A quintessential English classic. What better way to treat your loved ones than with an indulgent afternoon tea in Shropshire? With Mother’s Day fast approaching, the perfect opportunity lies within a delicious spread of dainty, finger sandwiches and the finest patisserie for miles.

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.

From hanging out in an historic Hall to treating yourself in a tempting townhouse, we’ve compiled a few of our favourites to tempt you.

Hawkstone Hall & Gardens, Shrewsbury

Take your next afternoon tea at Hawkstone Hall & Gardens in the prestigious Saloon Restaurant.

Overlooking the glorious gardens, enjoy seasonal flavours from three selection menus; traditional, savoury gentlemen’s and vegetarian.

Fishmore Hall, Ludlow

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

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

Townhouse Bar & Brasserie, Oswestry

Situated in Oswestry, Townhouse Bar & Brasserie combines contemporary with extravagance.

Enjoy a selection of sandwiches, sausage rolls and sweets within their Georgian exterior. Townhouse pride themselves on offering a dining experience to remember.

Kerry Vale Vineyard, Pentreheyling

Indulge in fine finger sandwiches, with a selection of sweets to follow at our local vineyard.

Served up with herbal infusions of your choice or a glass of sparkling English wine, what’s not to love?

British Ironwork Centre, Oswestry

An afternoon tea experience with a difference. Choose from an assortment of menus from traditional, savoury, and vegan at British Ironwork Centre.

With a range of indoor and outdoor seating, plus an undercover garden room, it’s clear to see the attraction.