There’s no finer place to enjoy the British tradition of cream tea than the charming and cosy cafés and pubs in The Cotswolds. Whether it’s a comforting tea by a log fire or a luxurious Afternoon Tea in a summer garden, this list caters to every season and taste.
Lucy’s Tea Room, Stow-on-the-Wold
Flower baskets and British flags dress this cute family-run café in the heart of Stow-on-the-Wold. Lucy’s Tea Room menu includes; traditional cream tea, homemade soups and hearty English breakfasts using locally sourced ingredients.
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The Swan Hotel, Bibury
The Swan Hotel overlooks one of The Cotswolds most photographed locations, Arlington Row (pictured below). The stylish country bar has a log fire, comfortable armchairs and a terrace for the summer months.
The Manor House, Castle Combe
One of the most elegant places to have Afternoon Tea in The Cotswolds is the exclusive Manor House in Castle Combe, a village that’s often referred to as England’s prettiest. Presented on a tier cake stand, you can expect to enjoy this indulgent tradition in their delightful Drawing Room, restaurant or summer garden.
The Bridge Tea Rooms, Bradford-on-Avon
The bowing frontage, uneven windows and short doorway adds to the charm of this award winning tea room in Bradford-on-Avon. Situated on the southern edge of The Cotswolds, the beautiful town is full of pretty buildings and cobbled stone streets you’d expect to find in this area.
The Slaughters Inn, Lower Slaughter
Wooden beams, low ceilings and a crackling log fire, The Slaughters Inn is a typical English pub with a modernised restaurant area. Warm up with a pot of tea before exploring the charming village and nearby Bourton-on-the-Water, nicknamed the little Venice of The Cotswolds.
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Diversitea Café, Cirencester
Tucked away inside the cosy confines of the Corn Hall market in Cirencester you’ll find Diversitea, a café using traditional china and teapots to brew anything from Rooibos and Darjeeling to a typical English Breakfast tea.
Badgers Hall, Chipping Campden
The charming B&B in Chipping Campden has a lounge area offering everything you’d expect on an English tea menu; crumpets, teacakes and sandwiches that are frequently served as platters for two to enjoy with a pot of tea or coffee.
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The Bridge Coffee Shop, Bath
The UNESECO city is a gateway to The Cotswolds from the south, full of honey-coloured Georgian buildings and English tea rooms like Sally Lunns (also the oldest house in Bath) and The Bridge Coffee Shop with views over Pulteney weir.