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7 delightful places for Afternoon tea in Cambridge

Afternoon Tea with Tea and Cakes

Afternoon tea in Cambridge

Afternoon tea in Cambridge is an essential British experience that everyone should try at least once in their lifetime. Whether you are a tourist or a local resident, indulging in the tradition of afternoon tea in Cambridge is an absolute must. Here are some of the most delightful places to go for Afternoon Tea in Cambridge.

The Orchard Tea Garden

This is one of the oldest and most traditional places in Cambridge to enjoy a delightful afternoon tea experience. Nestled within the picturesque countryside, this spot offers visitors the opportunity to enjoy homemade scones and an assortment of sweet and savoury delicacies.

Rupert Brooke was the centre of a remarkable group of friends who provided a constant stream of visitors to The Orchard, including Virginia Woolf (novelist), Bertrand Russell (philosopher), Ludwig Wittgenstein (philosopher), E.M. Forster (novelist), John Maynard Keynes (economist), and Augustus John (artist).


Famous for its sticky Chelsea buns, this bakery has become one of Cambridge’s go-to spots for afternoon tea. You can find it in the centre of Cambridge on Trumpington Street. From sandwiches to cakes, there is a selection of items that are baked fresh on site. There is a choice between tea or coffee, and it’s an affordable afternoon tea option, too.

The Clayton Hotel

For an opulent afternoon tea experience, the Clayton Hotel offers an exquisite experience. The hotel is located close to the train station, and the contemporary design blends harmoniously with a luxurious afternoon tea. You can look forward to being served a fine selection of handmade sandwiches, delightful cakes, and perfectly brewed tea, in a relaxing atmosphere.

The Ivy Cambridge

Afternoon tea in Cambridge is a time-honoured tradition and what better place to experience it than at The Ivy in Cambridge? Located in the heart of this historic city, The Ivy provides an elegant and charming setting for a leisurely afternoon tea.

With an extensive menu of teas, from traditional blends to more exotic offerings, you can indulge in your favourite cup of tea. Accompanying the tea is a delicious selection of freshly made sandwiches, scones with clotted cream and preserves, and an assortment of decadent desserts.

The Varsity Hotel

The Varsity Hotel, with its prime riverside location, offers guests an impressive view while indulging in afternoon tea. The menu offers delicious delights with the option to upgrade to champagne afternoon tea for that added special touch. The panoramic views of Cambridge from the hotel’s Roof Terrace make it a unique experience for everyone.

Afternoon Tea in Cambridge Cups
Afternoon Tea in Cambridge Cups

Parker’s Tavern

Parker’s Tavern in Cambridge is a true hidden gem that perfectly captures the essence of old-world charm and modern luxury. Their Afternoon Tea offers a delicious selection of savouries & sweets that include Pimms’ macaroons and Duke of Cambridge Tart.

Carriages Tea Rooms

Carriages of Cambridge Tearooms is more than just a place to grab a cup of tea and a scone; it’s a step back in time. The roaring twenties were an age of elegance and extravagance, and the Carriages Tearooms perfectly capture that feeling as the afternoon tea is served on a vintage pullman train carriage. From the carefully crafted decor to the delicate china, everything is a nod to a bygone era. It’s the ideal spot to unwind and relax with friends and family over a range of handcrafted Afternoon Teas.

Afternoon tea in Cambridge is an excellent way to experience British culture and indulge in some scrumptious treats, all whilst taking in Cambridge’s history and atmosphere.

So, what are you waiting for? Grab your friends or loved ones and book a spot for afternoon tea in Cambridge today.


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