Nothing like the quintessential cup of tea and scones to perk up a peaceful English afternoon, right?
Dating back to the 1840s, the afternoon tea tradition served to fill the long gap between early lunches and late suppers.
Today, it often includes a modern, sometimes international twist to the traditional sandwiches and scones in the tea room.
Here are 14 exceptional places to indulge in afternoon tea Birmingham-style!
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This Article Covers:
- Three Church Road Restaurant
- The Ivy Temple Row
- Chez Mal at Malmaison
- The Physician
- AC Hotel
- Browns Birmingham
- Clayton Hotel Birmingham
- The Edgbaston
- Zindiya Streatery & Bar
- Sky by the Water
- Noel’s Bar and Restaurant
- Edwardian Tearooms
14 Fine Venues For Afternoon Tea In Birmingham
We’ve got you covered for the best afternoon tea experiences in some fantastic locations with yummy-looking delicacies to fill your camera’s photo gallery.
1. Three Church Road Restaurant
Enjoy a tasty, traditional afternoon tea spread of sandwiches, pastries, scones, cakes, and clotted cream in the exquisite ambience of a gorgeous Georgian mansion. If you fancy a sparkling afternoon tea, a glass of bubbly Prosecco will surely make a thirst-quenching indulgence. Then why not walk to the Botanical Gardens nearby?
Address: 3 Church Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, West Midlands B15 3SH
Contact: +44 121 238 0803, [email protected], threechurchroad.co.uk
Tea time hours: 12pm – 5pm daily
Price range: From £19.95 per person
2. The Ivy Temple Row
This classy brasserie overlooks St. Philip’s Cathedral, offering a luxurious respite from everyday bustle. Explore a range of treats from freshly baked fruit scones, clotted cream and strawberry preserve, to smoked salmon and cream cheese sandwiches and grilled chicken brioche rolls for one of the best afternoon tea experiences!
Address: 67-71 Temple Row, Birmingham B2 5LS
Tea time hours: 3 pm – 4:45 pm daily
Price range: From £8.50 per person
3. Chez Mal at Malmaison
Whether it’s for a Mothers Day celebration or just taking a break from exploring Harvey Nichols at the Mailbox Birmingham, there’s something to savour at Malmaison.
Relish the classic combo of clotted cream and fruit scone to Chez Mal sliders and more exotic Thai sticky beef and sesame wrap. Add a glass of Prosecco or Cuvée Malmaison Brut Champagne for a Champagne afternoon tea instead.
Address: The Mailbox, 1 Wharfside Street, Birmingham B1 1RD
Tea time hours: contact venue
Price range: From £12.50
4. Laghi’s Deli
If you fancy an Italian twist on a delicious afternoon tea, the multi-award-winning Laghi’s is the way to go. Afternoon tea at Laghi’s is 100% baked in-house and 100% Italian. The menu varies, but you can expect plenty of mouth-watering sweet and savoury treats to tempt your palate.
How about an Indian afternoon tea for a Sunday lunch treat? Praza offers a fine selection of vegetable samosas and chaat, dahi puri, onion pakoras, finger sandwiches, and Indian sweets — all washed down with masala chai (or English breakfast tea, if that’s what you prefer).
Address: 94-96 Hagley Road, Birmingham B16 8LU
Contact: +44 121 456 4500, praza.co.uk
Tea time hours: Sunday 1 pm – 3 pm
Price range: From £24.95
6. AC Hotel
Afternoon tea at AC Hotel is served in the stylish, plush comfort of the AC Lounge. Located in the hip Mailbox Birmingham shopping district, it’s a great place to take a break from exploring. The menu varies, but you can expect delicious finger sandwiches and a fine complement of sweet treats, including fluffy pastries and dainty tarts to indulge in!
Address: The Mailbox, 160 Wharfside Street, B1 1RN Birmingham
Contact: +44 121 643 9344, ac-hotel-birmingham
Tea time hours: contact venue
Price range: From £20
7. Browns Birmingham
At Browns Brasserie, experience an indulgent afternoon tea of heritage hen egg mayo brioche rolls, a selection of traditional finger sandwiches, warm scones, chocolate mousse cake, and almond macarons. Treat yourself to a fine glass of Champagne, or have Pink Grapefruit and Pomelo G&T for a gin afternoon tea.
