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Best Afternoon Tea - 7 Places for Afternoon Tea in York

From afternoon tea at Betty’s to delicious treats at The Ivy, find everything from classic menus to more unique options with a seasonal twist. Treat yourself and a loved one to an iconic foodie experience in stunning surrounds, from traditional tea rooms and stylish restaurants to luxury hotels and interesting venues. Here’s a guide to some of the best places in York for a quintessentially British treat. There’s no better way to celebrate a birthday or a special occasion. Don’t forget to book in advance to guarantee a table.

October 11, 2022



Betty’s is famous for afternoon tea and it continues to stay true to that tradition. Afternoon teas and cream teas are available all day and for extra special occasions, the Bookable Afternoon Tea provides a beautiful, historic setting. Set in the beautiful Belmont room, indulge with afternoon tea classics such as dainty sandwiches, fruit scones and delicious miniature cakes. You can also request an afternoon tailored to your dietary requirements, with options for children available too. Prices start from £24.99 per person.

6 – 8 St Helen’s Square, York, YO1 8QP

Image credit: Betty’s

The Grand, York

Enjoy a quintessentially British treat in one of Yorkshire’s luxurious five star hotels. Take in stunning views of the city walls only minutes from York Minster. Delve into a fine selection of sandwiches, fruit scones, and delicious pastries. With optional prosecco, champagne and Gin and Tonic upgrades available, they are perfect for a special occasion. The Grand Afternoon is priced from £34.50 per person.

Station Rise, York, YO1 6GD

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The Ivy

Within easy reach of the city’s most iconic sights and attractions, you are instantly transported to elegance and glamour at The Ivy. Enjoy slight seasonal tweaks from your classic dainty sandwiches, scones and cakes, all accompanied by a choice of coffees, teas or infusions. If you don’t fancy a traditional afternoon tea, try a cream tea or enjoy with champagne. Cream teas start from £8.75, afternoon teas are priced at £26.95.

St Helen’s Square, York, YO1 8QP

Image credit: The Ivy

Countess of York

Sample a traditional afternoon tea in a beautifully restored train carriage. Bite into delicious fresh sandwiches before savouring fruit scones with clotted cream and preserves, as well as a selection of homemade cakes and desserts. Wander through the National Railway Museum afterwards and immerse yourself in the home of iconic locomotives and explore the stories of the railways.

National Railway Museum, Leeman Road, York, YO26 4XJ

No.1 Guesthouse

Offering a luxurious afternoon tea in stunning surroundings inside the Marmalade Lounge at No 1 Guesthouse, dainty sandwiches, canapes, scones and cakes are served alongside a glass of fizz and a pot of tea. Delve into a selection of delicious sandwiches with classic fillings such as smoked salmon and cracked black pepper, York ham and grain mustard mayonnaise and more indulgent savoury delights. This trendy boutique hotel is only a 10 minute walk from the city centre, which is perfectly placed for a spot of retail therapy following your afternoon treat. From £27 per person.

1 Clifton, York, YO30 6AA

Image credit: No.1 Guesthouse

Impossible Wonderbar and Tearooms

Located in the heart of the city, Impossible Wonderbar and Tearooms offers an incredible afternoon tea with classic sandwiches, pastries, scones and sweet treats. Cosy up in the tearoom and treat your tastebuds to some delectable delights. Pair with prosecco or champagne for a special occasion. Prices start from £26.95 per person.

St Helen’s Square, York, YO1 8QN

Middlethorpe Hall

Experience the grandeur of the historic Middlethorpe Hall and indulge with a traditional afternoon tea of sweet and savoury delights. The best of both city and countryside, you are instantly transported to classic country house living. Choose from a wide selection of the finest teas. Highlights on the sandwich offerings include smoked salmon, mature cheddar with a grape chutney and coronation chicken. Enjoy an afternoon tea at Middlethorpe Hall from £35 per person.

Bishopthorpe Road, York, YO23 2GB

Image credit: Middlethorpe Hall

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