They say a good cup of tea can solve just about anything, so surely adding dainty cakes and finger sandwiches into the mix is a recipe for a comforting and indulgent afternoon well-spent.

The quintessentially British tradition of afternoon tea has enjoyed a resurgence in recent years.

Cestrians and visitors alike are spoilt for choice as to where to take their tea here, so here’s a selection of tempting afternoon tea offerings within and just a short stroll outside the City Walls.

Please note: Details and prices correct at time of publishing but please check with the venue to avoid disappointment.


Oddfellows promises 'the ultimate afternoon tea with a splash of odd' through its natty interiors and generous dose of humour and fun.

Available from noon to 5pm, it consists of freshly prepared finger sandwiches which use flavours in keeping with the season, scones with all the usual trimmings, chef's selection of treats, cakes and tarts and of course the all-important tea and coffee.

It costs £17.50 per person and a mini version for guests of the under-12 variety comes in at £6.50.

20 Lower Bridge Street, Chester, CH1 1RS

01244 345454


The Chester Grosvenor

Claiming to be the 'finest' in Chester, the tradition of 'taking tea' at The Chester Grosvenor has been going strong every day since 1882.

With a choice of five afternoon teas there's something for everyone, including two 'Gentleman's' variations where delicate pastries and finger foods are replaced with heartier fare like crusty doorstep sandwiches and chunky chips.

It's served from noon to 4.30pm Monday to Thursday and noon to 4pm Friday to Sunday.

But a word to the wise - they say advance booking is highly recommended.

Prices start from £32 per person.

Eastgate, Chester, CH1 1LT

01244 324024


Mad Hatters

Mad Hatters Tearoom owners Kerri Elston and Ann Gardiner
Owners Kerri Elston and Ann Gardiner

This charming venue - which featured on ITV's Britain's Best Bakery in 2014 - promises to offer 'subtle English tearoom eccentricity and a touch of wonderland'.

Guests can indulge with a whimsical and traditional Alice's Afternoon Tea fit for Alice herself or The Red Queen's Afternoon Tea, which boasts the addition of a glass of bubbly.

49 Bridge Street Row East, CH1 1NW, Chester

01244 323444


Edgar House

Edgar House overlooking the River Dee in Chester

This luxury guesthouse on the banks of the River Dee has joined forces with restaurant Twenty2 to bring afternoon tea aficionados two sophisticated menus on Saturday afternoons, which are specially dedicated to the ritual.

You can choose from either the 'Proper Afternoon Tea' - so-called because 'care and pride' is taken in making and presenting it - or the 'Savoury Afternoon Tea' for those with a slightly less sweet tooth.
Twenty2 has teamed up with Clatterbridge Cancer Charity so £2 is donated for every afternoon tea.

Both options cost £19.75.

22 City Walls, Chester, CH1 1SB

01244 347007


Chester Cathedral

Chester Cathedral's Traditional Afternoon Tea

For a peaceful afternoon tea in truly grand and unique surroundings, why not try Chester Cathedral?

Served in The Refectory - the monks' dining hall - you can plump for either the traditional or Prosecco-inclusive options.

Prices start from £10, but remember that it's available by booking only.

Abbey Square, Chester, CH1 2HU

01244 500964


Tea on the Wall

The only tearoom on the City Walls, Tea on the Wall won fans in Sir Terry Wogan and Mason McQueen when they filmed scenes for their BBC2 show Terry and Mason's Great Food Trip there last June.

Prices range from £8.25 for the Mini Afternoon Tea for the smaller appetite to £16.95 for the Prosecco Afternoon Tea.

5 City Walls, Chester, CH1 2JG

01244 342938


Katie's Tea Rooms

Katie's Tea Rooms on Watergate Street
Katie's Tea Rooms on Watergate Street

Housed in a 14th century former merchant's house just a stone's throw from the Cross, this quaint and traditional tearoom offers a reasonably priced afternoon tea served on a classic three-tier stand and comprising finger sandwiches, fruit scones and cakes of your choice.

The Full Afternoon Tea costs £9.75.

Watergate Street, Chester, CH1 2LA

01244 400322

Patisserie Valerie

Patisserie Valerie on Bridge Street

This popular café chain regularly has people stopping in their tracks so they can gaze upon the pretty patisserie displayed in the window.

Its 'lovingly handmade cakes' take centre stage in its three-act Afternoon Tea for Two, which features savoury, scones and patisserie like mini chocolate éclairs and mini mixed berry mousse slices.

It costs £25 for two people to share.

31 Bridge Street, Chester, CH1 1NG

01244 343286

Bellini's of Chester

This classy Champagne bar's afternoon tea is served on fine china and includes selections of sandwiches, scones with jam and clotted ream, cakes, Belgian chocolates and a choice of tea of coffee.

Prices start from £14.95, and cream teas are also available.

75 Bridge Street Row East, CH11NW

01244 351260


Happy tea-drinking! Are there any afternoon teas in Chester you think should be on the list? Let us know in the comments below or tweet us @ChesterChron.