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12 of the Best Places to try Afternoon Tea in Bournemouth

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table outside in a garden with a white tablecloth with a vase of colourful flowers on it and a three tiered white china cake stand with sandwiches scones and cakes on it and two china teacups alongside. Best afternoon tea in Bournemouth.

Celebrating a special occasion – or just in the mood for a treat? Here’s our guide to the best places for afternoon tea in Bournemouth, Dorset!

From traditional crumbly scones and dainty finger sandwiches, to inventive pastries and experimental cakes, there’s an afternoon tea that’s perfect for any occasion.

Whether you’re looking to indulge with friends, enjoy a romantic valentines afternoon tea, celebrate mothers’ or fathers’ day, or just treat yourself to something special – Bournemouth has you covered!

From luxurious hotel lounges to traditional vintage tea rooms, Bournemouth is the perfect place to indulge in afternoon tea. Here’s our pick of the best places to experience it…

Best Places to Try Afternoon Tea in Bournemouth

You’ll find a map of Bournemouth’s best afternoon tea spots at the bottom of this post. Meanwhile, read on for our full list…

Frieda’s Tea Room

7 Stafford Road, City Centre, Bournemouth, BH1 1JH

three small sponge cakes, two white and one red, with cream filling and cream frosting topped with raspberries on a white plate

Enjoy a luxurious Afternoon Tea in Frieda’s cosy and award-winning tearoom. With a range of homemade goodies to suit all dietary needs, enjoy a wonderfully indulgent afternoon tea that has been meticulously conceived and created by Frieda and her team.

Elevate your experience by opting for Freida’s Champagne or Gin Afternoon Tea for an additional cost.

Freida’s Tearoom also used to run an incredible Afternoon Tea Bus (click here to read our review). This was served on board a double-decker bus whilst taking a tour of Bournemouth seafront on board! The bus is currently not in operation but will hopefully return for the summer season.

Prices start at £19 per person, see website for opening times.

East, W Cliff Promenade, Bournemouth BH1 3AA

outdoor terrace with a low stone wall above a grassy lawn and green shrubs. there is a small wooden cirtcular table on the terrace with a three tiered white china cake stand on it laid with cakes and sandwiches for afternoon tea and a small vase with pink flowers next to it.

Pair a delicious afternoon treat with an inspiring stroll through the renowned Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum in Bournemouth. The cafe serves a wonderful, traditional afternoon tea consisting of a delicious feast of homemade sandwiches, freshly baked scones, and delectable mini cakes with tea for £30 per person (with the option to add bubbly for an additional £10 per person).

Reservations are required, see website for opening times.

The Connaught Hotel and Spa

30 West Hill Road, Bournemouth, BH2 5PH

three tiered metal afternoon tea stand with cakes scones and finger sandwiches on a white marble tabletop with two champagne flutes and a hand pouring a bottle of champagne at the The Connaught Hotel in Bournemouth
Image Credit: The Connaught Hotel and Spa

The Connaught Hotel and Spa is a great place to indulge in a high-quality, traditional afternoon tea. Enjoy a pot of tea accompanied by a delicately crafted selection of sandwiches, mouth-watering scones and their signature miniature cakes.

Having recently been awarded 2 AA Rosettes, you know you can expect good things from the Connaught! In the summer months, enjoy your afternoon tea in their stunning garden terraces. As the weather gets colder into Winter, the hotel opens up the Drawing Room, so customers can enjoy their afternoon tea by a cosy open fire.

Prices start from £19.50 per person
Served every day from 12 noon – 5.00pm

Hotel Collingwood

11 Priory Road, Bournemouth, BH2 5DF

Hotel Collingwood’s sophisticated tea lounge serves a wonderful, traditional ‘Everyday afternoon tea’ option that is great for any occasion. Enjoy unlimited tea or coffee with warm scones, hearty finger sandwiches, and a variety of tiny cakes and sweets.

Why not upgrade your experience for their Gold Afternoon Tea indulgent option that includes a glass of prosecco or mocktail. Or try the Green Is The New Black afternoon tea, a modern twist on a English favourite, with a purely vegan selection.

