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Best Afternoon Tea in Harrogate

Best Afternoon Tea in Harrogate

With its scenic landscapes and extensive produce, it is no wonder that Yorkshire has become home to some of the most popular and delicious afternoon tea experiences – with Harrogate specifically being a popular spot among those searching for a tasty and traditional British experience.

Located in the North of Yorkshire, the Victorian spa town of Harrogate promises an abundance of carefully crafted finger sandwiches, dainty sweet treats, freshly brewed teas – and of course some bubbles if you wish! So why not enjoy the traditional British custom of afternoon tea in Harrogate at one of these carefully curated dining destinations.

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The Ivy

The Ivy is a well known and respected chain of restaurants specialising in modern British cuisine. Located in the centre of Harrogate on Parliament Street, this stunning location serves an extensive afternoon tea with the option to upgrade to a glass of Champagne for a more luxurious experience. Or you can opt for a lighter cream tea for those who don’t fancy the full spread. Likely to please any visitor, The Ivy is an especially attractive location of one of the best afternoon teas in Harrogate.

7-9 Parliament St, Harrogate HG1 2QU – 01423 787100

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The Majestic Hotel

Built-in 1900, The Majestic Hotel in Harrogate is a palatial and stately Victorian property that sits in the heart of the beautiful spa town. Following a £15m refurbishment in 2019, there really is no finer place to enjoy a selection of fresh scones, sandwiches and sweet treats as part of The Majestic Hotel’s mouthwatering afternoon tea menu.

Ripon Rd, Harrogate HG1 2HU – 01423 700300

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Goldsborough Hall

Goldsborough Hall is one of the oldest stately homes in the UK, once housing HRH Princess Mary (the Queen’s aunt), and is an important landmark in Harrogate’s tranquil countryside. Their afternoon tea does not stray far from the royal experience with an extensive selection of Taylor’s of Harrogate teas, fresh sweet and savoury treats, and even a glass or two of bubbles if you wish. You can finish the experience with exclusive access to the hall’s historic gardens, promising beautiful views of the Yorkshire agriculture and scenery.

Church St, Goldsborough, Knaresborough HG5 8NR – 01423 867321

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Hotel Du Vin

Hotel Du Vin is a stone’s throw from the very centre of Harrogate, overlooking acres of Stray parkland. Enjoy a traditional afternoon tea in their welcoming 1AA Rosette awarded Bistro, a stylish dining room combining traditional and modern styles. Or when the sun is shining, relax in their walled courtyard and dine al fresco. Treat a loved one (or yourself) to an indulgent combination of sweet and savoury delights with one of the best afternoon teas in Harrogate.

11 Prospect Pl, Harrogate HG1 1LB – 01423 608121

Grantley Hall Ripon afternoon tea room

Grantley Hall, Ripon

Situated in one of Harrogate’s most beloved boroughs, Ripon, a historical city made up of medieval buildings and gothic architecture, lies Grantley Hall. The estate itself is steeped in history, with the building being constructed at the end of the 17th century. Grantley Hall has housed members of parliament, artists, and even royalty, making this venue the perfect place to experience a quintessentially British afternoon tea in Harrogate. Their menu is made up of decadent delights created only with Yorkshire’s finest fresh produce, complemented perfectly by the sophisticated ambience and rich surroundings of the Drawing Room. If you’re looking for that destination place for afternoon tea in Harrogate, this is it.

Grantley Hall, Ripon, HG4 3ET – 01765 620070

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Betty’s Tea Room

You can’t talk about the best afternoon tea without mentioning the classic – Betty’s Tea Room. With its original location in the North Yorkshire town of Harrogate, which has been open since 1919, it has now become a well respected afternoon tea spot all across the country. With their carefully crafted cakes, an extensive selection of teas, and even a pink champagne option for those wanting to upgrade an already fantastic experience, Betty’s is the perfect location to enjoy a classically British past time. Just make sure to book in advance as queues are almost always out the door!

1 Parliament St, Harrogate HG1 2QU – 01423 814070

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Mama Doreen’s Emporium

A new and quirky addition to Harrogate’s extensive afternoon tea scene, Mama Doreen’s Emporium is located inside the hustle and bustle of Victoria Shopping Centre. This spot focuses on their homemade cakes, pastries, and desserts – from their freshly baked traditional scones to their far from boring unique cakes – making it the perfect visit for anyone wanting to cure a sweet tooth craving. And if sweets aren’t your thing, they even serve an afternoon tea style brunch every day until 11:30 am.

9-11 Station Square, Harrogate HG1 1TB – 01423 504615

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Rudding Park Hotel

Described as the afternoon tea of ‘traditional elegance’, the Rudding Park Hotel experience is perfect for anyone searching for luxury and sophistication, which is why we’ve included it on our list of best afternoon tea in Harrogate. Served in the hotel’s beautiful conservatory, you can enjoy freshly baked scones and traditional Harrogate loose leaf teas looking out onto the scenic gardens and Yorkshire landscape. This is a classically wonderful afternoon tea experience for any Yorkshire native or visitor wanting a fully indulgent experience.

Rudding Ln, Follifoot, Harrogate HG3 1JH – 01423 844822

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Located in a renowned farm shop known for its fresh and extensive Yorkshire produce, Fodder has been praised for its well-priced ‘classically Yorkshire’ afternoon tea. Many crowning it a popular and well-respected spot in the Harrogate community. Served up all week, this afternoon tea is perfect for those looking for an authentically Yorkshire experience – featuring produce that can be bought at the farm shop to take home with you when you’re finished!

Great Yorkshire Showground, Railway Rd, Harrogate HG2 8NZ – 01423 546111

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The Old Swan Hotel

This traditional afternoon tea is the epitome of luxury, going back almost 200 years, The Old Swan sits in the heart of Harrogate and is surrounded by stunning gardens and charming Yorkshire fields. They offer a range of unique loose leaf teas, including Darjeeling and Assam, to please any tea snob looking for something a bit more than the classic English breakfast. You can choose from their deluxe afternoon tea, which includes a wide range of savoury finger sandwiches and homemade fruit scones or upgrade to their champagne for an added touch of luxury.

Swan Rd, Harrogate HG1 2SR – 01423 500055


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