Cream Teas

chiddingstone_teaIf you’re looking for the best way to spend an afternoon – look no further than a traditional English Afternoon Tea at any of the attractions which make up the Seven Wonders of the Weald.

Chiddingstone Castle

A warm welcome awaits visitors to the delightful cosy Tea Room at Chiddingstone Castle. There is comfortable seating either inside beside the range cooker in the former Buttery, 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. 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.

Pre-booked full afternoon teas are also on offer (sandwiches, scones, cream, cakes etc.) for £15 per person and special celebratory teas for large parties can be arranged in advance also. It is essential that booking is made in advance for full Afternoon Teas and larger groups on 01892 872746 between 10am and 4pm Mondays to Thursdays only.  For opening times please visit www.chiddingstonecastle.org.uk

The Kent & East Sussex Railway

Enjoy a delicious cream tea served on board a steam train at the The Kent & East Sussex Railway.   Once seated, look forward to enjoying two delicious warm Fruit Scones, Butter, Strawberry Preserve and Rodda’s Cornish Clotted Cream with a selection of cakes and tea or coffee.Call 01580 765155 to book (£6.20 plus train travel).  See the website for additional food and drink options including cream teas in the Station Refreshment Rooms at Tenterden Town Station or why not book a treat on board the luxury Wealden Pullman www.kesr.org.uk

Scotney Castle

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

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Homemade teas and light lunches are available on all openings in the newly refurbished Coach House tea room with ancilliary 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 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 Biddenden’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, cream teas and deli-style sharing platters. www.biddendenvineyards.com