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Go back in time with an quintessentially British afternoon treat

Spotlight on: Heartfelt Vintage

32 Alma Vale Road, Bristol, BS8 2HY

Nothing encapsulates vintage quite like afternoon tea, so it’s no surprise that the vintage lifestyle boutique of Heartfelt Vintage is Bristol’s go to spot for cream tea. The shop offers vintage garms, a tea room and a party venue, and is the perfect spot for disappearing back into the 1920s for a little bit. Where this unique tearoom excels is its devotion to freshly baked produce, and they produce everything from the bread for the sandwiches to the clotted cream on the scones right there on Alma Vale Road. Their afternoon tea is vegetarian as standard, and they always offer a vegan alternative. They’ll also make you a gluten free afternoon tea for a couple extra quid. Their menu is updated every couple of months in order to keep it fresh and seasonal, but flavour and quality are always the tearoom’s first priority. Head down during the summer for a selection of carrot and coriander hummus sandwiches, pistachio and lime drizzle cake and the obligatory homemade scones with jam and cream, all served on charming vintage crockery.

Fancy making an occasion of it? Heartfelt Vintage offer a huge range of party packages that are ideal for hen parties (or stag dos!), baby showers or birthdays. They even offer a Wedding Tea service! You can come and enjoy the party in their shop (and try on the dresses) or have the party come to you. All party packages come with a glass of prosecco on arrival, and whilst they’re not licensed to sell alcohol, they have a BYOB option, meaning you’re free to make your afternoon tea boozy. Their party packages range from vintage make over parties, to crafting get-togethers and dancing do’s. Learn the Charleston, Lindyhop or Burlesque dancing before settling down to a home-baked cake! Whether you’re looking for a party or just an afternoon treat, be sure to book in via their website as all food is made to order the day before.

Image credit: No.4 Restaurant & Bar via Facebook

Best of the rest:

No 4 at Clifton Village

4 Rodney Place, Bristol, BS8 4HY

What? Classic, gin or champagne afternoon tea at an award-winning restaurant.

Where? Inside The Rodney Hotel, a Georgian building in central Clifton.

Why? Chose to sit inside the regal restaurant or out in the secluded walled garden for a spot of afternoon tea. Quintessentially British snacks prepared by their talented kitchen team, and available with tea and coffee, Hendricks gin and tonic or even a glass of Perrier-Jouët champagne.

The Ivy Clifton Brasserie

42-44 Caledonia Place, Bristol, BS8 4DN

What? Posh afternoon tea in remarkable 1920’s art deco surroundings.

Where? In the heart of leafy Clifton.

Why? London’s famous restaurant The Ivy opened its Bristol doors in 2016 and offers expert afternoon tea in a glamorous setting (for a pretty penny). Enjoy the Truffled Chicken Brioche Roll, decadent Crème Brule Doughnut and even a glass of champagne (for £7.55 extra!).

The Matthew of Bristol

Princes Wharf, Wapping Road, Bristol, BS1 4RN

What? Enjoy cream tea and a 1 ½ hour sail around the harbour!

Where? River Avon.

Why? Enjoy two types of cake, a scone and plenty of tea throughout your sail around the harbour.