The best places in Britain to enjoy a sumptuous afternoon tea have been named in the Afternoon Tea Awards 2017, sponsored by, Newby and Buyagift.

Four awards were presented:

  • Best Traditional Afternoon Tea – Hotel Café Royal
  • Best Contemporary Afternoon Tea – The Mirror Room at The Rosewood
  • Best Themed Afternoon Tea – Churchill Afternoon Tea at The Wellesley
  • Best Children’s Afternoon Tea – Millennium Hotel London Mayfair
  • Best Tea Service – Fortnum & Mason

Some of the finest hotels and restaurants from around the UK took part in the awards, which recognise the best in afternoon tea service and creativity.

A team of independent judges, including internationally renowned pastry chefs, restaurant managers and food journalists, looked at all aspects of the afternoon tea experience, from arrival to departure, with a strong focus on the food, drink and service.

In addition to the top awards, 45 venues were awarded a Highly Commended or Commended ‘Award of Excellence’, in recognition of aspects of service that exceeded the judge’s expectations.

The awards were presented by Martha Collison, the youngest ever contestant on ‘Great British Bake Off’, in a ceremony at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel on 17th July. This year’s awards were sponsored by Newby, the UK’s premier fine tea company, and Buyagift, the UK’s leading provider of experiences and days out.

Keith Newton, Managing Director of said “This year we had venues throughout the UK participating and the standard was extremely high. Our customers now view these awards as a mark of quality, in an increasingly popular and expanding afternoon tea marketplace”.