Why not indulge in a brew and a scone at one of these great places for afternoon tea in Staffordshire?

1. The Red Lion

There are so many beautiful afternoon teas in Staffordshire but few can call themselves award-winners.

The Red Lion in Bradley, near Stafford, can justifiably claim their afternoon tea is the best in the county - they won the Afternoon Tea of the Year at the Taste of Staffordshire Good Food Awards in October.

And judging by their TripAdvisor reviews, you can expect a 'beautifully presented' afternoon tea 'to die for', in a 'little gem of a place'.

So if you're looking for a rural retreat to enjoy homemade scones, Brew Tea Company teas and delicious finger sandwiches in, there is nowhere better than The Red Lion.

COMPETITION NEWS! Win afternoon tea for two at The Red Lion in the latest Taste of Staffordshire competition! Head to the Taste of Staffordshire Facebook page to enter.

2. Netherstowe House

A finalist in the Afternoon Tea of the Year category at the Taste of Staffordshire Good Food Awards in 2017, Lichfield's Netherstowe House offers a 'delightful afternoon tea experience' and the 'best afternoon tea ever', according to their Trip Advisor reviews.

With its tree-lined driveway leading to the quintessentially English country house, it's the perfect setting for afternoon tea.

There's a great selection of teas and no fewer than five different afternoon tea menus to choose from, including Twilight Teas for a post-work treat, Express Afternoon Teas if you're in a hurry, and the English Country Garden Afternoon Teas for anyone with a love of the garden.

And there are gluten-free options too.

All served on gleaming silverware and mismatched vintage china!

3. Springslade Lodge

If you like a good scone then head for Springslade Lodge, where you can sit back and enjoy some of the best Staffordshire has to offer.

Nestling on the edge of the beautiful Cannock Chase, Springlade Lodge offers a stunning backdrop and great value for money in their afternoon teas, with plenty of tasty treats to work your way through - all using locally-sourced ingredients wherever possible.

This welcoming family business was a finalist in two categories at the Taste of Staffordshire Good Food Awards in 2017: the Afternoon Tea of the Year and the Tea Room/Coffee Shop of the Year.

So you can be sure of fantastic fare and customer service - and 'one of the best ever' afternoon teas (TripAdvisor).

A lovely pit-stop for your next walk or cycle at the UK's smallest mainland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

4. Heath House Farm

This charming attraction has come a long way since Arthur and Sue Doherty purchased some dilapidated farm buildings 25 years ago!

Still run by the family, Heath House Farm is renowned for its tasty sandwiches and delicious cakes - all made fresh to order from locally-sourced produce - and the added bonus of unlimited tea and coffee.

The cakes in particular are well worth a trip to this corner of the Staffordshire Moorlands, with one TripAdvisor reviewer describing them as 'very scrumptious' and another as...

At just £15 per person, afternoon teas at Heath House Farm are understandably very popular, so booking in advance is essential.

Aftewards, why not wander around the nursery and gardens, or hunt for bargains in the gift shop?

5. Essington Farm

An afternoon tea at Essington Farm in South Staffordshire is a real treat for all the family!

Everything is made fresh on the premises, using the highest quality ingredients - many of which have been grown or reared on the farm next door.

The homemade delights include Essington's own strawberry jam, and a wide selection of pork products, as well as the scones and cakes made on the premises.

Other lovely touches like the Toddler's Afternoon Tea Box, and the Child's Afternoon Tea, as well as the various dietary requirements (such as gluten-free) catered for, make sure everyone can indulge.

Once you've polished off your meal, head for the deli to explore tons of locally-sourced treats, or head for the farm and pick your own seasonal soft fruits like strawberries, plums and even pumpkins!

6. The Three Horseshoes Country Inn & Spa

What could be better on a warm summer's day than afternoon tea on a terrace overlooking The Roaches?

That's exactly what's on offer at The Three Horseshoes Country Inn & Spa near Leek, where the Traditional and Champagne options are served from Wednesday to Saturday.

Everything is freshly made on site, with scones baked daily, and wash it down with your choice from a large selection of teas - or perhaps a glass of fizz or gin!

As the Casual Dining Restaurant of the Year at the Taste of Staffordshire Good Food Awards, you can be sure of the highest standards of food and customer service, and backed up with the amazing views outside it's hard to beat for afternoon tea.

7. Canalside Farm

There's some strong competition on this list for the most relaxing spot for afternoon tea in Staffordshire, but you could definitely make a case for it being Canalside Farm.

