Take an Afternoon Tea Tour
NICE AND NAUGHTY IS FIRST CHOICE FOR FOODIES
Situated in the heart of Market Rasen, Nice and Naughty is an award-winning community centred café offering a range of healthy, slimming options, as well as delicious afternoon teas, featuring home-made treats such as scones, buns and cheesecakes, including gluten-free and vegan options.
Owned and run by Nicola Brookshank, a former teacher, this popular licensed café also hosts special events, community get-togethers and clubs.
The recently launched gardening group for green fingered enthusiasts meets every Friday to help grow a range of produce in the café’s kitchen garden, including courgettes, tomatoes, peas and beans, used to create a range of appetising and nourishing dishes.
Popular with walkers, tourists, cyclists and dog owners, Nice and Naughty was also voted the Best Café Bistro in Central England after being nominated by a “secret shopper” earlier this year.
“Needless to say we were delighted, it really helped put us on the map and we’ve had lots of great feedback,” says Nicola.
For more information visit www.niceandnaughtybistro.co.uk
CAFÉ AU CHOCOLAT OFFERS A TEMPTING TASTE OF FRANCE
If you are looking for something a little bit different from the traditional afternoon tea, Café au Chocolat in the heart of Stamford offers an authentic French twist with a certain ‘je ne sais quoi’.
Enjoy a taste of France with a choice of savoury-filled croissants (salmon and crème fraîche, ham and cheese, cheese and tomato) and delicious Continental style patisserie, as well as locally produced brownie bites, plus luxury chocolates from French chocolatier Valrhona, which can all be enjoyed with a pot of English Breakfast Tea, or ever popular bottle of prosecco.
This chic and cosy family run café/crêperie offers a selection of classic French crêpes, eye-catching pâtisserie, fine artisan chocolates, together with speciality single origin coffees and organic hot chocolates.
The experienced skilled staff practice the original Breton art of traditional crêpe making and use gluten free buckwheat flour to create mouth-watering sweet and savoury crêpes/galettes as customers look on. A café with a difference, Café au Chocolat has something for everyone.
For more information visit www.cafeauchocolat.co.uk
THE PERFECT SETTING FOR AFTERNOON TEA
The fine English tradition of taking afternoon tea should be enjoyed in a quintessentially English setting and where could be better than the Petwood Hotel?
Dine al fresco overlooking the beautiful Petwood Peto gardens or enjoy the surroundings of a classic panelled dining room for your afternoon tea experience.
The Petwood Afternoon Tea comprises finger sandwiches, Lincolnshire Poacher and red onion quiche, two mini homemade scones with strawberry preserve and clotted cream plus a selection of delectable sweet treats from the Pastry Chef. (Gluten free and vegan afternoon teas are also available – please request on booking.)
Indulge in a G&Tea for a gin and tonic accompaniment or add some sparkle with a glass of prosecco or champagne.
Afternoon teas are served 1.30-5.30pm seven days a week. Please make your reservation online at www.petwood.co.uk. Gift vouchers are available for all afternoon teas and can be purchased online for immediate email delivery.
MEET, EAT AND ENJOY AT CAFFÈ AURORA
Winner of a Trip Advisor Travellers’ Choice Award 2020 and consistently rated as its top coffee shop in Lincolnshire, Caffè Aurora is a family-run favourite in Holbeach High Street offering a wide range of freshly prepared, quality Italian roast coffee creations, together with a selection of refreshing teas, frappés, milkshakes and cold drinks.
Customers can also enjoy a variety of delicious cheesecakes, cakes and bakes, fruit and cheese scones, plus an extensive light bites menu including homemade sandwiches and wraps, paninis and toasties, pies, quiches, soups and savouries, with an all-day breakfast menu featuring special options for children, plus vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free dishes too.
All dishes are homemade using quality tested produce and served in a modern, relaxed, comfortable, clean and friendly coffee house style setting, which also offers outside seating.
