Top 10 instagrammable Afternoon teas in South Devon

Is there a more delectable smell than the aroma of freshly brewed tea combined with the tantalizing scent of pastries and delicacies of an afternoon tea? And what better time to indulge in this delightful ritual than during National Afternoon Tea Week? In homage to this cherished tradition, we've curated a list of the region's most visually enchanting and utterly Instagram-worthy afternoon tea experiences. 

Boringdon Hall Hotel, Plympton, nr Plymouth 

Nestled in South Devon's tranquil landscape, Boringdon Hall Hotel offers an afternoon tea that's a culinary masterpiece. Within its historic Tudor architecture, indulge in freshly baked scones, dainty finger sandwiches, and meticulously crafted pastries.  

The ambiance of the Great Hall enchants with its grandeur, or opt for intimate lounges and the Courtyard. Boringdon Hall's themed variations add a touch of novelty. Whether for a special occasion or a luxurious escape, the afternoon tea here promises an unforgettable experience that marries tradition with modern elegance, all within the serene embrace of the countryside. 

Thurlestone Hotel, Thurlestone, nr Kingsbridge 

The coastal gem that is Thurlestone Hotel, presents an afternoon tea of refined elegance. Overlooking Devon's captivating coastline, their offering features classic scones with lashings of clotted cream, delicate finger sandwiches, and an assortment of pastries.  

The setting is equally attractive, with views of the sea enhancing the experience. The hotel's commitment to sourcing local and seasonal ingredients ensures a taste of the region's finest flavours.  

Whether basking in the breath-taking coastal backdrop or seeking a moment of culinary delight, Thurlestone Hotel's afternoon tea is a harmonious blend of seaside charm and gourmet indulgence. 

The Bedford Hotel, Tavistock 

At The Bedford Hotel, located in the heart of Tavistock, indulge in a quintessential British afternoon tea experience. Within its historic walls, enjoy scones with lots of jam and cream, a selection of sandwiches, and a unique array of photo-worthy cakes.  

The hotel's classic ambiance creates a warm and inviting setting, inviting you to savour every bite. With a commitment to quality, The Bedford Hotel showcases local ingredients in each creation. Whether you're seated in the elegant lounge or by the cosy fireplaces, their afternoon tea offers a taste of tradition and hospitality, making it an ideal retreat for a leisurely afternoon.  

Calancombe Estate, nr Modbury 

Situated in the picturesque South Hams region, Calancombe Estate offers a unique and charming twist on the traditional afternoon tea experience. Amidst vineyards and natural beauty, their vineyard café provides a serene backdrop for indulgence. 

What sets Calancombe Estate apart is their wine-infused afternoon tea, where their own wines (Calancombe Wines) are creatively incorporated into the menu, adding an personal touch to the experience. Whether you're a wine enthusiast or simply seeking an enchanting setting to enjoy classic treats with a twist, Calancombe Estate promises a truly memorable afternoon tea. 

Mill End Hotel, Chagford, Dartmoor 

Mill End Hotel, nestled in the heart of Dartmoor, offers an afternoon tea experience that blends rural tranquillity with culinary delight. With Dartmoor's natural beauty as a backdrop, the hotel's charming ambiance enhances the experience. Enjoy the pleasures of huge freshly baked scones with a sizable amount of clotted cream and artfully crafted sandwiches to tempt your taste buds.  

The picturesque countryside landscape provides an enchanting backdrop, enhancing the hotel's inviting ambiance. Whether you choose to unwind on the riverside terrace, where the water’s gentle current provides a wonderful soundscape to enjoy your meal or opt for the intimate embrace of the fireside lounge, the afternoon tea experience here will be one to remember. 

Horn of Plenty, nr Tavistock 

At Horn of Plenty, immerse yourself in an afternoon tea experience that exudes luxury amidst the West Devon countryside. Set against the backdrop of lush gardens and sweeping views of the surrounding countryside, the natural beauty of this truly Iinsta-worthy hotel elevates the indulgence. Horn of Plenty's dedication to local and seasonal ingredients ensures an authentic taste of Devon's bounty. 

Lincombe Hall, Torquay 

Lincombe Hall, an idyllic escape in Torquay, presents an afternoon tea that marries classic charm with modern taste. Savour freshly baked scones with clotted cream, a medley of soft finger sandwiches, and a tempting array of cakes. The tranquil surroundings of the English Riviera provide the perfect backdrop for this indulgent experience. 

Wild Thyme Deli at China Blue, Totnes 

At China Blue in Totnes, indulge in a unique twist on afternoon tea that seamlessly combines artistry and flavours. Showcased on their unique bird-themed cake stands, discover an array of scrumptious sweet and savoury delights, incorporating artistic flair. Embracing locally sourced ingredients, China Blue's afternoon tea celebrates the region's culinary essence whilst providing you with the tastiest treats.  

Ocean View at The Dome, Plymouth 

Situated in the heart of Plymouth, Ocean View at The Dome offers an exceptional afternoon tea experience that combines contemporary elegance with coastal allure. Gaze upon panoramic vistas of the stunning Plymouth Hoe and the sparkling sea as you indulge in a delightful assortment of freshly prepared afternoon tea treats. 

Greendale Farm Shop, Clyst St Mary nr Exeter 

For a more relaxed and causal setting, head to Greendale Farm shop near Exeter. Set in the East Devon countryside, not too far from Devon’s capital city, enjoy locally sourced and produced delicacies in their inviting café or alfresco with an array of farmyard friends to keep you company. Greendale Farm Shop's afternoon tea provides a warm and genuine taste of Devon's flavours, making it a destination that celebrates local produce and quality ingredients. 

And that’s it – our top 10 instagrammable afternoon teas in South Devon. Have we picked your favourite? Or is there a place that we’ve missed? Let us know on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter (X) by tagging @VisitSouthDevon, we’d love to see your Instagram-worthy afternoon teas too! 




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