Afternoon tea is a distinctively British tradition that has stood the test of time. And it’s easy to see why. It gives us brits a reason to stuff our faces with goodies and celebrate our favourite drink (no, not beer) in the most patriotic way possible. Who wouldn’t want to feel like royalty for a few hours and bask in the refinement of delicate chinaware and pretty stands full of sandwiches with the crusts cut off?
In the past few years, afternoon tea has undergone a fantastic revival. It’s no longer reserved for just the old people and “ladies who lunch” (you know the ones). A few local mavericks have shaken up our idea of afternoon tea by testing the boundaries of tradition in true Liverpool style. From mini milkshakes to bitesize burgers, there are no rules and the possibilities really are endless.
For those of you looking for a place that offers something a little different, we tucked in to some of the most creative afternoon tea concoctions in Liverpool and narrowed down the options for you. You’re welcome, dahhhlings...
For classic meets contemporary...
Oh Me Oh My
West Africa House, 25 Water Street, Liverpool L2 0RG
Oh Me Oh My is the sister venue of the famous Bold Street teashop LEAF, so you know that you’re going to get a good cuppa there. The majestic waterfront building looks fit for a royal, with its swirling staircases and lofty decorated ceilings. Strings of fairy lights hang above the tables, giving the self-proclaimed Secret Space a fun, contemporary touch. Once you’ve polished off some Parisian-style pastries, you can spread out the fun long in to the evening, and enjoy a bubbly or two out in the rooftop garden.
For the non-conformists...
The Baltic Social
27 Parliament Street, Liverpool L8 5RN
The Baltic Social stick two fingers up to normality with their punk afternoon tea. Those who want something unusual definitely won’t be disappointed. Visitors can drink Punk IPA out of floral teacups and help themselves to sliders, mini hotdogs and pigs in blankets, inventively served on a stand made from old vinyls. You can end on a sweet note with a wad of fizzy sweets, homemade popcorn and delicious chocolate brownies with a caramel dip. Veggies aren’t forgotten about either - there’s a separate stand for you that’s decked out with halloumi, homemade veggie burgers and Quorn hotdogs. Your Granny definitely would not approve!
For your inner child...
60 Hope Street
60 Hope Street, Liverpool L1 9BZ
Stepping inside this beautiful Georgian townhouse for afternoon tea is guaranteed to be surreal experience. You’ll feel as though you’ve fallen down the rabbit hole and straight in to Alice’s quaint and quirky Wonderland. Picture a lounge decked out with huge playing cards, grass on the tables, bunting and even ‘drink me potion’ water glasses. The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party events originally started out as children’s birthday parties, until adults decided that they wanted in on the fun too. Now, whatever your age, you can come and indulge your sweeter side with a delightful arrangement of candyfloss, marshmallows, cupcakes and lots of sprinkles!
For the Lark Lane dwellers...
Alison Appleton's Tea House
24 Lark Lane, Aigburth, Liverpool L17 8US
You can’t call yourself a Lark Lane local until you’ve paid Alison Appleton’s a visit. The vibrant teahouse serves a fantastic brunch, but their real passion lies in afternoon tea. Customers can browse through over 50 blends of loose leaf teas and a selection of beautifully designed ceramics in the shop section, and those who are really serious about their brew can refine their palette at regular tea tasting events. The relaxed atmosphere of Alison Appleton’s makes it the perfect spot to enjoy some scones, finger sandwiches and brightly coloured macaroons during your next stroll down Lark Lane.
For spectacular views...
34th Floor, West Tower, Brook Street, Liverpool L3 9PJ
Afternoon tea at the Panoramic will take you and your friends to the height of sophistication - literally. The 34th floor restaurant stands at a whopping 300ft above sea level, providing its visitors with breath-taking 360° views across Liverpool’s magnificent skyline and beyond. While you’re surrounded by such extravagance, it’s only right that you enjoy a glass of bubbly with your afternoon tea. The restaurant’s warm fluffy scones and bitesize desserts are equally Instagram-worthy.
For the New York experience...
103 Mount Pleasant, Liverpool L3 5TB
After falling in love with New York, the owners of Cuthbert’s Bakehouse brought a little slice of the big apple back across the pond for us to enjoy here in Liverpool. The New Yorker afternoon tea option comes complete with mini hamburgers, baked cheesecake and chocolate covered strawberries – it’s like a sugary, carb-filled dream come true! Cuthbert’s were the first Liverpool cake shop to offer Whoopie Pie; an American speciality that’s tastes just as thrilling as it sounds.
For the History fanatics...
The Crosby Tearooms
185 College Road, Crosby, Liverpool L23 3AT
Walking past this place, you might mistake it for a run of the mill café. Step inside though, and you’ll soon find yourself transported back to a 1940s street party. The Crosby Tea Rooms is probably the only place where you can listen to a live (monthly) jazz band performance at afternoon tea. As well as a divine homemade cake selection, there’s a vintage emporium upstairs where you can uncover all sorts of blasts from the past. Dogs are welcome too, and your four-legged friend will even be offered their own doggy cream tea if you’re on your way back from the beach.