If the thought of taking your children for afternoon tea fills you with dread – the noise! the crumbs! – consider this: a child is never quieter than in the presence of cake. So imagine just how compliant they are when they’re faced with three tiers of baked goodies! We’re big fans of taking children along to so-called adult experiences, and afternoon tea is no different. Even better, there are plenty of afternoon tea options in York that specifically cater for children. Here’s our pick of the best afternoon teas in York for kids – just promise us you won’t try to nab their special scones.
The Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea at The Grand Hotel & Spa
Go down the rabbit hole and discover an afternoon tea to remember at Yorkshire’s only five-star hotel, The Grand Hotel & Spa. Keep an eye out for these themed teas (there’s a Charlie and the Chocolate Factory one, too) which happen every so often and are a sight to behold. The sweet and savoury treats are a joy to behold and incredible to eat. Expect great service, delicious scones, more cake than you could possibly eat and games for children to play. A more traditional afternoon tea, with children’s version, is available most days in The Rise restaurant. Read the Little Vikings review of the Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea here.
For more details, visit thegrandyork.co.uk or call 01904 380038.
The Principal Hotel is one of York’s most beautiful hotels, handily located by the station. Afternoon tea is served in the stunning Garden Room, where children can enjoy a menu created in collaboration with students from a local school. Fish-shaped tuna sandwiches and heart-shaped jam sandwiches are bound to bring a smile, as are the delicious cakes and pastries. Adults are in for a treat, too. Read the Little Vikings review here.
The Principal York Hotel, Station Road, York YO24 1AA – Afternoon tea is served daily from 1pm to 5pm – Visit The Principal York’s website for more details
Afternoon tea at Bettys is worth braving the queues for. Expect exquisite cakes and pastries, dainty sandwiches and a vast selection of teas and coffee. Children will be served a pared-down version by the friendly staff. Don’t want to risk the queues? Book a table in the upstairs Belmont Room instead, where you’ll have more space and may even be treated to live music from the pianist. Celebrating? Why not upgrade with a glass of champagne? Read the Little Vikings review here.
Bettys, 6-8 St. Helen’s Square, York YO1 8QP – Afternoon tea is served daily throughout the day – £19.95 per person (£27.95 with a glass of champagne)
Afternoon tea at The Ivy, York
A hop, skip and jump from Bettys is The Ivy, a sumptuous bar and restaurant that’s open all day from early breakfast to late night suppers and cocktails. They also offer afternoon tea from 3pm to 5pm daily, and children are very welcome to head along and enjoy a refined experience in beautiful surroundings. As there’s no specific offering for younger diners, children will be offered the adult selection, which includes truffled chicken brioche rolls and smoked salmon on rye bread that are best suited to those with an adventurous palate. The sweet treats – from warm fruit scones with lashings of cream and jam to chocolate and salted caramel mousse and a mouthwatering creme brulee doughnut – are total crowd pleasers. For the full experience, our children were delighted to be presented with a pot of tea each! We won’t disclose how many sugar cubes they added to their cups… The service is warm and welcoming and it’s a lovely place to spend time and watch the world go by.
The Ivy, 2 St. Helen’s Square, York YO1 8QP – Visit The Ivy’s website for more details
- Crumbs Cupcakery: A sweet little cafe in the shadow of York Minster, Crumbs Cupcakery specialises in cupcakes galore. 10 College St, York YO1 7JF; visit the website
- Brew & Brownie: Well known for their amazing pancakes, Brew & Brownie (and their sister cafe the Bakeshop, just along the road) also serve fantastic cakes and pastries. They make a cracking coffee too. Be prepared to wait during busy periods. 5 Museum Street, York YO1 7DT; visit the website
- The Pig & Pastry: It’s worth swapping town for Bishopthorpe Road to sample the many delights of the Pig & Pastry’s cake and pastry selection. They also make a mean donut, and their mince pies and hot cross buns are a joy to behold. Prepare to share a table during busy periods, or take home and enjoy in private. 35 Bishopthorpe Road, York YO23 1NA; visit the website