Afternoon Tea in Hertfordshire: a complete guide

Afternoon tea

I’ll admit now that I haven’t eaten my way through every afternoon tea in Hertfordshire – there’s only so far I’m able to go in the name of research. But it has been really enjoyable researching this post – learning about so many brilliant local Hertfordshire businesses, and I’m looking forward to doing a bit more hands-on research in the near future. If you have eaten at any of these Hertfordshire tea rooms, hotels or restaurants, do get in touch and let me know what you thought of them.

Afternoon tea is said to date from the mid-19th century when the then Duchess of Bedford decided she needed a little something to tide her over until dinnertime. Nowadays, afternoon teas are so generous that you can skip dinner altogether. And it’s not just country house hotels serving this quintessential English meal – you can enjoy a pretty good selection of dainty sandwiches and cakes in your high street café or even in your local garden centre.

I’ve discovered that very few establishments today dare to deviate from the traditional sandwich fillings. Almost every Hertfordshire afternoon tea I checked seems to have smoked salmon on its menu. But there’s a few brave destinations who are pushing the boundaries of what we might expect in our sarnies. The range of acceptable drinks has moved with the time though – coffee is becoming increasingly common as an alternative to tea and the option of a glass of bubbly can be exchanged for a gin and tonic or a craft beer in a lot of venues. Some Hertfordshire afternoon tea venues without a licence are happy for customers to bring their own alcohol in exchange for a corkage charge – check when you book.

Many of the places I have detailed below will also offer an outdoor afternoon tea in Hertfordshire – with tea taken either in the garden or on a terrace – I’ve mentioned which venues have an outside dining space. These local Hertfordshire businesses have adapted incredibly well in the face of the pandemic – juggling ever-changing rules, staff shortages and supplier issues. So if you’re unsure about going out for a Hertfordshire afternoon tea, do call to check if you can book a takeaway.

So, whether you’re after a luxury afternoon tea in Hertfordshire or you’re looking for a top-notch Hertfordshire vintage tea room, I think I’ve got most options covered here. If you’re looking for the best afternoon tea in Hertfordshire for families, I have detailed below which locations have a specific children’s menu. Most venues can accommodate special dietary requirements with a bit of notice – some of the places listed below have a specific vegan or gluten-free menu.

Please do call ahead to book – some venues hold afternoon tea as a special event from time to time while others have it as a standard feature on their menu. If you’re keen to dine outdoors, I’ve detailed which places have seating outside.

Prices change so I’ve given an indication of whether you’re looking at a budget-friendly afternoon tea – which is denoted with one “£”, mid-priced “££” or the full on luxury option which is represented with “£££”.

Afternoon tea in Baldock

Tea at Tapps

Tea at Tapps is part of the Tapps family-run garden centre on the edge of Baldock. This is a good value destination for afternoon tea in Hertfordshire, and while the garden centre does not have a licence to serve alcohol they are happy for visitors to bring their own if you fancy a glass of bubbly with your tea and cake.

  • Garden centre tea room
  • Located on the edge of Baldock
  • No licence but you are welcome to bring your own bubbly
  • £

Find out more about afternoon tea at Tea at Tapps

Afternoon tea in Barnet

West Lodge Park

This family-run hotel just outside north London is set in spacious grounds – there are several walks to enjoy pre- or post-tea including an arboretum to explore (guided tours can be arranged). Produce is locally sourced where possible and there’s a good range of teas to choose from.

  • Traditional country house hotel in 35 acres of grounds
  • Located on the outskirts of London
  • Vegan and children’s menus available
  • Option to pay extra for bubbly
  • £££
  • Outdoor seating available

Find out more about afternoon tea at West Lodge Park

Afternoon tea in Berkhamsted

Little Heath Tea Room

This attractive tea room is located in the Little Heath Farm Nursery midway between Berkhamsted and Hemel Hempstead. The tea room has a vintage feel and is surrounded by pretty plants and flowers. It’s in a good area for walking – on the edge of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. There’s a choice of seating – either in the characterful tea room itself or outside on the terrace amid the flowers.

