Afternoon Tea in Norfolk – 15 of the Best Places

Welcome to my local’s guide to the best places to enjoy afternoon tea in Norfolk. The afternoon tea ritual is a quintessential part of a British holiday or day out and is a great opportunity to indulge your taste buds.

Whether you’re looking for a relaxed and fun afternoon tea experience, or something more formal for a special occasion, you’ll find the perfect spot for a Norfolk afternoon tea here.

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The Best Places for Afternoon Tea in Norfolk

The Assembly House

Afternoon tea in the The Assembly House Hotel in Norwich is a real treat and considered the best afternoon tea in Norwich by many. Served in a beautifully decorated Georgian room, the classic tiered stands, fine white china and traditional offerings make this a perfect spot to celebrate a special occasion.

A mouth-watering menu includes all the afternoon tea favourites like delicate finger sandwiches, delicious savouries, fruit and plain scones with jam and cream, and a fantastic selection of cakes and sweet pastries. You can also enjoy a glass of fizz with your tea.

There are also regular themed afternoon teas covering all the major high-points of the year including Valentine’s Day, Easter, Mother’s Day, Halloween and Christmas.

Or try the unique ‘Beforenoon’ tea menu which features breakfast with a cake stand full of breakfast treats like granola, yoghurt and fruit compote shots and mini blueberry muffins.

Theatre Street, Norwich

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Biddy’s Tea Room

My personal favourite, Biddy’s Tea Room is a vintage cafe with a warm and welcoming vibe. Named after the owners dog, Biddy’s is a riot of Victoriana, and specialises in afternoon and high tea. All the cakes and produce are made in their bakery in Aylsham, where there is also a second tea room.

With over 50 blends of tea and a unique ‘build your own afternoon tea’ menu, this is a perfect spot for post-shopping relaxation in Norwich.

Choose from two or three tiers with your choice of afternoon tea goodies, or pick the Halfternoon Tea if you’re building up to dinner out later in the day. You can even choose a sweet or savoury afternoon tea if your taste buds are particular!

15-15a Lower Goat Lane, Norwich

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cafe with cosy club chairs and bookcases

The Orangery Team Room

Located in the beautiful Norfolk countryside, The Orangery Tea Room is set in the stunning grounds of the historic Ketteringham Hall.

This unique position means that The Orangery is able to utilise the fresh and seasonal produce grown by the Norfolk School of Gardening in the Walled Garden of the Hall.

Their traditional afternoon tea includes freshly-made finger sandwiches, mini scones and a selection of sweet treats.

Choose the savoury afternoon tea, my favourite, for delicious savouries like home-made sausage rolls, goats cheese tartlets, beetroot hummus and savoury herb shortbreads.

You must book 48 hours in advance for afternoon teas.

Ketteringham Hall, Church Road, Hethersett, Norwich

cake stand with sandwiches, scones and cakes

Byfords

Byfords is in the heart of Holt, a pretty Georgian market town in North Norfolk. As well as serving scrummy afternoon teas, Byfords also offers breakfast, lunch and dinner, and up-market B&B accommodation.

Afternoon tea includes all the goodies you usually expect, and high tea will spoil you with additional savouries – this is the one to book if you’re celebrating a special occasion like Mother’s Day, or a special birthday or anniversary.

You can enjoy your treat in front of a cozy fire in winter or outside in the sunshine in summer.

On the first Sunday of every month, Byfords also serve an afternoon tea extravaganza, with traditional sandwiches, grazing dishes and an all you can eat dessert and sweet treat buffet.

You must book 24 hours in advance for all afternoon teas.

 1-3 Shirehall Plain, Holt

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Congham Hall Hotel

Beautiful Congham Hall Hotel is a secluded white-painted Georigian manor house, tucked away down country lanes in the Norfolk countryside, between King’s Lynn and Royal Sandringham.

It’s a perfect spot for afternoon tea, taken in one of the gorgeous lounges or on the terrace, where peace and tranquility reign.

The full monty includes a selection of sandwiches and savouries and some of the best afternoon tea sweet goodes I’ve ever tasted – the dark chocolate brownie is a thing of absolute beauty! You can also enjoy a glass of champagne with your afternoon tea.

Afternoon tea must be booked 24 hours in advance.

