10 of the best afternoon teas in the Ribble Valley
PUBLISHED: 10:37 12 June 2017 | UPDATED: 21:03 01 August 2018
The Ribble Valley is one of the top foodie destinations in the country and you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to afternoon teas.
It’s the only place in Lancashire to have Afternoon Tea at a Michelin starred restaurant and the standard lives up the the rest of the menu.
There are a selection of sandwiches that include Bowland Beef, York Ham and “Wellgate” House Smoked Salmon and sweets include Yorkshire Rhubarb & Custard Choux Bun and Spiced Black Moss Carrot Cake.
Price: £27pp With Prosecco: £32.50pp With Champagne: £41.50pp
Monday - Friday, 3.00pm - 5.00pm (reservation only) Weekends: Residents only:
Garden Kitchen, Bolton-by-Bowland
The mini picnic tables at the Holden Clough Nursery have gained a bit of a cult following among tea lovers in Lancashire and it’s not style over substance, the afternoon tea is popular for a reason.
The ‘Afternoon Picnic’ is constantly updated with new sweet and savoury innovations to provide a truly seasonal menu.
Price: £17.50pp With Prosecco: £17.99pp
Daily 2.30pm until close (Booking recommended)
Mitton Hall, Mitton
With sandwiches fillings that include Italian meats and pesto in ciabatta bread and cheese twists with sunblushed tomato relish, the afternoon tea at Mitton Hall offers something a little different.
The regular afternoon tea can be upgraded so it includes champagne or cocktails and there are also vegetarian and gluen-free options.
Price: £14.99pp With Cocktails: £23 With Champagne: £26
Daily 12pm until 5pm (Booking required)
Café at Stydd Gardens, Ribchester
Like many garden centres, Stydd Gardens has diversified to offer up good food to their visitors, which means that they often become foodie destinations in their own right.
The Café at Stydd serve up a substantial and high quality seasonal afternoon tea offering that is in keeping with the rest of the menu.
Price: £19.99pp Champagne and Prosecco options available.
Tuesday to Sunday 3pm onwards (Booking required)
Gibbon Bridge Hotel, Chipping
The Gibbon Bridge Hotel only serve afternoon tea once a week so booking is essential. They have won many food awards over the years, including a few from Lancashire Life.
The hotel also run regular Musical afternoon teas when their resident pianist plays to diners and tea dances two or three times a year.
Wednesday only, Booking required.
Spread Eagle, Sawley
The Spread Eagle Inn is one of Lancashire’s most popular dining pubs, serving great regional dishes, Lancashire Tapas and Sunday Roasts.
The highlight of the afternoon teas has got to be the sweets with Eccles Cakes and Ginger Sponge as part of the menu.
Daily 2pm to 5.30pm (Booking required)
Stirk House, Gisburn.
Stirk House pride themselves on their ‘Seasonal Afternoon Tea’ which means the menu is regularly changing.
The staple items such as finger sandwiches and scones are all there as well as a selection of seasonal savouries and sweets.
Price: £17.50pp With Prosecco: £21.95pp
Daily 12pm to 5pm (Booking required)
Breda Murphy, Whalley
Whether you’re sampling one of the top notch menus throughout the day or picking something up from the deli, Food by Breda Murphy is definitely a destination for foodies.
The afternoon tea maintains the standard of the rest of the food on offer with mini swiss rolls and savouries to go with the usual fare.
Price: £36 for two With Champagne: £48
Thursday-Saturday from 3pm (Booking required)
Bashall Barn, nr Clitheroe
Bashall Barn is located on the edge on the Forest of Bowland and is just a few mile north of Stonyhurst College.
The afternoon tea is served in a bright open space dining area and has the usual sandwiches, scones and sweets.
Price: £12.50pp With Champagne: £17.50pp
Daily 2pm -4pm (Booking recommended).
PuddleDucks Tearoom, Dunsop Bridge
A popular place for walkers, Puddleducks don’t have afternoon tea on the menu but you can create your own if you get a bit inventive.
Add a sandwich and slice of homemade cake to the Cream Tea which comprises of a pot of Yorkshire Tea and a homemade scone that comes with jam and cream.
Daily 8am to 4pm