Open from Tuesday to Saturday, 8am-5pm (last orders 30min before closing).
As its tagline says: ‘Meet, Eat, Enjoy. Caffè Aurora – it’s not to be missed!’
For more information find Caffè Aurora on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or tel: 01406 490545
MAKE A DATE WITH THE MARCH HARE
Based in the picturesque market square of Corby Glen, near Grantham, the March Hare Tea Rooms prides itself on serving up freshly made breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea throughout the day, seven days a week.
Enjoy a delicious selection of homemade cakes, including classics such as Victoria sponge, coffee and chocolate, as well as brownies, mint tiffin, croissants, cookies, with vegetarian, gluten-free and vegan-friendly options.
The Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea includes a selection of sandwiches made using Hambleton Bakery artisan bread with favourite fillings, followed by cakes and bakes, plus homemade fruit scones served with strawberry jam and clotted cream.
Owned and run by Amy Roberts, The March Hare opened a three bedroom apartment last year available though Airbnb and in January won the prestigious Customer Care award from the Stamford Mercury.
“Customer service is our number one priority,” says Amy, who also plans to host wine and nibbles evenings on alternate Fridays. “We want everyone to feel welcome and well cared for from the moment they arrive to the time they leave.”
For more information visit www.marchharecorbyglen.co.uk
THE PLACE TO BE FOR AFTERNOON TEA!
Visit the Stokes High Bridge and Lawn Cafés to experience the decadent elegance of a perfectly prepared afternoon tea. Stokes Tea & Coffee is a family firm that has become famous for serving up the finest quintessentially British and delicious fare for almost 120 years!
The newly refreshed High Bridge Café on Lincoln’s High Street is an amazing historical, Tudor building – the only one of its kind in the UK which sits proudly amongst the hustle and bustle with views over the River Witham. The vast choice of afternoon teas here includes gluten free and vegan options along with champagne and even a children’s ‘Little Darlings’ platter – so the whole family can enjoy a treat together!
The Lawn Café is located at Stokes’ headquarters where its coffee roastery is also based, at the Lawn Building – a former 19th-century lunatic asylum on Union Road in Lincoln. This site offers spectacular views of the castle. The grandeur of the Lawn building is complemented by its lush grounds – perfect for alfresco dining. Afternoon teas along with lots of other delights are available to eat in or takeaway.
For more information or to book online visit: www.stokescoffee.com
FIRST CLASS SERVICE IN AN HISTORIC SETTING
The William Cecil hotel at the Burghley Estate in Stamford is a relaxed, stylish restaurant in an historic setting where you can indulge in an elegant afternoon tea, served with assortment of Tea Pigs teas, while taking in the magnificent surroundings and first class service.
Choose from Traditional Afternoon Tea, featuring homemade scones with Tiptree strawberry jam and Cornish clotted cream, with a classic assortment of finger sandwiches accompanied by a mouth-watering selection of cakes, bakes and pastries.
For those who don’t have a sweet tooth, try the special Savoury Afternoon Tea with a traditional selection of favourite treats including Grasmere Farm black pudding Scotch egg, Price & Fretwell charcoal ploughman’s pork pie, Rutland sausage and fennel roll, and smoked salmon blinis with caviar and crème fraîche.
For extra special occasions, add a glass of Prosecco or pint of real ale.
For more information visit www.hillbrooke hotels.co.uk/the-william-cecil/eat-drink
A TASTE OF TRADITION AT BELLS TEA SHOP
Situated in a cosy Grade II listed building at the top of Steep Hill, Bells Tea Shop is ideally placed to combine with a visit to Lincoln Cathedral and Castle, or browsing around the Cathedral Quarter
This traditional English tea room offers the perfect place to relax and unwind while enjoying a delicious selection of locally produced light bites, breakfast and teatime treats, including sandwiches, paninis, jacket potatoes, cakes, pastries, teas and coffees, as well as scones served with Jenny’s Jams and clotted cream.
