There’s no finer place to enjoy the British tradition of cream tea than the charming and cosy tearooms, cafés and inns 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 Tearoom, Stow-on-the-Wold
Flower baskets and British flags dress this delightful family-run tearoom in the heart of Stow-on-the-Wold. Lucy’s Tearoom is a lovely spot for lunch or a traditional cream tea, and on a cold winters day you can warm up over a homemade soup or hearty English breakfast prepared using locally sourced ingredients.
The Swan Hotel, Bibury
The Swan Hotel is close to one of The Cotswolds most photographed locations, Arlington Row. The stylish country bar in Bibury has a log fire, comfortable armchairs and a terrace for the summer months to dine outdoors.
The Manor House, Castle Combe
One of the most elegant places to have Afternoon Tea in The Cotswolds is the luxurious Manor House in Castle Combe, a place that’s often referred to as one of England’s prettiest villages. Presented on a tier cake stand, you can expect to enjoy this indulgent tradition in their delightful Drawing Room, restaurant or summer garden.
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The Bridge Tea Rooms, Bradford-on-Avon
The bowing frontage, uneven windows and short doorway, The Bridge Tea Rooms in Bradford-on-Avon is packed full of character and has won some prestigious awards. Situated on the southern edge of The Cotswolds, this beautiful town is full of pretty honey coloured properties and historic buildings like a 14th Century Tithe Barn.
The Slaughters Inn, Lower Slaughter
Wooden beams, low ceilings and a crackling log fire, The Slaughters Inn is a quintessential English pub with a contemporary restaurant area. After strolling along the cottages in Lower Slaughter to the Old Mill, cosy up with a pot of tea by the fireplace before making your way to Bourton-on-the-Water nearby, nicknamed 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. Cirencester is known as the ‘Capital of The Cotswolds’ because it’s a large market town for the area with a long history dating back to the Ancient Romans.
Badgers Hall, Chipping Campden
This charming B&B and tearoom 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.
Badgers Hall is located on Chipping Campden’s beautiful High Street where you’ll also find a Market Hall that was built in 1627 and is under the protection of the National Trust.
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Sally Lunn’s, Bath
The UNESECO city of Bath is a gateway to The Cotswolds from the south. The streets are lined with grand Georgian buildings that have been used as a backdrop for the period drama series Bridgerton.
There are numerous tearooms in Bath, including Sally Lunn’s, a characterful ‘Eating House and Museum’ and home of the famous Sally Lunn bun, a melt in your mouth sweet bun that I love to enjoy with an English Breakfast tea, freshly brewed from a teapot using tea leaves.
Another option is The Bridge Coffee Shop, as the name suggests it is positioned on one of Bath’s iconic sights, Pulteney Bridge, so you can enjoy sipping your drink with a view over the river, weir and park.
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