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The 7 best places for afternoon tea in Liverpool

Get your fill of cake and sarnies at the best afternoon tea spots in Liverpool, from Beatles-themed spreads to macarons with a view

Huw Oliver
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Huw Oliver

Sure, it may seem a little twee and remind you of your grandmother. But let’s face it: afternoon tea is just really goddamn fun. Who doesn’t like tiny sandwiches and small cakes piled onto tiered plates? No one, is the answer.

Fancy getting in on the action while you’re in Liverpool? This city has no shortage of places where you can make yourself feel a bit special, celebrate something or just indulge yourself fin some fancy finger food and a glass of fizz. From lavish hotel restaurants to stylish teahouses to vegan-friendly cafés to (inevitably) Beatles-themed blowouts, these venues are practically guaranteed to send you into a spin. Here are the best afternoon teas in Liverpool right now.

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Best afternoon tea in Liverpool

What it is? Totally indulgent afternoon tea in a magnificent setting.

Why go? If the setting doesn’t knock your socks off, then surely the three variations of afternoon tea will be enough to blow you away at the Art School Cellars. Choose between standard, prosecco and champagne to accompany the homemade sandwiches, cakes and scones, all artfully presented on a stainless-steel ferris wheel. 

What is it? Understated opulence in the city’s historic downtown area.

Why go? Oh Me Oh My has built a reputation as a classy yet understated venue for weddings and other big events. If you’re not tying the knot in the near future, though, you can still head down to its café and teahouse for a relaxing bite, with a jazzy soundtrack that evokes the heyday of Parisian café culture. Its afternoon spread is also classically minded, with a French twist, throwing in dainty brioches and a white chocolate crème brûlée alongside finger sandwiches and almond cake.


What is it? Breathtaking views and glorious dishes.

Why go? Bored of watching the world go by at same-old street level? Why not go up several notches (90 metres up, in fact) to Panoramic 34, one of the UK’s highest restaurants. Its delightfully posh afternoon tea (including arancini, hot smoked salmon focaccia sandwiches and blood orange cheesecake) is served with unrivalled views of the city.

What is it? Afternoon tea inside Sefton Park’s glorious historic palm house.

Why go? As afternoon teas in Liverpool go, few can compare to the setting here, as you dine on delicious scones, sandwiches and cakes, surrounded by incredible plantlife and beneath the glass dome of one of the city’s most impressive Victorian constructions. Booking is essential.


What is it? Veggie? Vegan? Cuthbert’s got you covered.

Why go? Delicious as the classic spread may be, it’s a proper minefield for those with more specific dietary requirements. Bread? Eggs? Butter? Ham? It’s all there. Except at Cuthbert’s, that is. Though the Bakehouse’s decor may be quaint and traditional (vintage china, pastel hues), its menu is impressively forward-thinking, offering up separate vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free selections, as well as a New Yorker version complete with mini-subs, hot dogs, cheesecakes and the like. 

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What is it? An award-winning restaurant serving modern British dishes using local, fresh and seasonal produce.

Why go? TLCW, to give it its snappier title, is part of the Hope Street Hotel and, resident or not, its afternoon tea is a treat not to be missed. The setting is an 1860s warehouse of a coach and carriage builders – hence the name – but it’s the food that impresses even more, with an afternoon tea that’s as good as the city offers.


What is it? Fancy taking tea with the Fab Four? Look no further.

Why go? Is a trip to Liverpool really a trip to Liverpool without some sort of Beatles pilgrimage? The Hard Day’s Night Hotel would argue it isn’t, and if a nice cuppa isn’t the first thing you associate with the band then they’re quick to point out that the legendary quartet actually mention tea more than a dozen times in their lyrics so... there you go. Give them a toast at the hotel’s afternoon tea, where you can opt for ‘Traditional’ or ‘Sgt. Pepper’s’ – the latter adding a glass of bubbly to the mix.

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