16 Of The Most Christmassy Afternoon Teas To Try In Yorkshire

16 Of The Most Christmassy Afternoon Teas To Try In Yorkshire

It’s *almost* the most wonderful time of the year, and we’re so ready to indulge ourselves in all things festive. After all, we only get the chance to once a year. From mince pies to all things chocolate orange and even sandwiches lathered in stuffing, we will literally scoff it all – which is exactly why we were pretty chuffed when we realised Christmas afternoon tea was an actual thing.

Yep, you read that right. Tiers and tiers of delicious festive treats, all served up on a cake stand just for you. So, without further ado, here’s the best places in Yorkshire to experience just that.

1. The Highfield House, Driffield

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A stunning Grade II country home in the East Yorkshire market town of Driffield, The Highfield House is an extra special place to visit at Christmas – not only because it’s absolutely stunning, but also because it’s open only for exclusive events.

Operating on a ticketed basis, only those in the know get to benefit from this stunning venue, with tons of lovely festive events planned for 2021 – including a Christmas Afternoon Tea.

This Christmas, enjoy a champagne afternoon tea with all the festive trimmings, including sandwiches, cakes and scones with a Christmas twist – as well as extras at the Library Bar such as mulled wine and delicious cocktails. Book here.

The Highfield House, Windmill Hill, Driffield, YO25 5YP.

2. The Grand, York

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Located in historic York, The Grand is the perfect spot to experience a Christmas afternoon tea in Yorkshire, just a stone’s throw away from the wholesome Christmas Markets that take place every year in the centre.

Launching a festive edition of their beloved afternoon tea this November 18th, guests will be able to enjoy delectable treats such as pork and cranberry sausage rolls, mince pies, Amaretto tarts and more, with each item featuring a Christmassy twist.

Opt for a regular afternoon tea, champagne, sparkling wine or Hendricks gin, with a little something for everyone (even the kids!) to enjoy this year. Find out more here.

The Grand, Station Rise, York, YO1 6GD.

3. Swinton Estate, Ripon

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Swinton Estate is undoubtedly one of Yorkshire’s most treasured venues, with grandeur by the bucket load across the entire estate.

Celebrating Christmas in style, Swinton Park Hotel’s restaurant will be serving up a special festive-themed afternoon tea – with tons of themed treats to try out.

From hand-crafted cakes to perfectly presented finger sandwiches, there’s plenty of both savoury and sweet bites to enjoy, alongside glasses of fizz and a non-alcoholic option for children, too. Find out more.

Swinton Estate, 10 Swinton Rd, Swinton, Ripon, HG4 4JH.

4. Harewood House, Leeds

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The spectacular Harewood House needs no introduction by any means, but at Christmas, it truly comes alive. Boasting its now-famous book tree among other quirky and beautiful decorations, the fantastic estate goes all out for the festive season, and this year – that includes an afternoon tea.

Taking place within the Terrace Tearoom, visitors will be able to enjoy seasonal sweets, pastries, cakes, alongside warming hot drinks and more special treats.

The special afternoon tea will be accompanied by a ton of other festive events, from festive gift fairs to stunning winter strolls. Find out more here.

Harewood House, Harewood, Leeds, LS17 9LG.

5. Carlton Towers

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Hidden gem Carlton Towers can be found tucked away on the outskirts of Goole, standing tall amongst the surrounding East Yorkshire countryside with its striking tower and regal architecture.

Continuing the spectacle inside, guests can become enamoured with festive interiors, before settling down with an afternoon tea consisting of Christmas-themed sandwiches, scones, homemade cakes, pastries, champagne and more goodies.

The lovely occasion will take place on a limited number of dates, and you can find out more here.

Carlton Towers, High St, Carlton, Goole, DN14 9LZ.

6. Browns Brasserie, Leeds

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Leeds’ Browns Brasserie prides itself on its ambience, which is only amplified at Christmastime. Served alongside a selection of fantastic Christmas menus, guests can tuck into a festive afternoon tea with champagne or Prosecco, complete with scones, mince pies, mini cakes, sandwiches and more.

Covering all the bases, the afternoon tea is perfect for catching up with friends, with a great selection of sweet treats included. Check out the menu here.

Browns Brasserie, The Light, Unit H28, 70-72 The Headrow, Leeds, LS1 8EQ.

7. Grantley Hall, Ripon

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The spectacular Grantley Hall, found on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales, is set to serve up a storm this Christmas.

Taking place within their delightfully festive venue, guests will be able to enjoy the Hall’s classic afternoon tea, which includes an array of savoury items, pastries and scones – served alongside a massive selection of teas – ranging from your traditional English breakfast to the fruitier, herbal varieties.

For those who fancy something a little more special, guest can upgrade to champagne, which goes down a treat with their luxury sandwiches and exceptional desserts. Check out the menu here.

Grantley Hall, Grantley Hall, Ripon, HG4 3ET.

8. Beverley Arms, Beverley

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A lovely local hotel found in East Yorkshire gem Beverley, The Beverley Arms is set to host a wonderful festive afternoon tea, with a great selection in store for guests to enjoy.

