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Best Afternoon Tea in York

We’ve rounded up the best dining destinations for Afternoon Tea in York, your only dilemma is which one to visit first. One of our favourite things to do is indulge in a decadent afternoon tea and there are not many better places to enjoy the quintessentially British tradition than the unofficial foodie capital of the north; York.

From the tourist hotspots to 5-star hotels, independent vintage favourites or dining in a railway carriage, the city of York has a huge array of stunning locations to enjoy one of Britain’s much-loved foodie experiences.

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The Grand York Afternoon Tea

As York’s only 5 Star Hotel & Spa, The Grand is the perfect place to celebrate a special occasion with afternoon tea in York. Served in the hotel’s stunning Rise Restaurant, Terrace & Bar with views of York’s City Walls. The perfect backdrop for a lovely atmospheric experience, right in the heart of the city. Indulge in their selection of savoury and sweet treats, a feast for the eyes as well as the taste buds.

Choose from their Signature Afternoon Tea, Sparkling (prosecco), Champagne or Hendrick’s Gin and Tonic Afternoon Tea (complete with Hendrick’s Gin and Tonic teapot with all the trimmings).

The Grand, Station Rise, York YO1 6GD – 01904 380045

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The Ivy Afternoon Tea York destination

The Ivy

The iconic Ivy is located within the bustling St Helen’s Square. Expect all the style and glamour of the original Ivy London, as they serve a delicious selection of savoury and sweet treats 7 days a week. Champagne is obligatory in such a stunning location of course.

The Ivy, 2 St. Helen’s Square, York YO1 8QP – 01904 403888

best afternoon tea in york cake d'licious

Cake d’Licious

This quaint spot is a vintage tearoom and cakery, serving up homemade cakes and pastries daily – making it the perfect location for an afternoon tea in York experience. Unlike others on this list, Cake d’Licious is a small family run business where you can enjoy an impressive selection of loose-leaf teas and an indulgent selection of afternoon tea classics served on vintage china. Just make sure to book in advance as it’s becoming increasingly popular with York visitors and locals.

61 Clifton, York YO30 6BD – 01904 541100

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When anyone thinks of afternoon tea in York or even Yorkshire, probably the first name that springs to mind is Bettys. Going strong for over 100 years with queues out of the door come rain or shine, this very English institution ticks all the right boxes for a delicious afternoon tea.

6-8 St. Helen’s Square, York YO1 8QP – 01904 659142

Countess of York Afternoon Tea

Countess of York Afternoon Tea

Ok, so afternoon tea on the Orient Express might be a tad too expensive for us mere mortals (£235 each to be precise) but afternoon tea in York aboard the beautifully restored Countess of York might be the next best thing. Featuring delicious sandwiches and homemade cakes together with a wide selection of loose-leaf teas. There are even gluten-free and children’s options too.

National Railway Museum, Leeman Road, York YO26 4XJ – 01904 686 295

The Principal Afternoon Tea in York

The Principal York Afternoon Tea

Afternoon Tea at The Principal Hotel is currently on hold – We will update this article as soon as the hotel resumes this service. 

With stunning views across carefully manicured lawns all the way to the Minster, The Principal’s Garden Room is a strong contender for the most stunning location for afternoon tea in York. Winner of Visit York’s Tearoom of the Year 2019. On par with the beautiful location is their sumptuous selection of beautiful cakes and pastries.  The Principal utilises the very best local and seasonal produce to deliver one of the best afternoon teas in York with some mouthwatering added extras.

The Principal Hotel, Station Rd, York YO24 1AA – 01904 653681

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Aldwark Manor Best Afternoon Tea in York

Aldwark Manor

Located between York and Harrogate Aldwark Manor is a stunning 4-star hotel set within 120 acres of picturesque Yorkshire parklands.

Their afternoon teas include an amuse-bouche, followed by a selection of savoury and sweet treats, served with a choice of English Breakfast, fruit or herbal teas. Optional Masons Yorkshire G&T or champagne are sure to elevate your experience as one of York’s best afternoon teas.

Aldwark, Alne, York YO61 1UF – 01347 838146

Middlethorpe Hall

Middlethorpe Hall

The traditional English ritual takes place in one of the grand public rooms of the historic hall or on warmer days on the south terrace. Afternoon Tea at Middlethorpe is enhanced by a local luxury connection with the old established family tea merchants Taylors of Harrogate“.

Middlethorpe Hall, Bishopthorpe Rd, York YO23 2GB – 01904 641241


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Kenza Bhugeloo


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