We might have to agree to disagree about whether it’s cream or jam first, but we can agree that afternoon tea is a big treat. Luckily, afternoon tea in Surrey is a real institution and we are surrounded by so many truly delicious options in south west London we’re totally spoiled for choice! Read on for our top choices:


The Mitre

Always one to impress, is The Mitre hotel with their quintessential afternoon tea on the banks of the Thames. Sample fluffy chocolate éclairs and tart passion fruit cheesecake all whilst watching the boats, and the ducks, drift past on the river.


The Mitre Afternoon Tea


The French Tarte

This little Surbiton gem is a new addition to our list of favourite afternoon teas. Home-made French goodies and delicious mini savoury and sweet bites paired with a glass of champagne makes for an afternoon well spent. If you prefer, you can order from their website for collection from their cafe in Surbiton with 48 hours notice. Please note that afternoon tea needs to be booked in advance and is only available Wednesday – Sunday.

The French Tarte


Great Fosters

A truly British affair, indulge in smoked salmon sandwiches, scones with clotted cream, champagne and Pimms at Great Fosters. And with a doggy afternoon tea option, furry friends are welcome too.


Oatlands Park Hotel

Built on the site of a magnificent Tudor Palace, Oatlands Park Hotel has been serving up tasty treats since 1856. Opt for the Classic Afternoon Tea or add some bubbles with the Prosseco option.


Pennyhill Park

Here’s an indulgent idea – how about a morning in the spa followed by a high tea in the afternoon? Served on a traditional tiered cake stand, Pennyhill Park’s afternoon tea is a treat for the senses and just the thing to mark a special occasion.



Nestled in the Surrey Hills you’d be forgiven for thinking you were in France as you wind your way through the Denbies vineyards on the Vineyard Train. Alight at the hotel for a sparkling afternoon tea and spectacular views.




Social Mix cocktails 

Now for something a little less traditional. Social Mix cocktails will deliver your favourite cocktails right to your door. So, if you fancy a little tipple with your own home made cream tea give them a try!


Luxury picnic in the park

It would be a shame not to mention the British institution that is ‘The Picnic’ and with such a spectacular park right on our doorstep it’s hard to beat the idea of a luxury picnic in a little corner of Bushy Park. When it comes to picnic hampers, Picque, the handmade picnic company has lots of options to tickle your fancy, from their Afternoon Tea Box to the Teddy Bear’s Picnic box. Get it delivered to Craven House and then hop into the park for an afternoon of languishing. Or, if the weather is not on sides you could fling out a picnic blanket on the floor of your apartment and treat yourself to an afternoon tea delivery from Mclaren Fine Foods.

The Ivy In Cobham


The Ivy Cobham 

And finally, rounding off this truly mouth-watering collection is The Ivy in Cobham, where you can choose from a simpler Cream Tea, a Summer Garden Afternoon Tea complete with truffled chicken brioche rolls and a chocolate caramel flowerpot or add a glass of champagne to elevate it to the Champagne Tea.

As you can see, we are certainly not going to run out of afternoon tea options any time soon! Aren’t we (and you) lucky? If you have any questions, or I can help with reservations during your stay with us, do get in touch and let me know.

Have a lovely week,


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