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York’s Top Tearooms for Afternoon Tea

York is famous for the traditional afternoon teas it serves up at several wonderful tearooms and cafés across the city. You can tuck into scrumptious lunches in gorgeous places, sip on speciality teas and freshly roasted coffee, and indulge in homemade cakes. When staying at our gorgeous serviced apartments, York and its many tearooms should be on your list of things to do when visiting. Our apartments have all you could need on a mini-break to the historical city, and their central location means many of the top attractions and restaurants are within easy walking distance.

For the Luxury Experience – Bettys Café Tea Rooms

Bettys has two locations in York, one on St Helen’s Square and one on Stonegate. They are popular attractions that are famous across the world, so booking in advance is advised. However, it is definitely worth it! For the finest afternoon tea experience, go for the Lady Betty Afternoon Tea. Stylish and delicious, it includes an appetiser, a savoury selection, sandwiches, scones and miniature cakes. If you want to increase the luxury, you can swap tea for Champagne!

For a Relaxed Atmosphere – The Ivy

Located on St Helen’s Square, The Ivy is open seven days a week, offering all-day casual dining in a relaxed yet sophisticated atmosphere. Serving breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner and brunch on weekends, The Ivy offers excellent food, no matter what you are after. The afternoon tea is available daily between 3pm and 5pm, with savouries such as truffled chicken in rolls and smoked salmon sandwiches, and sweets including fruit scones and raspberry cheesecake. Cream teas are available, and there is also an option for a Champagne afternoon tea.

A selection of sandwiches for afternoon tea

For a Traditional Setting – The Earl Grey Tea Rooms

Located on The Shambles, The Earl Grey Tea Rooms is bursting with character. The cosy tea rooms, with wooden beams and tapestries on the wall and little alcoves perfect for couples, are often quite busy. Perhaps you might be enticed to the delightful tea gardens, where on a glorious summer’s day, you can escape the bustle of the York streets. You can enjoy cream teas, savoury foods such as a Full English and Yorkshire Puddings, but a favourite for many is their simple afternoon tea of sandwiches, scones and cake with a range of teas to choose from.

For Homemade Food With a Difference – Café 74

Part of The Lawrance Group is located on Micklegate, Café 74 is in an ideal location for people looking for a refreshing cup of tea and a slice of homemade cake with a twist. How do you fancy the interesting combinations of courgette and lime or chocolate and cola. Open to both visitors and the public, you can tuck into some tasty homemade food from the cakes to soup. Whether you are staying at The Lawrance for a special occasion or just passing through, the choice of an all-day breakfast, light lunch or an indulgent snack means that there’s something to suit everyone. With fabulous food, artisan coffee, speciality teas and a friendly welcome guaranteed, Café 74 is one to remember when you visit!

A cup of tea in a vintage cup

Due to their popularity, many of the York tearooms and restaurants require booking in advance. Our lovely friendly staff can help you reservations for restaurants when you book your stay with us! When arriving, make sure to ask for advice at reception, as we are more than happy to recommend the best places for dining out in York.


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