Just when you thought afternoon tea couldn’t get any better, along comes its Christmassy cousin with mouth-watering mince pies and gingerbread men that are almost too cute to eat!
Discover 6 festive afternoon teas you simply must try in East Yorkshire this Christmas.
Before reading on it’s worth noting that most venues offering afternoon tea require you to book at least 24 hours in advance. Please contact the individual venues to check their booking requirements.
Manor Rooms, Drewton Estate, South Cave
Celebrate the festive season with a fabulous sparkling afternoon tea in The Manor Rooms on the Drewton Estate in South Cave. An ideal opportunity for a little festive sophistication and elegance with entertainment from the East Riding of Yorkshire Band.
Enjoy a glass of Kir Royale, prosecco or elderflower bubbly whilst tucking into sumptuous finger sandwiches, including butter-roasted turkey. You’ll also find a pig in blanket sausage roll and a mini quiche as part of your savoury selection. Sweet treats include imaginative creations including Rudolph macaron, lemon curd flavoured Christmas bauble and freshly baked mincemeat and glacé cherry scone with clotted cream and preserves.
Yorkshire tea or coffee is included.
£32 per person (a children’s version for under 10 year olds is £20 per person and includes a selection of the above, plus a juice).
Available on Sunday 10th December 2023 or Saturday 23rd December 2023 between 1.30pm and 3.30pm.
Tickton Grange, Beverley
Just outside Beverley in the East Yorkshire countryside you’ll find the luxurious Tickton Grange country hotel.
Tickton Grange’s festive afternoon teas create quite a stir as they move through the seasons, and their festive collection weaves its own special magic with hints of cinnamon, spice and citrus zests.
Served over three elegant tiers, delicious morsels of sweet and sour, hot and cold, delight the palette. Your festive spread includes cranberry scones and turkey fine finger sandwiches. Expertly handmade Yorkshire produce, along with the finest loose leaf tea, served in a beautiful fireside setting provides a wonderful Christmas experience.
Prices from £32.50 per person
Available from 1st to 24th December inclusive, then 27th to 31st December 2023
Monday to Saturday, 12 noon – 4pm
Sunday 2.30pm – 4.30pm
The Millhouse Restaurant, Skidby
Located next to the historic Skidby Windmill, The Millhouse Restaurant offers a fine festive feast! Enjoy a mulled wine on arrival followed by sandwiches including roast Norfolk turkey and sage stuffing, sugar glazed ham with wholegrain mustard and coronation egg. Sweet treats include mince pie, vanilla choux snowball and gingerbread man. Your festive afternoon tea also includes speciality ground coffee or tea.
Afterwards, why not take the opportunity to explore Skidby Mill which dates back to 1821 and offers commanding views of the Yorkshire Wolds.
£24.95 per person
Served Monday to Saturday, 12pm to 5pm from 30th November to 30th December 2023 (excludes Christmas Day and Boxing Day)
A children’s festive afternoon tea is also available priced at £14.95 per person.
Beverley Arms, Beverley town centre
Take a break from your Christmas shopping and join the team at the Beverley Arms for a traditional afternoon tea with a festive twist.
The characterful but contemporary hotel located in the centre of Beverley is well loved for its delicious food and their festive afternoon tea certainly doesn’t disappoint! Graze through a tempting selection of finger sandwiches including turkey and cranberry, oak smoked salmon with cream cheese and wednesleydale with fig chutney before discovering some stunning sweet treats. Homemade scone with jam and cream, Christmas cake with Wednesleydale, warm mince pie, mulled berry trifle, festive sable biscuit and chocolate and pistachio torte are bound to satisfy your sweet tooth.
Served with your choice of tea or cafetiere of coffee or add a glass of chilled prosecco or champagne for an additional charge when booking.
£24 per person. Served between 12noon and 5pm from 27th November to 30th December (excluding Christmas Day and Boxing Day).
Stables Kitchen, Burton Constable Hall
Stables Kitchen keeps visitors to Burton Constable Hall (and those just passing) fuelled for the day with a fantastic selection of coffees, sweets and savouries. Throughout December you can also enjoy their Christmas afternoon tea which includes sandwiches of roast turkey and stuffing, cream cheese, and carvery ham. A pork roll and apple roll and bacon, brie and cranberry quiche completes the savoury line up. If you’re a fan of all things sweet you’ll be delighted by the selection of red velvet brownie, mince pie, Prosecco and strawberry cake, and scone with clotted cream and jam.
Once your festive feast is complete, why not take the short stroll to Burton Constable Hall and admire the stunning English country house which has been home to the Constable family for more than 700 years.
£20 per person. Available from 24th November 2023.
Saltmarshe Hall, Howden
Enjoy an afternoon of elegance and sophisticated dining at the sensational Saltmarshe Hall. Located in mature parkland in the secluded East Yorkshire countryside, this historic 19th century stately home offers a refined but relaxed and friendly place to meet with friends and catch up over a delectable festive afternoon tea.
You’ll find all the usual afternoon tea delights on the menu with the addition of pigs in blanket (Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas without them)!
Once you’ve grazed your way through your three tiers of savouries and sweets, why not stretch your legs and enjoy a riverside walk? Saltmarshe Hall is fronted by the River Ouse with picturesque views from all areas of their garden.
£28.50 per person. Available 12-5pm, 7 days a week availability dependant.
Highfield House, Driffield
Step into a winter wonderland of flavours and festivities with a special festive afternoon tea from Highfield House.
A traditional afternoon tea with a fun festive twist, starting with a glass of prosecco - savoury bites and finger sandwiches with a variety of fillings, home-made cakes and patisseries, fresh scones with clotted cream and homemade preserves all served with a selection of teas.
£32 per person. Available 20th December 2023, 2pm to 6.30pm.