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5 of the best afternoon teas in the SO postcode

PUBLISHED: 16:01 19 September 2016 | UPDATED: 11:44 26 September 2016

Longbarn Lavender Cafe in Alresford (Photo by Sarah Ruffhead)

Longbarn Lavender Cafe in Alresford (Photo by Sarah Ruffhead)

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For deliciously stylish afternoon tea venues, you can’t do better than those in the SO postcode

Rosie Lea Tea House and Bakery, Brockenhurst

Rosie Lea have been finalists in our Hampshire Life Food & Drink Awards for the past three years, and have recently opened their second establishment, Rosie Lea Kitchen, at Setley Ridge Vineyard.

They offer fantastic homemade cakes and scones using local New Forest ingredients and a wonderful selection of tea. They are known for their ‘Free From’ menu, offering a good selection for those with dietary requirements.

www.facebook.com/RosieLeaCatering

Longbarn, Alresford

Tasty local, fresh and seasonal produce are always on the menu at Long Barn Café. A great destination for breakfast, morning coffee, lunch or afternoon tea, their homemade cakes are delicious and you can browse the lavender shop selling plants, gifts and homeware before you head home.

www.longbarn.co.uk

Nicola’s Teashop, Romsey

Nicola’s are on a mission to get the nation drinking real tea the English way. Using fresh, locally sourced ingredients including meat from Drummond’s Butchers, eggs from Claytons and vegetables from Grove Gardens, Nicola’s offers a range of delicious gluten free cakes and snacks along with a wide selection of teapigs teas and coffee.

www.nicolasteashop.co.uk

The Pig in the Wall, Southampton

If you’re after a quiet corner to fill yourself with cake and drink copious amounts of tea whilst watching the world go by, then Southampton’s The Pig in the Wall is the place for you. Recline in a leather sofa, grab a good book and spend the afternoon sampling the homemade cakes and list of teas on offer in laid-back style. No need to book, just turn up and gorge!

www.thepighotel.com/in-the-wall

The Montagu Arms, Beaulieu

Enjoy an unforgettable afternoon tea experience in quintessential English surroundings at The Montagu Arms hotel. Tea is served in the Victorian styled Magnolia Lounge with cosy log fires, or in the conservatory overlooking the manicured gardens. Under the direction of award winning chef Matthew Tomkinson, the hotel’s passionate pastry chef will present an afternoon tea reminiscent of the rituals of its 1840’s origins, but with a twist. Tea at The Montagu Arms offers a unique ‘course by course’ tasting journey starting with a savoury selection of delicate finger sandwiches and fresh oven baked homemade scones, before arriving at an array of sweet treats. The journey is enhanced further by a constantly refreshed selection of finest loose leaf teas from around the world. The prestigious Tea Guild awarded The Montagu Arms and winner of the Top Country House Hotel Tea for 2013/14, it is the best venue outside of London to enjoy afternoon tea and a very special treat!

www.montaguarmshotel.co.uk

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