Afternoon tea is one of my favourite things in life. It’s such a treat and my ultimate luxury for a birthday or celebration. But, it’s also something I love to share with the children. However, it’s really hard to find options for traditional afternoon teas that cater for children of all ages.
Afternoon tea for children
I love going for afternoon tea as a family. With tiered cake stands, afternoon tea sandwiches cut into fingers and tiny cakes plus freshly baked scones with cream and jam. It’s such a british tradition and something I love sharing with the children. Like the perfect little tea party full of mini party food treats we can enjoy together at tea time.
But, when we have that beautiful, traditional afternoon tea experience, I want them to have the same experience on a smaller scale – not just giving them a scone or a slice of cake.
So I’ve scoured the hotels, restaurants, cafes and tea rooms of Hampshire to find ones that have afternoon tea options for children. Ones that offer an actual afternoon tea for kids rather than a cream tea option that you could buy for your children. A real family friendly afternoon tea experience.
Afternoon Tea as a Gift
It’s worth noting that many country houses, hotels, garden centres and cafes also offer gift vouchers for afternoon tea which would make a wonderful gift for a child or family. They could treat themselves to themed afternoon teas or a traditional afternoon tea for a birthday treat or any other occasion.
If you’re happy to travel a little further afield, these posts might give you more inspiration too:
14 Options for Children’s Afternoon Tea in Hampshire
Highfield Park – Church Lane, Heckfield, Hook, Hampshire RG27 0LG
Traditional Afternoon Tea: Visit the relaxing bar and lounge of Highfield Park with views over the rolling Hampshire countryside for a spot of English tradition. Enjoy a mixture of sweet and savory treats along with an extensive list of tea options.
When: Served daily
Cost: £11.95 per child. From £27.95 per adult.
The Montagu Arms – Beaulieu, New Forest, Hampshire SO42 7ZL
Traditional Afternoon Tea: Enjoy New Forest afternoon tea served on a traditional stand which showcases thinly-sliced finger sandwiches to delicate pastries and warm scones smothered with fruity jam and thick, soft clotted cream.
When: 1pm to 4pm daily
Cost: £15 per child. From £30 per adult.
Oakley Hall Hotel – Rectory Road, Oakley, Basingstoke, Hampshire RG23 7EL
Traditional Afternoon Tea: Pull up a chair in the two AA Rosette Glasshouse Restaurant or sun-soaked garden terrace and settle in for an afternoon of indulgence. The afternoon tea features a selection of artisan sandwiches, homemade scones, and a selection of homemade cakes and patisserie.
When: Daily 12pm to 5pm
Cost: £16 per child (12 years and younger). From £38 per adult.
Rhinefield House Hotel – Rhinefield Road, Brockenhurst, Hampshire SO42 7QB
Children’s Afternoon Tea: A selection of children’s sandwiches, plain scone with clotted cream and jam and delicious sweet treats.
When: Daily, 1pm to 3pm
Cost: £10.50 per child. From £37.50 per adult.
The White Horse Hotel – Market Place, Romsey, Hampshire SO51 8ZJ
Children’s Afternoon Tea Experience: Children’s afternoon tea includes finger sandwiches, a selection of veg sticks and dip, a snap crackle & brownie pop, jam doughnut and a fruit and chocolate skewer, all accompanied by pink or chocolate milk and a teapot of squash.
When: Served daily, 2pm-6pm
Cost: £10 per child. Adult afternoon tea available from £20 per person.
Lainston House Hotel – Woodman Lane, Sparsholt, Winchester, Hampshire SO21 2LT
Children’s Afternoon Tea: Jam, ham and cheese sandwiches served with a white chocolate and raspberry blondie, a shortbread biscuit and a cupcake as well as a miniature fruit and plain scones.
When: 2pm to 5pm, daily.
Cost: £18.75 per child. Adult afternoon tea from £37.50 per person.
The Solent Hotel and Spa – Rookery Avenue, Whiteley, Fareham, Hampshire PO15 7AJ
Afternoon Tea: Ham, cheese and jam finger sandwiches served with crudités with hummus and tortilla chips plus a fruit and marshmallow kebab, a double chocolate brownie and a glass of squash.
When: Served until 5pm daily
Cost: £15 per child. Adult afternoon tea from £26.95 per person.
Slowhayes Alpacas – Slowhayes House, Arters Lawn, Marchwood, Southampton, Hampshire So40 4UL
Afternoon Tea with Alpacas: A unique experience, a chance to get to know more about lovely alpacas and be up close to them in their own environment with a chance to feed them afterwards.
When: Available all year round.
Cost: £35 per person. Children must be over 7.
Tea Cups – 8 Latimer Street, Romsey, Hampshire SO51 8DG
Children’s Afternoon Tea: Freshly made sandwiches – cheese, ham, egg mayo or jam plus a raisin or plain scone with clotted cream and jam, a selection of mini cakes and a bottomless pot of any Teapigs tea or a soft drink.
When: Served daily
Cost: £12 per child. Adult afternoon tea from £16 per person.
New Park Manor – Lyndhurst Road, New Forest, Hampshire, SO42 7QH
Traditional Afternoon Tea: The children’s afternoon tea is an experience to treasure featuring a selection of treats, including finger sandwiches, a homemade cupcake, sweet treats, vegetable crudités with hummus, all served with delicious fruit juice and a hot drink.
When: Served daily
Cost: £15 per child, £30 per adult.
The Queens Hotel – 2 Osborne Road, Clarence Parade, Southsea, Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 3LJ
Children’s Afternoon Tea: Perfect for a birthday celebration or just as a special treat, The Queen’s Hotel children’s afternoon tea is sure to create magical memories for younger guests. It includes sandwiches, scones and a variety of delicious cakes, all washed down with unlimited squash.
When: Served daily
Cost: £15 per child. Adult afternoon tea from £25 per person.
The Garden Society, near Southampton
Winter Garden Afternoon Tea: Try the delicious Winter Garden Afternoon Tea. Enjoy a glass of complimentary fizz on arrival, accompanied with three indulgent tiers of savouries, scones and petit fours. Including new flavours such as Rhubarb and Custard Tart and Lemon Meringue Sponge Cake.
When: Served daily
Cost: £24 per child. Adult afternoon tea from £44 per person.
Audleys Wood – Alton Road, Basingstoke, Hampshire RG25 2JT
Afternoon Tea: Served in the Conservatory at Audleys Wood surrounded by pretty gardens, a wonderful setting for afternoon tea in Hampshire. An unmissable afternoon tea experience and one of the most special experiences of afternoon tea Hampshire has to offer, sit down to delicate sandwiches, warm scones and dainty sweet treats.
When: Served daily, 2pm – 4.45pm
Cost: £17.25 per child. Adult afternoon tea from £37.50 per person.
I hope that has given you some afternoon tea inspiration around Hampshire. It’s definitely helped me to find more places to try – and we already have a couple of afternoon tea dates pencilled in the diary! Nothing quite meets a tray of homemade cakes, warm scones served straight from the oven and an extensive loose leaf tea menu!
I’ve included just the basic cost for adult afternoon tea – as this post was obviously all about the children! But, all of the options above had other afternoon tea options available. You can upgrade to champagne afternoon tea in most places or have a glass of Prosecco, a G&T or a cocktail in others. If you want more adult options, you can see our full guide to afternoon tea in Hampshire here.
If there’s anywhere I’ve missed that you know does a wonderful afternoon tea for children please do get in touch and let me know.