make, and there are crisps, devised eggs and other old-school classics. It’s traditional, but in a different way, with more of an emphasis on ration-hit Britain than the Edwardian and Victorian cream teas you might be used to.
It’s different and for anyone who remembers visiting grandparents or great grandparents who never redecorated their homes during the latter half of the twenty century, it will be like a trip back in time. Like Nicholas Lyndhurst in Goodnight Sweetheart, only with less polygamy and more tea (checkout Bettys in Harrogate for those).
Everything is a little bigger and more generous here, not unlike your grandparents’ house, and it’s also very reasonably priced.