The Best Cream Teas in Kent

Find out where to enjoy the best Cream Teas in Kent

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The Seven Wonders of the Weald are a collection of some of Kent’s Finest attractions.    After a day exploring why not indulge in a delicious cream tea?  Below are some suggestions of where to go for a really tasty treat this summer. 

Chiddingstone Castle, Near Edenbridge, Kent

A warm welcome awaits visitors to the delightful cosy Tea Room at Chiddingstone Castle, a fascinating historic house and museum located close to Hever and Penshurst. There is comfortable seating either inside or outside in the sunny, sheltered Grade II* listed courtyard.  Enjoy delicious homemade cakes, scones, light lunches, cream teas, coffee, tea and locally produced wine, cider, fruit juices and ice creams – all served at your table on traditional vintage china. There is no obligation to pay for admission to the Castle to visit the Tea Room or the grounds, so we have many regulars! Dogs are welcome, on leads, in the Tea Room courtyard.   Cream teas are £6.50 and include two homemade scones, locally made jam, clotted cream and tea or coffee.  Pre-booked Full Afternoon Teas in the Tea Room are also available and include a selection of homemade sandwiches, cakes, scones and tea or coffee priced at £15.50 per person.  Special celebratory teas for large parties can be arranged in advance also. With limited seating in our popular Tea Room, it is essential that booking is made in advance for Full Afternoon Teas and larger groups by calling 01892 870347 or emailing hello@chiddingstonecastle.org.uk.  For opening times please visit www.chiddingstonecastle.org.uk

The Kent & East Sussex Railway, Tenterden, Kent

Couple the excitement of a ride on the train with some delicious refreshments. In addition to the popular Wealden Pullman dining train, the railway are pleased to offer a range of everyday catering options served on-board your train. There are refreshments available on the 10:40am; 1:15pm & 3:35pm from Tenterden and 11:40am, 2:15pm & 4:35pm from Bodiam. Pre-booking is required and the Catering Steward will ensure that your seats are reserved and table prepared for you!

Two delicious warm Fruit Scones, Butter, Strawberry Preserve and Rodda’s Cornish Clotted Cream. Served at your table with a selection of cakes and tea or coffee. £6.95 per person + fare. Add a chilled 200ml bottle of Prosecco for an additional £5.  http://kesr.org.uk/your-visit/food-drink

The Brewhouse Café at Knole

Knole’s brewhouse has been an important part of the estate since the 17th century. It originally only produced ale and beer but it is now home to the Brewhouse Café.

Located within magnificent, historic surroundings, the Brewhouse offers visitors a very special setting to enjoy the seasonal menu.

Offering a range of snacks, ice creams, hot and cold drinks, the Grab & Go is ideal for visitors who want a quick bite to take away. The main eatery serves a seasonal menu of hot dishes, soups and sandwiches, as well as indulgent scones and cakes. Hot meals are served daily from 12pm-2.30pm and light lunches daily from 11.30am-3.30pm. 

When the sun is shining, there is no better place to relax than on the roof terrace or by browsing plant sales in the courtyard.   www.nationaltrust.org.uk/knole/features/the-new-brewhouse-caf-opens-at-knole

Scotney Castle, Lamberburst, Kent

The tea-room at Scotney Castle is open daily from 10am and serves fresh, seasonal, locally sourced food. There’s a choice of delicious hot lunches available between 12-2.30pm or lighter options including freshly made sandwiches, salads, homemade soups, cakes and scrumptious cream teas.  Staff will be happy to help accommodate special dietary requirements and there is a range of vegetarian options as well as gluten and dairy free cakes available. Please get in touch for any further information 01892 893869.  http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/scotney-castle/

Hole Park Gardens, Rolvenden, Kent

Homemade teas and light lunches are available on all openings in the newly refurbished Coach House tea room with ancillary Rolls Room offering undercover seating for 100.

Homemade or locally made quiches and free range pork pies served with salads, beetroot & goats cheese salad,  ploughman’s lunches, soups and sandwiches available as a light lunches.

Hole Park is renowned for its delicious homemade cream teas, all prepared on site by Clare, wife of Edward Barham the owner of these beautiful gardens.  It’s the homemade touch that makes them such success, serve with whipped cream and locally make jam from The Wooden Spoon Preserving Company. www.holepark.com

Biddenden Vineyards, Biddenden, Kent

Biddenden Vineyards is a must for wine-lovers and after taking a tour of Kent’s oldest Vineyard and sampling the award winning wines, ciders and juices there is a chance to visit the Vineyard’s shop.   In the shop there is a vast selection of local artisan foods including local cheeses, locally brewed beer, a wide range of preserves and chutneys plus Bidden den’s own honey. The coffee shop is open daily and serves a selection of locally produced cakes. Groups and private tour visitors can pre-order Ploughman’s platters and deli-style sharing platters. www.biddendenvineyards.com

Kent & Sussex Holiday Cottages

With so many wonderful attractions to visit as well as cream teas to enjoy, you may want to book a short break or longer holiday to get away from it all and to spend time visiting all that the local area has to offer. Kent & Sussex Holiday Cottages has over 300 graded self-catering holiday cottages, from cosy cottages for two to properties for all the family, including the dog, which means you can be sure you will find a property to suit.  Choose from country cottages, barn conversions and oast houses to fisherman’s cottages and seaside houses.     www.kentandsussexcottages.co.uk   01580 720770

The Seven Wonders has a great value Attractions Pass which allows one free adult entry to all the attractions for just £30.  They are available to purchase on the pass page of this website and also at Biddenden Vineyards, Chiddingstone Castle, through the offices of the Kent & Sussex Holiday Cottages in Cranbook and at the Tourist Information Centre on the Pantiles in Royal Tunbridge Wells.