Wish we were... taking afternoon tea

After being overlookd in favour of its supposedly sexier counterpart coffee, tea has been making a comeback in recent years. Here's our pick of the best afternoon teas the country has to offer:


The Black Swan Tearoom, Helmsley

For award-winning tea and a special monthly menu; March is 'Orange', with orange-flavoured olive oil cake.


Leaf, Liverpool

A cool, modern space that sells 24 loose-leaf teas, this relaxed teahouse also offers tea tastings, live music and exhibitions.


Mimi's Bakehouse, Edinburgh

For those with a serious sweet tooth, boasting 14 new flavours of freshly made cakes every day amidst 50-style decor.


THe Portrait Restaurant, London

Situated above the National Portrait Gallery, this eatery also has an impressive view overlooking London's skyline.


Teacup, Manchester

Enjoy a laid-back New York-style vibe with own-brand tea and a soundtrack courtesy of DJ co-owner Mr Scruff.


The Vintage Tea House, Reigate

Sit by the full front glass windows to enjoy cream teas, vintage crockery and people-watching on a lazy Sunday.