An Insider’s Guide to the Best Places for Afternoon Tea in Suffolk

An Insider’s Guide to the Best Places for Afternoon Tea in Suffolk

Best places for an afternoon tea in suffolk

The quintessential Afternoon Tea is a hallmark of English culture and harks back to the early 1800s and the Duchess of Bedford getting, understandably, hungry in the mid-afternoon. Suffolk has no end of excellent establishments serving tasty finger sandwiches, warm scones, homemade cakes, all accompanied with refreshing teas. Take a look at our list, divided by town, of the best places in Suffolk to enjoy an Afternoon Tea.

Afternoon Tea in Aldeburgh

A beautiful coastal town famous for its colourful houses lining its popular pebbled beach. Aldeburgh has many great places where you can enjoy an afternoon tea and we’ve selected two such options for you here.

Afternoon Tea at The Wentworth Hotel

Located only a stones-throw from Aldeburgh beach, afternoon tea at the French Cuisine-inspired Wentworth Hotel is a great way to spend an afternoon after exploring the town. Their extensive afternoon and cream tea menus can be picked from individually or you can enjoy their set menu with the option to add sparkling wine or champagne if it’s a celebratory occasion. Included in the set menu are a selection of traditional finger sandwiches, fresh fruit tartlets, flavoured macaroons, cakes and brownies, served with a tea or coffee of choice. Available between 3pm – 5:30pm (from 4pm on Sundays) and requiring to be booked at least 24 hours in advance.

Price guide

Full afternoon tea starts at £17.50 per person for the set menu, not including champagne. Selecting individual items from the menu is also possible.

Accessibility Assistance

A free car park is available outside the hotel for up to 30 cars and while the hotel doesn’t have unassisted disabled access, they have an assisted access system in place and the restaurant is wheelchair accessible. Guide dogs are welcomed.

Call 01728 452 312 to book

Wentworth Hotel Website

Cragg Sisters’ Tea Room

Tea at a tea room in suffolk

If you are looking for an afternoon tea option that is a little cosier, The Cragg Sister’s Tea room is a perfect option while you take a break from the beach. Located on Aldeburgh High Street, afternoon teas are available from 2:30pm until close and includes finger sandwiches, choice of homemade cake, freshly made scones and choice of coffee or a tea from their extensive selection of specialty teas.

Price guide

The set menu costs £15.50/person.

Accessibility Assistance

A beach car park with two disabled spaces is a short and signposted 1min step free walk to the tea room, which is wheelchair accessible. Guide and support dogs are welcomed.

Call 07813 552 181 or visit their website to find out more

Cragg Sisters’ Website

Afternoon Tea in Bury St Edmunds

Suffolk ruined abbey

Bury St Edmunds is not only home to a wealth of history and scenic abbey ruins, but also boasts some great places to enjoy some sandwiches, scones and refreshing teas. Once you’ve finished exploring the bustling town centre, abbey ruins, or a nearby National Trust property, make your way to one of favourite afternoon tea locations.

Harriet’s Tea Room

One of three tea rooms in the wider region, Harriet’s is renowned for its afternoon tea sections, with three different set menus to choose from. Located in the heart of Bury town centre you can choose from a miniature afternoon tea – perfect if you have a smaller appetite, savoury or more special afternoon tea options for a celebration. Harriet’s has an extensive range of loose leaf and specialty teas to accompany their menu and is set within an old Cornhill building with a grand entrance, chandeliers on high ceilings and a pianist playing on selected afternoons. The restaurant is open from 9:15am (9:30 on Sundays) and closes at 5pm (5:30 on Saturdays and 4:30pm on Sundays).

Price guide

Miniature Afternoon Tea starts at £12.95, Savoury for £19.45 and their special Afternoon teas start at £20.95/person.

Accessibility Assistance

Harriet’s is wheelchair accessible and they are happy to do everything they can to accommodate their guests.

Call 01284 756 256 or book online through their website

Harriet’s Tea Room Website

Afternoon Tea at Ickworth Hotel

If you need a break in a long day of exploring the National Trust-owned and managed estate, featured on our Cultural Gems in Suffolk list, Ickworth Hotel has an exceptional afternoon cream tea menu served across 4 rooms or within their atmospheric walled garden. Special Seasonal menus are also often on offer, for example their Beatrix Potter-inspired ‘edible garden’ afternoon tea was available this year for a limited time, featuring Mr McGregor’s stolen vegetables and Jemima Puddle-Duck’s mini eggs – we can’t wait to see what they come up with next! Afternoon tea is served from 12pm-4:30pm, Monday to Friday, and 2pm – 4:30pm on the weekend.

