10 Best Afternoon Teas to Indulge in York - Hotel Indigo York

10 Best Afternoon Teas to Indulge in York

Who doesn’t love going for an afternoon tea? This quintessentially British tradition is the perfect pastime for any season. With so many tempting places to try in York, the only question is, which one do you visit?

Take a look at our York hotel’s top ten recommendations that you need to indulge in during your visit.

Impossible Wonderbar and Tea Rooms

Located in the historic Terry’s Chocolate building, Impossible offers classic experiences with a twist. This unique venue has even created its own chocolatey coffee inspired by its location, afterall it’s only right to celebrate York’s confectionery history with chocolate themed everything!  

Their afternoon tea includes a selection of sandwiches, pastries, scones and sweet treats, and you can choose from tea, prosecco or champagne (if you’re feeling fancy). They certainly make the impossible possible here!

The Ivy

Have you tried The Ivy yet? A famous and classy restaurant in the heart of York, mirroring the original London venue. The Ivy offers their signature ‘Dream Afternoon Tea’, with decadent finger sandwiches, scones and a range of dreamy sweet treats.

If you fancy upping the glamour, you can also upgrade to their Champagne Afternoon Tea, where you can add a glass of champagne to your experience as well as the usual range of teas and coffees. Expect style and sophistication with every sip when you visit The Ivy.

The Countess of York

All aboard! Head to the National Railway Museum for a high-class, vintage experience. The Countess of York is an immaculately restored Victorian carriage, serving delicious finger food. With a variety of options for different dietary requirements over four courses, this is a delightful way to spend an afternoon.

The Grand

Want a grand afternoon tea? Then The Grand is the place for you! 

With views of York’s City Walls, afternoon tea at The Grand offers a luxurious experience. You’re offered an indulgent selection of sweet and savoury treats to enjoy, with impeccable presentation. Choose from their signature afternoon tea, or opt for a tipsy option with gin or champagne.

City Cruises York Afternoon Tea Cruise

If the railway isn’t your thing, head to the water! Expect a scenic trip down the river towards the incredible Bishopthorpe Palace. In 90 minutes, you can enjoy refillable tea and coffee, sumptuous treats and handmade finger sandwiches. This excursion adds a touch of novelty and fun to traditional tea.

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Bettys Tea Room

Whenever you think of afternoon tea in York, you think Bettys. With over 100 years of history, their delicious range of treats are famous in Yorkshire and beyond. Be prepared to queue out of the door, and even sometimes round the corner, but it’s well worth the wait! If you don’t fancy queuing, their afternoon tea is now bookable with a large range of teas and snacks. Make sure you book early to avoid disappointment though!

You can also pick up some truly scrumptious treats and souvenirs to take home with you in their shop next door, it’s the best way to remember your trip to York!

Castle Tearooms

Fancy a slice of history? Castle Tearooms in York is a haven for anyone seeking a unique afternoon tea experience. Originally constructed in the 19th century as a residence, the tea rooms retain their Victorian charm, providing a delightful setting for an afternoon tea experience.

Prepare to indulge in a delectable assortment of treats with a tiered stand adorned with freshly baked scones, dainty finger sandwiches, and an array of delicate pastries and cakes. Each item is crafted with precision, using the finest ingredients that will leave your mouth watering.

Molly’s Tearooms

For those seeking the ultimate indulgence, Molly’s Tearooms offers an assortment of finger sandwiches with tantalising fillings, dainty pastries, and, of course, freshly baked scones. The vintage decor is full of charm, with delicate lace curtains, floral patterns, and antique furniture that creates a cosy and homely environment. They also pride themselves on their exceptional tea selection, with a wide range to choose from as the perfect accompaniment to your sweet treats. 

The Earl Grey Tearooms

For a more intimate and cosy atmosphere, head to The Earl Grey Tea Rooms. Tucked away in the historic Shambles, this charming tearoom provides a delightful escape from the bustling streets of York. They offer a range of tempting homemade cakes, warm scones, and a selection of loose-leaf teas. Unwind in this quaint setting and soak up the unique character of the Shambles.

Garden Room

For an afternoon tea inspired by York’s famous chocolate history, head to the Garden Room to sample their delicious menu. With sweet creations all inspired by popular flavours, you can embark on a taste adventure. You can even upgrade to prosecco or champagne with your afternoon tea if you’re celebrating a special occasion, or simply fancy a bit of fizz!

From famous cake shops to independent favourites, York is a hotspot for delicious afternoon teas. Whether you choose a quirky adventure or a classic experience, Make the most of your stay with our incredible York hotel offers.

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