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A Refined Afternoon: High Tea in Bristol

Bristol seen from Clifton Bridge. Creative commons licensed photo by Joe Dunckley.

Guest post by: Catherine Lavinia.

It seems to a real phase at the moment – afternoon tea is no longer just for the middle class ladies of leisure, but is a big hit with all walks of life taking some time to appreciate the finer things in life. Afternoon tea is quintessentially British – drinking tea from bone china tea cups and eating delicate scones and finger sandwiches with their crusts removed. Tea rooms are popping up all over the country, with people travelling from miles around to sample a good afternoon tea.

Bristol is no different and while a weekend trip to the city would mean you could stay at one of the Travelodge hotels, make sure you do take a little time out to enjoy one of the city’s afternoon tea experiences. There’s plenty of choice too, based on whereabouts you’re visiting and the type of experience you’d prefer. Take a look at these fantastic choices and get ready for a superb, indulgent treat.

Afternoon Tea at the Marriott Royal Relax in a sumptuous setting and enjoy the Royal afternoon tea in style. Located right next to Bristol Cathedral, you could indulge yourself in the Royal Champagne Afternoon Tea, which will include sandwiches, pastries and scones as well as a choice of tea, coffee and the luxurious glass of bubbly. Prices start at £27.50 and availability of a table is between 3pm and 5pm every day – booking is essential!

Cox and Baloney Tea Rooms Situated in Cotham, this quaint tea room is open daily for Lilly’s afternoon tea delights, which cost £18 for two. Served on your own three-tier stand, you will be able to choose from finger sandwiches, delectable homemade cakes and scones with clotted cream. There is also an extensive menu including pork pie and pickles, toasties and soups – perfect for a spot of lunch on a busy day.

The Lido Restaurant Located in the popular area of Clifton, the critically-acclaimed Lido Restaurant is a unique establishment that sits in an old viewing gallery. The poolside bar serves what are claimed to be the best cakes and pastries in the city and also provides a choice of afternoon tea and cream tea options. The Lido afternoon tea includes lavish smoked salmon on toast and a glass of Prosecco as well as the cream tea, for £19.

The River Lounge Open all year round, the River Lounge offers the traditional afternoon tea experience with a twist. Perhaps you’d like a cup of Jing tea to accompany your afternoon tea, or a Hendrick’s Gin cocktail?

Berwick Lodge The classic afternoon tea that is offered at this venue includes an array of freshly made sandwiches, cakes and biscuits with a choice of accompanying hot drink, such as one of the local Lahloo teas or a fresh coffee. Add a dazzling summer cocktail to the experience or a glass of house champers. Prices start at £15 per person.

Afternoon tea is more than just a refined tradition nowadays – it’s customary for many. Enjoy the experience in Bristol as part of your visit this summer.

This is a guest post and is hence not written by Gunnar Garfors.

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