‍Priced from £19.50 per person
See website for opening times

Skybar at Hilton Bournemouth

Terrace Road, Bournemouth BH2 5EL

With breathtaking views over Bournemouth, your afternoon tea experience is taken to another level at the lavish Level8ight The Sky Bar at the Hilton Bournemouth. Tuck into a variety of sweet delicacies including signature macaroons, giant profiteroles and traditional favourites.

Served daily from 12:00-3:30.
Prices start from £25 per person.

Hotel Miramar

East Overcliff Drive, Bournemouth BH1 3AL

In addition to mouth-watering fluffy scones with jam and cream, Hotel Miramar’s classic Afternoon Tea by the Sea includes a delicate assortment of sandwiches and savouries, sweet delights, and dainty pastries.

For something a bit more daring, choose from their selection of elevated teas including BH1 Gin Miramar Tea by the Sea and Champagne Miramar Tea by the Sea. Afternoon tea is provided at Miramar on the Deck, in the Drawing Room, and in the Library.

Reservations are advised. See website for details.

Cumberland Hotel

27 East Overcliff Drive, Boscombe, Bournemouth BH1 3AF

Treat yourself to a choice of contemporary afternoon tea at this art deco boutique hotel. Along with its Traditional Afternoon Tea, the Ventana Grand Cafe also offers a Hendrick’s Afternoon Tea that includes a tea-inspired gin cocktail.

From £20.00 per person
Served between 3.00-5.00pm

Arbor Restaurant at the Greenhouse Hotel

Green House Hotel, 4 Grove Road, Bournemouth BH1 3AX

This award-winning hotel’s afternoon teas are served on its signature three-tiered iconic wooden ‘tree’ stand, in a gorgeously restored Grade II Victorian villa on Grove Road.

Indulge in an assortment of savoury dishes and sweet treats, as well as freshly-baked warm scones served with Dorset clotted cream and regional jams, made fresh each morning by the pastry chef.

From £22 per person
See website for opening times

Cafe Rouge

67 Seamoor Road, Westbourne, Bournemouth BH4 9AE

Enjoy a French twist on the classic Afternoon Tea at Cafe Rouge. Choose from a selection of afternoon tea experiences, from traditional tea and cakes to a Parisian-inspired selection of delicacies.

Why not upgrade your experience to 90 minutes of bottomless prosecco for an additional £15 per person?!

From £15 per person
Served daily from 12 noon – 5.30pm

Bournemouth West Cliff Hotel

Durley Chine Road, Bournemouth, BH2 5JS

Treat yourself to the ultimate traditional afternoon tea at Bournemouth West Cliff Hotel. Enjoy unlimited tea or filter coffee along with a range of classic finger sandwiches, freshly baked scones with rich clotted cream and jam, as well as a variety of other traditional treats.

Prices start from £14.95 per person
Served daily 2.00-5.00pm

Cakey Love Afternoon Tea Boxes

flat lay of a wooden table with a selection of cakes and scones next to a paper box of sandwiches, a dorset tea sachet and three small jars of jams and cream. best afternoon tea in bournemouth.
Image Credit: Cakey Love

Cakey Love is an eco-friendly afternoon tea delivery service in Bournemouth and surrounding areas. Whatever the occasion, Cakey Love offers exceptional, freshly baked tea boxes with a choice of two scones, Dorset Tea and a selection of treats made with fresh, locally sourced ingredients.

Afternoon tea box prices start from £10. Visit their website for delivery times and areas.

Hermitage Hotel

Exeter Rd, Bournemouth BH2 5AH

The Hermitage Hotel’s afternoon tea is a traditional concoction of finger sandwiches, warm scones, and sweet pastries. Choose from the Dorset Afternoon Tea, a traditional Cream Tea, or a savoury afternoon tea every day between 12 and 5 o’clock.

Try the famous Hermitage Chocolitious Afternoon Tea, the perfect choice for chocolate lovers comprising of two hot chocolate scones, strawberry jam, chocolate spread, or Dorset clotted cream.
Prices start from £17.95 per person.

Map of Places to Try Afternoon Tea in Bournemouth

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