Leicester and Leicestershire have some amazing tearooms, cafes, restaurants and hotels offering traditional, alternative and luxury afternoon teas to make the perfect treat for your Mum on the 19 March.

Afternoon tea is a uniquely British tradition it was invented right here in Leicestershire, at Belvoir Castle in fact! Anna Russell, Duchess of Bedford was visiting the 5th Duke of Rutland at Belvoir Castle in the mid-1840s when she decided the wait until supper was simply too long! And you can relive that historic moment in the recently refurbished Regency-style tearoom, The Aviary, and indulge in delicious traditional sandwiches, scones and cakes.

In the heart of Leicester itself the Knight and Garter brings a little bit of Leicestershire to a city dining experience. Using local produce, and with a selection of over 10 large leaf traditional and creative teas, alcoholic and non-alcoholic sparkling tea, enjoy a selection of sweets and savouries with an original twist. The unique offerings include Red Leicester sausage rolls, beetroot and mascarpone profiteroles and passionfruit cheesecake lollies.

Leicestershire is also the birthplace of veganism and if you’re looking for a meat and dairy free alternative, Prana Café offers 100% vegan and gluten-free afternoon teas. Housed in a stunning Grade II listed building, you can indulge in vegan scones, sandwiches and sweets made using local and organic produce.

The City Rooms is one of Leicester’s most historic hotels and it offers something a little different with an Indian Afternoon Tea, a putting a uniquely Leicesterian twist on a classic British tradition. Hosted in the ballroom of one of a building which dates back to 1792, you will be treated to a selection of authentic sweet and savoury treats from the sub-continent.

With our large Asian population, Indian afternoon tea is of course a specialty in Leicester. Bobby’s restaurant has been a city favourite since the 1970s when people fleeing the cruel regime of Idi Amin settled in and around Melton Road. The Golden Mile gives you a little taste of India, and Bobby’s now offers afternoon tea as an authentic, pure vegetarian Gujarati dining experience.

This tradition goes back more than one hundred years, and you can choose a café which has been around nearly as long as afternoon tea itself. Mrs Bridges Tearoom on Loseby Lane has been serving the people of Leicester for a century, and at £9.50 it’s the perfect option for a very reasonably priced afternoon tea. The tearoom is open for breakfast, lunch and of course afternoon tea.

Right in the heart of Leicester’s trendy Clarendon Park, the Skylark Bakery offers freshly baked treats. So sit back and sip loose leaf tea from vintage china teacups and select delicious treats including fresh, fluffy scones, daintily cut sandwiches and delicious cakes and treats. A takeaway option is also available.

Away from the city, why not take tea on the farm? Cattow’s Farm offers stunning views of the Leicestershire countryside to accompany your afternoon tea. It hosts events throughout the year, from the summer corn maze to pumpkin picking in the autumn and the farm shop is famed across the county for its home grown and local products.

Stapleford Park country house restaurant and bar serves up exceptional afternoon tea in luxury surroundings. Enjoy dainty French pastries and finger sandwiches, accompanied by an award-winning tea selection or champagne, under the glistening chandeliers of its sumptuous drawing room.

For the ultimate treat, Kilworth House offers a few hours of luxury in the magnificent Kilworth Orangery. Afternoon Tea has been served in the Orangery for more than 100 years! Their classic afternoon tea includes delicate pastries and sandwiches, and mouthwatering sweet treats.

To conclude, why not try the best afternoon tea in Leicestershire (as chosen by the Leicestershire Tourism Awards). Located in the middle of Braunstone Park, Winstanley House is a former school, manor house and also ties into the story of Leicester’s inspiration for Sherlock Holmes. Their Black Iron restaurant also offers some of the best loose tea in the country to accompany its indulgent range of afternoon teas. From traditional to gluten free and vegan.




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