With a population of over three quarters of a million people and traditions dating back thousands of years, Suffolk is one of the most celebrated countries in England and one that’s home to the city of Ipswich as well as Felixstowe and Newmarket. This means that there is no shortage of entertainment and culture to immerse yourself into.
In this guide we’ll focus on a small part of that as we look at the best afternoon tea locations in Suffolk.
Afternoon Tea at the Salthouse Harbour Hotel in Ipswich
This is a beautiful boutique hotel that serves a sumptuous feast complete with smoked salmon and cream cheese rolls, finger sandwiches and more. There is a lot of savoury, a lot of sweet and a huge amount of flavour.
Afternoon tea at the Malthouse is available every day from 2:30pm to 5pm. And if traditional tea (served with tea and coffee) isn’t luxurious enough for you then you can order it with a glass of Champagne for a significant step-up in price.
You really do get what you pay for here though as the afternoon tea is served in an award winning restaurant recognised for its food, its decor and its service by some of the biggest foodies in the country.
Afternoon Tea at Milsoms Kesgrave Hill
A short trek from the city of Ipswich, this cream tea hotspot is nestled in beautiful countryside, a literal gem hidden in the rough. They are big on their treats here and have a selection of cakes, macaroons and single serving pots. There are also huge, chunky handmade scones and a plate packed full of finger sandwiches.
Afternoon Tea at the Tuddenham Mill
Another award winning cream tea offering, this one serves up some of the best black tea in the country. Their range includes includes a high quality Darjeeling, one of the most precious teas in the world, and an expertly crafted organic Earl Grey not unlike the TeaPigs blends we enjoy so much. If you love you tea you’ll love this location.
The food isn’t half bad either, as you’ll have a choice of homemade scones with fresh butter and jam, delicate pastries, and decadent cakes. There are traditional flavours and flavours a little more experimental, with the pastries providing a fusion of English, French and German.
More Great Places for High Tea in Suffolk
There really is a number of great places to enjoy the finest teas and treats in this county, far too much for one small article. So be sure to check out the other options below. You should also check with our guides to cream tea in Ipswich, Felixstowe and more.
- Hintlesham Hall: This is a grand building that has stood for over 400 years and rivals some of our favourite cream tea hotspots in Northumberland. It is Grade I listed and offers Champagne and Bucks Fizz versions of traditional cream tea.
- White Lion: The decor is a little hit and miss with this one, but it’s affordable and the cream tea is delicious. It is proud of its local produce and show it off with handmade pastries and sandwiches made using locally sourced dairy, fruits and more.
- Westleton Crown: This is a coaching inn that is a little quainter, but also much older, with over 800 years of history. It’s cute, cosy and ideal for a spot of cream tea on an afternoon.