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Where to Find the Best Afternoon Tea in Preston

Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion, or just fancy indulging in some sweet treats on a rainy day, afternoon tea is one of life’s best little luxuries. From coffee shops in stately homes to cosy tea rooms in the suburbs, there’s plenty of places to enjoy afternoon tea in Preston.

So, if you’re looking to enjoy a cup of tea and a catch-up over a towering pile of delicious cakes, scones and sandwiches, check out our list of the top afternoon teas in Preston both in and around the city.

Relax and indulge in some cake-related self-care…

Afternoon Tea in a Secret Garden


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Using the best local produce, The Walled Garden Restaurant serves up a traditional Lancashire afternoon tea. Everything from the daintiest freshly prepared finger sandwiches to the most luscious clotted cream scones and a wide selection of tasty sweet treats or savouries to indulge in.

Enjoy sipping on endless tea or coffee or add a little sparkle with a glass of Prosecco and really treat yourself.

If your appetite could take much more than those delicious, dainty offerings, the Gentlemen’s Afternoon Tea includes mini burgers, the hot special of the day, pork pies, sandwiches, scones and a pint.

Enjoy an afternoon tea in Preston that caters to everyone’s hunger levels.

The Walled Garden, 746-768 Garstang Road, Preston PR3 5AA

An Afternoon Tea of Home Comforts

Situated in the heart of historic Preston, Clare’s Kitchen and Vintage Tea Room is legendary in the area for their incredible afternoon teas.

Fair warning, afternoon tea sittings often sell out, so booking is essential!

This family-run vintage tearoom serves a beautiful afternoon tea in elegant china cups, with fluffy scones, finger sandwiches and their famous homemade cakes. The cosy atmosphere just adds to the experience, perfect for those looking for a real homely afternoon tea in Preston.

Clare’s Kitchen and Vintage Tea Room, 42 Cannon St  PR1 3NT

Samlesbury Hall’s Seasonal Afternoon Tea


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Sit in the gardens of the historic Grade-I listed medieval manor house at Samlesbury Hall and indulge in the seasonal delights of their exquisite afternoon tea.

This historic hall is just 10 minutes drive from Preston city centre and sits nestled in immaculately kept country manor grounds.

The menu changes weekly, but you can be sure everything on offer will be mouth-watering, in season and freshly prepared. Open all week apart from Saturdays, this is the perfect midweek or weekend treat.

Enjoy the tastiest sandwiches, cups of homemade soup and savoury quiches that all sit alongside the sweetest little puddings – and, of course, the staple scone with clotted cream and jam is an ever-present favourite.

Samlesbury Hall, Preston New Road PR5 0UP

Much More than Bread & Butter

Located just outside Preston city centre – a 30-minute walk or 10-minute drive – head to this little café in Penwortham for a lavish afternoon tea in Preston you’ll be hard pressed to beat!

Piled high on tiered stands, are sausage rolls, cups of soup, finger sandwiches, bacon butties, fries, scones, and a selection of incredible cakes.

Afternoon Tea Preston - Bread and Butter

The selection changes daily depending on what the chefs in the kitchen fancy cooking up, but you can be sure you won’t be leaving with an empty stomach.

For an afternoon tea in Preston that will fill you up until supper, Bread and Butter’s offering isn’t for the grazers.

Bread & Butter,16 Liverpool Road, Penwortham PR1 0AD

Pretty as a Picture Afternoon Tea

Head down the rabbit hole into this quirky tea shop for an afternoon tea of delights and delicacies in a pretty pastel palace.

Here afternoon tea plates are towering with treats including the biggest scones we’ve ever seen and enough cakes and pastries to feed an army.

Afternoon Tea Preston - Madhatters Tea room

The pale pink and sky blue crockery perfectly compliments the charming décor of this kooky café and provides the picture-perfect setting for a few Instagram snaps.

Don’t worry if sweets aren’t your thing, they also provide savoury options including soup, quiche and pork pies.

Madhatters Tea Shop & Patisserie, 2B Franklands, Longton PR4 5PD

Afternoon Tea with Edge

For an afternoon tea in Preston with a difference, head to ReView where their afternoon pickings have attitude.

No little sarnies or pretty pastries here, instead, mini cheeseburgers, hot dogs and pulled pork sliders coated in a BBQ sauce are the order of the day.

For the sweet selection, huge slices of Victoria sponge carrot cake, classic scones and an eclectic mix of old school sweets, make up the most mindblowing afternoon tea in Preston perfect for those who like to do things a little differently.

Better still, instead of pairing all this scrummy food with a cuppa, you can add glasses of fizz or one of ReView’s delicious cocktails to wash it all down.

ReView, Preston Guild Hall, Lancaster Rd PR1 1HT

The Coolest Afternoon Tea in Preston

Bonds is the first word on everyone’s lips in Preston for traditional and inventive ice cream, and surprise, surprise they also serve a cracking afternoon tea.

Sit down to enjoy all the usual staples including fabulous finger sandwiches, perfectly formed pastries and of course the classic cream scone.

Afternoon Tea Preston - Bonds

But they don’t stop there.

Accompanying all that delicious food is a scrumptious selection of Bonds’ top ice cream cones and the obligatory pot of tea! Afternoon tea in Preston just got a whole lot cooler.

Bonds, Preston Guild Hall, Lancaster Road  PR1 1HT

Afternoon Tea Goals at The Shankly Hotel

Soon to reside in the historic Old Post Office on Market Square, The Shankly Preston is the city’s most exciting upcoming venue. After restoring the Grade-II* listed building into a luxury hotel and restaurant, we’re excited to preserve and celebrate the legacy of Bill Shankly, the footballing legend of Preston North End.

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Afternoon tea as served in The Shankly Liverpool

As with Signature Living’s other heritage hotels, the bar and restaurant at The Shankly Preston will serve the finest afternoon teas and of course, the option to enjoy a glass of fizz as well.

The hotel is also set to be a premier wedding and events venue, offering a breath-taking space for exchanging your vows or hosting a special occasion.

We can’t wait to open our doors and invite the people of Preston to enjoy The Shankly. Whether staying in one of our exquisite suites or enjoying one of the finest afternoon tea’s in Preston, we look forward to meeting you.

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