Over the last few years we’ve worked tirelessly to try and find Berkshire’s best afternoon tea, all in the name of research of course… And with Mother’s Day just around the corner **Sunday 31 March, ahem** we thought now was the perfect time to share some of our faves with you. So here’s our handy guide to some of the best places to get afternoon tea in Berkshire.
**Some of these fab places are booking up fast, so you may need to be flexible on the date you book for. But hey, a card with the promise of an afternoon tea still floats my boat, and some things are worth waiting for**
The Vineyard, Stockcross, Newbury
The Vineyard at Stockcross offers an iconic and very British afternoon tea. Food is served on a statement wine box in elegant five star surroundings in Berkshire. You’ll be served delicately produced cakes, warm scones and finger sandwiches. Afternoon tea is served daily from 3.00 – 4.30pm and prices start from £31.50 per person. To have a look at their packages and book, click here. You can also purchase afternoon tea gift vouchers online.
Madame Posh, Windsor
Where else to take your mummy in a million this Mother’s Day but Madame Posh. The surroundings at Madame Posh are opulent and enchanting and the food impressive and affordable. Afternoon tea ranges from a yummy scone tea for £8.75 per person all the way to their Moet & Chandon Imperial Afternoon Tea at £44.95 per person. Based in the heart of Windsor on Peascod Street you could even combine it with a leisurely stroll around town, or even a spot of shopping. For more information, and to book, click here.
The Cantley House Hotel, Wokingham
This Mother’s Day why not treat the mum in your life to a special afternoon tea at The Cantley House Hotel in the award winning Milton’s Restaurant. This traditional tea includes a selection of sandwiches, homemade scones with jam and clotted cream, a selection of homemade cakes, shortbread and tea and coffee. Prices start at £24.50 a head (£12.50 for under 12’s), and the price includes a gift for every mum. Win, win! Available from 1.00pm. For more information, click here.
Coworth Park, Ascot
This Dorchester Collection hotel in idyllic Ascot is a big favourite at Little Ankle Biters HQ. Set in stunning grounds with beautiful walks, this hotel offers serenity and relaxation as well as top notch food and drink. This Mother’s Day you can treat your much-loved mum to their special Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea for £55/58 per person which includes a glass of champagne or a mocktail. Two sittings are available: 2.30 – 4.15pm and 4.45 – 6.30pm. For more information, click here.
Malmaison Reading, Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea
Why not spoil mum this Mother’s Day with a Champagne Afternoon Tea at Malmaison Reading. It’s a great excuse to indulge with a bewildering array of treats and a glass of champagne per person. Prices from £27.95 per person. For more information and to book, click here.
Christopher Wren Hotel, Windsor
The iconic Christopher Wren Hotel sits alongside the River Thames in the shadow of Windsor Castle, and offers an afternoon tea fit for royalty. Enjoy the custom of high tea in The Brasserie from 2.00pm and mums will receive a special gift too. Prices £29.50 per person. For more information, visit their site here.
Whittington’s Tea Barge, Reading
If you’re looking for a Mother’s Day treat with a difference then look no further than High Tea on Whittington’s Tea Barge in Reading. Enjoy sandwiches, scones with jam and lashings of clotted cream, a glass of bubbly and tea and coffee. Whittington’s Special Occasion Vintage Tea on this novel barge will set you back £19.00 per person (which includes a glass of bubbly), and will be a day you won’t forget in a hurry. You’ll need to book quickly though as places are limited. Click here to reserve your place now.
The Oakley Court, Windsor
**Now fully booked for Mother’s Day**
The Oakley Court is a quintessential country house set in stunning grounds on the outskirts of Windsor next to the Thames. If you fancy booking a mother’s day afternoon tea where you’ll be walking in the footsteps of many a movie star, then this is the place for you. Treat mum to tea served in The Drawing Room, afternoon tea with a glass of champagne is £45.00 per person with an extra little gift for mums on Sunday 31 March. Children’s afternoon tea is £15.00 per child under 10. Oakley Court also does a Gentleman’s Afternoon Tea. For more information, click here.
Donnington Valley, Newbury
Treat mum to a traditional afternoon tea at Donnington Valley in Newbury and enjoy a glass of Taittinger. This family owned hotel is set in stunning parkland not far from Newbury town centre but enjoying a peaceful and relaxed setting perfect for a lazy weekend. £22.50 per person. For more information, click here.
Fancy something a little further afield…
The Aviator, Farnborough, Hampshire
The Aviator is one of our favourite hotels outside of Berkshire. It’s trendy, with modern design and nestled on the perimeter of Farnborough Airfield – hotels don’t get much cooler. This Mother’s Day you can either opt for their traditional afternoon tea package across the weekend, or why not push the boat out for that special mum in your life and book their exclusive Nars cosmetics guest speaker event on Saturday 30 March (led by Anna Priadka) with a decadent champagne afternoon tea and an exclusive gift bag. Standard afternoon tea will run on Saturday and Sunday. Sound good? Click here for more information and to book. From £25.00 per person. This will book up quickly so don’t miss out.
Danesfield House, Marlow
This beautiful and elegant spa hotel in Buckinghamshire, does a fabulous afternoon tea (well tried and tested by us). As well as great food there are beautiful grounds (all 65 acres of them) to explore should you want to burn off some of those calories afterwards. Tea is £45 per person (includes a special treat for mums), children 5 and under are free and 6 – 12 years £22.50. From 3.30pm. For more information and to book, click here.
Afternoon Tea at Waddesdon Manor, Bucks
Make the most of Mothering Sunday with a day at Waddesdon Manor National Trust. You can enjoy the stunning grounds before taking mum for their Nyetimber Afternoon Tea in The Manor Restaurant. Expect lovely dainty cakes and pastries and a selection of savouries, as well as a dedicated afternoon tea menu for children. Adults are £27.00 per person and £15.50 per child. For more information, click here.
The Ivy Marlow Garden
Already the not-so-new kid on the block, The Ivy Marlow Garden is the perfect treat for mums. Say thank you with afternoon tea served 3.00 – 5.00pm daily. Cream tea starts at £8.75 per person and at the top end champagne afternoon tea is £27.50 per person. You may need to be flexible on dates due to the popularity of this restaurant, but hey, good things are worth waiting for. For more information and to book, click here.
Pennyhill Park, Surrey
This luxurious and decadent hotel and spa in Bagshot is the perfect place if you really want to treat your mum this Mother’s Day. Afternoon tea is served in The Library from 1.00 – 5.00pm on weekends. You may need to be flexible due to the popularity of tea at Pennyhill Park. Prices are from £40.00 per person. For more information, please click here.
We really hope you found this post useful. For other ideas on what’s on in Berkshire for families, click here.