40 of the best Afternoon Teas in Devon

Updated: June 2023

Afternoon Tea in Devon

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Where better to indulge in an afternoon tea than Devon, with its beautiful countryside, glorious north and south Devon coastlines and historic cities of Exeter, Plymouth and Torquay.

Here we have listed Devonshire hotels offering quality afternoon teas and detailed the price, location and a bit about each venue.

For where to buy gift vouchers for afternoon tea out in Devon see this blog.

NOTE - Prices were correct at the time of writing but will change overtime.

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Dartmoor & West Devon Afternoon Teas

Bovey Castle
North Bovey, TQ13 8RE

Bovey Castle, set in Dartmoor National Park, was named as one of the top six places to have Afternoon Tea in the UK by Red Magazine. Enjoy Afternoon Tea in the dining room or on the terrace overlooking the gardens, including warm scones, delicate finger sandwiches, delicious homemade cakes and a selection of teas. Served everyday 1.00pm – 4.00pm, Bovey Castle can cater for all dietary requirements including gluten free, vegetarian and vegan..

Gidleigh Park
Chagford, TQ13 8HH

Gidleigh Park is a beautiful Tudor style country house hotel set in an idyllic location within Dartmoor National Park on the banks of the North Teign River. It is a perfect place to savour culinary delights, created using the finest local produce. Afternoon Tea is served in the conservatory, lounges or terrace Tuesday to Saturday from 1pm - 5pm. There is limited availability so booking is essential.

Hotel Endsleigh
Milton Abbot, PL19 0PQ

Designed by Jeffry Wyatville for the 6th Duke of Bedford in 1811, Hotel Endsleigh is a stunning Grade I historic house set in 108 acres of fairytale woodland and surrounded by beautiful gardens. Afternoon Tea is served every day between 3.30pm and 5pm and includes finger sandwiches, tea or coffee, freshly baked scones, clotted cream, jam and a selection of cakes. Choose to sit at a table and have afternoon tea served to you or preorder a picnic afternoon tea conveniently packed into a returnable rucksack.

Lewtrenchard Manor
Okehampton, EX20 4PN

Nestled in a secluded valley beneath Dartmoor’s wild tors, and virtually untouched by time, Lewtrenchard Manor is located in a magnificent setting. Steeped in history, this Jacobean manor dates back to the early 1600s and was mentioned in the Domesday Book. Indulge in an Afternoon Tea for two at this true country house hotel for a delicious tea time treat to remember.

Mill End Hotel & Restaurant
Chagford, TQ13 8JN

A Dartmoor hotel on the banks of Devon’s majestic River Teign, Mill End Hotel and Restaurant is your perfect Country House hideaway. Just outside the ancient moorland town of Chagford, it’s surrounded by miles of walking, fishing and breathtaking scenery. Afternoon Tea is served from 12pm - 4pm every day in high season in the attractive gardens or one of the lounges and in low season (from 1st October), from 3pm - 4.30pm daily, served in the garden or heated outdoor lodge.

The Bedford Hotel
Tavistock, PL19 8BB

The Bedford Hotel is located in the heart of the market town of Tavistock on the edge of Dartmoor National Park. The Bedford Hotel originally formed part of Tavistock’s Benedictine Abbey, the birthplace of Devon cream tea in the 11th century. Afternoon tea is served everyday 3pm – 5pm.

Two Bridges Hotel
Two Bridges, Dartmoor PL20 6SW

The Two Bridges Hotel is perched on the banks of the beautiful West Dart River, with jaw-dropping countryside and bracing walks in every direction. There is currently no Afternoon Tea on the menu but you can enjoy a traditional cream tea of large home-made scone with Hogs Bottom strawberry jam and local clotted cream, with your choice of a pot of tea or cafetiere of coffee (beside a crackling log fire in the cooler months), or on the terrace outside. Cream teas are served 11am - 4pm daily. Booking is recommended to avoid disappointment.

Exeter & East Devon Afternoon Teas

Hotel Riviera
Sidmouth, EX10 8AY

Hotel Riviera, with its echoes of the South of France and prime position on the seafront, is the choice for the discerning in search of relaxation and quieter pleasures. It's elegant lounges and terrace offer a most relaxing way to enjoy Afternoon Tea which is served daily between 3.00pm and 5.30pm.

Sidmouth Harbour Hotel
Sidmouth, EX10 8RU

The former Westcliff Hotel, now the Sidmouth Harbour Hotel, is a picture perfect retreat all year round. This charming Victorian hotel enjoys breath-taking panoramic views that take in the majestic red cliffs of Sidmouth, sparkling Lyme Bay and rolling green hills of the glorious Sid Valley. Full Afternoon Tea for two people can be enjoyed with beautiful views in the Harding's Restaurant.

The Ivy Exeter
Exeter EX4 3DT

Located in central Exeter the restaurant has both inside and outside Parisian style dining with views across the Cathedral Green. Situated in an old building, there are high ceilings and large windows giving a wonderful sense of space and luxury.

The Belmont Hotel
Sidmouth, EX10 8RX

Enjoy afternoon tea at this pretty traditional seaside hotel that maintains the standards of a bygone age. With outstanding service, spectacular sea views and delicious cuisine, The Belmont combines all the ingredients for a magical afternoon. Originally the summer residence of a grand Victorian family, the Belmont retains the very special cosy atmosphere associated with a family home just yards from the beach and Victorian Esplanade.

The Salty Monk
Sidmouth, EX10 9QP

Originally a Salt House used by the Benedictine Monks who traded salt at Exeter Cathedral, this Devon restaurant with rooms is situated in the Sid Valley just one mile from Sidmouth. The Salty Monk has a large selection of loose leaf teas and the scones and preserves are made on the premises, with the clotted cream coming from the nearby Yarty Valley.

The Victoria Hotel
Sidmouth, EX10 8RY

Located in the picturesque Regency town of Sidmouth, this 4 star hotel offers outstanding views of Lyme Bay. Enjoy an Afternoon Tea in the sun lounge with huge bay windows looking out over Sidmouth’s Esplanade. Winner of the AA Hotel Group of the Year for 2015-2016, the hotel is a superb example of Victorian architecture and many original features have been carefully preserved and tastefully combined with the best of modern comforts. Add to this the superlative levels of service for which Brend Hotels are renowned and you have a winning formula for a wonderful afternoon tea experience.

Torbay, Plymouth and South Devon Afternoon Teas

The Orestone Manor Hotel
Torquay, TQ1 4SX

Afternoon Tea TorquayOrestone Manor is an independent family run classic country house hotel. The magnificent Georgian manor house is set in the pretty South Devon coastal village of Maidencombe, near Torquay. Awarded two AA rosettes for fine dining, Orestone Manor is the ideal place to enjoy an Afternoon Tea with spectacular sea views over Lyme Bay.

Angels Tea Room
Babbacombe, Torquay TQ1 3LP

Angels is a popular small tea room situated at the top of Babbacombe Downs. A visit to this tea room is an absolute must if you want to experience every choice of scone you could possibly imagine! From Funfetti, (Sprinkles & white chocolate), Triple chocolate, Cherry and Coconut, Chocolate, Fruit & nut, Feta and walnut, Biscoff, Oreo, Dark chocolate and Ginger, Spiced fruit, Gluten and dairy free Dark chocolate. An afternoon tea here is one like no other and an experience not to be missed!

Devon Heaven

We thought we’d include our afternoon tea hampers in this guide in case you’ve found this page because you’re looking for gift ideas. Our afternoon tea hampers are sent by post across the UK via next day delivery. Check out individual product details for more information and to read our reviews.

Boringdon Hall Hotel
Plymouth, PL7 4DP

Boringdon Hall Hotel is a seductive manor house hotel on the edge of Dartmoor where luxury and style come together with the drama of Elizabethan architecture. It offers a number of Afternoon Tea options including a Cream Tea with homemade scones.

Salcombe Harbour Hotel
Salcombe, TQ8 8JH

The Salcombe Harbour Hotel is one of the South West's finest luxury hotels situated in a prime location on the Salcombe Estuary. They offer a number of different Afternoon Tea options including their Jetty Cream Tea, all with spectacular views from the Terrance Restaurant overlooking the estuary.

