Located in the south-west of England, Wiltshire is a county that is steeped in history. It is home to Stonehenge, one of the most visited attractions in the United Kingdom, and you will also find plenty of castles, manor houses, and a host of pre-Roman buildings and forts.
Wiltshire is home to Trowbridge, Salisbury and Chippenham and in some towns you’re only a short trek from some of the most naturally beautiful areas in the country. But let’s put all of the bucolic stuff to one side and focus purely on the best places to enjoy afternoon tea in Wiltshire in 2018 and beyond.
Bridge Tea Rooms in Bradford Upon Avon
The small town of Bradford Upon Avon is perfectly situated, just a short trek from many of England’s best sights. It’s also a great location to lie-low and enjoy some of the finer things that this county has to offer, with the Bridge Tea Rooms being the pick of those things.
Bridge Tea Rooms in Bradford Upon Avon is an award-winning location that reminds us in many ways of Betty’s Tea Room in York and in Harrogate. The staff dress up in period costume, the service is impeccable, and the food is extraordinary. It’s like taking a step back in time, only unlike the high-street and fairly modernized location of Betty’s in Harrogate, Bridge Tea Room is located in a building that dates even further back than the period costumes.
In fact, the building goes all the way back to the 1500s, making those Victorian servers’ uniforms veritably modern by comparison. Afternoon tea at the Bridge Tea Rooms ranges in price from £21 per person for the standard tea, to £68 for two people enjoying Champagne tea.
The many different services all include the finest loose leaf teas, including English tea grown on the famous Tregothnan Estate, and sandwiches made with quality local ingredients. There are also scones and classic English cakes.
This is easily one of the best places to enjoy afternoon tea in Wiltshire and probably all of the south west for that matter.
Afternoon Tea at Cafe Rouge
This location is steeped in style, with red leather sofas, a dark and vintage aesthetic and copious amounts of food that seems to mix the creativity of French cuisine with the simplicity of British. As is usually the case with French-style menus, the sweets take center stage here and there are plenty of these on offer.
You can also enjoy some great English teas, from strong breakfast teas to Earl Grey and plenty of herbal teas and green teas too. Just make sure you leave plenty of room for those treats.
Cream Tea at Bishopstrow House
Located in Warminster, this is a grand and glorious Georgian country house that was built way back in 1815. It sits between the city of Bath and the town of Salisbury, plonking you right in the center of some tourist hotspots, from Stonehenge to Longleat.
This is actually a four-star hotel, with surroundings, service and a menu befitting of such a status. You can enjoy afternoon tea at this Wiltshire location for less than £20 per person and while you don’t get a great deal of food for your money, you do get a relaxing experience and you will also get to sample some great finger sandwiches and treats.
High Tea at Chiseldon House
Located in the city of Swindon, this is a big and beautiful Georgian-style house that sits in the middle of a glorious garden and serves afternoon tea in either their restaurant, their cozy dining room or on the terrace.
The food is great, with fluffy finger sandwiches, all the tea you can drink, chunky scones, and delicious treats and cakes, but it’s also the most expensive service on this list. Afternoon tea at Chiseldon House will cost you £45. As always, you get what you pay for and we wouldn’t put this location on our list if that wasn’t the case, but that’s a lot of money and it will be out of the budget for some of you.