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10 of the Best Cream Teas and Afternoon Teas in Dorset

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Enjoying a traditional cream tea is the perfect way to while away a leisurely afternoon during your time in Dorset. Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or just want to treat your loved one to a memorable afternoon out, you won’t be short of options. We’ve compiled a list of 10 of our favourite cafes and restaurants serving afternoon teas – all are just a short drive from our holiday homes in Dorset. Each boast quality ingredients and spectacular views!


Summer Lodge Country House Hotel & Restaurant, Evershot


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An afternoon tea at the Summer Lodge is truly a memorable experience. Enjoy dainty finger sandwiches, scones and miniature cakes in the luxury country hotel’s stunning grounds. The expert chefs are constantly experimenting to bring you innovative recipes, using only the finest local produce. If want to try something a bit different, there’s also an Afternoon Tea Masterclass, where you can learn how to expertly pair tea with food.


Hive Beach Café, West Bexington


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Savour a delicious cream tea whilst taking in beautiful sea views at the Hive Beach Café. Set on West Bexington beach, just a stone’s throw from the water’s edge, this popular café is the perfect place to indulge and enjoy the salty sea air. If you’re not in the mood for a traditional cream tea, there’s a wide selection of other cakes and sweet treats available.


Moonfleet Manor, Weymouth


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Moonfleet Manor is a Georgian manor house situated in a prime location on the Dorset Coast. With views over Chesil Beach and the Fleet Lagoon, it’s the perfect place to relax and unwind whilst enjoying a Dorset cream tea. Throughout the year, the hotel offers themed events, with specially adapted afternoon teas. The Beatrix Potter edible garden is a particular favourite, featuring ‘stolen’ vegetables and Jemima Puddle ducks mini eggs.


Dorset Cruises, Poole


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If you’re looking for a unique dining experience, treat yourself to a high tea on the Dorset Queen, from Poole. During the 90-minute cruise around Poole Harbour, you will enjoy stunning views towards Brownsea Island and the Sandbanks peninsula as you sample a delicious afternoon tea and a glass of bubbles. To top off the already fantastic afternoon, you’ll be serenaded with the sound of the 60’s from a live jazz band.


The Lobster Pot, Portland


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Situated at the tip of  Portland Bill with spectacular views along the Jurassic Coast, the Lobster Pot is undoubtedly one of the best places to enjoy a cream tea in Dorset. Sit outside and watch the passing ships and crashing waves as you sample the award-winning scones, that are freshly baked on site each morning according to the 60 year old family recipe.


Aroma Café, Bridport


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Aroma Café has recently won the best Tearoom award for both Lyme Regis and Bridport. This quirky café serves an extensive range of drinks to accompany their cream teas and cakes. The owners are champions of home grown and celebrate local produce across their delicious menu. Customers with dietary requirements are well catered for with a wide selection of vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options available. This friendly tea room has a wonderful atmosphere as well as a small area for children to play.


Upwey Wishing Well, Weymouth


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Upwey Wishing Well is set in beautiful ornamental gardens. This small, but extremely popular tearoom is well known for its delicious cakes and friendly staff. As well as traditional cream teas, there are savoury cheese scones and the popular Lord Nelson version, which includes cream cheese and salmon. Afternoon high teas must be booked in advance.


Seaside Boarding House, Burton Bradstock


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The Seaside Boarding House is an idyllic spot to savour a Dorset cream tea. The restaurant has been lovingly decorated with a mix of vintage items and nautical memorabilia, creating the perfect environment to sample homemade scones and jam as you take in the magnificent coastal views.



Alexandra Hotel, Lyme Regis


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The Alexandra Hotel in Lyme Regis is one of the best boutique hotels on the south coast. The private gardens overlook a wide expanse of Lyme Bay as well as the Cobb, which protrudes from the bustling harbour. Enjoy a luxury afternoon tea, boasting delicate finger sandwiches and the chef’s selection of sweet treats in The Orangery or outside terrace. If you really want to ‘push the boat out’, you could treat yourself to an accompanying glass of bubbly from the restaurants award winning wine cellar.


West Bay Tea Rooms, West Bay


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West Bay Tea Rooms are a proud holder of the coveted Good Food Award and a must visit if you’re looking for a sweet afternoon snack. The café specialises in home cooked, wholesome meals and the cream teas are said to be among some of the best in West Dorset!