  • Characterful tea room based in a nursery
  • Rural location next to a National Trust Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
  • Outdoor seating available in the attractive garden
  • £

Find out more about afternoon tea at Little Heath Tea Room

Blossom and Wild

Traditional cake stand at Blossom and Wild Hertfordshire
Blossom and Wild

This high street tea room offers a proper afternoon tea experience in a rather lovely setting. There’s a variety of options if you’d like to add some alcohol to your experience ranging from Prosecco to lager and there are menus for vegans and children too. Everything – décor, crockery and cakes – looks very beautiful and carefully crafted.

  • Contemporary tea room
  • Located in Berkhamsted town centre
  • Small amount of outdoor seating available on the high street
  • Option to pay extra for bubbly
  • £££

Find out more about afternoon tea at Blossom and Wild

Ashridge House

This is a real all singing and dancing destination for a proper traditional afternoon tea experience. There are occasions when visitors can take a tour of the house prior to the tea, otherwise the vast grounds are available to stroll around. Tea is served in one of the heritage rooms so you’re in characterful surroundings.

  • Traditional afternoon tea on a country estate
  • Rural setting
  • Option to pay extra for bubbly
  • £££

Find out more about afternoon tea at Ashridge House

Black Goo at Home and Colonial

In its own words “bringing a taste of London café society to Tring, Berkhamsted and Thame”, this small chain of trendy cafes hopefully won’t alienate any locals with its whiff of London snobbery. Anyway, most of the cakes are described as homemade, the price is reasonable and the décor looks good so I’d be willing to give one of these cafes the benefit of the doubt. Black Goo in Berkhamsted is on the top floor of the antiques and interiors shop Home and Colonial.

  • Contemporary café
  • Located in Berkhamsted town centre
  • Option to pay extra for bubbly
  • Small amount of outdoor seating on the High Street
  • ££-£££

Find out more about afternoon tea at Black Goo at Home and Colonial

Afternoon tea in Bishop’s Stortford

Rosey Lea Café and Tea Rooms

There are now two Rosey Lea venues in which to enjoy afternoon tea – the Market Square in the centre of Bishop’s Stortford and at Wickham Hall just north of the town centre. Whichever option you choose, you can expect a traditional experience.

  • Traditional tea room
  • Located in Bishop’s Stortford town centre and at Wickham Hall business park
  • Option to pay extra for bubbly
  • Outdoor seating available
  • £

Find out more about afternoon tea at Rosey Lea Café and Tea Rooms

South Street Pantry

This attractive high street café offers a good value afternoon tea. Customers can choose a slice of cake from the counter so you’re not stuck with a completely set menu. There’s plenty of outdoor seating in the pretty garden.

  • Traditional tea room
  • Located in Bishops Stortford town centre
  • Option to pay extra for bubbly
  • Outdoor seating available
  • £-££

Find out more about afternoon tea at South Street Pantry

Afternoon tea in Broxbourne

The Lady of Lee Valley River Cruise

For something a bit different – try high tea on a two hour boat trip on the River Lee. I love the slow pace of river cruises so combining this with tea and cake is really appealing (do I sound like an old lady?). Anyway, it looks like a pretty good offering with the option of including a glass of Prosecco.

  • Afternoon tea on board a river boat
  • Option to pay extra for bubbly
  • £-££ (when you factor in the cost of the boat trip)

Find out more about afternoon tea on the Lady of Lee Valley River Cruise

Afternoon tea in Buntingford

Westmill Tea Room

I love the look of this little vintage tea room. It overlooks the green in the tiny village of Westmill (also home to a very good pub) in a really lovely part of Hertfordshire – there are some good walks in the area. The tea room has an attractive little garden if you’d rather eat outside.

  • Vintage tea room
  • Village location in Westmill
  • Outdoor seating available
  • £

Find out more about afternoon tea at Westmill Tea Room

Pearce’s Farm Shop

You’re likely to come away with more than just a full tummy after a visit to Pearce’s Farm Shop. As well as a very decent cafe, there’s an excellent shop selling everything from frozen gourmet ready meals to all manner of farm produce. Local butcher Bridget B has also opened up a branch at Pearce’s so there’s a good selection of meats (I can recommend their lamb kebabs for a BBQ). There’s also pick your own produce available in the summer months.

