Think tea and cake, but make it fancy! This blog is your best guide to Bristol’s top 5 spots for a unique afternoon tea. So whether you’re wanting to splash out for mother’s day, celebrate your birthday in style or just have a sophisticated afternoon, we’ve got you covered!
No. 4, Clifton Village
Our No. 1 choice is actually No. 4, a restaurant and bar located in the beautiful setting of Clifton Village. There are four different types of afternoon tea to choose from here, with the option to upgrade to a Hendricks afternoon tea, complete with a refreshing G+T using Hendricks gin, or even prosecco! No. 4 is perfect for any occasion, and for larger groups or parties they offer the hire of vintage crockery to give your afternoon tea an extra twist! As if that wasn’t enough to convince you, No. 4 have a fantastic offer of a classic afternoon tea, plus a gin spritz cocktail for just £20 on selected dates this Summer! Take a look at their website for all the delicious details.
AhhToots, Christmas Steps
Formerly a popular market stall at St Nick’s market, as of 2020 AhhToots is now an iconic little cakery at Christmas Steps. Their decadent afternoon tea combines refined baking and cake artistry with high quality ingredients and good coffee. AhhToots run their unique afternoon tea on Fridays and Saturdays and booking in advance on their website is essential because of how popular it is!
360 Café at the Clifton Observatory
For an afternoon tea with one of the best views in Bristol, you can’t go wrong with the 360 Café at the Clifton Observatory. Slightly away from the city centre, this idyllic spot offers panoramic views of the city and the Clifton Suspension Bridge. Be sure to book on the observatory webpage for the afternoon tea, and definitely try the hot chocolate here, you won’t be disappointed!
The Ivy, Clifton
The pinnacle of sophistication in Clifton must begin with a trip to The Ivy in Clifton. Expect to find elegant décor and an insta-worthy bar. The afternoon tea menus are seasonal and delicious, with the option to add on champagne for the ultimate treat! The Ivy serve their afternoon tea between 3 and 4:45pm every day, just book a regular table on their website to make sure you get a slice of the action!
Ashwell & Co (Formerly Heartfelt Vintage)
This local gem has rebranded as Ashwell & Co, but is still providing a fantastically quirky afternoon tea in the centre of Clifton. With all of their ingredients being made locally or in-house, you won’t find a better taste of Bristol anywhere else! This afternoon tea will be served to you in a vintage boutique, so your surroundings are just as beautiful as the food in front of you. This highly-rated afternoon tea venue is definitely worth a visit! Take a look at their website to book!
Afternoon tea not your thing? Why don't you take a look at our blog of the best cocktail spots in Bristol, theres bound to be something that takes your fancy!
(Photos from No. 4 Clifton Village, Clifton Observatory and Ashwell & Co.)