Address: Unit 1 7 Spiceal Street, St Martins Square, Birmingham, B5 4BH
Contact: +44 121 643 8708, browns-restaurants.co.uk
Tea time hours: 3pm – 5pm
Price range: From £22
At Jacques, enjoy a classic afternoon tea selection of freshly baked scones with Cornish clotted cream and strawberry preserve, cake, pastry and sandwiches. Pick from nine types of tea varieties, and why not add on a glass of Champagne for a sparkling afternoon tea?
Address: 1630 High St, Knowle, Solihull B93 0LB
Contact: +44 156 439 3333, jacquesrestaurant.co.uk
Tea time hours: 12pm – 5pm
Price range: £34.95 per person
9. Clayton Hotel Birmingham
Indulge in a classic afternoon tea with a selection of traditional finger sandwiches like smoked salmon and herb cream cheese, pastrami, or coronation chicken. Add in a warm scone or two with strawberry jam and fresh clotted cream, combined with your choice of tea or coffee to wash it all down.
This makes for a fine Sunday lunch spread after a weekend jaunt through the streets of Birmingham. Top up with a glass of Prosecco for a refreshing, festive afternoon tea experience instead.
10. The Edgbaston
Experience scrumptious seasonal sweet treats, traditional scones with strawberry jam and Cornish clotted cream, served with Loose Leaf Jing Tea in the elegant surroundings of The Edgbaston. Top up with a rosé sparkling wine for a refreshing, festive afternoon tea,
Or try the Moseley Serve for a gin afternoon tea instead. Rumour has it that the Moseley Serve harkens back to when ladies in Moseley hid their daytime gin-drinking by serving it like traditional tea with a teapot and teacups!
11. Zindiya Streatery & Bar
High Chai is Zindiya’s take on an Indian afternoon tea, bringing together the flavours and spices of India into the teas and dishes.
Take your pick of loose-leaf blends from Earl Grey to English Breakfast tea. Tuck into a homemade Bombay sandwich or bhel puri, with homemade cardamom scones and seasonal macarons that are all kinds of delicious.
Try High Chai for a delicious afternoon tea experience in Birmingham city!
12. Sky by the Water
Relish the savoury flavours of smoked salmon sandwiches and Mediterranean quiches in a relaxed rooftop setting with incredible views at this Resorts World venue. Follow with buttermilk scones, chocolate cake and caramel tartlets accompanied by a dash of hot, fragrant tea. Champagnes, cocktails or gin are an option too.
Address: Pendigo Way Resorts World Birmingham, Birmingham B40 1PU
Contact: +44 121 273 1230, sky-by-the-water
Tea time hours: 12pm – 4pm, Thursday-Sunday
Price range: From £21.50
13. Noel’s Bar and Restaurant
Afternoon tea in Noel’s stunning, Mediterranean themed setting would be a sure treat. You’ll find delicacies like brioche bresaola and smoked salmon bruschetta with cream cheese and caviar on the menu. Fruit scones and panna cotta are some of the sweet treats to accompany your traditional tea, Champagne, or cocktail.
Address: 22 Waterfront Walk Noels bar and restaurant, Birmingham B1 1SN
Contact: +44 121 389 3896, [email protected], noelsbar.co.uk
Tea time hours: Monday-Thursday 12pm – 5pm, Friday 12pm – 3pm
Price range: From £27
14. Edwardian Tearooms
A trip to Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery should include a visit to the Edwardian Tearooms, where you can enjoy a traditional afternoon tea in a lovely historic tea room setting.
Dig into a wide selection of cake and sandwiches, scones and clotted cream served with loose-leaf tea infusions or coffee. Turn it into a champagne afternoon tea with a glass of Piper-Heidsieck Champagne. Perfect even as a Mothers Day celebration!