7 Ways to do Valentines Day in 7 Different Cities
7 Ways To Do Valentine’s Day In 7 Different Cities
According to statistics, Brits spend about £1.5bn on Valentine’s Day each year. Yet 46.8%* of people who receive a Valentine’s gift don’t like them. So why not ditch the gift and create a memorable experience instead?
Frankly, there’s no better way to do that than treating your loved ones to afternoon tea. So this Valentine’s, we have searched high and low to come up with 7 of the best afternoon tea experiences in 7 different cities for 7 different people.
1.) Be pretty in pink with the girls in Sketch
9 Conduit St, Mayfair, London W1S 2XG
An exceptionally eccentric venue, Sketch isn’t a restaurant so much as a conceptual work of art. The Gallery is designed by artist and comic genius David Shrigley, meaning that your afternoon tea with one-of-a-kind pastries and cakes come with a side order of wit, a pinch of bitter satire and pink velvet chairs all round.
2.) Arrange mother and daughter tea in Bettys
1 Parliament Street, Harrogate, HG1 2QU
The founder back in 1919 was a Swiss chap called Frederick Belmont, who allegedly found his way to Yorkshire because he remembered a town with a name that sounded like bratwurst and ended up in Bradford. This Swiss-meets-The-North-fusion makes Bettys a very special place to be and with fabulous service from waitresses in perfect uniforms, you’ll have nothing to complain about apart from the weather.
3.) Persuade your partner to treat you to Palm Court at The Balmoral Hotel
1 Princes St, Edinburgh EH2 2EQ
Teach your loved one some table manners with this formal afternoon tea. Experience a sense of occasion, including impeccable silver service under a Venetian crystal chandelier, palm trees and a harp playing gently in the background for some added romance. (Even if you don’t dig palm trees, it’s worth going for the amuse-bouches alone, not to mention the chocolate financiers).
4.) Fun for all the family at The Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea for Kids, The Shankly Hotel
60 Victoria Street, Liverpool, L1 6JD
Stumble down the rabbit hole with this unique afternoon tea extravaganza. Bring your little ones along to The Garden of Eden for an unforgettable experience, featuring enchanting collections of magical characters and a colourful wonderland, with delicious food, live music and performances that will spark your imagination.
5.) Surprise your chilli-fiend friend
10 Blue Bells, Chawston, Bedford MK44 3BL
Sometimes, a regular afternoon tea is just a bit too mild and the only heat you’ll find is in your pot of tea. For those with a fiery palate, this Chilli Afternoon Tea for Two with Chilli Tasting will put your tongues to the test. Reassuringly however, (should your chilli-fiend friend have sturdier taste buds than you) soothing glasses of milk and Italian sipping hot chocolate are also on tap.
6.) Brave it alone at Rabble Rags Manor, Cat Café
166 Chepstow Road, Newport, South Wales, NP19 8EG
Take yourself to the tearoom with tails. Who needs a date anyway? You can still have the puuurrrrfect day out on your own when you can enjoy afternoon tea amongst a family of furry, beautiful, ragdoll cats.
And because we are all for gender equality here at AfternoonTea4U here’s one for the boys!
7.) Gentlemen’s afternoon tea at the Hillthwaite Hotel
Thornbarrow Rd, Windermere LA23 2DF
This afternoon tea is far from traditional but we still love it. Thanks to the Hillthwaite Hotel, blokes can now indulge themselves without having to eat finger sandwiches. Esteemed gents can now enjoy hearty treats like pork pie and Cumberland sausages. Plus, one can even upgrade their tea to a rather refreshing pint of chilled local ale.