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Our top 5 afternoon tea hotspots in Suffolk

To celebrate and fuel the love of the great British tea drinking tradition for National Tea Day, here is a sample of our finest tea emporiums in Suffolk. Be warned, cake is involved!

1. A Royal Occasion

It doesn’t get any more traditional than this. Take an Afternoon Tea & Tour at the prestigious Jockey Club Rooms in Newmarket and view the historical collection of sporting art and horseracing memorabilia. The Champagne Afternoon Tea includes a range of blended teas and sumptuous treats. Wonder the halls and dine where historical figures such as Sir Winston Churchill and Her Majesty The Queen have taken tea. It may only take place once a month, but at £29pp it’s well worth the effort.

Whilst visiting the Home of Horseracing, take a tour of the historic Heritage Centre at Palace House; view engaging exhibitions, wonder around the training yard, visit the retired horses and have a go at the horse simulator to test your jockey skills!

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Jockey Club RoomsAfternoon tea at the historic Jockey Club Rooms

2. A Traditional Setting

The traditional tea scene doesn’t get any more serious than this. Harriets Café Tearooms in Bury St Edmunds have managed to recreate the ambience of ‘days gone by’, where waitresses wear period uniforms in the elegant surroundings of this Georgian building, adorned with chandeliers and high ceilings. A pianist even plays to a crowded room on selected afternoons.

Post tea, take time to explore the historic jewel of Bury St Edmunds. As well as plenty of independent shops, galleries and museums, the real gems are the impressive abbey ruins and gardens, St Edmundsbury Cathedral, and the only surviving Regency playhouse in the country. Beer lovers won’t be disappointed either. Discover the brewing process at Greene King Visitor Centre or while away some time at Britain’s smallest pub, The Nutshell.

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Harriets Tearooms Bury St EdmundsHarriets Cafe Tearooms

3. Afternoon tea in a Suffolk 'Wool' Town

 Located in Long Melford, Tiffins Tea Emporium is the ideal pitstop on your travels exploring the Suffolk Wool Towns. Serving a large variety of loose leaf teas and deliciously home-baked cakes (made daily), this traditional tea room offers up a selection of other light lunches, gluten-free alternatives, afternoon tea and even the ‘Suffolk Ploughmans’, and all served with a warm welcome. The only disappointment is whether you’ll get in.

 This part of Suffolk is notorious for antique sellers, so you'll be sure to find that perfectmemento to remember your visit! Within walking distance, Melford Hall, with its links to Beatrice Potter, and Kentwell Hall, a magnificent Tudor mansion, have plenty on offer to entertain the whole family.

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4. An artisan experience

Applaud was established in 2013 by Suffolk sisters Hannah and Beth. Set among the independent and artisan retailers of The Saints in Ipswich, afternoon tea is served daily from 2pm with a pot of tea (or coffee), and a selection of sandwiches and home-made cakes are all baked on-site and always including a fruit scone with clotted cream and jam.

At the price it’s well worth a visit, but they do request 48-hours’ notice so not to disappoint. During your visit, discover the best of this waterfront town. The best way to maximise your time is by taking a guided tour provided by the local Tourist Information Centre (selected days - call 01473 258070).

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Applaud Cafe in ipswichApplaud in Ipswich

5. Keeping with tradition

This little tea gem has been located on the high street in Aldeburgh since 1949. Set up by two sisters (as the title suggests) post-war with a wish to bake cakes daily, the Cragg Sisters Tea Room is full of charm, and the character of the original tea-room still resonates, amidst a sympathetic upgrade.

Today, the owner and self-tought baker, Emma Neilson, continues the tradition, offering a wide selection of mouth-watering cakes (baked on site daily) and an abundance of tea blends with intriguing names, such as the Star of India and served in mis-matched china to enhance the experience. Outdoor seating is available throughout Summer.

Discover more of Aldeburgh by ambling along the seafront, shop independents on the high street and finish with their world-famous fish and chips. What’s not to like?

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Cragg Sisters Tea Room AldeburghCragg Sisters Tea Room, Aldeburgh


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