Looking for somewhere to enjoy afternoon tea in Bradford?
Although frequently named the Curry Capital of Britain, Bradford’s foodie scene is more diverse than you may have been led to believe. Of course, Bradford city centre is scattered with award-winning curry houses with superb reputations but it’s also home to numerous family-friendly eateries, independent restaurants and cosy cafes. Venture further into the Bradford district and you’ll find excellent cafes and gastropubs lining Haworth’s cobbled Main Street, contemporary foodie spots in Shipley and Saltaire plus a whole lot more.
This piece looks specifically at venues offering afternoon tea in Bradford and within the Bradford district. The quintessentially British dining concept is centuries old but has seen a revival in recent years as bars, restaurants, hotels and cafes have launched their unique takes on afternoon tea and made it accessible to all rather than just to the elite, for whom it was initially designed.
So, whether you’re looking for a refined afternoon of finger sandwiches and petit fours or perhaps, a more contemporary take on the tradition with hot food and cocktail pairings, scroll down to browse our eclectic list of places to get afternoon tea in Bradford…
Where to get Afternoon Tea in Bradford…
The Great Victoria Hotel
Bridge Street, Bradford BD1 1JX
Those seeking a traditional offering in an elegant setting should look no further than The Great Victoria Hotel for a superb afternoon tea in Bradford. Served daily in the landmark hotel’s Avenue Bar & Restaurant, afternoon tea is priced from just £20 per person for a tiered platter of dainty sandwiches and decadent desserts.
Begin with finger sandwiches with a variety of fillings including Ham & Sweet Grain Mustard before indulging in the obligatory scones plus an array of mini desserts such as a Mini Chocolate Tart and a Salted Caramel Choux Bun. If you have more of a savoury tooth than a sweet, The Great Victoria can cater to you in the form of a Gentleman’s Afternoon Tea which replaces the sweet treats with cheese scones, mini pork pies, sausage rolls and black pudding bites.
Both of these are served with tea or coffee but there are a number of upgrade options available. For £35pp you can enjoy a traditional afternoon tea with 90 minutes of bottomless prosecco; perfect for a celebration or special occasion. For £26 per person, you can switch your hot drink for one of their cocktails.
Centenary Square, Bradford BD1 1HY
We’re big fans of The Cake’ole and regularly visit the Skipton venue for enormous slabs of homemade cake served with complimentary ice cream. With three venues across the region, The Cake’ole has secured an enviable reputation for its delicious cakes and can boast a few celebrities as regular customers. Independently owned and run, each is a friendly and welcoming cafe featuring quirky interiors and daily changing menus of incredible cakes and daytime dishes.
You’ll find Cake’ole Bradford on Centenary Square so it’s ideally situated for those hoping to explore the centre or follow their afternoon tea in Bradford with a spot of retail therapy. Served on a wooden board, afternoon tea at Cake’ole is a contemporary affair as regards the presentation but features all the traditional components – sandwiches, scones, cake and mini treats. We’ve enjoyed this one on multiple occasions and can highly recommend it if you’re seeking a delicious yet unpretentious afternoon tea in Bradford.
The Midland Hotel
Forster Square, Bradford BD1 4HU
The Midland Hotel is just 100m away from Bradford Forster Square station and their afternoon tea is an absolute bargain at just £16.50 per person or £21.50 with prosecco. Part of the Peel Hotels group, it’s one of the city’s most popular hotels for accommodation, events and weddings.
Served in the elegant Brasserie which boasts opulent decor and roaring open fires, this traditional afternoon tea in Bradford is served from 12 pm until 5 pm and includes a selection of sandwiches, fruit scones with clotted cream and preserves, miniature cakes and your choice of hot drink. The Midland Hotel also offer private room hire with afternoon tea so if you’re planning a Hen party or baby shower this one is well worth considering.
Pearls Tearoom & Patisserie
46 Rooley Avenue, Bradford BD6 1DA
Did you know that Bradford is home to a luxury tearoom and patisserie? Pearls offer an informal yet luxurious dining experience seven days a week, with menus of delectable treats made onsite and a live pianist entertaining diners between 10 am and 2 pm daily. The elegantly decorated family-run eatery offers the refinement one would normally associate with high-end tearooms or hotel lounges but without the eyewatering prices. Open for breakfast, brunch, lunch and, of course, afternoon tea, Pearls has been open for 4 years and boasts a diverse yet loyal customer base.
