Maya Eva
23rd August 2023

With its charming streets and historic architecture, Canterbury is not only a haven for history enthusiasts but also a paradise for food lovers.

One of the most delightful culinary experiences you can indulge in here is the quintessentially British tradition of afternoon tea. In this blog post, we'll take you on a journey through some of the finest establishments for an unforgettable afternoon tea experience in the city and along the coast - so keep reading!

Will you take tea or bubbles? What goes on first, cream or jam?

Nestled in the heart of the city, ABode Canterbury is an elegant hotel offering a sophisticated afternoon tea experience that combines traditional elements with a modern twist.

Savor delectable finger sandwiches, freshly baked scones, and an array of sweet treats, all served in the wood-paneled Champagne Bar. It even has a roaring fire in colder months.

For a quaint spot of tea in a traditional setting, Moat Tea Rooms is a hidden gem.

Nestled in Canterbury's Cathedral Quarter and housed in a stunning little Tudor building, this tea room offers a cozy and inviting experience. Indulge in their homemade scones with clotted cream and jam, along with a selection of teas that will transport you back in time.

A firm favourite for locals and visitors to the city, Tiny Tim's Tearoom offers a quintessential afternoon tea experiences set in a beautiful historic building.

This family-run tearoom exudes warmth and hospitality, making you feel right at home. Choose from a delightful assortment of sandwiches, cakes, and pastries, all freshly prepared and bursting with flavors. After enjoying your tea, head to the attic and discover the mysterious history of the building and the secrets it hides....

Steeped in elegance, the Falstaff Hotel offers a refined afternoon tea experience that captures the essence of Canterbury's heritage.

Enjoy a leisurely afternoon in their inviting lounge with comfy sofas and bohemian décor, where you can relish a selection of their award-winning cakes and other delights.

Known for its whimsical and creative approach to afternoon tea, The Cook’s Tale adds a touch of playfulness to this beloved tradition.

This modern Indian restaurant is famous for its creatives dishes and Sunday lunches, but it's afternoon tea is something to truly savour. With an array of themed teas and inventive pastries, this establishment promises a unique and unforgettable culinary adventure. 

If you're seeking a fusion of French patisserie and British afternoon tea, Patisserie Valerie is the place to be.

Indulge in their assortment of exquisite pastries, cakes, and savory delights, all crafted with meticulous attention to detail and a touch of continental flair right on the High Street.

If you would prefer to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and head into the countryside, then why not try the relaxing afternoon tea at Howfield Manor Hotel?

A beautiful country-house hotel surrounded by rolling fields and wildlife is a wonderful place to embrace your inner Jane Austen (she was a frequent visitor to the area!) and indulge in a refined afternoon tea in style. 

Just a 10-15 minute drive from city centre.

Feel a bit royal by taking afternoon tea at Whitstable Castle and Gardens in their Orangery Tea Rooms.

This estate has a long history spanning all the way back to the 15th century! After finishing your food, why not take a walk around the castle and gardens to soak up some historical goodness?

Head back in time to the 1940s and experience the Vintage Empire Tearoom on your next trip to Herne Bay.

With beautiful antique decor and a homely charm, their afternoon tea has a lot to offer with themed menus such as the Vera Lynn and the Winston Churchill.

Fancy taking tea by the seaside? There are plenty of super cute cafes in our coastal towns to explore and enjoy.

In Herne Bay, meet some furry friends while taking afternoon tea by visiting the Cosy Cat Cafe. This coastal establishment is home to 12 lovely rescue cats including Simba, Chipsy, Gatsby and Panda, and serves up sensational snacks while you pet the kitties.