Best Christmas Afternoon Tea 2022

Christmas afternoon tea

Everyone loves a classic afternoon tea but what makes this indulgent treat even  better? One with a festive twist course!

In our guide to Christmas afternoon tea discover great places to go and inspiration for if you want to have your own festive afternoon tea at home.

Christmas afternoon tea

Christmas Afternoon Tea at Home

Festive Afternoon Tea at home

Going out to eat can be special but you might like the idea of having a Christmas afternoon tea party of your own at home. We think you’ll agree it can be a lovely way to celebrate the season with family and friends.


All you need is a few special touches and you can serve your afternoon tea at home making your guests think they are in the Ritz London!

Firstly, consider where you will place the savoury sandwiches and seasonal treats you will be offering. Nothing says afternoon tea like a 3 tier cake stand. There are some beautiful ones available to buy. We like these in Wayfair or these fun themed stands from Amazon.

Festive cake stand

Serviettes and Table Cloths

Having serviettes is essential when serving your savoury and sweet treats to your guests. However, if you don’t want to add to the family laundry pile then a great tip to consider is using paper serviettes. You can find a selection of gorgeous paper serviettes in Christmassy prints and patterns in many shops. These ones with a winter scene from Lakeland are perfect.

Dining Table

Serviettes often come with matching paper table cloths. A lovely festive coloured table cloth can really finish off a dining table’s look and give that extra wow factor! Party Delights has a great festive range of paper tableware. The best bit though -no washing after. Ideal for busy families at Christmas.

Christmas table setting

Christmas Afternoon Tea in Wales

Festive cakes

Celtic Manor Resort

A delicious afternoon tea awaits you at the prestigious 5 star Celtic Manor Resort. You can choose from a range of Christmas afternoon tea packages. Think finger sandwiches, scones with clotted cream and a glass of fizz! You can treat yourself to something extra special here like a glass of Champagne Laurent-Perrier. Alternatively accompany your festive food with premium coffees and hot chocolates.

All with the backdrop of the hotel dressed for Christmas- a wonderful time for everyone.

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The Celtic Manor Resort
Coldra Wood, The Usk Valley, Chepstow Rd, Newport

Christmas Afternoon Tea in Scotland

Edinburgh Castle in Winter

Edinburgh Castle

For the ultimate pre-Christmas treat head to The Tearooms at Edinburgh Castle for festive treats this Christmas. A traditional afternoon tea menu with seasonal finger sandwiches filled with turkey and cranberry or delicious Smoked Salmon. If that’s not enough Christmas food joy there’s a Santa sweet macaron filled with white chocolate and mouth watering Christmas cakes! An amazing experience with friends or family.
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Edinburgh Castle
Castlehill, Edinburgh EH1 2NG

Christmas Afternoon Tea in the South

Christmas Afternoon Tea

The Savoy Covent Garden

For an unforgettable experience with a luxury touch celebrate the merry season at Covent Garden’s iconic hotel The Savoy. All guests are invited to make a Christmas promise as they enjoy a festive glass of Laurent-Perrier Cuvee-Rose. Oh the decadence!  This is the signature drink of The Savoy’s delicious afternoon tea at Christmas.

The Savoy has an extra sprinkle of magic at Christmas.

There are seasonal sandwiches with tempting fillings of honey baked ham, turkey and smoked cheddar. If you would like to try something different this Christmas, then Truffled Burford Brown egg delicate finger sandwiches might be just the thing. Plus that’s not all! A sweet tooth’s dream menu of desserts are on offer including a chocolate pudding mousse and freshly baked cream scones.

Afterwards you can take a stroll around Covent Garden which due to a special event is covered in snow throughout December-magical!

Christmas Afternoon Tea in the North

Christmas Fruit cake

The Lowry

Enjoy a 5-star festive afternoon tea of fruit cake, classic finger sandwiches and dark chocolate tart as part of the Christmas celebrations at The Lowry. There’s special savoury treats like mustard pigs in blanket sausages too! You can choose from English tea like Earl Grey or a glass of champagne to accompany your meal. An afternoon of fun and festivities to celebrate the Christmas season is guaranteed! Eat, drink and be merry!
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The Lowry Hotel
50 Dearmans Pl, Salford M3 5LH

Christmas Afternoon Tea in the Midlands

Christmas afternoon tea


A superb experience and festive time awaits at you at Selfridges. Head upstairs for afternoon tea with a view. Delicious pastries, cheese scones and a selection of finger sandwiches are all part of the menu. Also you can enjoy live music and carols being sung by Selfridges own choir.

Your afternoon tea experience can be easily organised by online booking via the Selfridges website.

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Selfridges Birmingham
The Bullring Upper Mall East, Moor Street Queensway,

We hope you have found lots of inspiration for Christmas afternoon tea. Now, you just need to choose will you enjoy this festive treat at home or in a hotel or restaurant?

Over on on blog we have even more ideas for afternoon tea and special children’s afternoon tea. Also, find lots of Christmas events to discover.

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