As National Cream Tea Day approaches, there's no better way to celebrate than by exploring the delightful afternoon tea offerings in Poole. This charming coastal town features a variety of inviting venues, each providing their own unique take on the beloved British tradition.

1. Compton Acres:

Step into the enchanting oasis of Compton Acres, where afternoon tea is served amidst lush greenery and themed gardens. Step into the charming Café & Tearooms and treat yourself to a delightful spread of homemade sandwiches, freshly baked scones, and mouthwatering cakes. Whether you choose to bask in the tranquillity of the Japanese Garden or admire the vibrant blooms of the Italian Garden, Compton Acres promises a serene afternoon tea experience like no other.

2. Riggers Restaurant at the RNLI College

Perched on the edge of Poole Bay, overlooking the sparkling waters of the English Channel, Riggers Restaurant at the RNLI College offers a unique setting for indulging in afternoon tea with a purpose. Step inside their stylish restaurant and feast your eyes on panoramic sea views while enjoying a selection of delicious sandwiches, homemade cakes, and freshly brewed tea. With every bite, you'll be supporting the vital lifesaving work of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI), making your afternoon tea experience even more meaningful.

3. Upton Country Park

Head to the tranquil tearoom nestled within the park's walled garden and indulge in a delectable array of treats, from classic sandwiches to decadent cakes and pastries. Whether you choose to dine al fresco amidst the fragrant blooms or cosy up indoors by the crackling fireplace, Upton Country Park offers a peaceful retreat for afternoon tea enthusiasts.

4. Hotel du Vin

Nestled along the picturesque quayside of Poole Harbour, Hotel du Vin exudes timeless elegance and sophistication, making it the perfect setting for a memorable afternoon tea experience. Step into the hotel's charming surroundings, where historic architecture meets contemporary luxury, and prepare to indulge in a feast for the senses. From delicate finger sandwiches filled with gourmet delights to freshly baked scones served with lashings of clotted cream and homemade preserves, every aspect of the afternoon tea at Hotel du Vin is crafted to perfection. Accompanied by a selection of fine teas or perhaps a glass of champagne, this culinary journey promises to delight discerning palates and create cherished memories against the backdrop of Poole's stunning waterfront.

5.Vintage Yacht High Tea Cruise

Step aboard the Dorset Queen, a 1938 vintage Motor Yacht, for an unforgettable afternoon high tea cruise from Poole Quay. Sip on chilled Prosecco as you indulge in homemade sandwiches, scones, and cakes served with Dorset tea. Cruise past Poole's islands and, weather permitting, into Poole Bay, catching glimpses of Sandbanks and the Royal Motor Yacht Club. Enjoy soulful jazz music as you relax on this one-and-a-half-hour journey with a friendly crew, accommodating up to 22 guests.

Whether you prefer a sophisticated setting with picturesque views of the harbour or a quaint tearoom in the historic old town, or sailing on a boat around the harbour with a scone, Poole has the perfect spot for you to indulge in a tradional afternoon tea. 




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