We love a trip to York. It’s a city like no other with its cobbled streets and old-fashioned feel. You can have fun just getting lost in its labrinth of streets, or walking by the beautiful river banks. As well as the views, a day trip to York wouldn’t be complete without a refreshing Afternoon Tea, and we’ve picked out some of the best Afternoon Tea in York to enjoy on a visit. From exciting trips on a boat to a chocolate experience – there is a little something for everyone.
1. Impossible Wonderbar & Tea Rooms
Found in St Helen’s Square, a new addition to York’s restaurant scene they serve up an afternoon tea with a difference. You can enjoy a range of sandwiches, pastries, scones and desserts as well as a pot of tea for just £19.95. Or, if you fancy some bubbles you can upgrade to prosecco for just £24.95 or champagne for £27.95. The afternoon tea comes with an Impossible’s twist, which can be anything from a Yorkshire pud and more.
2. Bettys Café Tea Rooms
Betty’s is an old-hand in York and for years the saying has been that no trip to York is complete without a visit to Betty’s Tea Room. And, that is true. They offer up a range of their famous afternoon tea options. From a standard Afternoon Tea where you don’t need to book, to a specially devised menu and an immaculate table service through the Bookable Afternoon Tea. It’s priced at £19.95 for the standard with the option of prosecco at £24.95 or with pink champagne at £27.95.
3. The Ivy
You can have a choice of three types of Afternoon Tea at the Ivy in St Helen’s Square. There is the option for Cream Tea, which is freshly baked scones, clotted cream and strawberry preserve with a choice of tea and coffee for £7.95. They do a Summer Garden’s Afternoon Tea, which includes a selection of sandwiches with luxury fillings and a range of desserts with tea or coffee for £24.95. And the Champagne Afternoon Tea is an upgrade to the Summer Gardens with a glass of champers for £33.95.
4. The Grand
Located next to York Station, The Grand is a beautiful hotel and their luxurious Afternoon Tea is well thought out from the elaborate tower of treats to the presentation on a silver stand. The Rise at the Grand offers a contemporary take on an Afternoon Tea that includes the option for champagne, prosecco and gin & tonics upgrades. All items on the menu are created to indulge your tastebuds in some naughty treats. Prices start at £29.95 for the standard option with the Champagne option being the most expensive at £39.95.
5. York Cocoa House
Something a little different, this ‘Chocolatada’ is an Afternoon Tea for those with a sweet tooth. You can nibble on a combination of savoury and sweet chocolate dishes along with York Cocoa House Hot Chocolate and Yorkshire Tea and Coffee are available too. Prices start from £13.50 for this unique experience.
6. The Earl Grey Tea Rooms
Found on the famous Shambles street in York city centre, this uniquely located tea room offers something a little different to your average Afternoon Tea. The cosy spot is easy on the wallet as well, with an Afternoon Tea costing only £15 per person and includes a pot of tea, homemade scones with clotted cream and jam and a range of desserts.
7. York Afternoon Tea Cruise
Enjoy an informative cruise that gives a live commentary whilst you enjoy an Afternoon Tea with a difference. Whilst you sail along you’ll be served homemade sandwiches, pastries, fruit scones with preserve and clotted cream as well as finger-sized desserts. This is all served with freshly brewed tea and coffee. You have 90 minutes on the cruise from King’s Staith Landing down the River Ouse. Adult tickets are around £28 and children are £20 with children under three riding for free.