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One of the frequently asked questions we get is where is the best afternoon tea? There are so many places offering afternoon tea in the North York Moors but here are our favourites.

Afternoon tea is a quintessential English treat and a popular outing whilst exploring the North York Moors. There are an abundance of tearooms, cafes, pubs and restaurants in the local area but here are our favourites to inspire your next afternoon treat whilst enjoying your staycation at High Oaks Grange.


Best 'tearoom' afternoon tea

Heading towards the Yorkshire Coast you'll find The Stained Glass Centre at Killerby (just past Cayton). Here you'll find a lovely and popular tearoom with a beautiful garden which is the perfect surroundings to enjoy an afternoon tea. Children will love the 'children's afternoon tea' which is accompanied by a milkshake. The quiche, sandwiches and scones are delicious in the standard adult version. Booking is strongly advised and afternoon tea is served throughout the day.



Best 'inn' afternoon tea 

In the pretty North Yorkshire market town of Helmsely there is the iconic The Black Swan which is a traditional inn situated in the Market Square and attached to the pub is their tearoom. Previously receiving the prestigious Tearoom of Excellence by the Tea Guild, which is the equivalent of a Michelin star in the tea world. The afternoon tea is served daily between midday and 5pm. 



Best afternoon tea with a view 

The stunning views offered at Raven Hall - recently renamed Grand Villa Heights in Ravenscar are breath taking. The dramatic views across to Robin Hoods Bay are the perfect setting for a special afternoon tea. 



Best afternoon tea of wheels

Each summer on special dates, the Pullman Dining Service at the North York Moors Railway offers a very special afternoon tea as you dine aboard a steam engine and taking in views across the stunning North York Moors. For 2024, the Afternoon Tea service is 11th, 12th & 13th June. 



Best 'back in time' afternoon tea

Head back in time to the 1940s at the Middleton Tea Parlour with their homemade cakes and savouries in the pretty village of Middleton (just down the road from North York Moors Railway in Pickering). The tea parlour is open Wednesday to Sunday. 



The 'iconic' Yorkshire afternoon tea

Betty's is iconic and you'll find the famous tearoom in York. They offer several versions of their famous afternoon tea which you cannot book for - be prepared to wait as it is incredibly popular. However if you are looking for something very special then Betty's offers a 'bookable afternoon tea' which is described as an unforgettable experience.  



There are lots of tearooms available locally in both Thornton le Dale and Pickering. You will be spoilt for choice to enjoy an afternoon tea in the North York Moors. However, if afternoon tea isn't your cup of tea then you can find inspiration for dining out elsewhere in many pubs. cafes and restaurants. You can also enjoy fine dining at the various Michelin starred restaurants in the region. 


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