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Panoramic 34 afternoon tea
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The 7 best places for afternoon tea in Liverpool

Looking for a bit of post-lockdown indulgence? Get your fill of cake and sarnies at one of the best afternoon teas in Liverpool

By Lisa Wright
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Feeling peckish? You’re in luck – Liverpool’s got more picture perfect afternoon tea venues than you can shake a mop-top haircut at, and it won’t be long until they’re all open again. Under the latest lockdown exit strategy, outdoor dining will be possible from April 12, and from May 17 eating and drinking indoors is back on the cards.

So if you love indulging yourself – yeah, yeah, yeah – we suggest booking a post-lockdown seat at one of the best places to stock up on afternoon tea in Liverpool right now. From lavish hotel restaurants to stylish tea houses to vegan-friendly cafés to (yes) Beatles-themed blowouts, these venues are practically guaranteed to send you into a spin.

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Best afternoon tea in Liverpool

60 Hope Street
60 Hope Street

1. 60 Hope Street

What is it? Kitsch decadence in an old Georgian townhouse.

Why go? This ever-popular spot may be a little walk away from Liverpool’s main shopping stretch, but the attention to detail and fancy-but-charming surrounds make it more than a worthwhile trip. A stylish Georgian townhouse with slightly more modern interiors, 60 Hope Street’s classic afternoon tea is traditional but perfectly executed. Think floral patterns, endearingly mismatched crockery and a splash of Cath Kidston kitsch, adorned with cream-topped scones, macarons and crusts-off sandwiches.

From £18.95. 60 Hope Street, L1 9BZ.

Baltic Social, Liverpool
Baltic Social

2. Baltic Social

What is it? A bad-ass twist on an old favourite.

Why go? If you thought afternoon tea was all about playing nice, then think again, because Baltic Social’s Punk Afternoon Tea is scrapping the cute and giving the occasion a little bit of spice. Gone are the trad snacks – instead they’ve got things like chilli nacho cups, salt and pepper halloumi bites and Malteser cookie sandwiches. There are veggie and meat versions, and if you want to indulge in some teacup cocktails (which you obviously do) then you can order booze separately. Rock on.

£25.50pp. 27 Parliament St, L8 5RN. 

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Panoramic 34 afternoon tea
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3. Panoramic 34

What is it? Breathtaking views and glorious eats. 

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. Their delightfully posh afternoon tea (including arancini, hot smoked salmon focaccia sandwiches and blood orange cheesecakes) is served with unrivalled views of the city.

£35pp. 34th Floor, West Tower, Brook St, L3 9PJ. 

Cuthbert's Bakehouse
Pete Carr

4. Cuthbert’s Bakehouse

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? They’re all there. Except at Cuthbert’s, that is. Though the Bakehouse’s décor 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.

From £18pp. 103 Mt Pleasant, L3 5TB. 

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Hard Day's Night Hotel
Hard Day's Night Hotel

5. Hard Day’s Night Hotel

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 for £3.95 and up.

From £14.95pp. Central Buildings, N John St, L2 6RR. 

Oh Me Oh My afternoon tea, Liverpool
Oh Me Oh My

6. Oh Me Oh My

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, however, 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. Their 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.

From £19.95pp. West Africa House, 25 Water St, L2 0RG. 

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NYL Liverpool
NYL Liverpool

7. NYL

What is it? A taste of New York in the centre of Liverpool.

Why go? At NYL, the clue’s literally in the name. Short for New York Liverpool, this bar and restaurant aims to blend the vibrancy and bustle of the Big Apple with its own hometown charm. And what better marriage of the US and UK than a cross-cultural afternoon tea? Here, you’ll find mini American classics (including doughnuts, bagels and even a chocolate hotdog) served alongside some classic English faves. 

From £17.50pp. 1 N John St, L2 5QW. 

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