The Best Cream Teas in Kent

chiddingstone_teaWhen you visit any of the delightful Kent attractions below why not indulge in a delicious piece of home made cake or a cream tea in their tea rooms?

Chiddingstone Castle, Near Edenbridge, Kent

A warm welcome awaits visitors to the delightful cosy Tea Room at Chiddingstone Castle which is located close to Hever and Penshurst. 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, Tenterden, Kent

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

The Brewhouse Cafe 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.

Relax on the roof terrace and take in the views over 1,000 acres of parkland which is home to a herd of wild deer.

The Brewhouse Café allows visitors the option of enjoying the full services of the main eatery or using the Grab & Go facility.

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, as well as indulgent cream teas. Hot meals are served daily from 12pm-2.30pm and light lunches daily from 11.30am-3.30pm.  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

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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, 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 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 and deli-style sharing platters. www.biddendenvineyards.com