Price guide

Their Beatrix Potter-inspired Afternoon Tea is priced at £25/person (£12.50 for children) but is a bespoke and extensive menu including a lamb pie, scones, finger sandwiches, cakes and more – we predict that the price for a more classic afternoon tea will be less. Cream Teas are also available for £9/person

Accessibility Assistance

Ickworth Hotel is a short drive out from the centre of Bury St Edmunds and has plenty of parking available. The accompanying National Trust property is very accessible to those who are less mobile and Ickworth Hotel strive to do everything they can to make their afternoon tea as accessible as possible – they ask that you mention your accessibility requirements when booking so that they can best accommodate your needs.

Call 01284 735350 or book via their website

Ickworth Hotel Website

Afternoon Tea in Ipswich

While taking in what Suffolk’s main town has to offer, exploring the harbour or visiting the shops, what better to break up the day than with a hearty afternoon tea? We’ve listed a couple of superb options for you to consider sipping away an afternoon at.

Afternoon Tea at The Salthouse Harbour Hotel

Looking over the Neptune Marina, and located close to the town centre, The Salthouse’s inhouse Eaterie serves a well-reviewed afternoon tea daily from 1pm to 5pm. There are four packages to choose from including a scone cream tea, afternoon tea and an upgraded version to include a glass of champagne. Their afternoon tea includes a selection of cakes and macaroons, homemade sausage rolls and sandwiches and a variety of teas from around the world to choose from. They advise that you book at least 24 hours in advance.

Ipswich harbour


Price guide

The standard Afternoon Tea is priced at £19.50/person which can be upgraded to a Luxury Afternoon Tea at £28.50/person. Cream Tea on its own costs £8.50/person

Accessibility Assistance

The hotel is wheelchair accessible and dogs are welcomed in the lounge area – ring ahead with accessibility requirements so that the hotel can best accommodate you for example, by serving you in the lounge area and allowing access to the on-site car park, usually reserved for staying visitors only. There is also a small pay and display car park with two disabled bays located a 4-minute walk away, Fore Street Car Park.

Call 01473 226 789 or visit the website for booking and more information

The Salthouse Harbour Hotel Website

Applaud Coffee

If you are looking for a more relaxed setting to enjoy a platter of home-made cakes, sandwiches, flavoured scones and a pot of tea (or coffee) look no further than the afternoon tea served at Applaud Coffee. This family run cosy little tea-room is located at the bottom of St Peter Street among the independent and artisan retailers of Ipswich. Given the small nature of their venue they ask that you book at least 48 hours in advance to avoid disappointment. Afternoon tea is served from 2pm onwards.

Price guide

£14 per person (£2.50 more for gluten free option – let them know when you book)

Accessibility Assistance

Some seating is up a small step, however, if you let them know of your accessibility requirements when booking they will work hard to accommodate your needs. There are several car parks in the area, at least 5 minutes’ walk from the café including Turret Lane and Cromwell Square Car Parks.

Call 01473 808 142 or in person, 48hrs in advance, to book.

Applaud Coffee Website

Afternoon Tea at The Cookhouse Restaurant

Just south of Ipswich, on the banks of the river Orwell, The Cookhouse restaurant offers a rustic, local-produce centric afternoon tea within Suffolk Food Hall. While you take in the panoramic countryside views, sit back and enjoy a beautifully crafted menu, much of it made from ingredients you can buy in the food market itself including glazed honey roasted sliced ham and honey mustard mayo sandwiches, mini smoked bacon and gruyere cheese quiches and toasted lemon and almond cake. Afternoon tea is served Monday to Thursday from 2:30pm and from 3pm Friday to Sunday. Booking is essential.

Afternoon Tea and macaroons

Price guide

Vouchers can be purchase online, in the Food Hall, and Cookhouse for £14.95.

Accessibility Assistance

The Suffolk Food Hall, in which the restaurant is housed, has onsite parking facilities and good accessibility throughout.

Call 01473 786 616 or purchase a voucher online to book

The Cookhouse Website

Afternoon Tea in Lowestoft

Once you’re done enjoying the sights and sounds of England’s most easterly point, enjoy an afternoon tea at one of the many delightful venues across Lowestoft.

Afternoon Tea at Hatfield Hotel

Enjoy a three-tiered selection of finger sandwiches, freshly baked scones, and delicate cakes and patisseries in this Best Western hotel just metres from the expanse of Lowestoft beach and the town centre. Afternoon tea is served from 12pm onwards.

Price Guide

£12.95/person. Make it a Sparkling Afternoon Tea for £15.95.

Accessibility Assistance

There are stairs leading up from both sides of the building into the hotel, which staff will be more than happy to assist with. Free parking is available with a permit from reception and is located across the road from the hotel.

