An afternoon tea is one of the staples of English culture, to be enjoyed come rain or shine, with or without prosecco, but always with company. Cambridgeshire boasts an extensive list of options when it comes to enjoying freshly baked scones, finger sandwiches and cakes, but here we have tried to narrow down the list to the best, most accessible afternoon tea spots, spread across the county.
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Harriets’ Tea Rooms, Cambridge
Harriets’ Cambridge City Centre Tearooms are a perfect place to enjoy an afternoon tea after exploring this historic city. This tearoom is located in the heart of the old University district on Green Street. Harriet’s leans heavily on the feel and atmosphere of ‘yesteryear’ with period uniforms, elegant surroundings and the occasional live piano accompaniment on selected days.
The tea room is accessible for wheelchairs and is open all week closing at 6pm every day, 5pm on Sundays. There are a variety of different Afternoon Teas to choose from including a miniature (£12.95), savoury (£19.34) and special afternoon tea (£20.95). Find the full menu and more information on their website.
Address: 16 & 17 Green Street, Cambridge, CB2 3JU
Telephone: 01223 356 443
Harriet’s Cambridge Tea Room Website
The Orchard Tea Gardens, Grantchester
If you are looking for something a little out from the bustling centre of Cambridge, The Orchard Tea Gardens might be just right. For over 125 years this venue has practised the quintessentially English tradition of afternoon teas, opening its garden to famous faces like Virginia Woolf, Francis Crick, Alan Turing and Sylvia Plath.
In addition to its stunning outside setting, it also boasts a large inside area for making it more accessible for all their patrons.
Address: The Orchard Tea Gardens, 47 Mill Way, Grantchester, Cambridge CB3 9ND
Telephone: 01223 840 230
The Orchard Tea Gardens Website
The Carriages of Cambridge, Cambridge
If you’re looking to be transported back in time, Carriages of Cambridge has a beautiful set of restored train carriages where they serve world class cream and afternoon teas. The three carriages you can enjoy an afternoon tea on are still on tracks in a 1920’s station. Nothing we write here will really do justice to the setting like the images on their website do – check them out!
While the venue is accessible, they recommend booking into the Lancelot carriage if you have accessibility needs, as there aren’t the small Pullman style corridors present in the Louis and Oliver.
Address: Capability Barns, Huntingdon Road, Fen Drayton,CB24 4SD
Telephone: 01954 233 279
Carriages of Cambridge Website
Peacock’s Tearoom, Ely
This is as home-y as it gets – Peacocks Tearoom is literally set up in the owners home and now takes up much of the ground floor. In addition to their lunch menu they have a great selection of home-made cakes (literally) and sandwiches to pair with their scones. Their crockery collection is also something to behold! They don’t take bookings its very much just a turn-up-for-tea type of deal.
There are no steps over 2 inches and the garden is accessible for disabled customers. There is also an accessible toilet.
Address: 65 Waterside, Ely, CB7 4AU
Telephone: 01353 661 100
Peacock’s Tea Room Website
Afternoon Tea at Slepe Hall Hotel, St Ives
Afternoon Tea is served everyday at the Slepe Hall in St Ives, a short drive from Huntingdon. You can enjoy an array of afternoon teas in this Grade II listed hotel, from the humble Cream Tea (£6), High Tea (£16.50), and the Men’s Afternoon Tea (£19), Slepe Hall’s savoury option complete with pork pies, mini blue cheeseburger and homemade crisps.
The restaurant is on the ground floor of the hotel and is therefore easily accessible. You will be able to drop off by the entrance if necessary. Email or call to request a booking.
Address: Slepe Hall, Ramsey Road, St Ives, PE27 5RB
Telephone: 01480 463122
Slepe Hall Hotel’s Afternoon Tea Website
Dobbies Garden Centre Afternoon Tea, Peterborough
This place is a hidden gem when it comes to delicious afternoon tea in Peterborough. Located in the café within the garden centre, guests can choose from a traditional, the Chocolate-lovers’, Vegan and Seasonal afternoon teas, all priced at a very reasonable £12.50. Of course the option is always there to add prosecco for an additional £6.35/adult.
Satisfy the green-fingered of your relatives with a leisurely stroll of the garden centre before indulging their pallet with an excellent fresh afternoon tea.
Address: Phorpres Way, Cygnet Park, Hampton, Peterborough, PE7 8NY
Telephone: 01480 463122
Dobbies Afternoon Tea Website
Afternoon Tea at the Great Northern Hotel, Peterborough
Afternoon tea here, at this central Peterborough hotel, is assured to fill the spot. Its location is perfect for those visiting Peterborough for the day, being walking distance from Queensgate Shopping Centre, Peterborough Cathedral and the train station.
This hotel boasts an impressive afternoon tea menu, catering to all tastes. They particularly excel in the sweets department. The Kid’s afternoon tea (£9.99) includes Eton Mess, Profiteroles and Nutella Scones. The Traditional Afternoon Tea is priced at £15.95 and includes, in addition to finger sandwiches and an assortment of cakes, sticky toffee cake, glazed lemon posset and strawberry panna cotta. For those with a more savoury tooth, the Man’s World Afternoon Tea (£15.95) includes pork pies, rarebit, cheese scones and a Grainstore bottle of beer. The Great Northern Hotel also has an afternoon tea designed especially with gluten-free guests in mind (£15.95).
There are lots of disabled parking spaces around the hotel, all within walking distance and there are some shallow steps leading into the restaurant.
Address: Station Approach, Peterborough, PE1 1QL
Telephone: 01733 552 595
The Great Northern Hotel Afternoon Tea Website
Elsie May’s Electric Lounge, St Neots
This family run café and bar offers an excellent sweet and/or savoury afternoon tea menu set in a moment of history – once upon a time this building was a showroom for the wonders of electricity! Those wonders have now been replaced with great scones, loose leaf teas, sandwiches and more!
Elsie May’s Electric Lounge is on the ground floor, is dog friendly and is open everyday from 9am – 4pm.
Address: 58 Market Square, St Neots, PE19 2AA
Telephone: 01480 472 683
Elsie May’s Electric Lounge Website
The Orchard Tea Rooms, Wisbech
Delicious home-cooked food, rustic-but-quirky feel, dog-friendly, in this countryside setting is what you’ll find at The Orchard Tea Rooms in Wisbech. Make some local friends and enjoy some great food in this small attachment to a farm shop just out from Wisbech.
Their afternoon tea is £7/person and includes a choice of tea or coffee served with a selection of sandwiches, cake and a home-made scone with cream and jam. The Orchard Tea Rooms keep it simple while executing to perfection.