Anyway, back to the afternoon tea experience, the café has floor to ceiling windows overlooking fields and hills so it’s a very scenic and rural spot for tea and cake. The café has a good reputation and loyal local following – it tends to get pretty busy at weekends.

  • Upmarket farm shop café
  • Rural location (on the A10 but the café overlooks fields)
  • Outdoor seating available
  • ££

Find out more about afternoon tea at Pearce’s Farm Shop

Afternoon tea in Bushey

Mabel’s Vintage Tea Rooms at Reveley Lodge

If you like your afternoon tea to have a proper traditional feel – we’re talking waitresses in Victorian garb here – Mabel’s Vintage Tea Rooms should be right up your street. Even the music is vintage. Afternoon tea is taken in the billiard room of Reveley Lodge, an 18th century country house (suburban house now I’m afraid!). Tours of the house and gardens can be arranged either with or without afternoon tea. There’s also an honesty shop in the garden where you can buy home grown produce.

  • Traditional Victorian era tea room
  • Suburban location
  • Option to pay extra for bubbly
  • Outdoor seating available
  • ££-£££

Find out more about afternoon tea at Mabel’s Vintage Tea Rooms at Reveley Lodge

Betsy’s Tea Room at St James Restaurant

I don’t know about you but I would be tempted to book afternoon tea at Betsy’s just to sample the Toblerone cheesecake. The tea room is part of the modern British restaurant St James in central Bushey so décor and style is contemporary.

  • Contemporary restaurant
  • Located on Bushey high street
  • Option to pay extra for bubbly
  • Vegan and children’s menus available
  • ££

Find out more about afternoon tea at Betsy’s Tea Room at St James Restaurant

Afternoon tea in Chandlers Cross

The Grove

This well known Hertfordshire five star hotel near Watford offers an elegant setting and an impressive menu – with a price to match. The sandwiches are traditional with a modern twist and the cakes sound delicious. As you’d expect from a top notch hotel, there’s plenty of choice and separate menus for kids and vegans.

  • Contemporary five star hotel set in spacious grounds
  • Suburban location (but the vast grounds make it feel rural)
  • Option to pay extra for bubbly
  • Vegan and children’s menus available
  • £££

Find out more about afternoon tea at the Grove

Afternoon tea in Datchworth

We R Cakes Vintage Tea Room

Afternoon tea cake stand
We R Cakes in Datchworth

Not far from Stevenage, this little tea shop in the pretty village of Datchworth looks like cake heaven. You’ll get the proper vintage experience with traditional china and a great selection of cakes. And if you’re looking for gluten free afternoon tea in Hertfordshire, this is the tea room for you.

  • Vintage tea room
  • Village location
  • Outdoor seating available
  • £

Find out more about afternoon tea at We R Cakes Vintage Tea Room

Afternoon tea in Elstree

The Manor Elstree

I love the sound of this hotel – of Tudor origins, it has lots of historical details including a fireplace with wood taken from ships in the Spanish Armada. The décor is stylish and contemporary while afternoon tea is a bit of both – traditional flavours with several modern twists. Tea can be taken on the terrace overlooking the gardens with views towards London or in the more formal setting of the Cavendish Restaurant.

  • Contemporary four star hotel
  • Located just outside London
  • Option to pay extra for bubbly
  • Outdoor seating available
  • ££-£££

Find out more about the Manor Elstree

Afternoon tea in Harpenden

Rothamsted Manor

Plate of cakes and strawberries
Rothamsted Manor

You’ll have to plan ahead for afternoon tea at Rothamsted Manor (part of Rothamsted Research Centre on agriculture), as it only takes place on certain dates of the year. Afternoon tea is served in the Jacobean Manor which is not usually open to the public.

  • Historic manor house at agricultural research centre
  • Rural location near Harpenden
  • Option to pay extra for bubbly
  • Outdoor seating not available
  • ££-£££
  • Children’s menu available

Find out more about afternoon tea at Rothamsted Manor

Afternoon tea in Hemel Hempstead

Centurion Club

Afternoon tea at the Centurion Club is one for golfers – although non-members are also welcome and kids have their own menu too. This traditional tea is taken in the clubhouse restaurant overlooking the golf course. The clubhouse is light and modern but the afternoon tea – served in the garden room – is reassuringly traditional.

