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The 7 best places for afternoon tea in Liverpool

Looking for an indulgent way to spend your afternoon? Get your fill of cake and sarnies at the best afternoon teas in Liverpool

Rob Martin
Lisa Wright
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Rob Martin
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Lisa Wright
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Sometimes you just feel you need (okay, deserve) something special. You’re in luck. Because for those who prefer a delicate triangular sandwich to a chip butty and a fancy fondant to a brick-like slab of cake, Liverpool’s got quite the selection of picture-perfect afternoon tea venues.

So if you love indulging yourself we suggest booking a 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 (inevitably) Beatles-themed blowouts, these venues are practically guaranteed to send you into a spin.

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What is it? A badass twist on an old fave.

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 it’s 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.

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.

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What is it? Breathtaking views and glorious eats. 

Why go? Bored of watching the world go by at the 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? 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 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. 

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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.

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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.

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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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Whether you’re after a high-end dining experience with views of the Merseyside skyline, or want to transport yourself to the bustling souks of Marrakech with some tantalising sharing plates, Liverpool’s diverse and fast-expanding dining scene can deliver.

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