With 165 million cups of tea everyday, it is by far the most popular drink in Britain, so we’ve round-up 10 top local places whew you can get a great cuppa and carry on our national tradition…
Opened in 2014, this patisserie not only serves a great cuppa, but also has some delicious treats including macaroons, cookies, cup cakes and mud cakes – and if you don’t have time to sit back and relax in their lovely surroundings they will package up the treats for you to take home.
Stone Street, Cranbrook TN17 3HF. Open Mon-Fri 8am-5pm, Sat 9am-4pm.
• For more information, visit www.cocolicious.co.uk or call 01580 714954
In an ideal spot for taking a break while shopping in town, you can enjoy afternoon tea at Bill’s between 2.30pm and 5.30pm, which offers a scrumptious selection of sandwiches, cakes and scones with a large pot of tea and a glass of champagne. And if you can’t get to the Tunbridge Wells venue, Bill’s is soon to open in Sevenoaks.
Five Ways, Lime Hill Road, Tunbridge Wells TN1 1LJ. Open Mon-Sat 8am-10.30pm, Sun and Bank Holidays 9am-10.30pm.
• For more information, call 01892 548699 or visit bills-website.co.uk/restaurants/tunbridge-wells/
The Swan Street Cafe
Offering “delicious drinks, delectable food and brilliant baked goods”, The Swan Street Cafe has a warm and friendly atmosphere with food made freshly on the premises. They also offer a great breakfast and food to take away if you are on the go.
19-21 Swan Street, West Malling ME19 6JU.
• For more information, call 01732 871692 or visit their Facebook page The-Swan-Street-Café
With a picturesque garden and fairy tale castle, where better to sit back and enjoy a cup of tea than Scotney Castle?
The tea room offers hot lunches, light snacks, cakes and cream teas – and with more than 770 acres surrounding you there’s plenty of room to walk off any overindulgences!
Lamberhurst, Tunbridge Wells TN3 8JN. Open 7 days a week, 10am-5pm.
• For more information, call 01892 893820 or visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/scotney-castle
80% of workers say they find out more about what’s going on at work over a cup of tea than any other way
A warm welcome and a great cuppa awaits you at Woods, where in the beautiful surroundings of the historic Pantiles you can enjoy afternoon tea. Here the children are also catered for, and for the adults you could always opt for a sparkling tea for two. Any why not complete the trip with a visit to their produce store and take some locally-sourced goodies home?
62 & 64 The Pantiles, Tunbridge Wells TN2 5TN. Open Mon-Thurs 8am-5pm (kitchen closes 4.30pm), Fri-Sun 8am-5pm.
• For more information, call 01892 614411 or visit www.woodsrestaurant.co.uk
The Velo House
Designed to meet the demands of hungry and health-conscious cyclists, The Velo House Cafe is a great place to stop off and refuel. They offer a fine range of Tea Pigs speciality teas including their Everyday brew and fruity Rooibus. If you’re peckish while you are there, they offer a full breakfast and lunch menu as well as lunchtime specials inspired by where the big cycle races are taking place.
5 Saint John’s Road, Tunbridge Wells TN4 9GW. Open Mon-Fri 8am-5.30pm, Sat-Sun 9am-5pm.
• For information, call 01892 554500 or visit www.thevelohouse.com
The Cake Shed
The Cake Shed prides itself on baking home-made cakes daily to accompany your cup of tea, while also helping promote local artists and musicians with featured artwork being changed every six weeks and regular performances for customers to enjoy.
32 The Pantiles, Tunbridge Wells TN2 5TN. Open 7 days a week, 10am-5pm.
• For more information, call 01892 457357 or visit www.thecakeshed.co.uk
The Spa Hotel
Sit back in Lobby or Orangery and enjoy a Classic Afternoon Tea which includes a selection of sandwiches, home-made scones and delicious cakes, or if you feel like treating yourself, go for the Champagne Tea with the addition of a glass of Duval-Leroy Fleur de Champagne.
Mount Ephraim, Tunbridge Wells TN4 8XJ. Afternoon Tea is served between 12noon-6pm.
• For more information, call 01892 520331 or visit www.spahotel.co.uk
Piglet’s Tea room
In the heart of Pooh Country, Piglet’s Tea Room offer visitors to Pooh Corner, or those just passing by, the chance to have a refreshing cup of tea, crumpets, cakes, scones and many other treats. You can relax in the tea room or out in the garden, and sit back and see why this area inspired AA Milne’s magical tales.
High Street, Hartfield TN7 4AE. Open Mon-Sat 9am-4.30pm, Sun 10.30am-4.30pm.
• For more details, visit www.pooh-country.co.uk or call 01892 770456
Kent & East Sussex Railway
Why restrict yourself to one venue while enjoying an afternoon tea, when you can hop aboard the Kent & East Sussex Railway and see lots of sights while eating warmed scones with butter and jam, cakes and tea or coffee? However, if you prefer not to have your cuppa while on the go there is also a tea shop to partake of a brew at Tenterden Town Station.
Tenterden Town Station, Tenterden TN30 6HE. Visit the website – www.kesr.org.uk – for opening times.
• For more information, call 01580 765155