  • Country house hotel
  • Rural location just outside Hemel Hempstead
  • Option to pay extra for bubbly
  • £££
  • Children’s menu available

Find out more about afternoon tea at the Centurion Club

Shendish Manor

This is an elegant and traditional destination for afternoon tea in Hertfordshire. Shendish Manor is a Victorian country house hotel with attractive gardens and a golf course. This is a family friendly option – in summertime afternoon tea can be taken outside on the lawn and there’s even a singer to entertain you.

  • Traditional country house hotel
  • Rural location near Hemel Hempstead
  • Option to pay extra for bubbly
  • Gluten-free, vegan and children’s menus available
  • Outdoor seating available
  • ££-£££

Find out more about afternoon tea at Shendish Manor

The Tea Tree Vintage Tea Room

This little tea room on the High Street of Hemel Hempstead old town looks like a good bet if you’re after generous helpings of cake from your afternoon tea. The setting is traditional and the staff sound very attentive.

  • Traditional vintage tea room
  • Town centre location in Old Hemel Hempstead
  • Outdoor seating available
  • ££

Find out more about afternoon tea at the Tea Tree Vintage Tea Room

Afternoon tea in Hertford

Salisbury Arms Hotel

This traditional hotel and pub / restaurant in the heart of Hertford is popular with locals and offers a pretty good value Hertfordshire afternoon tea. The building, dating back to the 18th century, is really characterful and cosy but you can also dine outside in the courtyard. You have the option here of upgrading to “bottomless bubbles” or the gin equivalent.

  • Traditional hotel
  • Town centre location in Hertford
  • Option to pay extra for bubbly
  • Outdoor seating available
  • £-££

Find out more about afternoon tea at the Salisbury Arms Hotel

Afternoon tea in Hitchin

Molly’s Tea Room

This delightful little vintage tea room is the perfect place for a traditional afternoon tea in Hertfordshire. Cakes are freshly baked on the premises each day and there are a couple of tables out front if you’d prefer to be outdoors.

  • Vintage tea room
  • Town centre location in Hitchin
  • Small amount of outdoor seating available
  • £

Find out more about afternoon tea at Molly’s Tea Room

Offley Place

This is a rather special looking place – a manor house of 17th century origins set in 27 acres of parkland not far from Hitchin. This is a traditional affair in a stunning location with the option of a walk in the glorious grounds before or after tea.

  • Luxury country house hotel
  • Rural location west of Hitchin
  • Outdoor seating available
  • Option to pay extra for bubbly
  • ££

Find out more about afternoon tea at Offley Place

Needham House

This four star hotel is in a really beautiful part of Hertfordshire, about three miles from Hitchin. And if you’re looking for a real treat, you can combine afternoon tea at Needham House with a spa experience. Alternatively, there are some lovely walks in the countryside surrounding the hotel.

  • Modern hotel
  • Rural location south of Hitchin
  • Outdoor seating available
  • Option to pay extra for bubbly
  • ££

Find out more about afternoon tea at Needham House

The Farmhouse at Red Coats

Afternoon tea in garden
Credit: Binky Nixon, the Farmhouse at Redcoats

I really like the look of this intimate farmhouse hotel – they have a farm to fork ethos which equates to high quality locally sourced food. Even the kids’ menu is a cut above the usual bangers and burgers fare. If you opt for a glass of bubbly with your afternoon tea, it will be English sparkling wine.

The hotel is located in the lovely countryside south of Hitchin – great for a walk to work up an appetite.

  • Farmhouse hotel
  • Rural location south of Hitchin
  • Outdoor seating available
  • Option to pay extra for bubbly
  • ££-£££

Find out more about afternoon tea at the Farmhouse at Red Coats

Hitchin Garden Centre

Located mid-way between Hitchin and Letchworth, the Hitchin Garden Centre offers a good value afternoon tea in its Gardener’s Retreat Restaurant. This is one of those mega-garden centres selling everything from furniture to gifts – as well as plants.

