If you’re looking for ideas and inspiration to treat your Mum this Mother’s Day you can’t go wrong with afternoon tea.  Why not try one of these Suffolk venues for an indulgent afternoon tea to show your Mum (or anyone else for that matter) how much you appreciate them.

The Swan at Lavenham

Relax in stunning surroundings at The Swan.  You can choose to sit in the dining room or by the fire in the sumptuous lounge.  Afternoon tea at The Swan is a really luxurious affair.  You can choose between the classic sandwiches and sweet treats combination or opt for the ‘Gentlemen’s tea’ which is a savoury version packed with interesting little temptations.

The hotel is dog-friendly, staff are attentive and accommodating and the food looks as good as it tastes.  This is definitely the place to go to add a little class to proceedings on Mother’s Day.

The Shed Tea Rooms

Step back in time and enjoy a really quirky afternoon tea experience.  Styled as a 1940s tea room, this café in Sproughton serves fantastic food & drink in classic vintage style.  This café is part of an antiques centre so you’re surrounded by wonderful 1940s artefacts, the staff are in their best vintage tabards and menus arrive in little ration books – magical! The afternoon tea must be booked in advance but is a real treat: Finger sandwiches, scone with jam & cream and a selection of fabulous cakes and fancies.  Definitely a trip worth taking to spark a little nostalgia!

  • Call 01473 748 519 to book

Seckford Hall

Seckford Hall’s traditional approach to afternoon tea has earned them an excellent reputation, and rightly so!  Their exquisite scones, sandwiches and cakes are all hand-made delights. Coupled with a beautiful location (if the sun is shining I urge you to sit in the courtyard), this is definitely an afternoon tea worth sampling for any occasion.

If you’re feeling fancy why not opt for prosecco or champagne instead of the usual pot of tea?

  • Regular afternoon tea: £18 per person.  £24 with Prosecco or £28 with Champagne
  • Book here

The Broken Egg

This rustic tea room just outside Harleston is a hidden gem, offering one of the best afternoon teas I’ve sampled.  Everything down to the bread is lovingly homemade with impeccable attention to detail.  Here you can bring along the whole family (including the dog) as there’s even the option for a children’s afternoon tea.  Bag a table in front of the large glass doors to watch the resident goats frolicking in the field outside and enjoy a real personal service.

Mother’s Day Treat: The best places in Suffolk to sample an afternoon tea

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