Afternoon tea

The Best Afternoon Teas in Devon

Afternoon teas in Devon are hard to resist. At the top of the menu of things to try during relaxing holidays to the county’s country and coast, they transform afternoons into memorable occasions for all generations. Typically served in the midafternoon, these moreish wonders promise tiers of mouth-watering delights, including light finger sandwiches, fresh scones, selections of sweet and savoury bites, and pots of hot tea or coffee. They can even be enjoyed with a glass of bubbly for an experience that’s extra special. So where can you go to enjoy the very best?

If you are seeking culinary inspiration, then we can point you in the direction of some of the best afternoon teas in Devon. Each offering a unique experience and the finest fare, these Devonshire venues and institutions propose moments of deliciousness, from our home shores of Sidmouth to sun-kissed vineyards and rolling countryside.

Just remember, it’s cream before jam when enjoying an afternoon tea in Devon!

Hotel Riviera - Afternoon Tea by the Sea

For one of the best afternoon teas in Devon, turn your attention towards our very own Hotel Riviera and our Afternoon Tea by the Sea. Situated on the Esplanade in Sidmouth with mesmeric sea views over glittering ocean, our seafront hotel sets the scene for relaxed afternoons enjoying one of the most beautiful settings imaginable. And, of course, one of the most delicious afternoon teas in Devon.

Choose from an array of temptations, including our signature Devon Afternoon Tea, Traditional Afternoon Tea, Strawberry Cream Tea, and Champagne Tea, and add smoked Scotch salmon sandwiches, finger sandwiches or toasted crumpets lathered in butter.

Served on fine China plates atop pristine white tablecloths and presented with a backdrop of beautiful sea views, magic is woven into every moment. To lend even more celebration to the occasion, why not pair your afternoon tea with a handpicked dessert wine, Prosecco or Champagne for an extra splash of indulgence?

Heron Farm Vineyard, Honiton

Promising a mouth-watering afternoon tea in a captivating location, Heron Farm Vineyard in Honiton is sure to pique your attention. An award-winning vineyard overlooking 17 acres of rolling South Devonshire countryside, its sprawling grounds are home to leafy vineyards, fruit-filled orchards and walled gardens which yield delicious produce from the kitchen.

Naturally, whether you’d like to sit outside in the sunshine or inside in the onsite café, you’re sure to be tempted by these afternoon teas in Devon. Peruse the menu of offerings, enjoying the kitchen’s signature take on the traditional.

On the menu, savoury bites include goats cheese tartlets with honey and walnut, and delectable smoked salmon parcels. Meanwhile, for the sweet-toothed, indulgences such as Earl Grey profiteroles, home-baked scones and icing-topped Victoria sponge can be looked forward to. Of course, you can also pick up a bottle of wine, or two.

The Fizz Boat, Dartmouth

For a novel way to enjoy one of the most unique afternoon teas in Devon, why not consider a private cruise with the Fizz Boat? Offering exclusive use of their purpose-built luxury boat, Vivere, this floating idyll takes guests along the meandering River Dart. Simply choose the date and time you’d like to depart and leave the navigating in the capable hands of Vivere’s skipper as you are served afternoon tea sharing boards. And plenty of fizz, naturellement. Promising all the classic ingredients for a recipe for success, The Fizz Boat’s dishes include sandwiches, cakes and scones, the latter of which is complemented with dollops of Devonshire clotted cream and strawberry jam. Tuck in for a feast to remember as you meander along the river, gazing at the beautiful scenery as corks are popped and water gently laps the hull.  

Greendale Farm, Farringdon

Greendale Farm in Farringdon has been in the Carter family for decades, with more than five generations having farmed the land and fished the sea. Founded on knowledge and evolved through hard work and innovation, it remains a thriving working farm today and invites locals and visitors alike to enjoy its farm-fresh produce. For one of the best afternoon teas in Devon, head over to Greendale Farm and savour a lovingly curated medley of treats. Among the sweet and savoury bites, expect ingredients sourced from the farm and rustled up in the kitchen by the farm’s talented team of chefs. Enjoy with a pot of tea to quench your thirst in the traditional way or enjoy a soothing blend of your favourite coffee. Once you’ve eaten, you can take your time to browse the farm shop, perhaps bundling up a few more treats to take away with you.

Horn of Plenty, Tavistock

Situated just outside of the town of Tavistock in Dartmoor, the Horn of Plenty stars a two AA Rosette restaurant and is one of the best places to enjoy an afternoon tea in West Devon. Secure yourself a reservation in advance and head over, ready to immerse yourself in the tranquil setting and bask in the views overlooking the verdant Tamar Valley. Inviting you to sit back and relax outside on the suntrap patio or inside in the dining area, this afternoon tea in Devon is served daily between 2.30 and 4.30pm and promises everything you could wish for from this much-loved culinary pastime. Depending on what you fancy, you can either choose from the luxury afternoon tea with the chef’s selection of fresh, homemade sandwiches, scones, cakes and pastries. Or, for something a little different, you can opt for the savoury afternoon tea with sandwiches, savoury scones, bakes, brioches, and more.

Stay at Hotel Riviera

As you look forward to your traditional afternoon teas in Devon, why not treat yourself to somewhere luxurious to stay? At Hotel Riviera in Sidmouth, we offer a welcoming seaside retreat in which to immerse yourself in comfort and serenity. Whether you're planning a solo getaway, romantic escape or a family holiday, our beautiful private rooms offer total relaxation. Tastefully designed, each has an ensuite bathroom and is adorned with thoughtful details, including flowers, bathrobes and toiletries. For total comfort and convenience, each room also enjoys Freeview television, fast WiFi, tea and coffee facilities and more. Book your room today and look forward to the dreamiest Devon retreat.