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Three great places to indulge in Afternoon Tea


Here in Newmarket we are spoilt for choice when it comes to finding the best places to take part in Afternoon Tea, one of the greatest of English traditions. Whether you are a fan of a thick slice of chocolate cake or prefer your tea with scones and lashings of jam and cream we can point you in the right direction.

As this week is said to be National Afternoon Tea week we are sharing some of our favourite venues around Newmarket where you can enjoy this fine tradition.

Wavertree’s Coffee Shop at The National Stud

For starters, this little gem is positioned on the grounds of The National Stud so it already has our attention. The best thing to do when visiting is heading out for a tour of the National Stud (link here) in order to work up an appetite for the delicious goods that will follow. Fill your plate with a selection of home made cakes or pick from a selection of delicious pastries. Or opt for an old favourite and pick the cream tea. For those preferring a lunch option, Wavertree’s offers a selection of sandwiches and light lunches on their new menu. The Wavertree’s Coffee Shop is open daily from 9am-4pm.

To book a tour of The National Stud then click here.

The Tack Room

No visit to the National Heritage Centre for Horseracing & Sporting Art  is complete without stopping in at The Tack Room. With a variety of teas on offer, including firm favourites like Earl of Grey and English Breakfast, sit back and enjoy the ambience and décor in this great venue.

Thanks to their on-site bakery, The Tack Room serves up the freshest scones and cakes on a daily basis and they also offer gluten-free options. The tricky bit is deciding whether to stick with a scone packed with jam and cream or to taste their popular carrot or coffee and walnut cakes. After a ride on the racing simulator and a walk around the museum you’ve earned yourself a sweet treat and an excuse to rest the legs.

To book a tour of the National Heritage Centre for Horseracing & Sporting Art, click here.


The Jockey Club Rooms

For those who like to experience the finer things in life, a visit to the Jockey Club Rooms is a must to learn more about the inner workings of this illustrious organisation and to explore their vast collection of sporting art and memorabilia.

Visitors on the Champagne Afternoon Tea & Tour  will be treated to an interesting 90 minute viewing of the collection at the Jockey Club Rooms before enjoying sweet and savoury treats with a range of specially blended Jockey Club teas.

Pre-booking for the Champagne Afternoon Tea & Tour is essential with places for the final date for 2018 on Sunday, 30th September filling up fast. Click here for more information and to book your places. 

It is said that afternoon tea was introduced in England by Anna, the seventh Duchess of Bedford as a means of filling the lengthy gap between lunch and dinner. We can only thank her for that as Afternoon Tea has given us countless excuses to sip a warm brew and indulge in something sweet.