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Quintessentially British; Afternoon Tea

Visitors to The Suffolk Coast are spoilt for choice when it comes to a little indulgence and that very English pastime of taking afternoon tea.

The open skies and vast panoramas of The Suffolk Coast provide the perfect backdrop for so many hidden gems of cafés, tea rooms and restaurants - many nestling in close proximity to the sea.

Once the preserve of the rich and landed gentry, afternoon tea is still a bit of a luxury but its popularity is such that it can be found in all sorts of venues and needn't break the bank! Forget those little squares of cucumber sandwiches, afternoon tea is so much more than that - take a look at these purveyors of afternoon tea and book your table!

The Hatfield Hotel

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With panoramic views of the beach and sea, The Hatfield Hotel has a delicious afternoon tea menu available which includes your choice of loose leaf tea or freshly ground coffee, a selection of finger sandwiches, freshly baked scones with cream and preserve, followed by delicate cakes and pastries. 

For a special occasion or treat, make it a sparkling afternoon tea by the sea with a glass of Prosecco!

Afternoon tea is served from 12pm and costs £12.95 or £15.95 with Prosecco.

Salthouse Eaterie

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Relax in the stylish waterfront eaterie at Salthouse Harbour Hotel's Salthouse Eaterie. There are 4 afternoon tea packages to suit all tastes and appetites, plus a children's afternoon tea menu for young diners. 

The afternoon tea menu includes teas from around the world, a selection of savoury delights, fruit scones with jam and Jersey cream and homemade cakes. For a special treat why not opt for the luxury afternoon tea which also includes a glass of Champagne.

Children will love their dedicated menu which includes a selection of finger sandwiches, a creamy cupcake and a scone with a selection of drinks.

Available daily between 1pm and 5pm and costs £19.50 for the standard menu, £28.50 for the luxury tea and £10 for the children's tea.

Booking is required with 24 hours notice.

Southwold Boating Lake

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The scones baked daily at Southwold Boating Lake are truly delicious; served warm with fresh clotted cream and mini jars of jam, accompanied with a pot of tea served in traditional china. You can opt for the full afternoon tea, served on pretty tiered cake stands with sandwiches, scones with jam and cream and cakes including Victoria sponge and coffee & walnut.

Southwold Pier

FD - Southwold Pier - Afternoon Tea

Where better to enjoy afternoon tea than out at sea! The Edwardian Southwold Pier is home to the Boardwalk Restaurant. The afternoon tea menu features a selection of finger sandwiches with fillings such as fish finger, tartare and minted peas, egg & watercress, cucumber, dill and cream cheese alongside homemade Blythburgh pork sausage roll and smoked cheddar cheese scone with whipped butter.

The sweet selection includes dark chocolate and salted caramel brownie, lemon drizzle sponge, strawberry jam doughnuts, dipped fruit and fruit scone with clotted cream and jam - all washed down with your choice of tea or coffee.

Afternoon tea costs £17.50 per person and must be booked 47 hours in advance. 

The Crown Woodbridge

WTS - The Crown Hotel - Afternoon Tea

A stylish, boutique hotel in the riverside town of Woodbridge, The Crown Hotel is an ideal location to indulge with afternoon tea.

There are two menus to choose from; Royal Afternoon Tea which includes a selection of sandwiches, sweet treats, savoury delights and a glass of bubbles; or the Themed Afternoon Tea, which this autumn is The Royal Choco-Holic, with mouth-watering options including a selection of sandwiches, chocolate sweet treats, savoury delights plus your choice of Teapig's tea!

The Royal Choco-Holics Afternoon Tea is priced at £15.50 per person and the Royal Afternoon Tea, £20.50 per person. (Both require a minimum 2 people). 

The Swan Hotel

FD - The Swan Hotel - Afternoon Tea

Enjoy an afternoon in the refined surroundings of the drawing room of The Swan Hotel in Southwold as you look over the market place whilst tucking in to afternoon tea. 

The menu boasts sandwiches, buttermilk scones with clotted cream and jam and a tempting variety of pastries and cakes. Treat yourself by adding a glass of Adnams Champagne or an Adnams Copper House G&T.

Afternoon tea is available daily between 3pm and 5pm and require booking at least 24 hours in advance.

Yurt Cafe Organics

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Set in the peaceful surroundings of Potton Hall, Yurt Cafe Organics serves a delicious afternoon of organic treats. Their afternoon tea includes a selection of finger sandwiches or mini wraps, trio of dips with toasted breads, fruit scone with jam and cream or cheese scone served with tomato chutney, lemon and lavender scone topped with chilli jam and creme fraiche, feta cheese, olives and sundried tomato skewers and a selection of mini cakes and truffles. Washed down with your choice of a pot of tea or glass of Prosecco.

Served daily from 12pm in the Yurt or garden, the afternoon tea is priced at £52 for two people.

The Wentworth Hotel

WTS - Wentworth Hotel - Afternoon Tea

Owned by the same family for the past 100 years, The Wentworth Hotel boasts an enviable location in the charming coastal town of Aldeburgh. Settle down on one of the comfy sofas and watch the promenaders strolling along the sea front as you enjoy afternoon tea.

You can select items from the menu or opt for the set menu which includes finger sandwiches of smoked salmon, cucumber & cream cheese and egg & cress, plus sweet treats of fruit scones with clotted cream & jam, lemon drizzle cake, chocolate brownie, fresh fruit tartlet and flavoured macaroon - washed down with your choice of tea or coffee.

Afternoon tea is available between 3pm - 5.30pm (from 4pm on Sundays) and is priced at £16.95

Thorpeness Golf Club & Hotel

WTS - Thorpeness Hotel & Golf Club - Afternoon Tea

Following a round or two on the 18-hole heathland course, you can tuck into a delicious afternoon tea and enjoy the views at Thorpeness Golf Club & Hotel.

The menu features the chef's selection of finger and open sandwiches served on either white bread, wholemeal bread or rustic baton, followed by sweets including warm fruit scone with preserve and clotted cream with a selection of chef’s cake of the day.

Ufford Park Hotel

FD - Ufford Park - Afternoon tea outside

With spectacular views across the award-winning golf course, afternoon tea at Ufford Park Hotel is a treat the whole family can enjoy. There are 3 afternoon tea menus available; the traditional afternoon tea which includes a selection of sandwiches, homemade cakes and scones with your choice of tea or coffee; the children's afternoon tea which includes a choice of drink, selection of sandwiches and sweet treats and the themed afternoon tea.

Priced from £19 per person with the children's afternoon tea at £9.95, afternoon tea is served between 2pm and 5pm daily. Booking is required with at least 24 hours notice.

Milsoms Kesgrave Hall

WTS - Kesgrave Hall - Afternoon tea

Set in beautiful countryside, Milsoms Kesgrave Hall is a luxurious boutique hotel and restaurant just outside Ipswich.

For afternoon tea with the wow factor, book a table in the lounge or opt for a table on the covered outdoor terrace looking which looks out across the sweeping lawns. Afternoon tea is served between 3pm and 5pm every afternoon. Enjoy a delicious selection of sandwiches, scones with jam and clotted cream, and indulgent cakes. 



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