You'll find this cafe beside the Trent & Mersey Canal in Great Haywood, near Stafford, and just a stone's throw from the sprawling Shugborough Estate - a lovely spot for an afternoon stroll as the narrowboats chug quietly by.

And the afternoon tea's not bad either! There are two to choose from, and at just £12 per person (£15 with a glass of Prosecco or bottle of Staffordshire ale), they could well be the best value for money in the county.

Why not try the Gentleman's Afternoon Tea, which features a host of savoury snacks including homemade sausage roll, Scotch egg, and a beer from a local brewers Lymestone Brewery or Slater's Ales?

Early in the summer, there is also the Wimbledon Afternoon Tea to coincide with the tennis, running for the duration of the tournament and highlighting the delicious strawberries grown on the farm next door - which you can go and pick yourself too.

Image: Chloe Ridgway

8. Denstone Hall Farm Shop & Cafe

If you'd like a local ale to wash down your afternoon tea, head for Denstone Hall near Uttoxeter - there are six to choose from, plus a gluten-free option!

A finalist in the Tea Room/Coffee Shop of the Year category at the 2017 Taste of Staffordshire Good Food Awards, they have since been named the Best Large Farm Shop Retailer in the country at the Farm Shop & Deli Awards.

Such accolades are hugely deserved. Both the Denstone Hall Afternoon Tea and the Countryman's Afternoon Tea feature locally-sourced produce including beef reared on the adjoining farm and hung for 28 days - you can't get much more local than that!

If they can't find the ingredients on their own farm, owners Rupert and Emma Evans are sure to call on their 48 different local suppliers for help.

Visitors appear to appreciate the efforts made to source locally alongside providing great customer service. Their reviews on TripAdvisor rave about the 'fresh and tasty' produce and 'delicious cake', not to mention the 'kind, obliging staff'.

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Taste of Staffordshire

All of the businesses on this list have gained the Taste of Staffordshire Quality Marque, based on an independent 'mystery shopper' inspection of their food, customer service and hygiene.

You can find other Taste of Staffordshire accredited businesses on our Taste of Staffordshire page.

If you'd like to know more about gaining the marque for your business, head for our Quality Assessments section.


The Red Lion
Restaurant - Casual Dining
The Red Lion

Finalist: 2018 Taste of Staffordshire Casual Dining Restaurant of the Year. We are passionate about pubs and food and understand the importance of creating a great experience… you will receive a warm welcome from the Red Lion.

Tea Room at Netherstowe House
Tea Room
Afternoon Tea is being served

Finalist: 2018 Taste of Staffordshire Afternoon tea of the Year. Netherstowe House offers a wide range of Staffordshire afternoon teas and have lovingly-designed the menu to ensure there's a tea for every taste.

Springslade Lodge
Tea Room
Springslade Lodge

Tea room serving hot and cold drinks, cakes, scones, oatcakes and homemade savoury dishes of all types. Everyone is welcome even the four legged friends.

The Country Kitchen at Essington Farm
Tea/Coffee Shop
Sample the homemade food from the tea room

Winner: 2018 Taste of Staffordshire Afternoon Tea of the Year. Traditional farmhouse cooking using ingredients grown on the farm and other local farm produce the Head Chef has created menus for every season. Enjoy a proper home cooked meal which are made fresh from raw ingredients using our own farm produce or other local produce when ours is not available. Most of the ingredients can be found in the farm shop.

Restaurant at the Three Horseshoes Country Inn
Restaurant - Casual Dining
Three Horseshoes Country Inn

Winner: 2018 Taste of Staffordshire Casual Dining Restaurant of the Year. The Country Inn offers award winning food served in a relaxing atmosphere with Oak Beams, Open Fires and views over the Staffordshire Peak District.

Canalside Farm Cafe
Tea/Coffee Shop
Canalside Farm Front

Canalside Cafe serves a wide range of meals, including all day Breakfasts, Seasonal Lunches as well as freshly baked cakes and afternoon tea accompanied by our home-made strawberry jam!

Denstone Hall Café
Enjoy the atmosphere is this popular tea room

Winner: 2018 Taste of Staffordshire Judges' Choice Award. Denstone Hall Farm Shop and Café is beautifully situated on the Staffordshire/ Derbyshire border between the market towns of Uttoxeter and Ashbourne in the village of Denstone.

Heath House Farm Tea Room
Tea Room
Heath House Tea Room

We are a family owned and operated nursery and tea room set in some of the Midlands' most beautiful countryside. We host special events and conferences throughout the year.