It’s the British Queen’s 90th ‘official’ birthday this Thursday, 21 April, and what better way to celebrate than with a good ol’ traditional afternoon tea. With news out that Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain will be making the Queen a lemon drizzle cake for the celebrations, we are happily jumping on the tea-and-scones bandwagon and treating ourselves to the wonderfully British combination of sandwiches, cakes and a cuppa (and possibly a glass of champagne or two!).

A Right Royal Afternoon Tea

If you fancy raising a glass (or mug) for the Queen’s birthday this week, here are a few of our favourite places to enjoy a right royal afternoon tea.

Fit for a Queen: Afternoon Tea

Full-out fancy or perfect for a casual gossip with friends – all the best places to tuck into a delicious cake and a yummy sandwich.

Browns Brasserie – nationwide

Ever since we discovered Browns’ ‘Most Unusual Afternoon Tea’, which includes a large GnT, they have been firmly on our list of girly catch-up favourites. A healthy helping of sandwiches, cakes and a big, cool glass of Gin and Tonic – perfection.

Orchard Garden Tea Rooms – Grantchester, Cambridge

Sheer summer bliss – a big orchard spotted with deckchairs, perfect for long, lazy afternoons with friends. Tuck into the homemade cakes and gigantic scones and while away the summer hours (just watch out for the odd wasp or two!).

The Swan, Lavenham

Relax in the gorgeous rural barn-style setting at The Swan and sink your mouth into delicacies from their excellent chef team. Choose from over 20 tea types – something to suit every taste.

Afternoon tea canapes

The Ritz – London

If it’s world famous luxury you’re after, then we recommend doing as the song says and puttin’ on the Ritz. It’s worth visiting for the bathrooms alone – so glam!

The Orchard – Radyr, Cardiff

Just awarded the Best Cafe in Cardiff, this locally-owned tea shop serves up delicious cakes and yummy lunches, including an impressive range of tasty salads.

Luton Hoo – Hertfordshire

Pure quintessential English decadence is the order of the day here in the period lounges and drawing rooms of Luton Hoo. Add a glass of champers if you’re feeling super fancy.

The Arch, London

Be treated like royalty at this luxurious London hideaway. Sip on a glass of premium champagne while you enjoy traditional British cakes and desserts, including Eton mess.

Afternoon Tea and cake

Metro Deco – Brighton

Gorgeous 1930s glamour abounds at this uber-cool afternoon tea venue. Not just tea and cakes here, but a whole selection of cocktails, wines and even artisan gins. Mmmm, yes please!

Bettys Cafe Tea Rooms – Harrogate

The flagship store of the Bettys brand, where it all began in 1919. Make a booking or expect a wait, as queues often extend down the street, that’s how popular Bettys is! A beautiful setting, perfect for mouth-watering afternoon tea and Instagrammable moments galore.

Ham Yard Hotel – London

Set in trendy Soho, this amazing afternoon tea not only includes sandwiches, but hunger-satisfying sausage rolls and sliders (mini burgers). Yum!

Afternoon tea Queens birthday

That’s our pick of the best places for a right royal afternoon tea.

Where’s your top place? Share with us – @tweetjanes.

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