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Five Great Places in Oxford for Afternoon Tea

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Oxford’s long been a popular day out for all the family. It’s perhaps its relaxed nature, from a punt down the Thames to afternoons in the parks, soaking up the sun. There’s something special about an afternoon or weekend in the city.

So, as you’d expect in such a quintessentially British destination, when it comes to food and drink, afternoon tea is right up there with the best in the country.

There are many spots across Oxford for this Great British pastime, so whether you’re enjoying a hen do with friends, or taking your parents or grandparents out of a residential care home for the day, booking into one of them and enjoying a spot of tea and a cake really is a must.

As summer approaches that will certainly be the case for more and more of us, but what are the best spots in Oxford for afternoon tea?

The Randolph Hotel

The Randolph Hotel is in the heart of the city and is well known for its service and luxurious atmosphere. The iconic hotel provides one of the best afternoon tea offerings in the south of England, with a range of sandwiches, scones, and of course clotted creams and jams.

It all takes place in the Drawing Room, with the attention to detail in the room and in the likes of the fine china and attentive staff really is impeccable, making it surely the most refined afternoon tea in Oxford.

The Old Parsonage Hotel

Another historic building, The Old Parsonage Hotel is cosy and inviting, with afternoon tea available in the elegant dining room as well as the hotel’s beautiful walled garden during the summer months.

You’ll get a lovely pot of tea, complete with traditional sandwiches and a selection of sweet treats. It’s a popular spot, however, so if you do want to enjoy afternoon tea here, make sure you book ahead.

The Grand Café

Located in the Covered Market, the Grand Cafe has the claim on being England’s oldest coffee house. Dating back to 1650, the establishment is a cheaper alternative to those mentioned above, but offers plenty of history in its surroundings.

It’s one of the more unique places to enjoy afternoon tea, and is always popular amongst tourists in the city. After all, who wouldn’t want to try a beverage from a cafe that’s been serving up for hundreds of years?

The Vaults & Garden Café

Situated in the heart of Oxford, adjacent to the University Church of St Mary the Virgin, The Vaults & Garden Café is a picturesque venue for afternoon tea. Enjoy a selection of homemade sandwiches, freshly baked scones with clotted cream and jam, and tempting cakes and pastries while overlooking the Radcliffe Square. The café's peaceful garden terrace and historic setting create a tranquil atmosphere ideal for relaxation and indulgence.

The Ashmolean Rooftop Restaurant

If you’re looking for a beautiful view of Oxford’s skyline, the Ashmolean Rooftop Restaurant is certainly the best option. Sitting atop the Ashmolean Museum, the rooftop terrace offers great views and some pretty fantastic food too. There’s an assortment of savoury bites, scones and desserts, all washed down with an excellent pot of tea.

It’s work booking for the view alone!


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