As National Cream Tea Day approaches, there's no better way to celebrate than by exploring the delightful afternoon tea offerings in Bournemouth. This vibrant coastal town boasts a variety of charming venues, each providing their own unique take on the beloved British tradition.

  1. Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum

Perched atop East Cliff, overlooking Bournemouth's picturesque coastline, the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum is not just a haven for art enthusiasts but also a delightful destination for afternoon tea lovers. You can step into the elegant Tearooms and indulge in a selection of dainty sandwiches, freshly baked scones, and exquisite pastries, all served amidst the museum's rich tapestry of history and culture.

Afternoon tea spread of sandwiches and cakes

Photo credit: Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum 

  1. The Connaught Hotel and Spa:

Nestled in the heart of Bournemouth's town centre, The Connaught Hotel and Spa exudes timeless elegance and sophistication. Treat yourself to a sumptuous afternoon tea experience in their AA Rosette-awarded restaurant, Blakes. Delight in an assortment of traditional finger sandwiches, warm scones with clotted cream and preserves, and an array of tempting cakes and pastries, all expertly crafted to perfection. Pair your treats with your choice of fine teas or opt for a glass of champagne for an extra touch of indulgence. Vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options are also available. 

  1. Key West Bar and Grill:

For a contemporary twist on afternoon tea with a dash of seaside charm, head to Key West Bar & Grill, situated on Bournemouth's iconic pier. Take a seat on the spacious terrace overlooking the glistening waters and prepare for a culinary adventure. Their Afternoon Tea features an array of savory bites, including smoked salmon bagels and mini beef sliders, alongside traditional favorites like scones with clotted cream and jam. Sip on a refreshing cocktail or a cup of artisan coffee as you soak in the vibrant atmosphere.

4. NEO

NEO offers a modern and stylish setting for afternoon tea lovers. Step into their chic lounge area and indulge in a selection of delectable treats, from classic sandwiches to inventive desserts that are sure to tantalize your taste buds. With its relaxed ambiance and attentive service, NEO provides the perfect backdrop for catching up with friends or enjoying a leisurely afternoon with loved ones.

5. The Durley Dean Hotel

Complete your afternoon tea journey with a visit to The Durley Dean Hotel, a Victorian townhouse hotel steeped in history and charm. Situated just a stone's throw from Bournemouth's sandy shores, this elegant establishment offers a traditional afternoon tea experience with a touch of old-world glamour. Savor a medley of sandwiches, scones, and sweet treats, all served with a generous dollop of Dorset hospitality.

scone with cream and strawberries

Photo credit: Durley Dean Hotel and Spa

Whether you prefer an elegant setting with stunning sea views or a cosy tearoom in the bustling town center, Bournemouth has the perfect spot for you to indulge in the classic combination of scones, clotted cream, and jam.




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