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10 of the best afternoon teas in Norfolk

PUBLISHED: 16:27 16 February 2018 | UPDATED: 16:32 16 February 2018

These 10 places in Norfolk all serve excellent afternoon teas (photo: Thinkstock)

These 10 places in Norfolk all serve excellent afternoon teas (photo: Thinkstock)

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Fluffy scones heaped with jam and clotted cream, dainty finger sandwiches and maybe a glass of bubbles. We have picked 10 pretty tea rooms in Norfolk to go for afternoon tea

1. The Assembly House

Theatre Street, Norwich

Enjoy afternoon tea in the Georgian splendour of The Assembly House, where classic tiered stands are served on marble topped tables in a room which itself looks like an indulgently-iced wedding cake.

A carefully-designed menu of sumptuous delicacies awaits afternoon tea diners, from delicate finger sandwiches to sweet and cheese scones to sigh for, perfectly-formed pastries to an array of bite-sized cakes, served with a choice of loose leaf tea or a glass of Champagne Moutard Grand Cuvee (add £7.95).

£20.95 for one and £40 for two

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2. Biddy’s Tea Room

Lower Goat Lane, Norwich and The Market Place, Aylsham

Biddy’s is an independent Victorian-inspired tea room. Dreamed up in 2010 by owner Charlie Buchan and named after her dog Biddy, everything is homemade in its Aylsham bakery.

Biddy’s specialises in creating tailored afternoon teas made by choosing your own sandwiches, cakes, scones and any of the 60 loose leaf teas.

£13.95 per person

3. Byfords

1-3 Shirehall Plain, Holt

Afternoon teas are a speciality at Byfords in the centre of Holt where you can build a selection to suit your tastes in the characterful restaurant, full of beams, nooks and crannies.

The scones are baked fresh every day, the cakes are handmade locally and the sandwiches are made to order ¬and you can add a glass of Champagne if you choose. Afternoon tea is served daily from 3pm to 5pm.

Classic £15.95 for one £29.95 for two; Champagne £21.95 for one £39.95 for two

4. Congham Hall Hotel

Grimston

This is a perfect place to sit and enjoy afternoon tea, perhaps after a walk around the herb garden and orchard, or on colder days in front of the roaring log fire.

There is a selection of freshly made sandwiches, homemade cakes, freshly baked scones with clotted cream and homemade jam, chocolate éclairs, mini tartlets and mini desserts, and if you are celebrating why not add a glass of champagne?

£20 per person; Champagne afternoon tea £30 (24 hours notice required)

5. The Cliff Hotel

Cliff Hill, Gorleston

Winner of the Norfolk’s Best Pub category in the EDP Norfolk Food & Drink Awards 2015, The Cliff Hotel offers a delicious High Tea Experience for that special occasion.

It includes a selection of Savoy sandwiches, homemade fruit scones with Devon clotted cream and Tiptree jam, plus fresh patisserie cakes.

£14 per person with tea or coffee, or £17

6. Folly Tearoom

Hoppers Yard, Bull Street, Holt

Afternoon tea at the Folly Tearoom in Holt is not to be missed. There are three variations to choose from - traditional, the Pink Folly and The Gentleman’s Folly; each one is three tiers of heaven!

The traditional features a selection of tempting sandwiches such as Cromer crab and roast venison, two scones with strawberry preserve and clotted cream along with miniature cakes and a tea or coffee served in vintage china. The Pink Folly comes with a glass of sparkling pink bubbles and The Gentleman’s Folly comes with a selection of savoury goodies instead of cakes.

Traditional and Gentlemans Folly are both £14.95 and the Pink Folly is £18.95

7. Heydon Village Tea Room

The Street, Heydon

Give 24 hours’ notice and you will be able to enjoy the full experience of a traditional afternoon tea in this quintessential tea room, where everything is homemade and hand decorated with love and pride on the premises using quality and where possible, locally sourced ingredients. In fact, we like it so much, it was our Best Afternoon Tea award winner at the EDP Norfolk Food & Drink Awards 2017.

The traditional afternoon tea includes pretty cakes, big fluffy scones with jam and cream and a selection of savoury sandwiches – add a glass of Champagne for a celebration!

8. Strattons Hotel

4 Ash Close, Swaffham

Strattons offers a delicious traditional afternoon tea in relaxed, comfy and funky surroundings - go alfresco in summer or by the fire in winter in the fabulous hotel lounges. The afternoon tea changes with the season, so look out for Mother’s Day, Easter and Wimbledon specials. At least 24 hours’ notice is required and everything is made on site.

Expect a three tiered stand packed with finger sandwiches, fruit scones with jam and cream and a selection of three different seasonally changing cakes. To accompany, add a cafetiere of coffee or tea.

Traditional £16.50 or with Prosecco £22 or with Champagne £27

9. The Norfolk Mead Hotel

Church Loke, Coltishall

The red brick-clad Norfolk Mead Hotel is a sight to behold upon arrival and the grandeur continues throughout the hotel. Traditional afternoon teas are available to be taken next to the roaring fire.

The treat is comprised of freshly made finger sandwiches, baked scones with Cornish clotted cream and Norfolk strawberry jam with a selection of cakes, all complemented with a tea or coffee.

Afternoon tea £16.50 with Champagne £30 (book 24 hours in advance)

10. Bank House Hotel

King’s Staithe Square, King’s Lynn

Housed in a Grade II* listed Georgian building on the Quay in King’s Lynn is the Bank House Hotel. Enjoy the elegant interiors and views out on King’s Staithe Square while you tuck into a traditional afternoon tea.

Make sure to check the “Tea of the Week” to be enjoyed alongside mini cakes and pastries, sandwiches and the all-important filled scones which are served warm.

Classic £15, with Champagne £22.50

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