  • Garden centre
  • Rural location between Hitchin and Letchworth
  • £

Afternoon tea in Knebworth

Sugar Boutique

I love the sound of this little café in Knebworth. It has very creative, themed high teas – ranging from Hogwarts to Friends to a rather scary looking Peaky Blinders. If you want afternoon tea with a difference, check out their website which has some impressive videos of what they have to offer. Quidditch quiche anyone?

It’s essential to book in advance for high tea at the Sugar Boutique as each menu is rather unique. It’s also possible to hire the venue for a private party.

  • Modern tea shop
  • Town centre location in Knebworth
  • Option to pay extra for bubbly
  • ££

Find out more about afternoon tea at the Sugar Boutique

Afternoon tea in Puckeridge

Something Lovely Tea Room

This vintage tea room does indeed look rather lovely – there’s lots of pretty details and attractive décor. What’s more, if you’re visiting with small children, there’s a playroom to keep the kids entertained so that you can concentrate on indulging in the rather delicious looking cakes. The afternoon tea here is described as high tea but you’ll still be getting scones, sandwiches and cake!

The village of Puckeridge is located just off the A10 and there are some lovely riverside walks close by.

  • Vintage tea room
  • Village location in Puckeridge
  • Children’s play room
  • £

Find out more about afternoon tea at Something Lovely Tea Room

Afternoon tea in Radlett

Bull Pen Restaurant

The Bull Pen Restaurant is located at Battlers Green Farm just south of Radlett. If you fancy a bit of retail therapy, Battlers Green Farm features a range of shops including fashion outlets, butcher, fishmonger and farm shop. The restaurant is located in a characterful converted barn and features a wide menu as well as a good value afternoon tea (described as cream tea on the menu).

  • Farm tea room / restaurant
  • Located on a farm with mixed business use – various retail outlets
  • Outdoor seating available
  • £

Find out more about afternoon tea at the Bull Pen Restaurant

Afternoon tea in Rickmansworth

Hudson Place

This café / wine bar in central Rickmansworth offers coffee and cakes by day and cocktails and a wide selection of wines in the evening – so you’re guaranteed a good glass of bubbly, or other form of alcohol – with your afternoon tea. Hudson Place also hosts themed evenings – so if cheese and wine is more your thing, take a look at their calendar of events.

  • Café / wine bar
  • Town centre location in Rickmansworth
  • Outdoor seating available
  • Option to pay extra for bubbly
  • ££

Find out more about afternoon tea at Hudson Place

The Kitchen Croxley

Afternoon tea stand with cakes and sandwiches
The Kitchen Croxley

This lovely little tea room in Croxley Green on the outskirts of Rickmansworth prides itself on its homemade cakes. The friendly owner – Linda – sources ingredients locally wherever possible, the farmer delivers milk, butter and eggs daily. This is very much a community-minded business which has assisted various local enterprises, particularly during the pandemic.

Although The Kitchen is housed in a modern building, afternoon tea is a traditional affair served on pretty vintage china with the option to upgrade with a range of wines, spirits and craft beers.

  • Modern tea room
  • Village location in Croxley Green
  • Outdoor seating available
  • Option to pay extra for bubbly
  • ££

Find out more about afternoon tea at the Kitchen Croxley

Afternoon tea in Redbourn

The Enchanted Tea Rooms

afternoon tea with cake stand
The Enchanted Tea Rooms

This attractive family-run tea room is set in a 16th century building in the Hertfordshire village of Redbourn near St Albans. The Enchanted Tea Rooms is serious about afternoon tea and about cakes in general. The owners are two sisters who travelled across the country checking out tea shops before setting up their own business with their mother.

  • Traditional tea room
  • Village location in central Redbourn
  • Option to pay extra for bubbly
  • Children’s menu available
  • ££

Find out more about afternoon tea at the Enchanted Tea Rooms

Aubrey Park Hotel

This independent hotel is located just north of St Albans near the village of Redbourn. As well as the traditional afternoon tea and a cheaper cream tea option, there’s also a special menu for children. There’s a choice of locations in which to enjoy afternoon tea at Aubrey Park – including on the sunny patio terrace.

