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Here are some of the best places for afternoon tea in Surrey

PUBLISHED: 15:45 12 March 2018 | UPDATED: 15:45 12 March 2018

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Whether you prefer jam or cream on top, or Prosecco to English breakfast tea – we’ve found 16 of the best afternoon teas in Surrey for you to indulge in

1. The Pickled Pantry, Surbiton

The Pickled Pantry is a unique independent café with a welcoming, professional service and a wide, varied menu. Cream tea includes a plain scone with clotted cream and raspberry jam, with a choice of coffee or tea.

The supper clubs, comedy wine nights and life-drawing classes make this a true community café.

 

2. Sweet Passion Cakes, West Byfleet

A wonderful continental patisserie packed with exquisite pastries, worth travelling to for a special occasion or monthly afternoon delight.

Afternoon tea can be enjoyed once a month (please check the website for details) and the cream tea menu is served on a three tier cake stand and includes a mouth-watering range of finger sandwiches, quiches, cakes and scones. It is served with a pot of Tregothnan tea.

 

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3. Foxhills, Ottershaw

Foxhills has welcomed guests for 40 years and afternoon tea there is more popular now than ever.

Priced at £22.95 for traditional afternoon tea, or £32.95 for Champagne afternoon tea, diners can enjoy a sweet selection of sultana scones, cakes, macarons and more – all prepared by the executive chef.

 

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4. Lamingtons, Bletchingley

Lamingtons is a lovely tea room to escape to with an excellent selection of home-made cakes and light lunches. Inside, the traditional décor complete with fairy lights and lots of shabby chic knick-knacks makes this a quintessential English teatime experience to enjoy.

 

 

5. The Wisteria Tea Room, Loseley Park, Guildford

Wisteria Tea Room can be found on the Mulberry Tea Lawn at Loseley Park. Traditional cream tea is £7.50 and includes two fruit scones with jam, clotted cream and tea for one.

For those who want the works, the afternoon tea menu comes with sandwiches, a selection of cakes, scones, jam and cream, at £14.25. Champagne afternoon tea costs £28.50.

 

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6. The French Tarte, Surbiton

Offering a taste of Parisian patisserie, The French Tarte in Surbiton puts on one of the best afternoon teas in Surrey. Available every afternoon 1-3pm, the afternoon tea consists of miniature patisseries, sandwiches and homemade scones complete with tea by Chateau Rouge for £16.50.

If you’re feeling particularly luxurious, indulge in afternoon tea with Champagne for an extra £8 per person.

 

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7. Maddalenas, Cranleigh

Located in the heart of Cranleigh, Maddalenas is a new family-owned tea room offering a traditional café experience with an Italian twist. This family-run business is a welcome addition to Cranleigh High Street where great care has been taken over the refined décor, friendly ambience, and a menu offering delightful cakes and savouries.

Maddalenas Speciality Afternoon Tea is served with warm crumpets, cheese on toast, freshly made sandwiches, scones, homemade cakes and a selection of Twining’s tea (just make sure you’re wearing your stretchy trousers!).

 

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8. Mila, Godalming

Steve and Jane Shorney opened the Mila café and yoga studio in Godalming in 2011. They have transformed the Angel Court property, a former nightclub, into a relaxing place to nourish the body and soul.

In the café, the décor is a mix of recycled furniture, eBay finds, old chapel chairs and others made by local craftsmen. The café is normally furnished with art and about three times a year local artists exhibit their work.

 

9. Ewell Court Tea Rooms, Ewell

Ewell Court has a delightful country-style tea room hidden just off a residential road. This charming café is in a restored greenhouse on the terrace of Ewell Court and it is the perfect place for a spot of afternoon tea.

The tables in the tea room are decorated with pretty floral pink tablecloths and garden utensils adorn the red bricked walls inside. On the menu you’ll find a selection of cakes, finger sandwiches and teas.

 

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10. The Kiln Cafe, Grayshott

Makers of English stoneware since 1956, Grayshott Pottery near Hindhead is also home to The Kiln Café. All the food is served on the Soho range of tableware made at the pottery and there are fresh flowers on each table as well as a range of fired pottery and gifts on display.

In addition to the scones, favourite cakes at the café are the classics: carrot, and coffee and walnut. Some of the cakes are also sourced from local Godalming family business, Crosbies. Enjoy with a hot cup of tea before taking a tour around the pottery.

 

11. The Mandolay, Guildford

At The Mandolay, you can expect relaxed elegant surroundings, attentive service and an indulgent afternoon tea.

For just £24, diners can enjoy The Mandolay Classic Afternoon Tea with bottomless Prosecco, finger sandwiches on Artisan breads and plenty of indulgence cakes and pastries. The home-made mixed berry jam on warm scones with Cornish clotted cream is a particular highlight.

 

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12. The Speckledy Hen in Shamley Green

The Speckledy Hen has a welcoming, community feel and the owners have taken great care in producing an enticing menu for snacks, lunches and afternoon tea. In the spring and summer, Shamley Green is one of those quintessential English villages worth exploring before or after a visit to The Speckledy Hen.

Afternoon tea is served from 2pm and it arrives on vintage china. It is priced at £20 per person, or £28 with a bottle of Prosecco. Reservations must be made in advance as everything is made freshly to order – ensuring a truly extravagant experience.

 

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13. The Dabbling Duck, Shere

Owners of The Speckledy Hen in Shamley Green had such a great response that they entered the bidding process to take on the lease at the former tea shop in Shere – and won. The Dabbling Duck opened in March 2013 and they haven’t looked back since.

The style at The Dabbling Duck is rustic shabby chic with the furniture collected from various antique fairs. All of the food is home-made on the premises using high quality products that are locally sourced wherever possible. Prices for the afternoon tea mirror those on the menu at The Speckledy Hen.

 

14. The Tea Terrace, Guildford

The Tea Terrace is found at the top of one of the most popular shops in Guildford and yet remains something of a hidden gem. It’s often described by its customers as something out of Alice in Wonderland. Expect fancy seating, floral cups and saucers and a whimsical atmosphere.

There are four options for afternoon tea on the menu; Traditional, Indulgence, Celebration and gluten-free. All four options are served on a three-tier cake stand with sandwiches at the bottom, then buttery scones and Artisan cakes on top.

 

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15. Langshott Manor, Horley

Langshott Manor is a charming, historic venue for a special afternoon tea, with the manor house at the heart of the estate a romantic setting, timber-framed with Tudor origins.

Afternoon tea is homemade at the manor by in-house pastry chefs. An indulgent display of baked goods awaits you. Think freshly made sandwiches and scones smothered in clotted cream with fruit jam. Tea is served daily 1-5pm. In the summer, enjoy cream tea on the terrace.

 

16. The Sheep Shed at Botley Farm, Warlingham

Botley Hill Farmhouse is famed for its romantic setting and good pub grub but did you know it also has a quirky little tea room called the Sheep Shed, where you can get scrumptious afternoon and cream teas to refuel after a trek in the countryside. 

The Sheep Shed is open 10.30 - 4pm Monday and Tuesday, 9.30am - 4pm Wednesday to Saturday, and 11am - 4pm on Sundays.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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