Including an array of mini sandwiches with festive fillings, guests can fill up on both savoury and sweet treats, as well as scones, Christmas cake, mince pies, sherry trifle and more.

The perfect way to get into the Christmas spirit, the wonderful meal will be served throughout the entire festive season, with Prosecco available as an upgrade for those who prefer a boozier occasion. Find out more.

The Beverley Arms, 25 N Bar Within, Beverley, HU17 8DD.

9. Bettys, Harrogate

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When it comes to afternoon tea, Bettys, undeniably, reigns supreme. Mixing things up a little for the Christmas season, guests can dig into the beloved afternoon tea with a festive twist – adding the likes of mince pies and festive teatime treats into the mix.

Wash it down with their classic menu of hot drinks, or celebrate in style with a choice of pink champagne or Prosecco.

Bettys, 1 Parliament St, Harrogate, HG1 2QU.

10. Malmaison, Leeds

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While the upmarket Malmaison offers afternoon tea all year round, at Christmas, it’s extra special.

Paired with a choice of cocktails or champagne, guests will be able to relax with numerous tiers of tasty treats – given a little festive sparkle especially for Christmas. From mince pies to mini cakes, there’s plenty to indulge in, alongside plenty of Prosecco to help make it special.

Available from 24th November right through til 30th December, guests can find out more or book a table here.

Malmaison, 1 Swinegate, Leeds, LS1 4AG.

11. Whitley Hall, Sheffield

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Sitting on the outskirts of Sheffield in the South Yorkshire countryside, Whitley Hall looks lovely at Christmastime, with its traditional interiors amplified by glittering fairy lights.

Soak up the cosy atmosphere by the log fire or dig into the festive afternoon tea, which boasts a huge array of mini sandwiches and sweets to enjoy. Fitting with the festive theme, guests can tuck into roast turkey wraps, seasonal mini quiches, tasty mince pies, Baileys brownies, traditional scones and warming hot drinks.

In addition to teas and coffees, guests can upgrade to mulled wine or Prosecco, adding an extra layer of festive cheer to the occasion. Find out more.

Whitley Hall, Elliott Ln, Grenoside, Sheffield, S35 8NR.

12. The Clevedon at Ben Rhydding, Ilkley

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Set in the heather-clad West Yorkshire countryside, The Clevedon is wonderfully cosy and British, thanks to its modern interiors that are amplified every year by stunning Christmas decoration.

Hosting a festive afternoon tea every day of the week over the festive season, The Clevedon will be serving a delicious menu of mini treats, boasting festive flavours especially for the occasion.

From roast turkey and stuffing sandwiches to tasty Christmas cake, there’ll be plenty to try, with teas and Prosecco on offer to wash it all down with. Find out more.

Clevedon House, Ben Rhydding Dr, Ilkley, LS29 8AQ.

13. Burton Constable Hall

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One of our favourite family-friendly spots all year round, Burton Constable Hall is set to host a lovely array of festivities this Christmas – with plenty to see across the grounds, whatever your age.

Taking place in The Stables Kitchen this winter, guests will be able to enjoy a Christmas-themed afternoon tea, including classic sandwiches, tasty pigs in blankets, classic scones, and treats shaped like Christmas puddings and snowmen – perfect for the kids. Keep your eyes peeled for what’s on here.

The Stables Kitchen, Burton Constable Hall, Skirlaugh, East Yorkshire, HU11 4LN.

14. Dakota, Leeds

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Dakota Hotels are always a real treat, but at Christmastime, they’re extra special.

Twinkling with festive lights and Christmas spirit, the Leeds venue will be transforming for our first proper festive period after the pandemic, with stylish interiors, plenty of fizz, and, of course, afternoon tea.

By day, guests can expect a lavish afternoon tea with plenty of delicately crafted goodies – many of which look exceptionally Christmassy – alongside tea, fizz or cocktails for those looking to celebrate further. Keep your eyes peeled for Dakota’s Christmas plans here.

Dakota, 8 Russell St, Leeds, LS1 5RN.

15. Marco Pierre White, Hull

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Marco Pierre White’s glamorous steakhouse in Hull is the perfect place to wind down with a fancy afternoon tea, with not only elegant decor, but beautiful cakes to accompany.

Combining finger sandwiches and scones with tasty cakes and sweet treats, guests are invited to catch up in one of the city’s finest restaurants, alongside a selection of tea, Prosecco or champagne for those looking for an extra bit of Christmas sparkle. Find out more here.

Marco Pierre White Steakhouse, Ferensway, Hull, HU2 8NH.

16. Tickton Grange, Beverley

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Known as one of the best places for afternoon tea in the area, Tickton Grange Hotel offers a lovely selection for those with a sweet tooth, with plenty of tasty treats to share between friends.

Set within a stunning Georgian grange, guests can expect cosy English decor, with every item served in fine bone china. Couldn’t get any more classic than that.

Opting for more traditional options, guests are treated to a wide array of delectable goodies on their tiers, with festive flavours such as cinnamon, spices and citrus zests shining through.

To accompany, guests can enjoy fizz, Prosecco and G&T, with festive afternoon tea kicking off from December 1-31st.

Tickton Grange Hotel, Main St, Beverley, HU17 9SH.

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