5 great places for afternoon tea in Herefordshire
Picture the scene - you've spent all morning hanging out at Brinsop Court, sunning yourself in the gardens, lounging by the moat and generally doing very little. Lunch was a scrappy affair as the nominated cook from your group for the day lost interest in doing anything very much and doesn't seem that interested in sorting out dinner! Time for remedial action - afternoon tea is called for!
Piling into the car you head off in the direction of ....... whoops, don't know ..... better ask Jonathan! Or print out this post, plug the postcode of the most appropriate place into the sat nav, and head off for one of the most underrated meals of the day (imho).
The Priory Hotel
Booking: essential, minimum of 10 people call 01432 356321 Price: £16.50 Time: 2.30 Postcode: HR4 7AR Miles from Brinsop:3.5 Highlights: The emphasis is on a vintage tea party served in the garden or the rectory dining hall.
Castle House Hotel
Booking: recommended, call 01432 356321 Price: £5.50, £10.50 or £18.00 depending on whether you want just a scone & tea, or the full works or the full works with champagne! Time: 2.30 - 5.30 every day Postcode: HR1 2NW Miles from Brinsop: 7.5 Highlights: Beautiful elegant surroundings and right by the river if you fancy being served outside. Close to Hereford Cathedral and the centre of town.
Booking: recommended call 01568 797918 Price: £9.99, add a glass of their own sparkling wine for £5.00 Time: finishes at 3.30ish in the winter and 4.30ish in the summer! Postcode: HR1 3LG Miles from Brinsop: 12 Highlights: Set on a mature vineyard there is a chance to taste the Bodenham English wines and enjoy the gardens before tea.
Ludlow Castle tea rooms
Booking: recommended call 01584 878796 Price: £18.00 Time: 2.00pm Postcode: SY8 1AX Miles from Brinsop: 24 Highlights: Champagne afternoon tea, although cream teas are served all day and whilst not strictly Herefordshire its only just over the border!
Rocke Cottage Tea Rooms
Booking: essential call 01588 660631 Price: £14.50 Time: Closes at 5.00 Postcode: SY7 0PX Miles from Brinsop: 25 Highlights: Whilst the distance isn't a highlight, this delightful tearoom is Jon's personal favourite!
If you've stayed at ours and found somewhere for afternoon tea, do let us know. Or if you are local and have some suggestions of local places, we'd love to hear from you.