Afternoon tea has been increasingly popular over the last few years and with good reason. Who would say no to a selection of savoury and sweet snacks available to them, accompanied with a cup of the finest tea, coffee or, if you’re partial to an alcoholic beverage, a cool glass of champagne? The Lake District offers one of the UK’s most picturesque settings to enjoy afternoon tea with your loved ones, with views across Lake Windermere and the surrounding fells.
In this article, we take a look at some of the very best places to enjoy afternoon tea in the Lake District. Our aim is simple: to whet your appetite before your visit to the Lakes later this year.
If you’re really looking to push the boat out when choosing your location for afternoon tea in Windermere, then look no further than the Fizzy Tarté. Based in the heart of Bowness-on-Windermere, this popular bar has gained a reputation for serving some of the best afternoon tea in the Lake District in recent years.
You can opt to choose the Ultimate Afternoon Indulgence option, which consists of a truly stunning selection of indulgent treats along with a glass of rosé Prosecco. The Fizzy Tarté puts a slight twist on more traditional afternoon tea, with a selection including a mini profiterole tower, a strawberry and champagne torte, as well as a white rum and pistachio delice, alongside some savoury finger sandwiches.
When you stay with us here at Windermere Marina Village, you are just a stone’s throw away from all that the Fizzy Tarté has to offer. If you’re thinking about having a glass of bubbly to celebrate your visit to the lakes, the Fizzy Tarté is just a 20-minute walk away from Windermere Marina Village, or a 5-minute drive if you’ll be enjoying tea and coffee.
Gilpin Spice & HRiSHi
Fancy enjoying a spot of afternoon tea in a Michelin Starred restaurant? If you choose to dine at the super modern Gilpin Spice you’ll find a special interpretation on traditional afternoon tea. Their special take on afternoon tea was cooked up by Executive Chef Hrishikesh Desai, who was a previous winner of Alex Polizzi’s BBC2 Chefs on Trial.
To create a stunning afternoon tea, chefs combine fresh Lake District produce and classic cooking methods to produce the most flavoursome of dishes. Highlights of this afternoon tea include the salmon mousse with brioche, white chocolate mousse and one of the most flavoursome cherry cakes we’ve ever tasted. The Gilpin Spice and HRiSHi offer a culinary experience that you can’t afford to miss when visiting the Lake District.
Gilpin Spice and HRiSHi are just a 5-minute drive from Windermere Marina Village, and you’ll even pass the stunning golf club on the route from your holiday home.
The Lakeside Hotel
Enjoying afternoon tea whilst taking in the breathtaking views of Lake Windermere really is as good as it gets, and if you choose to dine at The Lakeside Hotel, you can make this idyllic dream reality. The Lakeside hotel offers unrivalled views across Lake Windermere from a modern adaptation of a traditional Cumbrian country house, making it the perfect place to enjoy afternoon tea with your loved ones.
Offering a more traditional take on afternoon tea, you’ll be treated to a three-course selection which includes soup followed by delicate finger sandwiches and then a selection of desserts, including buttermilk scones, lime curd and coconut éclairs, among other tasty treats.
You can find The Lakeside Hotel tucked away in Newby Bridge, which is just a 20-minute drive away from Windermere Marina Village.
Our final afternoon tea recommendation is Linthwaite House, a contemporary country house hotel which is set in 14 acres of well-maintained private woodland grounds. Situated on a hilltop overlooking Lake Windermere, afternoon tea at Linthwaite House offers views of Lake Windermere and the surrounding fells.
You can enjoy your afternoon tea from the Bar & Conservatory on the terrace which overlooks the iconic Lake Windermere. This traditional afternoon tea comes with some stunning food; we’d strongly recommend the Lakes ham, nasturtium and mustard butter on onion bread and their special ‘One in a Million’, consisting of caramelised puff pastry, salt caramel and mascarpone cream, which comes as part of your afternoon tea selection.
Linthwaite House is situated less than a mile away from Windermere Marina Village and is perfect for those who wish to take a leisurely stroll to enjoy some afternoon tea in the Lake District.
We hope you found this list of where to find the best afternoon tea in the Lakes useful and that it went some way to making your taste buds tingle with the prospect of enjoying some yourself. If you are looking to enjoy a spot of afternoon tea as part of an extended stay in the Lakes, Windermere Marina Village offers comfortable and luxurious group accommodation in the Lake District, which is sure to meet the demands of both your family and friends.