Everything on their menu is 100% Halal and they also offer treats to be taken away and enjoyed at home or gifted to friends if you can bear to part with them. This place is certainly best known for serving a variety of excellent afternoon teas and, unlike most venues, booking is not required. You can simply turn up and order one of their luxurious afternoon teas to your table and enjoy it in a homely yet rather beautiful setting. The Sweet Delight Afternoon Tea is a must-try for those with a sweet tooth and includes their immensely popular French toast.
Blooms Kitchen at Tong Garden Centre
Tong Lane, Bradford BD4 0RY
Tong Garden Centre is an independently owned, award-winning retail destination set in 17 acres of countryside between Bradford and Leeds. Here, you will find everything you could possibly need to transform any underwhelming garden into a thriving oasis plus some superb ranges of gifts, toys, homeware, clothing and more. It has become an attraction in its own right in recent years due to its varied offering. Not only is Tong Garden Centre a superb shopping venue, but it’s also home to a great indoor play centre for children and an onsite eatery serving tasty grub.
Afternoon Tea is served Monday to Friday in Blooms Kitchen. Served on a mini wooden picnic bench rather than a porcelain tiered platter, this contemporary afternoon tea in Bradford is priced at £25.95 for two but additional guests can be added for £13 pp. The menu changes with the seasons but always includes a selection of freshly made finger sandwiches, seasonal savoury treats and an array of delicious desserts. Booking is essential.
Tallulah’s Wine Bar
81 Bingley Road, Saltaire, Shipley BD18 4SB
Tallulah’s is a much-celebrated wine bar in the UNESCO World Heritage site, Saltaire. Housed in a historic building with glorious art deco-inspired interiors, it arguably serves some of the best cocktails in the area, alongside excellent bottomless brunches and afternoon teas. Stylish and sophisticated, Tallulah’s provides the perfect setting for a boozy and contemporary afternoon tea with friends after a day exploring the historic sites and independent shops of Saltaire.
Their luxuriously indulgent afternoon tea is served on traditional tiered platters but comprises more modern takes on the traditional components. Tuck into generously filled sandwiches, and comforting savoury treats before washing down an incredible selection of cakes and desserts with a hot drink, cocktail or bottomless prosecco. This place is a must-visit for all whether it be for afternoon tea or for an evening of drinking!
19 Main Street, Haworth BD22 8DA
One of the more quirky places for afternoon tea on our list is the fabulous 1940s-themed tearoom in Haworth, ForTeas. It boasts an excellent reputation with both locals and tourists and is probably one of the most recommended venues for afternoon tea in Bradford. Step back in time and immerse yourself in the homely charm and nostalgia of this wonderful little eatery as you tuck into an array of freshly prepared sandwiches and homemade baked goods.
Haworth venues fill up fast at the best of times due to the village being one of the area’s top tourist spots. Its picturesque location, historic Main Street and literary links attract thousands upon thousands of visitors each year so it shouldn’t come as a surprise when we tell you that booking in advance is essential for afternoon tea at ForTeas. If possible, please give them at least 48 hours notice via telephone or Facebook messenger.
Cobbles & Clay
70 Main Street, Haworth BD22 8DP
Another excellent place for a traditional yet informal afternoon tea in Haworth is the super popular Cobbles & Clay. Far more than just your standard village cafe, Cobbles & Clay offers both sustenance and entertainment. Established in 2006, it’s an independently owned cafe and pottery painting studio so you can spend a wholesome afternoon creating your very own trinkets and treasures whilst tucking into some seriously good homemade grub.
This pre-bookable afternoon tea in Bradford is priced at £18 per person or £22 per person if you would like it to be accompanied by a glass of prosecco rather than a hot beverage. A £10 deposit is required per person at the time of booking to secure your timeslot and they can cater to most dietary requirements if notified in advance. Afternoon tea at Cobbles & Clay includes sandwiches, mini savoury treats, hot soup, homemade fruited scones, and a selection of their utterly delicious sweet treats.
As with all our articles of this nature, we will be adding to this list as and when we discover new venues. To make a recommendation or enquire about advertising, please email email@example.com