Five of the best: museum teas

  • 26 June 2015

Beat that ‘sinking feeling’ with some of the most delectable afternoon teas that museums and galleries have to offer.

1. The Wallace Restaurant, The Wallace Collection, London

Tucked away from the busy streets of the West End, the Wallace Restaurant is one of London’s best-kept secrets. Situated within the Wallace Collection, it boasts a glass roof, which floods the space with natural light. Enjoy a selection of small sandwiches, home-made scones, cakes and, perhaps, a glass of champagne. Surrounded by indoor trees, the Wallace Restaurant is a refined oasis that sets the perfect mood to go on to explore the museum’s spectacular collections. 

2. The Edwardian Tearooms, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, Birmingham

10% off café purchases with National Art Pass

Contemplate the museum’s Pre-Raphaelite collection in these beautifully renovated Grade II Listed tearooms. From the glass roof to the exquisite floor tiles, the Edwardian Tearooms provide a sophisticated refuge to relax. On the menu, you can find traditional afternoon tea, which includes sandwiches made with farmhouse bread, scones served with Devon clotted cream, and an assortment of afternoon cakes.

3. Café Bowes, The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle, County Durham

Indulge in a decadent afternoon tea at this splendid 19th-century French-château-style museum. The head chef, Davey Babooram, has a passion for high-quality seasonal produce and his menu features locally sourced ingredients. Finger sandwiches, fruit scones with organic cream and strawberry preserve, plus dainty desserts are served with Mad Hatter Tea or Fairtrade coffee.

4. Turner Contemporary Cafe, Turner Contemporary, Margate

10% off café purchases with National Art Pass

Turner Contemporary is one of the largest exhibition spaces in the southeast outside of London, which makes the café a welcome place to dine and unwind. Located on Margate’s seafront, the café offers spectacular views of the bay. The menu has a strong emphasis on supporting local suppliers and the kitchen aims to source ingredients from independent suppliers within a 40km radius.

5. Tower Restaurant, National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh

Located on the top floor of the National Museum of Scotland, this rooftop restaurant offers unparalleled views of Edinburgh Castle and the city’s skyline. Committed to serving impeccably sourced, seasonal Scottish food, it has become a must for visitors and locals alike (it has been frequented by Catherine Zeta Jones, JK Rowling and Sean Connery, among many others). Guests can enjoy afternoon tea with the Tower’s seasonal selection of Afternoon Tea cocktails.

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