Call 01502 565 337 to book

The Hatfield Website

The Hotel Victoria

Another beachside hotel with great views from which to enjoy an extensive afternoon tea selection. Their classic menu features 5 varieties of finger sandwiches, sausage rolls, scones, and a selection of cakes and sweet tarts and if you’re are feeling particularly boozy you can replace tea with gin for an additional £6. The Hotel Victoria also adds a seasonal twist to their menu with their Festive Afternoon Tea in December. Served from 12pm – 5pm every day.

Beach and then afternoon tea

Price Guide

Their set menu is priced at £14/person with a £5 deposit required to secure your booking.

Accessibility Assistance

The hotel has free onsite parking and disabled access through the restaurant. Ring ahead with any further requirements to allow The Hotel Victoria to fully accommodate your needs.

Call 01502 574 433 to book

Hotel Victoria Website

The Flying Fifteens

Located near the Hatfield Hotel, The Flying Fifteens café has a more homemade and cosier feel to afternoon tea and boasts great reviews on sites like trip advisor for the homey feel and delicious food. Walk in off the beach and enjoy lunch, scone and cakes or a full afternoon tea including a selection of sandwiches, savouries, and cakes. The Flying Fifteen has a large range of speciality loose leaf teas to enjoy with your food.

Price Guide

Afternoon Tea costs £12.50/person and they require the party to be at least 2 people to accept a booking.

Accessibility Assistance

The outside of the venue is accessible from the beachside promenade and has seating facilities although there a few steps leading up into the main café. There is no onsite parking but Royal Green Car Park is just 3 minutes away and has disabled parking available.

Call 01502 588 422 for further enquires and to book

The Flying Fifteens Facebook page

Afternoon Tea in Newmarket

Whether you’re enjoying the horse racing, exploring the historic town, or enjoying the scenic countryside, Newmarket is a great place to stop and have an afternoon tea at one of their many venues throughout the town. If you don’t fancy one of our listed options don’t worry as Newmarket is packed full of excellent places to fill your riding boots with afternoon tea.

Nancy’s Vintage Tea Shop

What else should a good afternoon tea stem from if not a love of all things tea, including inhouse uniquely blended teas. Nancy’s Vintage Teashop is famed for its afternoon teas and is a must visit if you’re in the area. Located in the centre of Newmarket, a variety of menus are available for you to enjoy downstairs in their café or in upstairs in their Afternoon Tea Lounge. Served from 11am on everyday except Monday, you can enjoy a simple Cream Tea, Savoury or Classic Afternoon Tea or make it special with a Champagne Afternoon Tea. Gluten and Vegan options are available with pre-order.

Newmarket race course

Price Guide

Get a Classic Afternoon Tea for £16.50/person, a Savoury version for £17.50/person and the Champagne Afternoon Tea for £25/person. View their full menu and prices on their website.

Accessibility Assistance

Nancy’s Teashop is wheelchair accessible and has an accessible toilet. There is no onsite parking facilities although there are parking facilities a 5 minute walk away, including Rous Road Car Park with Blue Badge holder priced at 60p for 4 hours.

Call 01638 667 064 to book

Nancy’s Vintage Teashop Website

Bedford Lodge Hotel & Spa

If you’re looking for a more luxury option, the Bedford Lodge serves several variants of afternoon teas at their Squires restaurant, Roxana Bar, or in the sun terrace with views of the hotel rose garden. There are many options available including a Light, Full, Champagne, or Gentleman’s Afternoon Tea all made from top quality, locally sourced ingredients. The menu is available from 2:30pm – 5:30pm, Monday to Saturday and from 3pm on Sundays.

Price Guide

Prices vary depending on the type of afternoon tea that takes your fancy. The Full Afternoon Tea starts at £18.95/person. View a full menu on their website.

Accessibility Assistance

The hotel has free onsite parking and is wheelchair accessible. Ring ahead of time to allow the hotel to fully accommodate your needs.

Call 0800 6252 991 or visit their website to find out more

Bedford Lodge Website

Afternoon Tea at King’s Hotel

One more option to satisfy your afternoon tea appetite is the King’s Hotel Afternoon Tea, found in the heart of Newmarket. Booking is required for their multi-tiered full afternoon tea including scones, open ciabatta sandwiches, wraps and selection of mini deserts. They also offer a variety of other items if somehow the afternoon tea doesn’t leave you filled. Served anytime between 9:30am – 3pm, Monday to Friday and 10:30am – 5pm on Sunday.

Price Guide

The Full Afternoon Tea is priced at £14.95/person or you can get just a Cream Tea for £5.25/person.

Accessibility Assistance

King’s Hotel works hard to meet their guest’s accessibility needs, ring ahead to let them know if you have any further requirements. The hotel is wheelchair accessible and there is parking at the entrance.

Call 01638 660 668 or email events@kingsnewmarket.co.uk to book.

