8 Charming Places For Tea In The Cotswolds

Arlington Row in Bibury

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.

Lucy's Tea Room in Stow-on-the-WoldLucy's Tea Room Cream Tea in Stow-on-the-Wold

The Swan Hotel, Bibury

The Swan Hotel overlooks one of The Cotswolds most photographed locations, Arlington Row (header image). Their stylish country bar has a log fire, comfortable armchairs and a terrace for the summer months.

The Manor House in Castle CombeThe Manor House Hotel in Castle Combe

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.

Further reading: A day trip to England’s prettiest village

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.

Lower Slaughter in The Cotswolds The Slaughters Inn, Lower Slaughter

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.

Further reading: 3 must-see places in The Cotswolds

Diversitea in Cirencester Town centre of Cirencester

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 tea room in Chipping Campden Chipping Campden in The Cotswolds

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.

Further reading: A day trip itinerary for The Cotswolds

Bridge Coffee Shop in Bath on Pulteney Bridge Pulteney Bridge in Bath

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.

See also: @ExploreWithEd’s Instagram takeover for @VisitBath

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  1. Paul Edwards
    January 2019 / 12:34 pm

    Loverly write up and photo’s, with some good ideas for trips out.

    • explorewithed
      January 2019 / 9:15 pm

      Thank you!! 😀

  2. January 2019 / 10:01 am

    Wow! Those are some really charming places. All going on my travel list right now. 🙂

    • explorewithed
      January 2019 / 3:05 pm

      Thanks Janja, glad you think so!

  3. Madeleine Wahlström
    February 2019 / 9:39 pm

    Just what we done in September…drunk tea in Bath…a lovley place ..on my first but not the last visit in England. I love the small villages with the old stonehouses…we saw so much ..all history ….it was my best journey ever..and am 60…idont like to fly but i fix it…..so i take your places and keep them to my next visit…..many regards ftom Madeleine in Sweden

    • explorewithed
      February 2019 / 11:28 pm

      So pleased to hear you enjoyed your journey through those villages Madeleine! I hope this list is useful for your next visit 🙂

  4. April 2019 / 1:26 am

    I absolutely loved The Slaughters Inn. A friend and I walked from Stow-on-the-Wold to Burton-on-the-Water, and we used the Slaughters as our resting point. It’s only about a 5 mile walk in total, but we were taking our time, taking in the sights and meandering through the lovely villages. We were exhausted by the time we found The Slaughters Inn, so we did exactly what you suggest — stopped for a pot of tea, some treats, and a bit of a lounge in front of the large fireplace before continuing on our adventure. It was wonderful, and one of my favorite memories of that walk — though, I admit, there are many great memories from that trip! Your photo above brought me right back to being in the Inn. 🙂 Now, I just have to get back to the Cotswolds so I can try all the other places for tea! 🙂

    • explorewithed
      April 2019 / 11:56 am

      Ah I’m so pleased to hear that CJ! I really like that walk too and you’re right, Slaughters Inn is perfect resting point. Hope you get back there soon 🙂

  5. Sheila S Brooks
    December 2019 / 4:48 pm

    I visited the Cotswolds in October. The villages, as well as, the villagers were delightful . The scones and tea with milk was to die for. It’s almost like being in a fairytale as you walk and take in the history and rich culture of this oh so beautiful landscape. I hope to return one day!♥️

    • explorewithed
      December 2019 / 1:15 pm

      It really is Sheila, a total world of its own – glad you enjoyed your visit!

  6. September 2020 / 5:49 pm

    This is such a helpful post. We’ve been trying to take a road trip every week to ease the boredom of not being able to travel internationally, but I was starting to run out of ideas for places to visit and the Cotswolds is only about an hour away from us so it’s definitely somewhere I need to explore more of!

    • explorewithed
      September 2020 / 11:56 am

      Thank you Becky! There’s so many lovely spots to enjoy in The Cotswolds – and I think a tearoom is always a good place to start!

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