Afternoon Tea in the Nene Valley

“There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea,” wrote author Henry James in his novel The Portrait of a Lady. And we couldn’t agree more.

Afternoon Tea Week starts on Monday August 9 giving us all the perfect excuse to book a table and gather with friends or family to tuck into delicious sandwiches, scones and cake alongside a pot of quality tea.

We’ve selected a few of our favourite destinations along the Nene Valley to inspire you…

Delapré Abbey, Northampton

Explore the attractive grounds and gardens of this historic building before taking your seat for treat at Northampton’s attractive Delapré Abbey. You can enjoy a selection of freshly made sandwiches, including salmon and cream cheese, homemade egg mayonnaise and home-cooked ham and mustard butter, followed by chef’s selection of cakes and a freshly baked scone with clotted cream and jam. There’s a choice of teas or locally roasted filter coffee. Children’s portions are also available.

King’s Head, Wadenhoe

With its beautiful countryside location, the King’s Head in the picturesque village of Wadenhoe is the perfect location for an afternoon tea, especially if you love gin! Their new Gin Tree Afternoon Teas allow you to savour ‘unlimited’ Tanqueray Gin for two hours. What a wonderful way to spend your afternoon?!

Of course, you’ll also be able to enjoy a selection of luxury sandwiches and homemade cakes and scones made on site by their pastry chef. (Don’t worry, there’s a non-alcoholic gin option for drivers!)

Watermill Tea Room, Ringstead

Set beside the River Nene in the village of Ringstead, this charming tea room is a great place to dedicate an afternoon to relaxing in good company. Good food and drink deserves to be savoured after all.

Afternoon Tea at the Watermill Tea Room comprises a trio of finger sandwiches: ham and tomato, egg mayonnaise, cheese and chutney; a savoury tartlet, selection of homemade cakes, and a freshly made scone served with clotted cream and jam. Choose between a pot of tea, cafetière of coffee, or a soft drink. And if you fancy making your afternoon tea sparkle, there’s the option to add a bottle of Prosecco.

Queen’s Head, Nassington

Make this welcoming and popular pub your destination for a memorable afternoon tea for two – or three, or four or more! On a warm afternoon in August you’ll be able to sit in the pretty garden overlooking the riverbank where weeping willows sway gently in the breeze.

If you fancy turning your afternoon tea into a picnic and heading for your own private spot, however, it’s worth noting that the Queen’s Head kitchen curate delicious Afternoon Tea Boxes which can be ordered for collection on Saturdays between 12 and 2pm.

This is just a taster to get your mouth watering and ready to book* your next afternoon tea experience. You’ll find more afternoon tea destinations here https://nenevalley.net/see-and-do/discover/retail-2/

*The destinations listed here require that afternoon teas are booked in advance.