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The 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.

The Grand York Afternoon Tea

The Grand York Afternoon Tea on the terrace shot

As Yorkshire’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).

Grand Afternoon Tea – £25.50pp
Sparkling Afternoon Tea – £30.50pp
Hendricks Afternoon Tea – £33.50pp

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Afternoon Tea at The Grand York

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

The Ivy 

The Ivy Afternoon Tea York destination
The Ivy York Afternoon Tea

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.

Cream Tea – £7.95pp
Afternoon Tea – £19.75pp


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

The Principal York Afternoon Tea

The Principal Afternoon Tea in York
The Principal York Afternoon Tea

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.

Traditional Afternoon Tea – £23.50pp
Champagne Afternoon Tea – £30.50pp

Afternoon Tea at The Principal Hotel in York is currently on hold – We will update this article as soon as the hotel resumes serving afternoon tea. 

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

Countess of York Afternoon Tea

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.

Traditional Afternoon Tea – £25.50pp
Champagne Afternoon Tea – £35.50pp


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

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Bettys Afternoon Tea York

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.

Traditional Afternoon Tea – £19.95pp
Pink Champagne Afternoon Tea – £27.95pp
Yorkshire Cream Tea – £9.95pp

Find out more – www.bettys.co.uk

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

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Middlethorpe Hall Afternoon Tea 

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”.

Traditional Afternoon Tea – £27.50pp
Champagne Afternoon Tea – £38.50pp


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

best afternoon tea in york the grange hotel

The Grange Hotel York

Built-in 1829, The Grange is a luxury hotel, boasting a 2-AA-Rosette brasserie restaurant and luxurious Regency style décor, fit for a queen. The quaint and cosy Morning Room, where the selection of freshly made cakes and savoury nibbles are served, is the perfect way to end a hectic day shopping in the charming city of York. And if you’re feeling special you can even upgrade to champagne or sparkling wine options to accompany the other indulgent treats on the table.

Traditional Afternoon Tea – £18.50pp
Champagne Afternoon Tea – £26.50pp
Sparkling Wine Afternoon Tea – £23.50pp

1 Clifton, York YO30 6AA
01904 644744

best afternoon tea in york hotel du vin york

Hotel du Vin & Bistro York

Located within a Grade II listed mansion, Hotel du Vin offers an extravagant afternoon tea in York experience, where you can enjoy a warm cuppa surrounded by sophisticated décor. Hotel du Vin has developed a selection of tea infusions in collaboration with Bird and Blend Teas, serving up unique blends such as the ‘Dozy Girl’ and ‘Mojitea’.

Afternoon Tea – £22.50pp

89 The Mount, York YO24 1AX
01904 405260

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Castle Howard

An iconic York landmark, this ancient stately home is serving up a luxurious afternoon tea which can be enjoyed gazing at the one of a kind views of the estate’s gardens. With over 1000 acres of parkland to explore, an afternoon tea experience including mini-estate baked brioche sandwiches and English strawberry tarts, is the perfect way to end a day exploring this ancient Yorkshire monument. Feel free to enjoy a glass of fizz too if you’re feeling extra fancy!

Afternoon Tea for Two – £38

Castle Howard, York YO60 7DA
01653 648333

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best afternoon tea in york york cocoa house

Afternoon Tea at York Cocoa House

Part of a female-led chocolate manufactory, York Cocoa House is a cosy café in the centre of York serving and selling delicious ethically sourced chocolate treats. Their Afternoon Chocolatada is a fun and delightful take on a British classic – an afternoon tea where everything, savoury and sweet, has some form of chocolate incorporated into it. From chocolate and cherry scones to Yorkshire blue cheese and chocolate tarts, this afternoon tea menu is a chocolate lovers dream and is sure to provide a memorable experience in a beautiful city

Afternoon Chocolate – from £13.50pp

10 Castlegate, York YO1 9RN
01904 675787

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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!

Classic Vintage Afternoon Tea Experience – £14.95pp

61 Clifton, York YO30 6BD
01904 541100


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