Craving a luxurious afternoon tea in Shropshire? Our charming county boasts a delightful number of afternoon tea locations, each offering an unforgettable experience.

The concept of the Afternoon Tea originated in 1840. The seventh Duchess of Bedford, Anna, reportedly became hungry around 4pm in the afternoon, following the long wait from lunch to dinner. As a result, she often asked that a tray of tea, bread and butter, and cake be bought to her room during the late afternoon. This soon became a habit, and she began inviting friends to join her.

Whether you seek a lavish spread in a historic setting, a cosy and relaxed ambiance, or the best value for money, Shropshire has the perfect spot to indulge in a delightful afternoon of freshly baked scones, finger sandwiches, and aromatic teas. Here are some of our favourites:

Fishmore Hall, Ludlow

Enjoy fine teas, selections of savouries and a variety of carefully crafted patisserie at Fishmore Hall. Nestled in Ludlow, experience fantastic views of the Shropshire countryside while you dine.

Head Chef, Phil Kerry, and his team aim to source the majority of ingredients within a 30-mile radius

Kerry Vale Vineyard, Pentreheyling

Just a short drive away, this local vineyard offers fine finger sandwiches followed by a delightful selection of sweets.

Sip on herbal infusions or indulge in a glass of sparkling English wine for a truly special treat.

British Ironwork Centre, Oswestry

Experience afternoon tea with a difference. Choose from a variety of menus, including traditional, savoury, and vegan options at British Ironwork Centre.

Enjoy indoor or outdoor seating, plus a charming undercover garden room.

Ten & Six, Shrewsbury

Inspired by Alice in Wonderland, this quirky champagne bar offers a themed afternoon tea with a difference.

Delve into a Mad Hatter's inspired menu of sandwiches, sweet treats, and tea or coffee.

Hawkstone Hall & Gardens, Shrewsbury

For those willing to venture further, Hawkstone Hall & Gardens offers a prestigious afternoon tea experience in the Saloon Restaurant.

Overlooking the glorious gardens, enjoy seasonal flavours from three selection menus: traditional, savoury gentlemen's, and vegetarian

For other ideas about food and drink in Shropshire, take a look at our collection of blogs to inspire your next visit.