  • Independent hotel
  • Rural location near Redbourn
  • Outdoor seating available
  • Option to pay extra for bubbly
  • ££

Find out more about afternoon tea at Aubrey Park Hotel

Afternoon tea in St Albans

St Michael’s Manor Hotel

Table laid with traditional afternoon tea outdoors
St Michaels Manor

This attractive hotel feels like a country estate, sitting in fives acres of gardens, but it’s actually within walking distance of St Albans city centre. Family owned and managed and backing on to Verulamium Park and the River Ver, it looks like a really beautiful location for a Hertfordshire afternoon tea.

  • Elegant hotel
  • city location in St Albans
  • Outdoor seating available
  • Option to pay extra for bubbly
  • ££

Find out more about afternoon tea at St Michael’s Manor Hotel

Sopwell House

If you’re after a luxury afternoon tea experience in Hertfordshire, Sopwell House is unlikely to let you down. Not only do the cakes look exquisite, but the surroundings look pretty stylish too. There’s a spa complete with indoor pool so this is a great option for a real day of pampering. The hotel is in the countryside just outside the centre of St Albans.

  • Luxury country house hotel with spa
  • Rural location on outskirts of St Albans
  • Option to pay extra for bubbly
  • £££

Find out more about afternoon tea at Sopwell House

The Ivy

Part of the famous chain of upmarket restaurants, the Ivy in central St Albans is a light-filled and eclectically decorated brasserie.

  • Upmarket restaurant
  • City centre location in St Albans
  • Outdoor seating available
  • Option to pay extra for bubbly
  • ££-£££

Afternoon tea in Sawbridgeworth

Manor of Groves Hotel

This Georgian manor house hotel is located in the country outside Sawbridgeworth. There’s a range of facilities including a leisure centre with indoor pool and a golf course. Afternoon tea is served in the brasserie restaurant (private rooms are also available).

  • Traditional hotel
  • Rural location
  • Outdoor seating available
  • Option to pay extra for bubbly or to combine with the leisure club
  • ££

Find out more about afternoon tea at Manor of Groves Hotel

Afternoon tea in Stevenage

Hotel Cromwell

This attractive and characterful hotel on the High Street of Stevenage Old Town offers a really good value afternoon tea – children are welcome and have their own menu to choose from, there’s also a festive afternoon tea at Christmas time. The hotel building was originally a farmhouse owned by John Thurloe, secretary to Oliver Cromwell.

  • Boutique hotel in historic building
  • Town centre location in Stevenage Old Town
  • Outdoor seating available
  • Children’s menu available
  • £-££

Find out more about afternoon tea at the Hotel Cromwell

Afternoon tea in Tring

Black Goo

Part of a chain of three cafes which aim to bring the vibe of London’s “buzzing café scene” to the ‘burbs. They describe their interior as “Instagrammable” so make sure you’re not letting the side down when you plan your outfit. I must admit the cake counter does look very inviting.

  • Contemporary café
  • Located in Tring town centre
  • Option to pay extra for bubbly
  • Small amount of outdoor seating on the high street
  • ££-£££

Find out more about afternoon tea at Black Goo

Pendley Manor

Traditional afternoon tea in Hertfordshire
Pendley Manor

This family-friendly Victorian manor house hotel is located in the countryside just outside Tring. The hotel has had some creative ideas for al fresco dining this year including a summer picnic menu – as well as the traditional afternoon tea offering. Afternoon tea is usually taken in the Peacock Lounge – a conservatory overlooking the gardens. There’s 35 acres of grounds to explore – lawns and woodland.

  • Country house hotel
  • Rural location
  • Outdoor seating available
  • Option to pay extra for bubbly
  • ££-£££

Find out more about afternoon tea at Pendley Manor

Afternoon tea in Walkern

Brewery Tea Rooms

This traditional tea room in the village of Walkern near Stevenage has a loyal following and has been voted the best independent café in Hertfordshire. As the name suggests, the tea room is in a former brewery and offers a very elegant and attractive space for an afternoon tea in Hertfordshire. The surrounding countryside is really pretty in this part of the county – plenty of great walks to be had near by.

  • Traditional tea room
  • Village location in central Walkern
  • Option to pay extra for bubbly
  • Outdoor seating available
  • ££

Find out more about afternoon tea at the Brewery Tea Rooms

Afternoon tea in Ware

Hanbury Manor

Part of the Marriott group, the Hanbury Manor is a country house hotel in Jacobean style offering spa and golfing breaks. Afternoon tea is taken in the cosy and elegant wood-panelled Zodiac Room.

