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afternoon tea

So traditional, so English, so Kent…

There is nothing quite so quintessentially English than taking afternoon tea, and in Kent, we like to honour this tradition with style. Many of  the tearooms, café’s and hotels around the county will serve up this English delicacy – the only dilemma will be whether cream or jam goes on your homemade scone first!

To truly enjoy this tradition, get yourself into true English surroundings by heading over to Chilston Park Hotel, a historic country house. Gaze out of the ceiling high windows and take in the view whilst savouring each of the carefully prepared pastries, dainty sandwiches and the finest leaf tea, served to perfection. Indulge yourself in the wondrous afternoon tea experience at Chiddingstone Castle whilst encircled by the stunning sheltered Grade II listed courtyard, or enjoy pleasant treats in the Tea Lounge at the nearby Hotel du Vin in Tunbridge Wells, with the comfortable Old Drawing Room hung with stunning classic black and white photographs.

Step back to yester-year to enjoy afternoon tea in Kent like the Victorians, by jumping aboard Kent and East Sussex Railway, serving cream teas in both at the restaurant at Tenterden Station and onboard the afternoon steam train. Warmed scones, butter, cream and jam with a selection of cakes and tea or coffee – what more could you want?

If out on an afternoon coastal stroll, and you energy levels dip, stop by the BEST WESTERN PLUS Dover Marina Hotel & Spa, offering special afternoon high tea whilst overlooking the beach and watching the hustle and bustle of the Dover Harbour - surely one of the most luxurious ways to enjoy afternoon tea in Kent.

For a total day of pure indulgence, why not splash out on a luxury spa day, followed by an afternoon of pure bliss enjoying a cream tea? The Rowhill Grange Hotel serves up a decadent selection of home-baked treats, pastries, sandwiches and of course freshly made scones with clotted cream and jam, or for that special celebration, treat loved ones to a Champagne Tea which includes a glass of Champagne or, if preferred, perhaps a Kir Royale or Bellini at Eastwell Manor?

Bring the enjoyment of a Kentish cream tea to your special event or celebration ( or even to your own home!) with Bessie,  a little vintage Cheltenham Fawn caravan based in the beautiful Kentish countryside. Priding themselves in ‘pop-up’ afternoon teas and picnics, Bessie can even come along to your house and allow you to enjoy home-made, local Kentish produce, served on beautiful vintage china, - a truly scrumptious and memorbale occasion.

Check out these other great places to enjoy the honest delights of a Kentish cream tea served in the Garden of England: