The Top Places to Find an Extravagant Vegan Afternoon Tea

Posted by on October 5, 2023 | Permalink

Who doesn’t love a luxurious spread of mini sandwiches, delectable sweet treats, loose-leaf teas, and perhaps a delightful glass of fizz? Afternoon tea is a British tradition that everyone can get behind, and we have good news: it’s easier than ever to find vegan options.

Take a look at our pick of the top vegan afternoon teas around the country, available at some of the UK’s most loved and renowned establishments.

Please note that the dishes mentioned below are examples and that menus are subject to change at any time. We recommend that you check the available options ahead of your visit and book in advance to avoid disappointment.

Brigit’s Bakery, London

Located in the heart of London, Brigit’s Bakery offers a vegan afternoon tea featuring a choice of freshly cut sandwiches, such as beetroot houmous and cucumber, vegan quiche with mixed peppers and cheese, and sweet treats like orange macaron, matcha and coconut panna cotta, and a vegan tart with sweet pumpkin cream.

Claridge’s, London

The Foyer & Reading Room at London landmark Claridge’s can offer a vegan afternoon tea if booked in advance. It features an indulgent selection of sandwiches, cakes, miniature desserts, and drinks. Sandwich options include vegan feta with red onion marmalade and watercress and roasted celeriac with truffle mayonnaise and hazelnut. Choose from sweet treats such as pear and almond bourdaloue tart, mandarin and shiso cake, and a delightful chocolate mousse.

The Comfy Duck, Lincolnshire

The luxurious vegan afternoon tea at The Comfy Duck is perfect for those looking for something special. A vegan menu is available upon request.

Cuthbert’s Bakehouse, Liverpool

Cuthbert’s Bakehouse’s afternoon spread offers miniature vegan sandwiches, including coronation “chicken”, avocado and sun-dried tomato crostini, and a cauliflower pot. Enjoy scones served with vegan cream and handmade jam and other sweet treats such as chocolate orange mousse, lemon drizzle cake, and a Viennese whirl. Be sure to book in advance.

The Dome, Edinburgh

Enjoy an array of sandwiches such as artichoke, pea, and mint salad; roast vegetable and houmous; and sun-dried tomato and basil at The Dome’s Georgian Tea Room. Indulge in scones with vegan cream and jam and sweet treats such as lemon tart, mille-feuille, and strawberry sponge accompanied by loose-leaf tea.

Eden Café, Bristol

This vegan café is located in the trendy Clifton area of Bristol, and it will not disappoint with its French twist on afternoon tea. Savouries include coronation chickpea and “king prawn” Marie Rose cocktail. Indulge in scones served with the café’s signature clotted “cream” and jam and a choice of seasonal treats such as chocolate and hazelnut macaron, passion fruit curd tartlets, and apricot frangipane tartlets.

The Egerton House Hotel, London

The Egerton House Hotel offers a fabulous vegan afternoon tea, which includes loose-leaf teas and homemade cakes. Enjoy the selection of delicious sandwiches, with fillings such as coronation chickpea and guacamole and rocket, and top the afternoon off with plain or fruit scones paired with coconut clotted cream.

Ham Yard Hotel, London

Whether you’re served in its contemporary restaurant or chic drawing room, Ham Yard Hotel is a stylish place to have afternoon tea. Guests can enjoy sweet and savoury bites paired with a choice of teas or cocktails. The hotel has adapted its menu to cater for vegans, so you won’t miss out on all the classics.

The Hidden Lane Tearoom, Glasgow

One of Glasgow’s hidden gems, this quaint shabby-chic restaurant can, on request, whip up a delectable vegan spread filled with mouthwatering sandwiches, cakes, and scones. You must state that you’re vegan in the comments when booking.

Jean-Georges at The Connaught, London

This luxurious and traditional afternoon tea spread offers the perfect way to relax after a hectic day in London, with mouthwatering sandwiches and freshly baked scones, cakes, and pastries. Sandwiches include vegan cheddar, spiced peach chutney, and rocket and butternut, spiced piquillo pepper, vegan cream, crispy shallot, and watercress. Choose from pastry options including rhubarb cake, banana bread with vegan caramel sauce, and chocolate mousse with raspberry jam and fresh raspberries. Just remember to request the vegan menu when booking.

Laura Ashley The Tea Room, Multiple Locations

The vegan afternoon tea menu at Laura Ashley The Tea Room in Redditch features sandwiches, avocado and lime crostini, scones with coconut cream and fruit preserves, and a choice of cakes. The quintessentially British brand also has tea rooms in Buckingham and Sheffield.

Loaf B&B, Northumberland

The delicious afternoon tea at this all-vegan bed and breakfast is available to guests and visitors with prior booking.

The Making of Harry Potter, London

Enjoy a vegan afternoon tea after a day of fun at Warner Bros Studio. Savoury items include vegan smoked salmon with lemon butter on a malted bloomer and beetroot falafel with minted mayo and red pepper “caviar”. Round the afternoon off with treats such as a sweet pumpkin pasty, Honeydukes pink vanilla sponge, and fresh scones with vegan Chantilly cream and rose-infused strawberry conserve.

