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Festive afternoon teas in Hertfordshire

PUBLISHED: 17:39 07 December 2016 | UPDATED: 09:26 09 December 2016

We pick the top spots to enjoy a festive afternoon tea in Herts (Poppet with a camera, Flickr, CC BY-NC 2.0)

We pick the top spots to enjoy a festive afternoon tea in Herts (Poppet with a camera, Flickr, CC BY-NC 2.0)

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Retreating to a lovely tea room or stately home for a spot of afternoon tea during the Christmas season is surely one of the best yuletide treats. We have picked 10 places offering afternoon tea with a festive twist in Hertfordshire

1. Sopwell House, St Albans

Served throughout December (except Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve) the festive afternoon tea at Sopwell House in St Albans includes beautiful little cakes, sandwiches as expected and a glass of festive mulled wine bound to put you in the Christmas spirit.

£34.50 per person. Make a booking online or by phone on 01727 864477

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2. Tewin Bury Farm, Welwyn

Afternoon tea meets Christmas dinner in Welwyn-based Tewin Bury Farm’s festive afternoon tea. With finger sandwiches of salmon, cream cheese and chive, egg mayonnaise and watercress and breast of Norfolk turkey with apricot compote, there is a definite nod to the Christmas Day spread that we know and love. With savoury treats such as stilton and cranberry tarts and mini cakes including mince pies, chocolate yule log, Battenberg and more, there is plenty to sink your teeth into. Not forgetting scones with jam and cream and of course tea or coffee to wash it all down with.

£19.95 or £38 for two. Contact the restaurant on 01438 717793 or email williams@tewinbury.co.uk

3. Pendley Manor

With delicious finger sandwiches packed with Christmas ingredients including smoked salmon, cucumber and tarragon crème fraiche or turkey and cranberry, Pendley Manor is offering a delightful afternoon tea that comes complete with a glass of mulled wine. Sweet treats include scones with cream and strawberry jam, a warm mince pie, Christmas cake and more and tea and coffee.

£22.95 per person, 1pm until 5.30pm. Check availability and book online

4. Aubrey Park, St Albans

It’s a Christmas celebration at Aubrey Park in St Albans with a glass of Prosecco to accompany your festive afternoon tea. The finger sandwich selection includes cheddar cheese and red onion marmalade, brie and cranberry and more with cinnamon dusted scones with strawberry jam and cream to follow. With freshly made Christmas cupcakes, yule log and mini Christmas cakes too all washed down with a coffee or tea, this is a great spot to spend a festive afternoon.

£20 per person. Book online

5. The Old Post Office Tea Rooms

Book a table at The Old Post Office Tea Rooms in the picturesque village of Datchworth and be treated to lovingly hand crafted sweet treats alongside your warming cup of tea. Whether it’s a meringue snowman, mini mince pies or even an individual gingerbread house, kids and adults alike are sure to leave feeling festive and satisfied.

£18 per person

6. The Grove Hotel, Watford

The Grove Hotel in Watford is a stunning five star hotel enveloped by stunning countryside which makes it the perfect place to while away a lazy afternoon with good conversation and a festive afternoon tea. There are a wide variety of teas to choose from to sip alongside the Christmas themed sandwiches, scones and cakes; from the delicate and smoky Smoked China to Milky Oolong green tea or a traditional bergamot fragranced Earl Grey. Inventive sandwiches include curried egg mayo on onion bread and roast beef with gherkin on a hot mustard bagel. After a spiced sultana scone, cakes include Christmas cake, gingerbread macaroons, or a mini Black Forest gateaux.

£37.50 or £45 with a glass of Ayala Brut NV Champagne

7. Great Hallingbury Manor

Old meets new at Great Hallingbury Manor, with the hotel boasting a striking Tudor exterior alongside modern amenities and chic, contemporary décor within. At Christmas time the manor is alive with seasonal cheer that is elevated with the open fireplaces and the smell of mulling wine. There will be festive afternoon teas available for visitors to enjoy too!

£14.95 per person

8. The Manor, Elstree

Surrounded by pretty woodland and Hertfordshire countryside, Laura Ashley The Manor in Elstree makes for the perfect place to retreat to for a relaxing festive afternoon tea. Served in the AA Rosette awarded Cavendish Restaurant, with its plush curtains over large windows and grand décor that evokes an understated feeling of luxury, is a specially crafted festive afternoon tea. There are plenty of teas to choose from to go alongside sandwiches, cakes and pastries and scones served with cream and jam. Indulge in a glass of Champagne, festive fizz or winter Pimms to celebrate in style!

£24.95 per person. Call 020 8327 4700 to book a table. See the Christmas brochure for more festive entertainment and events

9. Down Hall

There is surely no place more evocative of British Christmas grandeur than Down Hall on the border of Essex and Hertfordshire. Only 45 minutes from central London, why not escape the hustle and bustle of the city and enjoy a festive afternoon tea? Served in either the Main Lounge or the pretty Ibbetson’s Tea Lounge, start with sandwiches such as roast turkey and cranberry mayonnaise or honey roast ham with piccalilli before cranberry buttermilk scones slathered with clotted cream and jam. Sweet treats include chocolate and baileys profiteroles and pistachio and raspberry Battenberg cakes all with a warming cup of tea or coffee.

£25 adult, £12.50 children

10. Hanbury Manor

The striking red brick exterior of Hanbury Manor is a welcome sight for wandering people in need of a festive afternoon tea. Delightful finger sandwiches include brioche filled with smoked salmon and cream cheese, turkey and cranberry relish on pane con nocci, Wenslydale cheese and apricot chutney on caraway bread and more hearty choices. After a warm plain or raisin scone topped with strawberry jam and clotted cream, there will be a selection of festive pastries and sweet treats to enjoy. All this comes with a pot of tea or coffee (gluten free and vegetarian options available).

£40 per person, or an option to add champagne, rosé wine or “bubbly”. To make a booking call 01920 487722 or email sales.hanburymanor@marriotthotels.com

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