This popular family-friendly tea room also offers gluten-free and vegetarian options, as well as in-house speciality loose teas, delicious smoothies and milkshakes made with ice cream, all served with a smile.
Pop in for a morning coffee or afternoon tea with toasted teacake, crumpets and homemade cakes and don’t miss a slice of classic Lincolnshire Plum bread served with Poacher cheese.
Bells Tea Shop is also open for breakfast, including full English, Lincolnshire sausage bap or a bagel with cream cheese and Smith’s Smokery smoked salmon.
For more information visit www.bellslincoln.com
BRINGING TOGETHER EUROPE’S LARGEST SELECTION OF ANTIQUE FURNITURE AND VINTAGE COLLECTABLES
Just a few miles from the Historic Cathedral City of Lincoln, Hemswell Antique Centres is the ideal venue for a wonderful day out! Once part of RAF Hemswell – the home of the Lancaster Bomber during the Second World War – the centres are regularly featured on television and now offer a wonderful mix of items from bygone times.
Spend the day exploring the maze of rooms in each of the four buildings which feature an unrivalled choice of beautiful high-quality goods keeping you enthralled for hours.
You’ll find that there’s so much to see at Hemswell Antique Centres – but remember it’s not all hard work! Take time to relax at Building 1’s Coffee Shop with hot and cold refreshments available throughout the day. Dine alfresco or enjoy a glass of prosecco on a sunny afternoon on the recently developed outside terrace.
The website is updated daily with fresh pieces and contains over 6,000 antique items for sale. Purchase online and have your item delivered directly to your door.
Open 7 days a week, 10am until 5pm, apart from Christmas day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.
T: 01427 666 019 E: firstname.lastname@example.org W: www.hemswell-antiques.com
TILLY’S TREASURE TROVE OF TREATS
Situarted in the heart of Metheringham High Street, Tilly’s Tea and Gift Shop offers a unique shopping experience alongside the chance to indulge in classic brunch, lunch or teatime treats.
Voted a top 10 favourite in Lincolnshire by Trip Advisor, this cosy, welcoming tea room which has made a name for itself with its popular luxury afternoon tea featuring homemade sweet and savoury favourites, also features an authentic sweet shop where you’ll find classics such as pear drops, cola cubes and sherbet lemons sold by the quarter.
Owner Amelia Bailey expanded into larger premises during lockdown and now offers visitors to her “little gem of a treasure trove” the chance to browse among her wide range of designer and Italian clothing, handbags, haberdashery, stationery, balloons, toys and gifts.
Open Tuesday to Saturday, 9.30am-4pm, Tilly’s also hosts an art and crafts gallery featuring the work of local artists, including successful Baron, Knight and Imp artist, Lizzy Mason.
For more information contact 07812 749408 or find Tilly’s on Facebook
CREAM DELIVERS ON FAVOURITE TEATIME TREATS
With a well established reputation for creating delicious homemade light bites, all-day breakfast and afternoon teas, Cream, which is located in Marshall’s Yard, Gainsborough offers customers a quality selection of fresh food and drinks in a friendly, welcoming environment.
Owned by Mette and Michael Robinson, this popular licensed café, which has outside seating, features a comprehensive drinks menu, including smoothies, milkshakes, beer, wine and gins.
During lockdown, Danish-born Mette says she kept herself focussed and busy working on new menu ideas and personally delivering afternoon teas, which continue to prove very popular, especially Cream’s special Party Teas for groups, which can be ordered in advance.
“We aim to provide hearty, wholesome dishes inspired by continental Europe, using the best of seasonal English produce and creating every dish from scratch. Our cakes are traditional favourites including carrot, lemon drizzle, chocolate and caramel, with options for gluten free, vegetarians and vegans, while our scones are made from my own tried and trusted recipe.”
For more information visit Cream on Facebook, or tel: 01427 611631