Festive afternoon tea in Devon: 10 of the best places to go

PUBLISHED: 11:48 14 November 2017 | UPDATED: 11:48 14 November 2017

Mince pies and champagne (c) FlairImages, Thinkstock

Mince pies and champagne (c) FlairImages, Thinkstock


‘Tis the season to be jolly and nothing makes us happier than a festive cream tea. We pick ten of the best places in Devon to enjoy a traditional afternoon tea with a Christmas twist.

1. Boringdon Hall Hotel, Plymouth

Prepare to feel extremely festive when visiting Boringdon Hall Hotel this December. The beautifully decorated five star manor house is situated amongst acres of rolling Devon hills and the building itself is rich in history, complete with winding corridors, cosy corners and grand towers.

A festive afternoon tea - beginning on November 17 - awaits you in the warm and welcoming Grenville Suite, so relax in a comfy armchair in front of the log burner with tea, cake and sandwiches galore.

2. Bovey Castle, Newton Abbot

£35 per person (Monday - Friday) or £40 per person (Saturday - Sunday), served 2pm – 4.30pm

Nestled in the heart of the picturesque Dartmoor National Park and surrounded by 275 acres of scenic countryside, Bovey Castle is the perfect place to escape to this Christmas. Unwind in front of a roaring log fire while you indulge in a delicious festive feast of mince pies with Devon clotted cream and homemade sandwiches. Afternoon tea isn’t complete without a glass of bubbles or mulled wine – the choice is yours.

3. Sidmouth Harbour Hotel, Sidmouth

Two for £30, 3.30 – 5pm daily

For the ultimate in afternoon decadence, Sidmouth Harbour Hotel is serving cream tea with a festive twist in their Upper Deck Restaurant from December 1. Enjoy wonderful winter views across Lyme Bay while you indulge in warm mince pies with lashings of brandy butter, fruit scones complete with Devon clotted cream and a glass of mulled cider or wine. What better way to begin the Christmas celebrations with a loved one?

A post shared by Bea Neal (@bea_neal98) on

4. Moorland Garden Hotel, Yelverton

Prices start at £17.95 per person, served 3.30pm – 5.30pm

After a manic morning of last-minute Christmas shopping, you can’t beat warming up with high tea in front of the fire and Moorland Garden Hotel is serving a fine selection of tasty seasonal delights in the cosy hotel lounge this December. On the festive afternoon tea menu you’ll find adorable mini mince pies, St. Clements sponge cake and a range of Christmas themed finger sandwiches.

5. The Arundell Arms , Lifton

Prices start at £15 per person

On the outskirts of Dartmoor and just a few miles away from the Cornwall border, this hotel is located next to 20 miles of privately-owned river, a setting that will be sure to delight you and your guests as you settle in for a distinctively festive take on their traditional afternoon tea. The hotel has also been voted the UK’s number one fishing hotel, so why not bring the rod for some Christmas angling?

The tea will be served throughout December 2017 and even into January 2018. Booking is essential so get in now to avoid disappointment.

6. Buckland Tout-Saints Hotel, Kingsbridge

£19.95 per person

Kick start the yuletide celebrations with a weekend retreat to this spectacular country house. After a cold and frosty morning spent exploring the picture-perfect Devon South Hams, Buckland Tout-Saints Hotel is a cosy escape to put your feet up in front of a crackling log fire with a glass of winter Pimms in hand and enjoy a spread of mouth-watering mince pies, festive fancies and freshly baked scones.

7. Thurlestone Hotel, Kingsbridge

£19.95 per person, 2 – 5.30pm daily from November 30

Grab a perch in Thurlestone Hotel’s beautiful Christmas-decorated lounge and enjoy stunning views of Thurlestone Bay as the roaring log fire warms you up after exploring the South Devon coast. .

The menu includes Christmas sandwiches and cakes, the choice of mulled wine or a festive cocktail and a selection of teas and coffees.

8. Two Bridges Hotel, Dartmoor

£19 per person, 3pm – 5pm daily

With sweeping views of the West Dart River, an abundance of historic charm and a delightful festive afternoon tea on the menu, the Two Bridges Hotel is a perfect Devon sanctuary to spend the festive season.

The hotel has been beautifully decorated for Christmas and the fire will be crackling away. Dogs are welcome too so you can enjoy seasonal high tea with Fido resting at your feet.

9. Kitley House Hotel, Plymouth

£19.95 per person, from December 4

To celebrate the festive season, Kitley House are providing a Christmas-themed cream tea throughout the festive period. Turkey and cranberry sandwiches are supported by cheeses with chutney, scones and, of course, mince pies. To top it all off, the culinary delights are accompanied by a glass of mulled wine.

A special Christmas lunch or dinner will also be available at the hotel from December 4.

10. Orestone Manor , Torquay

£14.95 per person

Have yourself a very merry afternoon with the family at Orestone Manor in Torquay. The perfect occasion for a gathering with your loved ones at Christmas, seasonal afternoon tea parties can be provided for up to six people, complete with table decorations and crackers at no extra cost.

The Georgian manor house will have open wood fires, and a bonhomie atmosphere this December, so don’t miss out on all of the festive action.

What comes first? The cream or the jam? Visit one of these wonderful places in Devon for afternoon tea and you can put it to the test!

Looking for the perfect gift idea this Christmas? Click here to treat yourself or a loved one to a subscription to Devon Life from just £11.50!

More from Christmas

Thursday, November 19, 2020

With Christmas quickly approaching, its now the ideal time to think about choosing your prized Christmas tree for the festive season. We’ve picked seven places in the county to pick up a luscious real tree

Read more

Most Read


Local Business Directory

Latest from the Devon Life