Afternoon Tea in Colchester

Where can you get the best afternoon tea in Essex? Look no further than Colchester, whose historic buildings provide the ideal atmospheric setting for the best high tea and traditional English experience in some of the finest Tearooms. The home of Tiptree’s Wilkin & Sons Jam, where else were you going to find the perfect topping for your scones & cream?

If you’re looking for a nice afternoon out in Colchester, pamper your taste buds as you indulge in strawberries and cream in beautiful English houses. Book a luxury high tea in an English mansion, or enjoy a sweet and simple traditional English scones & cream tea surrounded by roses and greenery.

Below is our selection of the best quality afternoon tea near Colchester, a must-do if you are visiting:

Tiptree Jam with Cream Tea
Made in Colchester - Wilkin & Sons Tiptree Jam

Places for Afternoon Tea in Colchester


Prepare yourself for an afternoon of luxury and indulgence with afternoon tea in Greyfriars. Beautiful naturally-lit rooms host you to enjoy a fine selection of delicious scones and jam, as well as delicate sandwiches and unique fancies. Set within a grand Georgian building very close to the Castle, Greyfriars is the ideal setting for an exquisite high tea.

The Wivenhoe House Hotel

Relax and enjoy the delights of an afternoon tea in the luxurious lounges of The Wivenhoe House Hotel. Freshly baked scones, traditional sandwiches and an assortment of cakes and pastries, it is the ideal place for groups, parties and celebrations.


Tiptree Tea Rooms

Colchester is the home to internationally-renowned Wilkin & Sons Tiptree Jam. Where better to try Tiptree jam spread on an English scone, with a topping of clotted cream? Find Tiptree tearooms located across Essex, including in Colchester town Centre, Tiptree, and Dedham Village.



Pavilion is a unique venue that has been restored, preserved and conserved with feature stone walls, reclaimed woods, living walls and lush indoor greenery. Ideal for small or large groups to enjoy afternoon tea in a unique venue.


Set in a majestic Tudor building, historic home of William Gilberd, afternoon tea in Tymperleys will transport you through time as you sit in the beautiful gardens in the heart of Colchester’s Town Centre.

The Old Siege House Bar and Brasserie

Have your afternoon tea in this charming restaurant, which witnessed one of the most important events of Colchester's historic past- The Siege of Colchester in 1648. Sit back and relax with a selection of sweet and savoury delights.

H. Gunton Tea & Coffee Specialist

If you’re more of a Morning Coffee person, Gunton’s Café located on the first floor of this fine Delicatessen is for you. Unique hand-roasted coffee and a large selection of teas accompany yummy patisseries and award-winning sandwiches.

Other Places to eat: Cafes

Other Places to Eat: Restaurants