  • Country house hotel
  • Rural location near Ware
  • Option to pay extra for bubbly
  • £££

Find out more about afternoon tea at Hanbury Manor

Fanhams Hall

This elegant Jacobean country manor house hotel is set in particularly attractive gardens. Afternoon tea at Fanhams Hall is served in served in the drawing room. The hotel is located in a particularly attractive part of east Hertfordshire. There are some lovely villages close by and it’s also just a short drive to the brilliant Henry Moore Studios and Gardens.

  • Country manor house hotel
  • Rural location near Ware
  • Outdoor seating available
  • Option to pay extra for bubbly
  • ££-£££

Find out more about afternoon tea at Fanhams Hall

Three Lakes at Westmill Farm

Westmill Farm is an interesting place – there’s a selection of businesses and attractions including a garden centre, soft play and lakes for swimming and fishing in. There are also camping and glamping fields so you can make a whole weekend of it. The Three Lakes restaurant has a good sized garden overlooking the lakes.

  • Restaurant at outdoor pursuits venue
  • Rural location
  • Outdoor seating available
  • Option to pay extra for bubbly
  • £-££

Find out more about afternoon tea at Three Lakes

Milady Tea and Coffee Lounge

This modern café in the centre of Ware is a really good value destination for afternoon tea in Hertfordshire. There’s a decent amount of outdoor seating in the little garden and you’re a short walk from the river if you fancy a walk.

  • Modern café / tea room
  • Town centre location in Ware
  • Outdoor seating available
  • Option to pay extra for bubbly
  • £

Find out more about afternoon tea at Milady Tea and Coffee Lounge

Waterside Inn

This riverside pub / restaurant in the centre of Ware is a very good value destination for afternoon tea in Hertfordshire. Tea can be taken in the restaurant or on the terrace overlooking the River Lea. Dogs welcome!

  • Modern café / tea room
  • Town centre location in Ware
  • Outdoor seating available
  • Option to pay extra for bubbly
  • £

Find out more about afternoon tea at the Waterside Inn

Afternoon tea in Welwyn

Laura Kate

This little tea parlour on Old Welwyn High Street has the strapline “make your day delicious” – a good motto to live by, I’d say. Laura Kate specialises in delicious cakes so if that’s an important part of your afternoon tea experience, you’ll not be disappointed. Although they don’t have a licence, you’re welcome to bring your own bubbly – there’s a £5 corkage charge.

  • Tea room / cake shop
  • Village location in Welwyn
  • Corkage charge for BYO bubbly
  • £

Find out more about afternoon tea at Laura Kate

Tewinbury Farm Hotel

I really like this venue -it’s in a lovely setting by the River Mimram and the surrounding country lanes are perfect for cycling. The contemporary décor of the Cow Shed restaurant – where afternoon tea is served – belies its original farming purpose. The afternoon tea menu looks particularly appealing – as well as the usual sandwiches, scones and cakes, there’s also some delicious sounding savoury nibbles to sample.

  • Hotel and restaurant
  • Rural location near the village of Tewin between Hertford and Ware
  • Outdoor seating available
  • Option to pay extra for bubbly
  • ££-£££

Find out more about afternoon tea at Tewinbury Farm Hotel

Brocket Hall

If you fancy lording it up, this luxury country estate owned by minor celebrity Lord Brocket, is just the ticket. Dine in Georgian splendour before exploring some of the 543 acres which make up this vast country pile. Afternoon tea at Brocket Hall isn’t a regular event so you’ll need to plan ahead.

  • Country house hotel
  • Rural location near Welwyn Garden City
  • Option to pay extra for bubbly
  • £££

Find out more about afternoon tea at Brocket Hall

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So there you have it, my complete guide to afternoon in Hertfordshire. Have I missed anywhere off the list? If so, please do get in touch and let me know. Where’s your favourite afternoon tea destination in Hertfordshire? Tell me in the comments below.

*Thank you to Binky Nixon and Redcoats for the lovely featured image and Pinterest image in this article.*

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