7 of the best budget afternoon teas in Cambridgeshire

Published:
4:08 PM March 31, 2022



For many, afternoon teas represent the pinnacle of British tradition. They include cakes, fancies, sandwiches and – of course – the British big cup of tea.

These can be surprisingly filling, with people often substituting a main meal for small bites and sweet desserts.

However, many afternoon teas are expensive and can cost between £50.00 and £70.00 in some places.

To save you some money, we’ve put together a list of places that serve afternoon tea for £25.00 or less in Cambridgeshire.

1. The Almonry Restaurant, Ely

Ely Cathedral’s Almonry Restaurant offers an afternoon tea service for just £16.95 pp.

This includes a selection of sandwiches, savory snacks, cakes, freshly baked fruit scones with cream and jam, and unlimited tea and coffee.

A minimum of 24 hours notice is required to book this service.

The restaurant is located in the basement of the 13th century cathedral and offers “a beautiful but informal space to dine under a medieval vaulted ceiling”.

2. The Blackboard, Peterborough

The Chalkboard in Peterborough offers five distinct afternoon tea options.

These include Traditional Afternoon Tea, Gluten Free Afternoon Tea, Gluten and Dairy Free Afternoon Tea, Vegan Tea l afternoon and an afternoon tea for the children.

The cheapest of the traditional Chalkboard afternoon teas is their takeaway option at £18.00 per person.


The Chalkboard in Peterborough offers five distinct afternoon tea options.
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Eating there will cost £25.00 per person which includes bottomless hot drinks and soft drinks for two hours.

A glass of Prosecco can be added to the package for a total price of £31.00 per person, and a bottle can be added to a package valued at £45.00. A package including bottomless prosecco will cost £49.00 per person.

3. Salty Sweet Things, Wisbech

Sweet Things Savory in Wisbech offer a variety of afternoon tea options, but their best value is the traditional afternoon tea for two, at £27.00, £13.50 each .

This includes a selection of finger sandwiches on white and seeded bread, sausage rolls, crisps, a scone with jam and cream, a slice of Victoria sandwich and a chocolate brownie.

The property also offers a chocolate lover’s tea party, a gentleman’s tea party and a vegan tea party.

The cafe also offers a meal delivery service, which can also be used for desserts.

4. The march of the exchange,

The Exchange in March is a tapas restaurant, cocktail bar and tea room.

The establishment offers classic, gin, sparkling and afternoon tea options for children.


Exterior of the Peterborough Stock Exchange.

The Exchange in March is a tapas restaurant, cocktail bar and tea room.
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Other specials, including a cheese-lover’s afternoon tea and a vegan afternoon tea, are also offered on occasion.

The Exchange’s classic afternoon tea includes a selection of sandwiches, sausage rolls, cheese straws, red grapes, homemade scones, a slice of cake and a teapot or coffee maker.

5. Fitzbillies, Cambridge

There are three afternoon tea options available at Fitzbillies in Cambridge, all costing £21.95 per person.

The traditional afternoon tea includes finger sandwiches, a raisin scone, an assortment of miniature cakes and a teapot or coffee of your choice.

A glass of champagne can be included for an additional £8. Vegan and low gluten versions of the offer are also available.

Fitzbillies has two cafes in Cambridge, one on Trumpington Street and one on Bridge Street.

6. The Old Bridge, Huntingdon

The Old Bridge in Huntingdon has a ‘full afternoon tea’ available for £21.00 per person.

This can be pre-booked for 3.30pm or 4.00pm and is served on vertical tea stalls, except for large groups when it is served on long white plates from which your guests can help themselves.


The exterior of the Bridge Hotel across the street.

The Old Bridge in Huntingdon has a ‘full afternoon tea’ available for £21.00 per person.
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The ‘full afternoon tea’ service at the Old Bridge is described as ‘relaxed and informal’ and operates on a first-come, first-served basis.

A glass of champagne, sparkling wine or prosecco can be added to the package at an additional cost.

7. Poets House, Ely

The Poets House Hotel and Restaurant in Ely offers a traditional afternoon tea for £25.00 per person.

This is described as “a selection of warm sandwiches, cakes and scones with clotted cream and jam, all lovingly prepared and served in a beautiful historic setting”.

A glass of champagne can be added for an additional charge, and vegan, gluten-free, and vegetarian options are also offered.

The venue itself originally consisted of three Grade II listed properties, which joined to form the hotel and restaurant.

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