An Insider’s Guide To The 5 Best Places For Afternoon Tea In Dorset

An Insider’s Guide To The 5 Best Places For Afternoon Tea In Dorset

One of the most enjoyable things about living in Dorset is exploring the beautiful countryside or dramatic coastline and ending your day with a Dorset afternoon tea. There are plenty of options for delicious afternoon teas across the county, so Age Space has compiled a list of some of the best and most accessible ones, to ensure you and your elderly relatives can have the best experience possible.

If you’d like a different kind of accessible day out, you may be interested in our list of the Top 5 Accessible Days Out in Dorset.

Worth Matravers Tea Rooms, Swanage

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Close to the famous Square & Compass Pub and the dramatic Jurassic coastline of the Isle of Purbeck, Worth Matravers was named as one of the 30 best tea rooms in the country by the Daily Telegraph in 2017. They serve vintage style afternoon teas, with a great selection of sweet and savoury delights, including their homemade scones with jam and clotted cream. As these are all made from scratch, you will need to order your afternoon tea with a week’s notice.

  • Address: Worth Matravers Tea & Supper Room, Worth Matravers, Swanage, Dorset, BH19 3LQ
  • Telephone: 01929 439 368
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Clavells Restaurant, Kimmeridge

Clavells Restaurant, founded in 2008, is nestled in the charming picture box village of Kimmeridge on the Isle of Purbeck, Dorset. Set within a truly rural protected Area of Outstanding Beauty, Clavells has uninterrupted views of the rolling countryside and neighbouring farms. They offer seasonal afternoon tea menus, including Christmas and Valentines Day that change throughout the year, meaning you can guarantee they’ll have something special lined up.

You can their full current and upcoming menus here.

Seaside Boarding House, Bridport

Seaside Boarding House, further west along the coast at Burton Bradstock, has breathtaking views all the way from from Portland Bill to Start Point in South Devon. They pride themselves on their seasonal ingredients that draw from “local when it’s best, British when it’s right, international when it’s called for”.

Their afternoon teas consist of finely cut sandwiches, freshly baked scones with clotted cream & home made strawberry jam, cakes, macaroons, biscuits and a selection of teas brewed to your preference in a “proper pot”. They also offer an accompaniment of Champagne for special occasions!

You can see their full afternoon tea menu here.

The Three Wishes, Sherborne

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The Three Wishes in Sherborne is a cafe and bistro, which happens to be located in one of the most perfect towns in the country. You can take a walk around Sherborne Abbey, built in the same beautiful golden stone as much of the town and then relax with tea and cake at the cafe.

The Three Wishes’ afternoon tea offerings include delicious sandwiches and a variety of scones with Blackmore Vale clotted cream & Suzie’s strawberry or raspberry jam. You can pay more for additions to your afternoon tea, allowing you to decide how much you can take on!

You can find their full afternoon tea menu here.

Summer Lodge Hotel, Evershot

Summer Lodge Hotel is a delightful country house hotel set in idyllic English countryside, with beautiful gardens, a mouthwatering kitchen garden, a spa and a light and airy conservatory where you can enjoy their luxurious afternoon teas. In good weather, these can also be taken outside to the terrace overlooking the gardens.

Their afternoon tea offers a range of finger sandwiches, sausage rolls, scones, macaroons and cakes to go with their huge range of teas and coffees. Options include traditional, savoury and sparkling afternoon teas.

You can find their full afternoon tea menu here.