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Let’s eat cake

Pass the scones and cream, loosen your belts, it's time to eat cake. Here are six top tea spots in Surrey.

THE FANCY ONE: Foxhills Club and Resort, Ottershaw

If you love a sweeping driveway and an a venue with the wow factor, then afternoon tea at Foxhills is going to be tough to beat (from £22.95 pp). You’ll be seated in this the 19th century manor house overlooking the lawns and served delicate finger sandwiches, sultana scones with Cornish clotted cream and preserves and a chefs selection of sweet treats. And if you want to be truly decadent plump for the Champagne afternoon tea. It would be rude not to.


THE GARDEN-LOVERS ONE: Loseley Park, near Compton

If you like to take tea in the garden, the Walled Garden on the Mulberry Tea Lawn at Loseley Park is surely among the most stunning spots (from £10.50 pp). Breath deeply and you’ll take in the scents of over 1000 rose bushes while you nibble on delicate finger sandwiches, homemade cakes and homemade fruit scones with clotted cream and preserves. Add some sparkle to proceedings with a glass of sparkling wine.


THE VINTAGE ONE: The Dabbling Duck, Shere

For a quintessentially English afternoon tea in a picture-postcard location head to The Dabbling Duck in Shere where tea is served on fine vintage china and French table linen (from £20 pp). You’ll need to book in advance as the cafe gets incredibly busy, and the afternoon teas are specially made-to-order. It’s a typical afternoon tea  with finger sandwiches, tarts, scones with clotted cream and jam, and a selection of dainty cakes. You can take it up a notch though, and add Prosecco, or for those who are feeling really decadent a glass of Silent Pool gin and tonic. Don’t mind if I do.


THE SOPHISTICATED ONE: The Ivy Brasserie, Cobham

Take your tea to the next level at The Ivy Brasserie in Cobham. The restaurant is well known for its top notch nosh, and afternoon tea is no different (£19.75 pp). You’ll munch on truffled chicken brioche rolls, marinated cucumber and dill finger sandwiches, smoked salmon sandwiches on gluten free dark rye, warm fruited scones with Cornish clotted cream and strawberry jam, raspberry cheesecake, chocolate and salted caramel mousse and crème brûlée doughnut. Decadent, non? Add a glass of Champagne and it certainly will be.


THE AL FRESCO ONE: The Little Picnic Company

Fancy a change of scenery? Take your tea outside, or wherever you fancy. The Little Picnic Company will put together a luxury Champagne afternoon tea picnic (£85 for two, or £125 with a wicker hamper and picnic rug) and deliver it to your door ready for your decadent day out. You won’t need lunch with this one; it includes roast beef and mustard mini bagels, egg mayo and mustard cress mini bagels, smoked salmon and crayfish tales on a finger sandwich, parmesan, fennel and chilli straws, homemade fruit scones, English strawberries and clotted cream, an assortment of mini deserts, sparkling water and a bottle of French Champagne.


THE INDULGENT ONE: The Hog’s Back Hotel, Farnham

Spoil yourself with an afternoon in the spa at the Hog’s Back Hotel and then in your massage induced bliss, follow it up with an afternoon tea in the hotel’s conservatory. You’ll nibble on a variety of sweet treats, finger sandwiches and scones.


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