Stoke on Trent is one of the poorest regions in the United Kingdom. A once flourishing pottery town, it is now home to high unemployment and not a great deal to see for tourists. But there is some beauty in this city and it’s also surrounded by great attractions and cosy towns.
Located in the country of Staffordshire, it’s a short trek from the likes of Chester and Lancashire, as well as Harrogate and York. What’s more, everyone deserves great tea, and there is no shortage of that on offer here. Just take a look at these greta places to enjoy afternoon tea in Stoke on Trent.
The Quarter is a great place to enjoy cream tea in Stoke on Trent. It doesn’t look like much on the outside, sitting next to blocks of high-street eateries and looking more like a fast food restaurant than anything else, but they serve great afternoon tea with impeccable service.
They are an institution in the city of Stoke on Trent and one that we will be happy to revisit whenever we are in town again. They are a little more expensive than the others, but at less than £13, “expensive” barely seems like the right word. We’ve enjoyed similar teas from Northumberland to Kent that cost between £20 and £50, so this price seems like a steal.
Stoke on Trent is an industrial town, and you can still see remnants of this today in the mills and the murky canals. One of these, the Middleport Pottery, sells afternoon tea along with a slice of Stoke on Trent history.
It may not look like the coziest place on the outside, what with its industrial setting, but trust us, as soon as you get inside it is another world. There are views over nearby rivers and canals and the food is great.
You can get afternoon tea at this Stoke on Trent location for less than £10 per person and they serve it from 9am to 3pm every Monday to Saturday, with proceedings starting a little later on Sunday.
Emma Bridgewater Factory Cafe
This is a quaint little cafe that serves fresh cakes, sandwiches and more, but it’s also popular and small, which means you may need to phone ahead to book your place.
This Stoke on Trent location serves afternoon tea from 2pm Monday through to Saturday and 12pm on Sunday. They can only seat ten, and when we were there on a summers day they seemed to be full, with a calendar showing that they were also pretty much booked full for weeks to come as well.
So, get in early to avoid disappointment, and make sure you sample some of their fine cakes when you are there. It will only cost you £12.50 per person, so it is well worth it.
The Penny Coffee House
If you thought the Emma Bridgewater Factor Cafe was cheap, get a load of the Penny Coffee House in Longton, because here you will pay £5 less at just £7.50. We have covered a host of cheap and expensive afternoon tea locations on this site. We thought that the likes of Durham and Teeside topped the bill for low-cost quality, but nothing prepared us for what we found in Stoke on Trent and this one beat all others.
The tea is great, the service is brilliant and you really can’t fault them for that price, or any price or that matter! Tea is served all day Monday to Saturday from 8 in the morning until 6 in the evening. The hours are a little shorter on a Sunday and while it does seem to be a popular venue, it wasn’t packed when we were there and you probably don’t need to book in advance.