Best Loved Hotels

Nothing could be more quintessentially British than the time-honoured ritual of afternoon tea, especially when taken at a Best Loved hotel. The week's hotels are set in both town and country, from London luxury to seaside Wales, Co Durham, Cumbria and the Cotswolds. Luxurious surrounds, a relaxing ambiance and scrumptious afternoon teas - what's not to love?

AFTERNOON TEA SPECIALS

FREDRICK'S HOTEL, BERKSHIRE

Fredricks Hotel - photo

A 4-star Thames Valley Escape with 2 AA Rosette cuisine and an exceptional spa. Ideally situated in the riverside town of Maidenhead, a short distance from Bray, Windsor and Eton.

Fredricks Hotel - photo

Dinner B&B with afternoon tea from £168.90.

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ALEXANDRA HOTEL & RESTAURANT, DORSET

Alexandra Hotel and Restaurant - photo

Elegant 18th century seaside retreat with gardens and stunning sea vistas in the quaint Georgian town of Lyme Regis on the enchanting Jurassic Coast. The exquisite gardens are the perfect setting for Champagne Afternoon Tea - homemade scones served with Dorset clotted cream & strawberry jam, selection of finger sandwiches & a selection of homemade cakes served with a glass of Champagne and a choice of leaf tea or coffee.

Alexandra Hotel and Restaurant - photo

Rooms with Champagne Tea from £239.90. B&B rates from £180 per night.

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THE WORDSWORTH HOTEL & SPA, CUMBRIA

The Wordsworth Hotel and Spa - photo

Make time to drink in the beauty of Grasmere and the surrounding fells as you indulge in a traditional afternoon tea in The Wordsworth's idyllic gardens - or beside the fire in the cosy lounges. Tea at The Wordsworth is a quintessential Lakeland experience, served with a selection of freshly baked cakes, scrumptious scones and delicious sandwiches, using the very best of locally sourced produce. Choose a speciality tea or coffee, or treat yourself to a flute of champagne.

The Wordsworth Hotel and Spa - photo

Pre-booked Full Afternoon Tea: 2 for £30; Champagne Full Afternoon Tea: £22.50 per person.

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DOWN HALL HOTEL & SPA, ESSEX

Down Hall Hotel and Spa - photo

Nestled in 110 acres on the Hertfordshire and Essex border, Down Hall Country House Hotel is an impressive 4-star country house hotel with great food and spa. Served in the historic splendour of the lounge or Ibbetsons Tea Lounge, Down Hall is the perfect place to experience afternoon tea at its finest.

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Dinner B&B from £159 per night. Afternoon Tea from £30 per person.

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SOULTON HALL, SHROPSHIRE

Soulton Hall - photo

Stately red brick Elizabethan manor house situated on a 500-acre estate of Shropshire working farmland and ancient oak woods.

Soulton Hall - photo

Afternoon tea from as little as £5.50 for a scone & jam to £16.50 for a scone, sandwiches, cake & cream cakes. B&B from £112 in Cedar Lodge to £158 in the Manor House.

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TREGLOS HOTEL, CORNWALL

Treglos Hotel - photo

Stunning 4-star seaside country house in a spectacular corner of Cornwall with spacious bedrooms, award-winning restaurant and indoor pool & spa.

Treglos Hotel - photo

May Break: 2 nights B&B with Classic Treglos Afternoon Tea on arrival from £138 per person.

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THE FIVE ARROWS HOTEL, BUCKINGHAMSHIRE

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To celebrate the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the Five Arrows Hotel are offering a unique Afternoon Tea in their restaurant throughout May. This special tea features a selection of delicate finger sandwiches, freshly baked scones and exquisitely presented British and American pastries and cakes. What's more, every guest will also receive a complimentary celebratory glass of Prosecco.

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Afternoon Tea only £22 per person. Dinner B&B from £165 per night.

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ST BRIDES SPA HOTEL, PEMBROKESHIRE

St Brides Spa Hotel - photo

Enjoy full Afternoon Tea for two overlooking the beautiful Saundersfoot Harbour in St Bride's panoramic Gallery. You will be served with a three-tiered tower of treats, with a selection of finger sandwiches, a layer of fruit and plain scones with clotted cream and raspberry preserve, and a platter of banana bread, lemon cake chocolate pastry tarts and mini panna cotta.

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Prices start from £19.95 per person, £25.95 per person with Prosecco or £31.50 per person with Champagne. Dinner B&B from £100 per person.

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LAST WEEK'S WINNER

Congratulations to last week's competition winner, David Bolton from Huntingdon who won two nights B&B for two plus dinner on one of the nights at Lords of the Manor in Gloucestershire - an elegant and effortlessly luxurious 17th-century Cotswolds country manor with 2 AA Rosette-winning cuisine.

THIS WEEK'S COMPETITION

THE IMPERIAL HOTEL BARNSTAPLE, DEVON

The Imperial Hotel Barnstaple - photo

Situated on the lovely banks of the River Taw, The 4-star Imperial Hotel is at the heart of the historic market town of Barnstaple, yet retains the tranquil feeling of an elegant country house.

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