Stonegate Teddy Bears – Mad Hatter’s Tea Room
One of York’s sweetest tea rooms is hidden at the top of the city’s original teddy bear shop and serves gorgeous home-made cakes, open sandwiches, high-quality coffee and loose-leaf tea – making it a great spot for afternoon tea.
Charming, atmospheric and unique, the Madhatter’s Coffee and Cakes Shop is set in a beautiful medieval building with prime views of bustling Stonegate below. With attractions such as the York Minster and Museum Gardens only a short walk away, they make the ideal place to take a break during a day of sightseeing.
After all, there’s nothing like a hidden gem with a warm and friendly welcome to brighten up your day.
Grays Court Hotel
Grays Court is a stunning hotel framed against the silhouette of iconic York Minster, making it a perfect retreat for afternoon tea – especially as it’s the only privately-owned building in the city with direct access to the walls.
There are a few varieties of afternoon tea to be taken in the Bow Restaurant, such as traditional High Tea or the Gentleman’s Tea but all feature loose-leaf tea, scones (both sweet and savoury) and a selection of finger sandwiches for you to try, with a layer of bite-sized cakes to finish. The choux pastry, lemon and chantilly filled, is an apparent favourite.
If you’re looking for a place to dine with history and gorgeous views over the city – look no further than historic Grays Court.
Countess of York Train
Indulge your taste buds in an eclectic location with a tasty afternoon tea taken from the seats of a beautifully restored rail carriage in The National Railway Museum.
The Countess of York, built In 1956, operated under the Orient Express’ Northern Belle services – making a Poiroit-esque setting for those with vintage aspirations. Their afternoon tea menu features delicious sandwiches, homemade cakes and fancies and a wide selection of loose-leaf teas, with ingredients changing seasonally. They also provide gluten-free options and a menu for children.
And for the scone-fans among us (however you pronounce it), their offerings are baked to a traditional Yorkshire recipe and served with vanilla-infused cream as well as homemade preserve.
If you want to stash a few into your bag for later, we’ll turn the other way. We totally understand.
An afternoon tea is something t0 luxuriate over with good friends, good conversation and in gorgeous setting. All you need now is a good stash of doggy bags to put any rogue cakes in should you find yourself upsettingly full at the end of it – the name “finger sandwiches” is very misleading.