Recently, I’ve made a rather big life decision and moved to a different country (albeit still in the UK). Scary eh? Before the big move, I had a bit of time to spend with my family, as the next time I see them will be Christmas (really not that long at all now and I haven’t even started to think about Christmas shopping, despite shops being stocked to the top with gifts and christmassy-themed pieces).
Afternoon tea is something both my mum and myself have wanted to do for ages but never quite found the right time or place. There are so many places that do afternoon tea in the Surrey/London area that we are completely spoilt for choice, which actually makes decision making ten times harder!
Here’s a list of some of the one’s we considered and the one we actually went to in the end:
1. The Ritz
Ah the Ritz, what can I say? When you think of England this is possibly the one that springs to mind. Timeless and elegant, this one is definitely on a lot of bucket lists around the world. Traditional Afternoon Tea is priced at £54 per adult- quite pricey depending on how many people you are going with. Whilst the afternoon tea looked delicious here, there were other options that we were equally tempted with! I definitely would love to go to the Ritz at some point- even if it’s just for a cup of tea rather than the full works! You can find out more about it here. NB: The Ritz do have a dress code which is worth checking out if you are like me and live in jeans and casual wear!
This restaurant has been on my radar for years and is somewhere I absolutely would love to go! I love it’s quirky look and menu- many people know it for its famous egg shaped toilet cubicles! Anyway I digress, the menu for Afternoon Tea looks delightful, they even do a special Christmas themed menu. The coolness and quirkiness of this place definitely comes at a cost, ranging from £75- £85 per person. As we didn’t fancy taking out a second mortgage to go here we gave this a miss but it’s another one that is absolutely on the bucket list. Find out more here.
Another gorgeous restaurant, a place that rivals the Ritz for definite! This place literally oozes elegance and sophistication. Again, it comes with a rather heavy price tag of £60 per person but the menu is exceptional and is making my mouth water just thinking about it! Take a look at their Afternoon Tea options here. Note: It’s not obvious on the website but I would suggest they also have a dress code, so I would don your trainers and jeans and put on something a little more formal for a trip here!
4. Penny Hill Park
Penny Hill is a manor house and spa and is somewhere I’ve had my eye on for a while! For a girlie afternoon, I think this is definitely a nice place to consider. They have a festive menu as well as a normal all-year-around menu so it’s definitely a tempting place to visit! Moving out of London, this place is quite a bit cheaper than the other options above, starting at £35 per person. It could also be an interesting alternative to a traditional hen do, having a spa day and then treating yourself to afternoon tea. Check out there menu here.
5. The Dabbling Duck, Shere
This is the place we finally decided on! Situated in the picturesque village of Shere, the Dabbling Duck is a cute, homely cafe based in the heart of the village. The Dabbling Duck won the Surrey Life Food and Drink award in both 2016 and 2017 and it’s clear to see why! The customer service was fantastic, they gave my Mum and myself a corner to ourselves and didn’t rush us in any way as we reminisced, giggled and chatted our way through the afternoon. There was such a variety of foods on offer and was actually the perfect amount for the two of us! We went for the Afternoon tea with prosecco option which came to £28 each. It was such a special afternoon and a wonderful way to say goodbye to leafy Surrey for the time being before heading up North. Would highly, highly recommend- you can find out more about this hidden gem here.