Metrodeco, Brighton

Be transported back to the 1930s when visiting this vintage-inspired tea room. The handmade vegan cake is a bestseller, and Metrodeco takes pride in rising to a vegan baking challenge. Its vegan menu includes mushroom and thyme sausage rolls, homemade scones with strawberry jam and Biscoff cream, and mini glazed donuts. Request the vegan menu when booking.

One Aldwych, London

Embark on a magical journey with this Charlie and the Chocolate Factory–inspired afternoon tea. Its “splendid savouries” include a coronation cauliflower sarnie and a spinach roly-poly. Among the “scrumptious sweets” you will find “hair toffee” mousse and raisin with fudge and plain scones with “snozzberry” jam and “all the creams”.

Palm Court at The Langham, London

This afternoon tea at The Langham hotel celebrates all things British. Select the perfect tea – with the assistance of a tea sommelier – to accompany indulgent finger sandwiches such as coronation jackfruit and lamb’s lettuce on garam masala bread and violet artichoke, rocket, and basil pesto on tomato bread. Choose from the bakery’s range of cakes and pastries inspired by the nation’s favourite treats, such as the double chocolate sponge, caramelised brioche and vanilla sponge, and classic and raisin scones served with lemon curd and the chef’s seasonal preserves.

Peacock Alley at Waldorf Astoria, Edinburgh

One of Edinburgh’s most highly regarded hotels offers a majestic setting for afternoon tea. A vegan menu is available on request. You can also enjoy its at-home (collection) option, which features classic French fare such as vegan cheese and spiced pear tart, freshly baked scones, and a variety of pastry options, including strawberry gel, rhubarb, and strawberry set fruit paste.

Reading Room Restaurant and Bar at The Roseate, Reading

The Roseate’s Reading Room Restaurant and Bar offers a vegan afternoon tea, featuring sandwiches such as onion chutney and vegan cheese on tomato bread, roast aubergine and houmous on onion bread, and roast courgette and pesto on basil bread. There are freshly baked scones to dig into as well as tarts and cakes, including chocolate and raspberry ganache and lemon drizzle.

Richmond Tea Rooms, Manchester

This Alice in Wonderland–themed restaurant offers afternoon tea with a range of vegan sandwiches, cakes, and other treats as well as a weird and wonderful range of exotic and rare teas.

Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon

Shakespeare goes vegan! At the Rooftop Restaurant at this iconic theatre, diners can tuck into a traditional afternoon tea, which includes vegan scones as well as sandwiches like grated vegan mozzarella with pesto and sun-dried tomatoes, classic cucumber and olive tapenade on farmhouse bread, and open top vegan coronation chicken on ciabatta. Choose from a variety of desserts including chocolate cherry tart, chocolate cheesecake, and chocolate orange finger.

Seaside Kitchen and Cake Parlour, Kent

Located in Margate, Kent’s first vegan café, kitchen, and cake shop is an expert in vegan afternoon tea. The menu includes three fresh cakes, homemade scones with cream and jam, finger sandwiches, and sausage roll bites.

Sweet Little Things, Bath

This vegan afternoon tea includes seasonal sandwiches, mini quiches, a range of yummy cakes, and homemade scones.

The Tea Room at The Midland, Manchester

Specifically designed for and dedicated to afternoon tea, The Tea Room at The Midland is a must-visit for all who love this tradition. Enjoy a large assortment of vegan sandwiches such as crushed pea and marjoram cream cheese on rye bread or roasted red pepper, vegan feta, and rocket. Indulge in freshly baked scones served with vegan Devon clotted cream and Mrs Darlington’s jams and other homemade delights, including pistachio macaron, caramelised pear and almond sponge, and Valrhona dark chocolate mousse.

Terre à Terre, Brighton

This Brighton restaurant offers a playful gourmet afternoon tea experience. Start with a moreish savoury plate featuring a steamed rice bun stuffed with Szechuan mapo tofu, seaweed rice crackers, and pickled vegetables followed by three tiers of sweet delights, including chocolate hazelnut truffle cake and praline served with a whipped dark chocolate mousse. The traditional tea-soaked sultana scone served with vanilla and strawberry jam and coconut lime yogurt is to die for!

The Vegan Cakery, Leicester

The Vegan Cakery offers a selection of specialist flowering and loose-leaf teas and an array of vegan sandwiches, miniature cakes and pastries, and freshly baked plain and fruit scones served with vegan cream, spread and, preserves.

Westminster Tea Rooms, Southport

This independent tea room in Southport, Merseyside, is run by a couple and offers a multitude of homemade vegan options. You can enjoy a range of finger sandwiches, a fruit scone, a slice of cake, and a fresh-fruit tart – all served on a traditional three-tier cake stand.

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