5 Amazing Places to try Afternoon Tea in Dorset and Hampshire

22 February 2020

5 amazing places for afternoon tea in Dorset & Hampshire

Treating yourself and loved ones to an afternoon tea is always a popular choice! So, if you’ve taken a trip to the south coast, why not sample the local delicacies in beautiful surroundings and faced with wonderful views. There’s plenty of choice when it comes to afternoon tea in Dorset and Hampshire, so we’ve put together a list of our top five favourites that’ll be sure to tantalise your taste buds.

The Green House

A stone’s throw away from the award-winning beaches of Bournemouth, you’ll find boutique hotel, The Green House. Not only is this hotel focused on sustainability and its environmental impact, but its afternoon tea is one of the very best. With slight twists on the traditional, you’ll be able to tuck into chocolate scones, lemon posset served in tiny mason jars and of course, Dorset clotted cream. They’re committed to using fresh, seasonal ingredients with pastries made fresh every morning, and the restaurant itself is newly refurbished and absolutely beautiful. There’s a great selection of teas, coffee and cocktails too!

Classic afternoon tea - £18.50pp


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The Blue Pool Tea Rooms

With many original features from 1935, the Blue Pool Tea Rooms are a wonderful slice of nostalgia. Enjoy freshly baked scones, pastries and finger sandwiches on the terrace overlooking the Blue Pool, or if the weather is a little unpredictable then you’ll feel at home by the fireplace instead. With locally-sourced ingredients and a range of organic drinks, you’re more than welcome to bring your four-legged friend too – ideal if you’ve been on a hike in the area.

Prices available on request


The Garden Café at Downhouse Farm

With views over Lyme Bay and Portland, The Garden Café is the ideal place to stop and relax if you’ve been on a Jurassic Coast hike. They describe their afternoon tea as “homemade, unpretentious and wholesome comfort food”. Enjoy a quiet break, read the papers and even sip on some bubbles if you fancy it, most of the food is from local suppliers or grown and made themselves, and the atmosphere is definitely that of a friendly, family café.

Prices available on request


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Rhinefield House

Hidden away in the New Forest you’ll find the grandeur of Rhinefield House. This luxury estate benefits from 40 acres of private grounds, ornamental ponds, terraces and plenty of places to explore. Sip on Taylors of Harrogate tea strained to your liking, and nibble on handmade sweet treats and sandwiches in style. Whether you want to eat in The Lounge Bar, or even al fresco, you’ll need to book ahead and if you’ve got something special to celebrate then this is definitely the one for you!

Prices from £25.50pp


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The Balmer Lawn Hotel

Not far from Lyndhurst and Brockenhurst, The Balmer Lawn Hotel is a stunning marriage of the classic and contemporary. A truly indulgent offering, you can choose from a traditional afternoon tea, or one with champagne if you really fancy a treat. Spend a relaxing afternoon watching the world go by in stunning surroundings with delicate finger sandwiches and freshly prepared delights. You’ll find spa facilities on-site too, so you could really make a day of it!

Traditional afternoon tea - £23.50pp

Champagne afternoon tea - £32.50pp


Whether you prefer an afternoon tea with the homely twist, or fancy something more luxurious, there are plenty of afternoon tea spots to suit all tastes in Dorset and Hampshire. Celebrate with your loved ones and make the most of the local delights...we’re biased, but we love them!