Best Dorset afternoon teas according to TripAdvisor reviews ahead of Jubilee

·4-min read
What better way to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee than with a terribly British afternoon tea? Picture: Canva
What better way to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee than with a terribly British afternoon tea? Picture: Canva

The Queen's Platinum Jubilee is just around the corner and what better way to get you in the swing of things than enjoying a terribly British afternoon tea?

Cucumber sandwiches with the crusts cut off, Victoria sponge cake, scones with jam and clotted cream, all washed down with a lovely pot of tea - items which, naturally, should be consumed with your little finger raised at all times.

If you want to raise a cuppa to the Queen, or you just feel like treating yourself to a tower of tasty treats, we've turned to Tripadvisor to find the best places serving up the traditional fare, according to reviews left by the people who have been there.

READ MORE: Enjoy your tea like the Queen – how to make the perfect cuppa

READ MORE: What The Queen’s palaces are actually worth today

Bank holidays you can look forward to in 2022

Best places for afternoon tea in Dorset

Steam Vintage Tea Rooms

Bournemouth Echo: Steam Vintage Tea Rooms (TripAdvisor)
Bournemouth Echo: Steam Vintage Tea Rooms (TripAdvisor)

Steam Vintage Tea Rooms (TripAdvisor)

Where: 47 Poole Hill, Bournemouth BH2 5PW

TripAdvisor rating: 4.5/5

Steam Vintage Tea Rooms has earned a reputation for its great afternoon teas and are also vegan friendly.

Out of 497 reviews, 403 were rated as 'Excellent' on its TripAdvisor page.

One reviewer wrote: "We walked in to the smell of freshly baking scones and a very warm welcome. The decor is great and I love the old sideboard come record player which was playing vinyl records from the past.

"But the food, where do I begin? It was plentiful, fresh and tasty. And I have to comment on the vegan afternoon tea provided for one couple, they were very impressed with the selection and the owner had also gone to the trouble of making vegan cream so they didn’t feel they were missing out at all."

The Old Tea House

Bournemouth Echo: Old Tea House (TripAdvisor)
Bournemouth Echo: Old Tea House (TripAdvisor)

Old Tea House (TripAdvisor)

Where: 44 High West Street, Dorchester, DT1 1UT

TripAdvisor rating: 4.5/5

Based within the oldest freestanding house in the county town of Dorset, The Old Tea House stands out with its traditional English decor and freshly-made afternoon teas.

Out of 282 reviews, 201 were rated as 'Excellent' on its TripAdvisor page.

One reviewer wrote: "3 of us had afternoon tea and WOW what a selection great value for money and also offered to box up what we had left! Great food and so much of it!"

West Bay Team Rooms

Bournemouth Echo: West Bay Tea Rooms (TripAdvisor)
Bournemouth Echo: West Bay Tea Rooms (TripAdvisor)

West Bay Tea Rooms (TripAdvisor)

Where: 2 Maritime House West Bay Road West Bay, Bridport, DT6 4GD

TripAdvisor rating: 4.5/5

Heading over to Bridport now, the West Bay Tea Rooms comes highly recommended from users on TripAdvisor.

Out of 204 reviews, 151 were rated as 'Excellent' on its TripAdvisor page.

One reviewer wrote: "We’ve had an extremely generous afternoon tea for two, delivered. Generously filled sandwiches with delicious fillings, large sausage roll, large scone with plenty of jam and clotted cream, strawberries, cakes, bottle of juice, tea bag included. The whole thing could not be faulted!"

Love Cake

Bournemouth Echo: Love Cake (TripAdvisor)
Bournemouth Echo: Love Cake (TripAdvisor)

Love Cake (TripAdvisor)

Where: 42 High Street, Swanage, BH19 2NX

TripAdvisor rating: 4.5/5

As the name suggests this cafe is a big fan of cake, and that passion has clearly translated over to a good product if the TripAdvisor reviews are anything to go by.

Out of 812 reviews, 589 were rated as 'Excellent' on its TripAdvisor page.

One reviewer wrote: "Such a good afternoon tea - so much food. The sandwiches were super fresh and the scones and cakes were delicious. Top notch and very good value."

READ MORE: Get Queen’s favourite cocktail for free at Greene King pubs

READ MORE: Pictured: Spectacular gun salutes mark Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

Frieda's Tearoom

Bournemouth Echo: Frieda's Tearoom (TripAdvisor)
Bournemouth Echo: Frieda's Tearoom (TripAdvisor)

Frieda's Tearoom (TripAdvisor)

Where: 7 Stafford Road City Centre, Bournemouth BH1 1JH

TripAdvisor rating: 4.5/5

Another location in Bournemouth for well-recieved afternoon tea can be found in Frieda's Tearoom.

Out of 456 reviews, 339 were rated as 'Excellent' on its TripAdvisor page.

One reviewer wrote: "Really lovely afternoon tea - food was amazing and the staff were so lovely and welcoming. Me, my mum and sister went and were very happy with our experience.

"Good prices and we were allowed to take anything we didn’t eat in a takeaway box. Highly recommend a visit there!"

Our goal is to create a safe and engaging place for users to connect over interests and passions. In order to improve our community experience, we are temporarily suspending article commenting