Bishop’s Stortford is a small, historic and incredibly beautiful market town that is packed full of great entertainment and all the joys of village life. There are plenty of places to enjoy afternoon tea in Bishop’s Stortford and we look at the pick of the bunch in this guide.
This town can be found in the county of Hertfordshire and is a short distance away from the county of Essex. To read more about enjoying quality tea and fine fare in those counties, and in towns like Hemel Hempstead, just click the links. As for afternoon tea in Bishop’s Stortford itself, keep readying.
Great Hallingbury Manor
This is a stunning manor house built in the Tudor style, but with all the joys of modernity. Its close proximity to Stansted Airport has made it a popular launching pad for people flying out of the country and looking for a cozy place to spend the night.
Along with the quality hotel rooms and service, Great Hallingbury Manor also has some amazing afternoon tea. It takes somewhat of a backseat to everything else that Great Hallingbury Manor does, but that is to be expected of hotels, and pretty much every other location beside tearooms.
You can enjoy cream tea at Great Hallingbury Manor either in the restaurant or, if the weather is nice, in the beautiful garden. There are teas, coffees and sparkling wine, and the food itself includes finger sandwiches, savory pancakes, mini prawn cocktails, scones, cream pies, macarons, and all kinds of other sweet and savory treats.
It’s all very eco-friendly, but without sacrificing on style and luxury.
The Forest Cafe
This is a great find, somewhat off the beaten track just outside of the town. It’s a great spot for walkers to drop by and grab some refreshments, but the standard of the food and the service means it’s also worth seeking it out and dropping by for afternoon tea even if the only walking you do is from your car and back.
The menu is seasonal, the food is homemade, and there are some delicious hot, cold, savory and sweet treats on the menu. It may look like a cricket club on the outside, but it is so much more on the inside. This is a great place for tea and treats in Bishop’s Stortford.
This is a lovely little tearoom on the Bishop’s Stortford high-street, a typical British tearoom in a typical British town. You can sit indoors as you sip strong black tea or fresh green tea, or you can sit on the terrace as you enjoy some sweet treats and sandwiches.
What we love about these little tearooms over the big hotels and manor houses is that you always get much more bang for your buck. One of our party is always complaining about afternoon tea that doesn’t fill them up, which is why they usually end up grabbing something off the main menu as well. But that doesn’t apply here, because the scones are huge, the snackh are filling and you get huge wedges of cake as opposed to dainty little bites.
Don’t get us wrong, dainty is cool, but if you have a big appetite that needs to be sated, then you will want something thick, chunky and filling.
South Street Pantry
There are two tearooms on the Bishop’s Stortford high-street. Rosey Lea is one, this is the other. And considering they are both great, serving fresh, homemade food that is filling and affordable, it would be unfair to mention one and not the other.
The standout feature at this tearoom are the cakes, without a doubt. This is definitely the tearoom of choice for anyone with a sweet tooth in Bishop’s Stortford.