6 of the top spots for a brilliantly British afternoon tea

6 of the top spots for a brilliantly British afternoon tea

The Countess afternoon gin tea, The Welcombe Hotel Spa and Golf Club, Warwickshire

The only thing likely to knock the afternoon tea of its perch as our nation's signature treat is surely a cold and classic G&T. But now the Welcombe Hotel in Startford-upon-Avon have decided to bring the two together by swapping the traditional glass of high tea fizz for a refreshing Hendricks gin and tonic.

As part of the afternoon tea package, you'll also get to try luxury finger sandwiches, miniature open rolls, freshly baked scones, the hotel's finest jam, clotted cream, delicate pastries, petit fours, and a macaroon, as well as the endless cups of a loose leaf tea of your choice. And this is all enjoyed overlooking the hotel's landscaped gardens, fountains and water features, hidden in the tip of The Cotswolds, amidst the Shakespearean surroundings of Warwickshire.

Afternoon tea price: £29.50pp. To book call 01789 295252. For more info click here.

Afternoon Tea by the Sea at The Bournemouth Carlton Hotel

Fish and chips on the prom is always a popular seaside pastime, but there's more tasty delights to the Bournemouth coast than just the chippy. Just a short cliff lift from the beach The Carlton serve up lots of seaside favourites such as candy floss, cola cubes and marshmallows. Perfect for bringing back sandy childhood memories of trips to the beach. You'll also get  sandwiches, homemade scones, strawberry jam and clotted cream - all paired with a delicious glass of prosecco.

Afternoon tea with prosecco is £17.50 per person. To make a reservation call 01202 552011 or email carlton@menzieshotels.co.uk

Traditional cornish afternoon cream tea, The Lugger Hotel, Cornwall

Tucked into the cove and harbour of Portloe - an idyllic fishing village- you can try a true taste of Cornwall. The Lugger Hotel boasts a rich history, having formerly been a 17th century inn and haunt of local smugglers. But it's now the perfect spot to indulge in a traditional Cornish clotted cream tea, complete with scones, Cornish clotted cream, jam and pots of tea out in the sunshine, overlooking the picturesque harbour.

Cornish Cream Tea costs £15 per person. For more info, visit www.bespokehotels.com/thelugger

A countryside escape to Flitwick Manor Hotel, Woburn

The picturesque dining terrace of Flitwick Manor Hotel is great for alfresco dining whether you're enjoying a Pimms, a light lunch or traditional afternoon tea in the sunshine.

To work up a pre-tea appetite, take a hit on the croquet lawn, or for the more energetic, set and match on the hotel's own tennis courts, before retiring to the restaurant terrace to indulge in the hotel's ever popular  high tea. This is complete with a glass of champagne, luxury finger sandwiches, freshly baked miniature pastries and scones, and endless loose leaf tea or coffee.

Afternoon Tea at Flitwick Manor: £20.00 pp or Royal Afternoon Tea - £29.50 pp (includes glass of Champagne). For more info, visit www.menzieshotels.co.uk

Vegan Aftrnoon Tea, La Suite West's RAW, Bayswater, London

Enjoy a vegan twist on this Great British tradition, with a combination of designer finger sandwiches such as scrambled tofu mustard cress and lemon and thyme tahini cucumber, with home made scones served with coconut cream and fresh strawberries. You'll also get a delectable selection of home made vegan pastries
and your choice of loose leaf tea or coffee. The tea can also be prepared to be gluten free, with 48 hours prior notice.

La Suite West Vegan Afternoon Tea : £21.00 per person

For more information, visit www.lasuitewest.com

Honey-buns and Bee-cakes at Stourport Manor Hotel's bee-autiful Summer Gardens, Worcestershire

Make a toast to our nation's wonderful bees with afternoon tea with scones, honey, clotted cream and jam, classic sandwiches of salmon, cucumber and honey, and teacakes alongside your choice of teas and bubbles.

Stourport Manor is supporting the bees' contribution to our ecology by creating bee-friendly gardens. The hotel has planted Lavender and Oregano to make sure there's plenty to keep the bees happy.

Afternoon tea £12.95, with prosecco is £16.00 - children's version £5.00. To make a reservation call 01299 289955 or email stourport@menzieshotels.co.uk.