Lynn Road, King’s Lynn

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finger sandwiches arranged on a plate and cake stanf with scones, jam and cream

The Cliff Hotel

Commanding a fabulous view over Gorelston Beach, The Cliff Hotel is the best place for afternoon tea around Great Yarmouth.

The Cliff Hotel gives their luxurious afternoon tea the focus it deserves, with a perfect spot to enjoy the occasion in the terrace and gardens overlooking the sea.

A delicious selection of sandwiches, canapes, scones and petit fours, all traditional flavours but with a twist, are served on a modern oblong cake tier.

Afternoon tea must be booked 24 hours in advance.

Cliff Hill, Gorleston-on-Sea, Great Yarmouth

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The Norfolk Mead

Nestled in the hear of the Norfolk Broads, on the banks of the pretty River Bure, The Norfolk Mead Hotel is a haven of peace and relaxation, with a handful of culinary excellence adwards, including being a finalist at the 2019 EAT Norfolk Food & Drink Awards for ‘Best Afternoon Tea’ – expect your taste buds to be tempted!

Afternoon tea is taken seriously here, with traditional locally sourced and made offerings, including their mouth-wateringly good strawberry jam and my all-time favourite lemon drizzle cake.

You’ll also enjoy bottomless tea and perhaps a glass of fizz – champagne or prosecco – if it’s a special occasion.

You don’t need to be staying at the hotel to enjoy all it has to offer. Afternoon tea guests can take afternoon tea on the terrace in the the walled garden, or in one of the lounge areas where you’ll find candles and roaring log fires in winter. 

You can also combine tea with a bespoke spa treatment, or go for a relaxing stroll through the eight acres of beautifully kept grounds right down to the banks of the River Bure.

For a really special occasion, take your afternoon tea picnic style on the hotel’s English Harbour Yacht and enjoy an afternoon of boating on the Norfolk Broads.

Afternoon tea must be booked 24 hours in advance.

Church Loke, Coltishall, Norwich

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Hatters Tea Shop

Set in an old Victorian building which has been restored, Hatters Tea Shop offers cosy corners and relaxed seating, and they also have a gift shop where you can buy beautiful handicrafts and gifts from Norfolk to take home with you.

Their afternoon tea is perfect for a celebration or party. Beautifully served with mis-matched vintage china, afternoon tea includes a selection of traditional afternoon tea sandwiches like egg and cress and smoked salmon and cream cheese, home-made scones and mini cakes.

You can also enjoy your afternoon tea with a bottle or glass of Prosecco for an extra special treat.

Afternoon tea must be booked 24 hours in advance.

34 Prince of Wales Road, Cromer

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Two cake stands with small sandwiches, scones with clotted cream and jam

Bank House Hotel

Located in a beautiful square in historic King’s Lynn, the Bank House Hotel is a stylish establishment with a warm and welcoming feel.

Their classic afternoon tea has a leaning towards the savoury, with the second scone being cheese, not fruit. This makes a delicious changes, especially if you don’t have a sweet tooth – and, really, who doesn’t love a cheese scone?

Cakes are traditional and home made, as befits the hotel’s historic location. For a special occasion, or just because you can, choose the champagne afternoon tea and enjoy a glass of bubbly!

Afternoon teas are served every day and are also available to takeaway on Saturday and Sunday.

King’s Staithe Square, King’s Lynn

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Barnham Broom

Barnham Broom is a luxury resort near Norwich, set in 300 acres of grounds, with a spa, gold club with two 18-hole courses and fitness club.

It’s a wonderful place for afternoon tea, with a real sense of occassion and indulgence. Afternoon tea, served in classic style, is a sumptuous celebration of the British custom.

Pick from the traditional offer or go to town with a chocolate lovers afternoon tea (why not?), or add your favourite tipple with a G&T, Pimms or cocktail afternoon tea.

Honingham Road, Norwich

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three tier cake stand with afternoon tea arranged on it

The Ivy Brasserie

The perfect afternoon tea venue for shoppers, The Ivy Norwich is located in the heart of the Norwich Lanes. Beautifully decorated with a colourful art deco vibe, afternoon tea here under the crystal chandeliers is stylish and decadent.

Afternoon tea includes all the usual items, with finger sandwiches being upscaled to mini filled brioche rolls and dainty double deckers.

