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The Best Afternoon Tea in York

One of our favourite things to do is indulge in a decadent afternoon tea, there’s nothing quite like the quintessentially British tradition and there are not many better places to enjoy an afternoon tea than the unofficial foodie capital of the north, York.

From the tourist afternoon tea hotspots to 5-star hotels, independent 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. We’ve rounded up some of our favourite places for Afternoon Tea in York, your only dilemma is which one to visit first.

The Grand Hotel Afternoon Tea York

The Grand York Afternoon Tea close up
Afternoon Tea at The Grand Hotel, York

As Yorkshire’s only 5 Star Hotel & Spa, The Grand is the perfect place to celebrate a special occasion with afternoon tea in York. 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).

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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
The Ivy York Afternoon Tea

The iconic Ivy rolled into St Helen’s square this year to rival York’s much-loved foodie destinations. 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

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. 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.

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Principal York 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.


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

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.

Find out more – www.bettys.co.uk

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

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 a long-lasting tradition 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


Luxury Feversham Arms Helmsley Spa, Dine & Treatment

Written by

Jonathan Harris


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