There are few things more quintessentially British than afternoon tea with delicate sandwiches, cakes and scones, freshly-brewed tea and elegant crockery. Whether you're after a stylish setting or cosy surroundings, here’s our pick of the best afternoon teas in Derbyshire and the Peak District…

No 6 The Square afternoon tea

No 6 The Square, Buxton

This cosy tearoom is situated opposite Buxton’s beautiful Opera House and Pavilion Gardens, so you can work up an appetite with a stroll around the spa town before tucking into afternoon tea. Enjoy dainty sandwiches with fillings including cucumber and cream cheese, smoked salmon and honey roast ham, before trying home-baked scones, jam and clotted cream, homemade cakes and a pot of English breakfast tea, coffee or speciality organic teas.

No 6 The Square afternoon tea priced at £15 per person or £28 for two. www.no6tearooms.co.uk

Kedleston Country House Hotel afternoon tea

Kedleston Country House Hotel, near Derby

This stylish boutique hotel ticks all the boxes for afternoon tea (dainty sandwiches, pretty cakes, freshly-brewed tea), but with a couple of unique selling points. First, there’s the stunning setting in the Georgian Restaurant. As for the food, the traditional afternoon tea – which includes finger sandwiches, scones with clotted cream and jam, dark chocolate torte, elderflower jelly and custard trifle, Victoria sponge and macarons – can be enjoyed with a glass of Kedleston Gin, prosecco, champagne or even a Derby Brewing Company beer rack!

Kedleston Country House Hotel afternoon tea priced at £17 per person. thekedleston.co.uk/restaurant/afternoon-tea/

Wedgwood Tea Conservatory afternoon tea

Wedgwood Tea Conservatory, World of Wedgwood, near Stoke

Head to the smart and contemporary Wedgwood Tea Conservatory for an experience to remember. Relax in comfy chairs and choose from Wedgwood's finest teas served on the brand's finest china to accompany dainty open sandwiches, scones, cakes and traditional preserves. Treats include chickpea pavlova with coconut cream and fresh berries, wild strawberry tea jelly, decadent dark chocolate brownie and ginger cake with candied ginger.

Wedgwood afternoon tea priced at £25 per person. www.worldofwedgwood.com/content/wedgwood-tea-room

Old Original Bakewell Pudding Shop afternoon tea

The Old Original Bakewell Pudding Shop, Bakewell

Bakewell is famed for its unique pudding, so where better to enjoy afternoon tea than in this charming pudding shop? Try the Classic Afternoon Tea with Bakewell Pudding, sultana scone, clotted cream and preserves; the 'All Things Bakewell' Afternoon Tea with Bakewell Tart, Bakewell Pudding, fruit cake and fruit scone; or the impressive 'Gentleman's Club' afternoon tea boasting pork pie, honey-glazed chipolata sausages, pork crackling, sandwiches, fruit cake with mature cheddar and a bottle of local ale. All served with plenty of tea and coffee - delicious!

Old Original Bakewell Pudding Shop afternoon tea from £17. www.bakewellpuddingshop.co.uk

Renishaw Hall afternoon tea

Renishaw Hall, Sheffield

History-lovers will relish the chance to enjoy a homemade afternoon tea in the 17th century hall's atmospheric stableyard cafe. Choose from the Classic Afternoon Tea – which includes tea/coffee with a selection of finger sandwiches, a home-baked fruit scone served with jam and clotted cream and a selection of mini cakes (must be pre-booked); or the classic Cream Tea which comprises tea/coffee served with a delicious fruit scone, jam and clotted cream. 

Renishaw Hall afternoon tea, £12.95 per person. Cream tea £4.25, www.renishaw-hall.co.uk

Chatsworth afternoon tea

Chatsworth House, near Bakewell

There are two dining areas at Chatsworth where you can enjoy decadent afternoon tea. Located in 18th century stables, The Flying Childers restaurant serves a speciality Wedgwood afternoon tea with Earl Grey cured salmon to start, followed by sandwiches and tartlets, a freshly-baked duo of scones and a selection of cakes - such as ginger and cinnamon cheesecake - all complemented by Wedgwood tea and Chatsworth coffee. The Cavendish Restaurant offers a more relaxed, but no less delicious, experience with finger sandwiches, tartlets, freshly-baked scones and cakes, including walnut and white chocolate brownie. There’s even a special children’s afternoon tea!

Wedgwood afternoon tea at £35 per person. Traditional afternoon tea at £21 per person. www.chatsworth.org/shopping-eating/afternoon-tea

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  1. Jin Jin
    In my opinion, the best afternoon tea is the George in Hathersage. Their scones are to die for!

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