York is known for its afternoon teas – and there are so many great places to choose from.
Whether you’re looking for a luxury dining experience, or want to try something a bit different, this guide has you covered.
There’s something so satisfying about the combination of tiny sandwiches, hearty scones and decadent desserts.
From Prosecco upgrades, to gluten free and vegan options, there is something for everybody.
Railway Museum Countess of York
Experience the Countess of York while enjoying freshly cut finger sandwiches, scones with clotted cream, homemade cakes and desserts. Children’s menus, gluten free, and vegan options are available. Why not upgrade your afternoon tea to a glass of champagne for an extra special occasion?
- National Railway Museum, Leeman Road, York YO26 4XJ
- 0330 058 0058
Mad Hatters Coffee and Cakes
Affectionately called the ‘teddy bear tea rooms’, Mad Hatters Coffee and Cakes is located above Stonegate Teddy Bears and offers a unique afternoon tea experience. Set in a medieval building packed with history, the tea shop serves a range of high quality coffee, tea, and sweet treats.
- 13 Stonegate Above Stonegate Teddy Bears, York YO1 8AN
- 01904 641074
Situated within the Hilton Hotel, Tower’s Restaurant offers European dining, excellent afternoon teas, and castle views through tall, arched windows. Enjoy scones with cream and preserves, as well as fresh sandwiches and fruit cakes.
- 1 Tower St, York YO1 9WD
- 01904 648111
Boasting a menu with lots of vegan options, Plush Cafe on Stonegate is the perfect place for afternoon tea. The quirky, family-run business offers great gluten free options for those with dietary requirements.
- 6 Stonegate, YO1 8AS York
- 07534 524167
The Grand Hotel
If you’re looking for a luxurious afternoon tea experience, look no further than The Grand Hotel. Take in views of the city walls while feasting on sweet and savoury treats. For a truly royal afternoon, celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee weekend with a themed afternoon tea, from the 2 to the 5 of June.
- Station Rise, York YO1 6GD
- 01904 380038
Ippuku Tea House
Situated on Blake Street, Ippuku Tea House offers an authentic, Japanese afternoon tea, as well as gluten free, vegetarian, and vegan options. They specialise in green tea drinks, Japanese home-style food, and outdoor seating.
- 15 Blake Street YO1 8QJ York
- 01904 671311
Mannion & Co.
Referred to as a “hidden gem” and “the best afternoon tea” one TripAdvisor reviewer has ever had, Mannion & Co. offers rustic, French and Italian style afternoon teas and freshly baked bread.
- 1 Blake Street, YO1 8QJ York
- 01904 631030
Bettys Tea Rooms
No list of afternoon teas is complete without Bettys. Their bookable afternoon teas offer the most quintessentially British afternoon experience in the city. With vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free options available, Betty’s offers quality as well as a great treat for the whole family.
- 6-8 St. Helen’s Square, York YO1 8QP
- 0800 456 1919
Tucked away on Goodramgate, Goji Cafe offers organic, vegetarian and vegan afternoon teas. Served from 11am, Goji offers a separate vegan afternoon tea menu for the same price as the dairy options. Highlights of the menu include the vegan cashew tart and artisan bread with Brie and caramelised onions.
- 36 Goodramgate, York YO1 7LF
- 01904 622614