Let Them Eat Cake! 12 Mother’s Day Afternoon Teas
Treat your mum to a lavish spread at one of these top hotels or a quirky cuppa in a vintage Warwickshire tea room.
Hampton Manor, Hampton in Arden, near Solihull
Award-winning afternoon tea is served in the Manor’s pastel clad Parlour, a theatrical lounge where a tea sommelier explains specialist teas crafted in single-batch from various artisan family-run gardens. The Lailani & Co teas fuse the traditional with a modern twist and afternoon tea includes seasonal fresh produce with an innovative edge. In June Hampton Manor was awarded Best Afternoon Tea in Birmingham at the Birmingham Food, Drink and Hospitality Awards. Afternoon tea for families with children under the age of 12 is served in Peel’s Restaurant or Fred’s bar, Mon-Fri only.
££: £25-£35 per person, Mon-Fri, 3pm-4pm & weekends, 2pm-4pm.
Hampton Manor, Shadowbrook Lane, Hampton-In-Arden, Solihull, B92 0EN, http://hamptonmanor.com
Vinteas Tea Room, Leamington Spa
This is where my daughters first discovered home-made Red Velvet cake. It is the best. A wonderful little vintage tea shop in Park Street for a Mothering Sunday celebration. Bring your mudlets along with you to enjoy a children’s afternoon tea which includes 4 finger sandwiches, a sausage roll, grapes, crisps, and a slice of any cake, plus a hot chocolate or soft drink.
££: A Mother’s Day afternoon tea is £23.95 for two, and you can even bring your own bubbly. Children’s afternoon tea £9.95.
vinteas.co.uk Ring 01926 832091 to reserve your table.
For a theatrical Ivor Novello Afternoon Tea you’ve got to come to this lovely 1940s tea room. It’s run by two former RSC stage managers. All the waiting staff are dressed up in vintage period dresses, pinnies and headscarves. The tea room itself is decked out in Union Jack flags and bunting. The menu is a wartime rations book and there’s green crockery. I’d rate this as one of the best high teas I’ve had. A delightfully decadent quartet with a sandwich of your choice, fruit scone with strawberry jam and clotted cream, a medley of cakes, and a pot of the Fourteas House Blend. For the perfect treat, add a glass of chilled Prosecco.
££: £15 per person or £20 with Prosecco.
24 Sheep Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 6EF. thefourteas.co.uk Tel: 01789 293908,
Oliv Cafe, Rugby
A stylish indie cafe that also doubles up as an estate agents. Mother’s Day afternoon teas and lunches are by reservations only. It’s open 11am -2pm on Sunday March 26. There’s a good chance you’ll end up buying a few things on top of the tea.
oliv.uk.com Tel: 01788 547000
Coombe Abbey Hotel, Binley, Coventry
In the beautiful setting of Coombe Abbey in the Garden Restaurant, you can look forward to the Abbot’s Afternoon Tea featuring three tiers of sandwiches, cakes, pastries and freshly-baked scones served with whipped clotted cream and jam with loose teas of your choice. There’s also a savoury choice – The Knight’s Afternoon Tea featuring mini pork pies, duck scotch eggs, finger sandwiches, few sweet tasty treats and half a pint of Coombe Ale.
££: Abbot’s £19.95; Knight’s £22.95
Brinklow Road, Binley, Coventry CV3 2AB, coombeabbey.com
Whittles Restaurant, Binswood Hall, Leamington Spa
This Grade II-listed former Victorian school building situated in the centre of Royal Leamington Spa has a charming contemporary Afternoon Tea menu. It comprises of a selection of delicate finger sandwiches, fruit scones served with strawberry preserve and clotted cream, a variety of cream cakes, tea loaf and a pot of Twinning tea. Why not try a Traditional Afternoon Tea with a cocktail or the G & Tea…a quintessentially English gin and tonic served in a vintage teacup? Rude not to.
££: Afternoon tea £16.95; G and T £19.95; with a cocktail from the menu £21.95; Prosecco £22.95
Hallmark Hotel The Welcome, Stratford-upon-Avon
The Welcombe Hotel’s traditional afternoon high tea served in the Trevelyan Restaurant every day at 3pm, 3.30pm and 4pm has garnered a loyal following. A delicious traditional afternoon tea with sandwiches, homemade scones, jam and clotted cream and a glass of fizz. Pre-booking is advised.
RSC Rooftop Restaurant or Circle Bar, Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon
Looking for the perfect Mother’s Day gift? How about treating your Mum to a tour of the RSC and high tea with a view over the river Avon in the Rooftop Restaurant? The theatre’s newly opened Circle Bar will also be offering special high teas with or without Champagne on March 26. Or if you’re visiting Hall’s Croft, the beautifully furnished Jacobean home of Shakespeare’s daughter Susanna and her husband, Dr John Hall in the Old Town you can also treat your mum to a cream tea at their café between 12 and 4pm.
££: Afternoon Tea (scones, jam and cream) £6.95 per person; Rooftop High Tea £14.95 per person / £28 for two and Deutz Champagne High Tea – £22 per person / £42 for two. For children under 12 £7.50 for one / £14 for two
Ettington Park Hotel, Alderminster, near Stratford
Spoil your Mum with afternoon tea in the Great Drawing Room of this historic house on March 26. Enjoy speciality loose teas, sandwiches, cakes, pastries and scones. Children can also enjoy their own afternoon tea with an activity pack for each child. Reservations are essential. Served from 1pm – 6pm. Read the Muddy Stays review of Ettington Park here.
££: £29.95 per person.
The Falcon Hotel, Stratford-upon-Avon
Five mums and I enjoyed a very pleasant early ‘Mother’s Day’ Prosecco afternoon tea last Friday. We had our very own wood panelled room with a roaring log fire. Everyone received a miniature bottle of Prosecco, which ended up in handbags as we were all driving. Two wooden cabinets arrived filled with miniature sandwiches, macaroons, scones and tarts (you know what I mean – the ones with the raspberries on top!).
££: We paid £11 each, as one of the mums had organised a group deal so it was definitely worth it. Plus, free parking in the hotel car park.
One of Warwickshire’s National Trust properties
Enjoy a walk around a historic house and gardens followed by a Mothering Sunday Afternoon Tea at Coughton Court’s Kitchen Cafe, a traditional spread of Scones, cakes, tea and a glass of sparkling wine at Upton House’s vintage kitchen, the Garden Cafe at Packwood House and Baddesley Clinton’s Barn Restaurant.
Marco Pierre White, Kenilworth
Treat your mum to Afternoon Tea at Marco’s New York Italian Kenilworth with freshly Baked Scones, clotted Cream and strawberry Jam, an assortment of finger sandwiches and a selection of desserts served in a wooden wine crate, accompanied by a choice of fine teas or fresh coffee.
££ £15.95 between 2.30pm-5pm, Mon to Sat. Booking is advised.
marcoskenilworth.co.uk Tel: 01926 855957