Afternoon Tea in the Lake District


3rd August 2022

There’s something about an afternoon tea in the Lake District. It just feels right. A quintessentially English tradition – the three-tier cake stand, dainty sandwiches, pastries to die for and even a glass of fizz. And don’t forget the views. It’s the perfect way to celebrate a special occasion or to simply indulge yourselves because, well, you’re on holiday!

With Afternoon Tea Week running from 8 – 14 August this year, we thought we’d share some of our favourite spots to take afternoon tea. After all, this is a tradition which is taken very seriously in the Lake District.

We’ve chosen our top five places for afternoon tea in the Lake District, and they’re all either a walk or a short drive from Birkdale House. Please do remember to book in advance.

The Tea Room at Blackwell

The tea room at Blackwell Arts and Crafts House offers a range of delicious light lunches, cakes and tempting treats using the very best local ingredients. And if the sun is shining, the elegant outdoor terrace is the perfect spot to relax and soak up the breathtaking views of Lake Windermere and the Lakeland fells beyond.

The Fizzy Tarte in Bowness

The Fizzy Tarte in the heart of Bowness is just a short walk from Birkdale House. This is not your average afternoon tea. This is a modern twist on the traditional classic. Contemporary, luxurious décor, great lighting and fantastic service. Choose from the Classic Afternoon Tea, the Ultimate Afternoon Tea or if you’re really celebrating, the Laurent-Perrier Rosé Afternoon Tea. There’s also a gluten free option. And with a fine selection of cocktails on the menu, your afternoon tea may just go on into the evening.

Macdonald Old England Hotel

With Lake Windermere as its backdrop, the Macdonald Old England Hotel in Bowness is a more than suitable venue to enjoy a traditional afternoon tea. And whether it’s served in the lounge or on the terrace, the views are stunning.

Storrs Hall Hotel

The talented team of pastry chefs at Storrs Hall are passionate about creating an afternoon tea worthy of this great British tradition. And the results are fabulous. The afternoon tea itself is a thing of beauty. Delicious homemade cakes, pastries and freshly baked scones served alongside a selection of sandwiches and savouries. There’s even a Tiny Tots Tea for the younger family members.

Lakeside Hotel

Our final choice is Lakeside Hotel, located right on the western shore of Lake Windermere, about half an hour in the car from Birkdale House. The delicious afternoon tea is served in the elegant conservatory, or outside on the terrace when the sun is shining. Both offer amazing views in a beautiful setting.

To be honest, there are so many other fantastic places we could have mentioned. For many, a trip to the Lake District isn’t complete with a traditional afternoon tea, so you’re truly spoilt for choice. Wherever you decide to go, you’ll find friendly service and a range of delicious treats.