Theres something wonderfully British about afternoon tea. Its a wonderful tradition thats simply a must when youre exploring the many delights of England. Dorset is home to some fantastic tea rooms offering tasty treats and delicious sandwichesthat are sure to make a memorable part of your cottage stay. Take a look at six of the best Dorset afternoon tea spots and book yourself a table as part of your next visit to Dorset.
6 of the best Dorset afternoon tea spots
1.The Steam Vintage Tea Rooms The Steam Vintage Tea Rooms is a wonderful location to enjoy a classic Dorset afternoon tea experience. With retro dcor, including gorgeously decorated china, its ideal for vintage lovers and those looking to enjoy a bit of nostalgia. The tea rooms offer a fantastic menu that caters for a range of dietary requirements, so vegan, gluten-free and dairy-free diets will find something suitable here. The Steam Vintage Tea rooms have prices that start at an amazing 6.95, so its ideal for those on a budget during their stay. Where to stay:If you love classic British traditions, youll love the beautifulApple Cottage. It has a gorgeous English country garden and even some retro artwork decorating the house. It sleeps 6 and is located in Wimborne which is only short drive to Bournemouth, where you can take in the sites and enjoy a day at the beach. 2.The Aroma Cafe While this one doesnt necessarily offer an afternoon tea, its a great family-friendly spot to enjoy coffee, cake or an all-day breakfast a more modern version of afternoon tea if you like. Aroma comes highly recommended and this year won theDorset Food and Drink Awardfor Family Dining. There are cafes in bothLyme RegisandBridport, so you can enjoy the wonderful Aroma wherever you are in Dorset. Where to stay:Albury Housein Lyme Regis is a truly amazing location to enjoy a Dorset break. It has beautiful modern dcor throughout and sleeps up to 10 so its ideal for large group stays. With a lot of character and within easy walking distance to the beach, Albury House is one of our finest Dorset cottages. 3.Friedas Tearoom For a fun and unique afternoon tea experience, hop aboard Friedas Teabus and enjoy your afternoon tea while getting an incredible tour of Bournemouth. The bus journey begins at Bournemouth Pier, taking you to Boscombe Pier while you enjoy delicious tea and cake. A lovely way to see the Dorset coast, youll learn a thing or two while sampling some of Friedas homemade treats. Available for special bookings, Friedas Teabus is also great if youre planning a hen party or a special birthday celebration. For those whod rather eat their afternoon tea in one place, the tea room is also open throughout the week offering a great selection of treats to eat in and takeaway. Where to stay:Stay atPlum Cottageand enjoy being close to some ofDorsets best towns and villages. Bournemouth is just a short drive away, while you can also explore some of the other attractions on offer nearby. Sleeping four, its a cosy cottage with some wonderful views to help you make the most of your country escape. 4.The Blue Pool Tea Rooms The Blue Pool is a beautiful spot to visit in Dorset, overlooking a gorgeous pool that is known for its colour-changing properties. Completely surrounded by woodland, it looks similar to a great American or Canadian lake, offering some beautiful views for those wishing to explore a different side of Dorset. The tea rooms overlook the lake and offer some fantastic afternoon tea packages to accompany the view. Head to this Dorset hidden gem and explore this wonderful setting. Where to stay:The Old Mill Houseis located in Swanage which is less than 20 minutes drive from The Blue Pool. A classic Dorset property sleeping up to 8, this cottage is an excellent choice for those looking for a central location. 5.Downhouse Farm Downhouse Farm is an excellent location for walkers to enjoy some afternoon tea to recharge. The caf shuts over the winter season but its well worth a visit if you can get there during your Dorset stay. The food is locally sourced, if not grown on the farm itself, and the scenery is perfect for enjoying a nice cup of tea and some wonderful views of the farm. This is one of the best Dorset afternoon tea spots and comes highly recommended by visitors. Where to stay:Myrtle Cottageis a popular property in Dorset that offers a beautiful setting for up to six. Located near Bridport, its a great property for exploring the best of the local area and conveniently located for some of Dorsets best walking routes. Ideal for a stay at any time of year, its a lovely property to enjoy creating happy memories of your time in Dorset. 6.Moreton Tearooms Moreton Tearooms is one of Dorsets best afternoon tea spots. It's a popular destination for both locals and holidaymakers, offering some delicious homemade cakes and scones as well as jams and other accompaniments. Moreton Tearooms has won multiple awards for being one of the best cream tea destinations, so its worth a visit if you want to enjoy one of Dorsets best afternoon tea spots. Where to stay:Stay at theOld Chapeland enjoy a relaxing getaway in Dorset. This property has all the mod-cons you need to enjoy the ideal weekend escape. Sturminster Marshall is just a short drive from the Moreton Tearooms, and is an excellent place to stop after a morning exploring East Dorset. Sleeping up to four, you need to be quick to book this popular property. Afternoon tea is a welcome treat after getting out and about in Dorset. Whether you prefer a traditional cup of tea in a classic tea room or something a bit more contemporary, youll find a lot of choice with these best Dorset afternoon tea spots. For more great things to do during your Dorset Hideaways holiday, take a look at ourblogwhich is packed with excellent recommendations and travel tips to enjoy during your stay.