King’s Hotel Website

Afternoon Tea in Southwold

One of the best seaside towns in the UK, midway down the Suffolk coast, Southwold is a great place to enjoy the sun on the beach, stroll through the old market town or explore RSPB’s flagship reserve at Minsmere. We’ve picked two places where you enjoy some of the best afternoon teas Southwold has to offer.

The Boardwalk Restaurant

Southwold beach huts

Situated on the Southwold pier, the Boardwalk Restaurant allows you to be as close to the sea as possible while enjoying a comforting and cosy selection of sweet and savoury goodies. Their afternoon tea consists of homemade sausage rolls, fish-finger finger sandwiches (among others), warm cheese scones and a variety of cakes and tarts. They ask that you book at least 48 hours in advance and let them know if you have any dietary requirements. Afternoon tea is served between 2:30pm and 4:30pm.

Price Guide

£17.50/person

Accessibility Assistance

The entrance to the restaurant is wheelchair accessible and Southwold Pier Car Park is a very short walk away, with 12 disabled parking bays.

Call 01502 722 105 and use EXT 1 to book

Boardwalk Restaurant Website

Afternoon Tea at Swan Hotel

If you want less sand and sea spray and more of the market town feel, The Swan’s triple tiered afternoon delight can be enjoyed overlooking the marketplace including a selection of sandwiches, buttermilk scones, pastries and cakes. If it’s an extra special occasion you can choose from a champagne or G&T addition. The set menu is served between 3pm and 5pm and they ask for 24 hours’ notice when booking.

Price Guide

Their substantial afternoon tea is priced at £21/person.

Accessibility Assistance

The restaurant, located on the ground floor, is mostly accessible, there are a couple of small steps separating areas. The hotel recommends that you ring ahead to make sure they can fully accommodate your needs. They have onsite parking.

Call 01502 722186 or visit their website to book

The Swan Website

Afternoon Tea in Sudbury

Flatford, near sudbury

Sudbury is perfectly placed for you to enjoy the beautiful surrounding countryside including Flatford and the views that inspired Constable many years prior. Not only does Sudbury boast its fair share of artists, Thomas Gainsborough lived and painted here, but has lots to explore including the old market town, Quay theatre and ancient architecture. It also isn’t short on great places to enjoy an afternoon tea either!

Afternoon Tea at The Mill Hotel

It is estimated that a mill has stood on this site for over 1000 years, this beautiful conversion has beautiful unrestricted views over the River Stour while you enjoy their well renowned afternoon tea selection. Included in the menu are freshly baked fruit scones, wide selection of homemade cakes, 4 different finger sandwiches all accompanied by fine loose-leaf teas. Served from 12pm onwards.

Price Guide

£19.95/person and includes a glass of Prosecco.

Accessibility Assistance

Although the hotel is listed as not accessible, there is a ramp leading up to the entrance and the restaurant is located on the ground floor. Parking is available a short walk from the entrance.

Call 01787 375 544 or book online

The Mill Hotel Website

The Strawberry Teapot

If you’re longing for that more homey feel, The Strawberry Teapot tea room should be right up your street. This local’s secret is located a short walk from Gainsborough House and has a cosy atmosphere where you can enjoy a freshly made afternoon tea including all the classic constituents of sandwiches and homemade scones accompanied with vintage crockery and music and a friendly environment. Booking is required and dietary requirements should be stated at the time of booking.  

Price Guide

The Classic Afternoon Tea can be purchased for £14/person and upgraded to include Prosecco for £3/person.

Accessibility Assistance

The tearoom is on the ground floor and there are no steps leading up from the street. Town centre is about a 3-minute walk but can get busy during peak times.

Call 01787 881 999 or book online.

The Strawberry Teapot Website

Afternoon Tea in Woodbridge

Just out from Ipswich, Woodbridge is a short drive from the beach and cultural landmarks like Sutton Hoo’s ancient Viking burial ground. We have one favourite place for a quintessential afternoon tea in this area.

Afternoon Tea at Seckford Hall

This stunning ivy-covered hotel and spa offers the perfect place to enjoy their full afternoon tea including a quality selection of finger sandwiches, homemade savoury items like scotch eggs, fruit scones and the Chef’s choice freshly baked cakes. Served between 2pm and 5pm you can upgrade to a Prosecco or Champagne variant for an additional £7 and £12/person respectively.

Afternoon tea, floral crockery

Price Guide

A simple Cream tea is priced at £9/person and the Full Afternoon Tea costs £18/person

Accessibility Assistance

Seckford Hall has a wheelchair accessible entrance and onsite parking. Tell them of your accessibility requirements when booking to ensure they are able to fully accommodate your needs.

Call 01394 385 678 or book online

Seckford Hall Website

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