Mother's Day Afternoon Tea in the Lakes

In 2018, figures from an OpenTable study suggested that afternoon tea had grown in popularity by 54% from just two years previous. So with the social pastime roaring back into fashion, if your Mother’s lucky this Mother’s Day, you’ll have booked her in for a treat at one of the Lake District’s many hotels and venues offering exquisite afternoon tea packages.

If you haven’t, or if you’re struggling for inspiration for gifts this year, we’ve got you covered! Here’s a few of our favourite tried and tested afternoon tea venues, perfectly positioned in the Lake District for your Mum (and you?) to enjoy!

The Daffodil Hotel, Grasmere

The Daffodil in Grasmere tops our list for so many wonderful little reasons. Incredibly attentive staff will have you feeling like nothing is too much trouble as they serve their unique take on afternoon tea. The presentation is very different to what we’ve seen elsewhere, with sandwiches and pastries served plated as normal, but the dessert selection creating a delightful display.

With wonderful attention to detail, good value for money and beautiful surroundings, this wonderful venue that takes its name from the famous writing of Wordsworth is well worth a visit.


Linthwaite House, Bowness-on-Windermere

You almost can’t move around Bowness without walking into an afternoon tea, so naturally we’ve featured a few on our list. First up is Linthwaite House, home of an elegant Champagne afternoon tea surrounded by artwork and sculptures. Friendly, but crucially not overbearing staff are more than happy to accomodate special requests and the stunning location, and famously well received food top off the experience.


Broadoaks, Troutbeck Bridge

The Broadoaks is something of a curveball in this list. If you’d prefer the surroundings of a quaint, quirky, country manor then look no further than this historic setting. The staff here are probably second to none in that they will gladly bend over backwards to accommodate you with something for everyone on a menu full of great choice.

You even get the chance to wrap up your leftovers to take away, perfect for treating those back at home! Beautiful views across Windermere and a gorgeous, renovated conservatory area complete what will be a lovely experience for you and Mum.


Storrs Hall, Bowness-on-Windermere

The historic, glamourous Storrs Hall is one of the most iconic buildings visible from the Windermere Lake cruise routes. As easy as it is to fall in love with the venue itself, their afternoon tea is equally pleasing to the eye and wonderfully crafted. Pastries are dainty works of culinary art and the service is friendly and attentive This stunning building sits right on the shore of the Lake, which only furthers the indulgence of style, comfort and sophistication on offer.


Laura Ashley The Belsfield Hotel, Bowness-on-Windermere

Speaking of iconic buildings on the shore of Lake Windermere, you’re unlikely to be able to miss the Belsfield, overlooking the popular Bowness Pier from on high. The Belsfield staff tend to keep their distance and let you indulge in their culinary delights without disturbance, but have the ability to sense when you need something, before you even knew you did. This wonderfully relaxing afternoon tea is said to be one ‘to rival the victorians’ and their high ratings do plenty to support their claims!


Appleby Manor Hotel, Appleby

Beautiful, quiet and quaint, Appleby Manor produces a delightful mixture of sandwiches and savoury delicacies with desserts to follow. Asis a common theme on this list, the staff are very attentive to detail and to really supercharge your treat, we can attest that the spa packages are excellent, offering great value for money.


Castle Green Hotel, Kendal

Closer to the gateway to the Lakes and overlooking Kendal Castle, with the Lake District valleys and mountains casting a picturesque landscape backdrop, the Castle Green is a wonderful choice for those seeking a traditional afternoon tea. With a twist to the menu depending on the season you visit, the Castle Green will be worth returning to again and again, just to see what the seasonal menu entails!