Served on elegently set tables with ornate cake stands and silver teapots and creamers, this feels like a well-deserved treat after a hard day of shopping!

30 London Street, Norwich

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Heydon Village Tea Shop

Located in the delightful village of Heydon, between Norwich and Holt (and perfect for a post Blickling Hall recharge) is the Heydon Village Tea Room.

A quintessential English tea room, bow-fronted and overlooking the village green, this traditional and independently run tea shop serves a a very pretty afternoon tea.

Almost everything on the generous afternoon tea menu is home made by the owners on the premises and ingredients are sourced locally. Shabby chic interiors, farmhouse tables, mis-matched crockery and the very friendly welcome make this a wonderful place to relax over an afternoon cuppa.

It’s no surprise that Heydon Village Tea Shop was awarded Tripadvisor Travellers’ Choice in 2021.

Booking is essential with 24 hours notice as space is limited. 

The Street, Heydon, Norwich

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afternnon tea stand with pink blue and grey teapot and milk jug

Folly Tearoom

Afternoon tea at the Folly Tea Room in Holt is not to be missed. Tucked away in Hoppers Yard, this hidden gem is an homage to vintage romance throughout the interior and pretty walled garden.

Choose from the Folly Tradition, the Sparkling Folly and the Gentleman’s Folly afternoon teas. Each offer the traditional elements of afternoon tea, with the addition of bubbles or delicious savouries in the form of a home-made quiche and to-die-for sausage roll. Or, go wild, and build your own folly afternoon tea tiers!

Another Trip Advisor Travellers’ Choice for 2021, pre-booking is advised to avoid disappointment.

Hoppers Yard, Bull Street, Holt

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Bernie Beans

The quirky Berni Beans in Hunstanton is well worth a visit. Their VIP vintage afternoon tea experience is served in a traditional tea room environment, at beautifully set tables with gorgeous bone china (which you can also hire for your own events!).

The staff make every visit feel like an occasion, making this a perfect place to celebrate a special event or day.

Afternoon tea is very generous, with delicious soft home-made sandwiches, freshly made scones which can be warmed to your preference and delcious home-made cakes – the coffee and walnut is excellent.

2 High Street, Hunstanton

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Petals Tea Room

A great rest stop after walking the pooch at Sandringham or Snettisham Beach, Petals Tea Room is dog friendly and staff will even welcome your four-legged friend with a doggie biscuit!

Because they serve a wide range of high teas including ​the English Rose, the Rosehip, the Forget-Me-Not, the Primrose and the Hollyhock, you’ll find something to suit.

There is even a Candytuft children’s tea which includes dainty sandwiches and a selection of sweet treats served with pink lemonade.

61 Manor Road, Dersingham, Kings Lynn

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Other Norfolk Tea Rooms

If you just fancy quick stop without fuss, or want to avoid the £15+ per person costs of full-on afternoon tea, many of the establishments mentioned above also serve tea or coffee with a cake or scone, or a Norfolk cream tea.

We also have a a few favourite Norfolk cafe’s for you to try…

Prima Rosa Tea Rooms & Crafts, 82 Lower Street, Salhouse – home-made cake, crafts and gifts made by local artisans, in the heart of the Norfolk Broads.

Apple Cafe at West Acre Gardens, Tumbleyhill Rd, King’s Lynn – fabulous cream teas in beautiful walled West Acre Gardens, which is also a plant nursery that gardeners will love.

Camellia Cottage, 1 Station Road, Sheringham – homemade cakes and savouries in a lovely modern environement in a traditional flint cottage.

Horsey Windpump Tearoom, Horsey, Near Great Yarmouth – National Trust run tea room next to Horsey windmill.

Alchemista Coffee Co, 4 St Gregorys Alley, Norwich – great coffee and cake in central Norwich.

Old Town Beach Cafe, 50 Sea Lane, Old Hunstanton – coffee, tea and delicious cakes on the beach at sunny Hunny.

Elmham Tea Post, 62 Holt Road, North Elmham – lovely gem of a tea room with fantastic home-made offerings!

Doggie Diner, 16 Mount Street, Limetree Court, Cromer – the one-of-a-kind canine cafe for humans and hounds has a well-deserved reputation. Offering both dog and human menus, this is the perfect place to take your pooch for a treat after a walk on Cromer Beach.

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