South Sands Hotel
Salcombe, TQ8 8LJ

A fantastic, contemporary boutique hotel on the beach in South Sands bay, just outside Salcombe, South Devon. Enjoy an Afternoon Tea stand for 2, including selection of delicate finger sandwiches, cakes and of course a Devonshire cream tea.

The Grand Hotel
Torquay, TQ2 6NT

The 4* Grand Hotel Torquay with it’s striking Victorian architecture, elegant interiors, seafront location & AA rosette fine dining has earned it pride of place as Torquay’s landmark hotel for over 130 years. The hotel offers cream teas, high Afternoon Tea, dip and dine Afternoon Tea and group discount for Champange Afternoon Tea.

Thurlestone Hotel
Kingsbridge, TQ7 3NN

The Thurlestone Hotel, near Salcombe, is a luxury four star hotel with stunning coastal views in South Devon, set in 19 acres of gardens just five minutes walk from sandy beaches. From the Lounge you can enjoy a full Afternoon Tea with a selection of classic sandwiches, freshly baked scones, West Country clotted cream, strawberry preserve, homemade cakes and pastries, served with your choice of tea or coffee.

Weavers' Cottage Tea Shoppe
Cockington, TQ2 6XA

Open 7 days a week, 10.30am - 4.30pm, Weavers Cottage Tea Garden is situated in a walled courtyard garden in the quaint village of Cockington. Check their Facebook page for regular updates in case opening is weather dependent.

North Devon Afternoon Teas

Broomhill Art Hotel
Barnstaple, EX31 4EX

Broomhill is positioned in a glorious valley in North Devon, surrounded by hundreds of acres of woodland. Indulge yourself with Broomhill's High Tea treat which serves up a range of delicious homemade cakes, tarts, scones with cream & jam and light snacks.

Tea on the Green
Westward Ho! EX39 1LH

The Tea on the Green at Westward Ho! is unique in that its cream teas are named after famous movie stars… The Hepburn, The Grant and The Taylor! They offer a high tea option with scones, cakes and a homemade savoury item or quiche for £16 PP. The Café is highly rated on Trip Advisor.

Fox and Hounds Country Hotel
Chumleigh, EX18 7JZ (summer only)

The hotel prides itself on friendliness and welcoming service. Their award winning kitchen, with one rosette sources the entire menu locally. Afternoon Tea, only served in the summer, includes their large homemade scones.

Highbullen Hotel
Umberleigh, EX37 9HD

Set in a 125 acre estate in the heart of North Devon, with far reaching views down the Mole Valley and across to Exmoor, the Highbullen Hotel is a lovely Afternoon Tea location. Enjoy Afternoon Tea in The Morning Room, The Drawing Room, The Glassed Terrace of the Drawing Room, The Cellars Restaurant, Terrace and Bar or of course the lawns in front of the Manor House.

Saunton Sands Hotel
Saunton, EX33 1LQ

This elegant, four-star art deco hotel has a spectacular setting overlooking one of the finest beaches in Devon - a three-mile stretch of smooth sand. Their Afternoon Tea includes a choice of teas, a selection of sandwiches (think classics such as smoked salmon, cucumber, ham and cheddar), scones (plus jam and buttery clotted cream of course) and pastries.

The Imperial Hotel
Barnstaple, EX32 8NB

The only 4 star luxury hotel in Barnstaple, the Imperial Hotel is located in the heart of the town yet it has all the tranquillity and warmth of an elegant country house set beside the River Taw. The traditional Afternoon Tea is served in the warm and cosy Terrace Lounge.

Watersmeet Hotel
Woolacombe, EX34 7EB

Watersmeet Hotel is set on one of the finest coastal locations in the whole of the West Country, above a quiet, sandy beach, in the timeless village of Mortehoe, on Devon’s rugged North Atlantic coast. Dependent on the time of year you can enjoy your tea either on their sun trap of a terrace, the lawn or in the comfy lounge.

Our Afternoon tea hampers are sent by post and can be enjoyed from home which makes for a lovely gift for friends and family.

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1 comment

  • They’re all a bit posh for my walking group!

    Alison Thomas on

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