Indulge in afternoon tea
Take a visit to one of our suggested top tea spots for a sumptious treat. Whether you're after a posh tea or something more informal, our handy guide below will help you find the best afternoon teas in Winchester.
Lainston House Hotel
A decadent, homemade afternoon tea for two (or more!) served on a tiered cake stand with a glamorous sense of tradition and occasion - true indulgence!
Lainston House Hotel is a member of the prestigious Tea Guild which is the ‘Michelin Star’ of the tea world and is a much sought after honour. And you will soon see why - finely cut sandwiches, freshly baked scones with jam, lemon curd and clotted cream, a range of delicate pastries and your choice of tea and coffee – an unforgettable afternoon spent in the tranquil ambience of this delightful 17th Century country house.
Afternoon Tea at Lainston is served in the stunning Drawing Room overlooking the beautiful gardens or (weather permitting) on the pretty terraces in glorious sunshine.
If you fancy an extra special tea-time treat, on Sundays guests will be treated to a Sunday Afternoon Tea Falconry Display from 3pm. Enjoy a great family day out and experience the wonders of falconry as you join Lainston's very own falconer, Billy Taylor on on a hawk walk around the beautiful gardens and learn more about these wonderful animals.
Serving times: from 2.30pm to 5.30pm, daily
Afternoon tea - £24.50 per person
Sparkling afternoon tea - £34.00 per person including a glass of Nyetimber Sparkling Wine
Nyetimber Rosé afternoon tea - £37.00 per person
To book any of the afternoon teas call Lainston House Hotel on (0)1962 776 088.
Address: Woodman Lane, Sparsholt, Winchester, Hampshire, SO21 2LT
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The Old Vine
Enjoy a scrumptious cream tea overlooking the cathedral green from a beautiful Grade II-listed inn in the heart of the city – two warm fluffy scones, Devonshire clotted cream and strawberry jam with freshly brewed coffee or a pot of tea for £4.50. Glasses of bubbly also available, from £4.50 – go on, treat yourself!
Please note only available during the summer months from 3pm until 6pm. Bookings not necessary.
Address: The Old Vine, 8 Great Minster Street, Winchester, Hampshire, SO23 9HA
Call: 01962 854 616 or email
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Tiffin Tea Rooms
Tiffin Tea Rooms invites you to experience a traditional afternoon tea. You will have a selection of sandwiches to choose from, a cream tea and a piece of cake together with a choice of loose teas all served on a three tier cake stand and tea is served in a bone china cup.
Cost: £9.95 per person (minimum of two people)
Address: 50 West Street, Alresford, SO24 9AU
Tel: 01962 734 394
Tiffin Tea Rooms is located in the handsome Georgian town of Alresford - so why not walk off that cream tea and explore it for yourself - click here to find out more and download our Alresford pocket guide.
Mercure Winchester Wessex Hotel
Sit back, relax and enjoy afternoon tea with unrivalled views of the famous Winchester Cathedral.
To book call: (0)1962 861 611
Address: Paternoster Row, Winchester, SO23 9LQ
Visit the Mercure Winchester Wessex Hotel website
Morn Hill Brasserie
Traditional Afternoon Tea - £12.95 per person
Experience dining in a contemporary and relaxed environment at the Holiday Inn, Winchester in the award winning Morn Hill Brasserie.
Afternoon Tea includes a selection of finger sandwiches, baked fruit scones with clotted cream and jam preserves. Patisserie Selection of the day and a choice of traditional teas of ground coffee.
Call: 0871 942 9188
Address: Telegraph Way, Morn Hill, Winchester SO21 1HZ
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Norton Park Afternoon Tea
The “Q”uintessentially English tradition - Norton Park wish to preserve the English peculiarity that can only be enhanced with a glass of Champagne. Whichever way you wish to enjoy this unique afternoon feast, it is Norton Park's pleasure to serve.
Available 12 noon until 5.00pm
Hot Scone Tea - £12.50 per serving
Choose from a selection of blended or speciality teas or freshly ground coffee plus two Hot Fruit Scones served with butter, strawberry preserve and clotted cream.
Norton Park Afternoon Tea - £19.95 per serving
Choose from a selection of blended or speciality teas or freshly ground coffee plus hot fruit scones served with butter, strawberry preserve and clotted cream, fruit cake, a choice of pastries, warm savoury tart and a selection of finger sandwiches:
Smoked salmon, cream cheese and cucumber
Smoked Applewood Cheddar and sweet chutney
Ham and grain mustard
Add a glass of Champagne for just £ 7.20
To book, please call 01962 763 000
Address: Norton Park Hotel, Sutton Scotney, Winchester SO21 3ND
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Come to the Watercress Line for some steaming hot tea!
Why not come to the Mid Hants Railway and visit the ‘West Country Buffet’ on the platform at Alresford? Sample a tasty range of homemade cakes or treat yourself to a fresh cream tea whilst sitting at the Watercress Line's delightful station soaking in the atmosphere, listening to the soothing sounds of the steam engines and the beat of the exhaust which can be heard over the clickety clack of the train passing over the rails!
For more information including teh Watercress Line's service timetable/special events please see the Watercress Line website.
Address: The Railway Station, Station Road, Alresford, Hampshire SO24 9JG
The Cathedral Refectory
The Cathedral Refectory is one of Winchester’s hidden gems, sheltered behind an ancient flint wall opposite the Cathedral. Its award-winning contemporary design, large terrace with Cathedral views and pretty walled garden make it a great place to meet friends for a coffee, lunch or a Hampshire cream tea.
Address: Winchester Cathedral Visitors' Centre, Winchester, SO23 9LS
Visit The Cathedral Refectory website or call 01962 857 258.
Avington Park Tea Bar
Avington Park tea bar is open to coincide with the opening of the house for guided tours. It is a listed grade 1 stately home set in marvellous parkland with wonderful views. Cream teas and tea and great home made cakes are sold in the tea bar by the Orangerie every Sunday from 2.30 until 5.30 until the end of September and also Mondays in August. No booking is necessary, but do contact Avington Park on 01962 779 260 or email@example.com
"There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea." Henry James, The Portrait of a Lady
At Marwell Hotel, the team couldn’t agree more with the sentiments of Henry James. For Marwell Hotel, afternoon tea is a true delight and the hotel welcomes you to come and celebrate this wonderful British tradition.
Whittle away a lazy afternoon in the sun, relishing the ceremony of afternoon tea whilst soaking up the soothing atmosphere of Marwell Hotel's woodland surroundings and birdsong - you may even hear a tiger’s roar from Marwell Wildlife next door!
Or perhaps you’d rather enjoy your tea indoors in a relaxing environment where you can chat with friends and spend the afternoon at ease. Please feel free to contact the hotel to discuss your requirements and tailor your menu.
Bookings are essential. Please phone Marwell Hotel on 01962 777 681 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
"Never trust a man who, when left alone in a room with a tea cozy, doesn't try it on." Billy Connolly.
Enjoy a delicious cream tea at Café Peninsula, located in the historic Peninsula Barracks in the visitors' centre of Winchester's Military Museums.
A freshly baked fruit scone is served with Devonshire clotted cream, a choice of locally made conserves and an option of finest world class loose leaf Char teas or freshly ground coffee.
Cost: £4.95 per person
Address: Peninsula Barracks, Romsey Road, Winchester SO22 5BY
Tel: 07968 223 216
Visit the Cafe Peninsula website for more information.