I had a friend ask me last week if I could recommend any spots for a nice afternoon tea in Surrey. So I've compiled my favourites for you to explore here. They are all hotels, apart from the bonus location at the end. Do share your favourites with me too!
1. Oatlands Park Hotel, Weybridge
I lived in Weybridge for years before venturing into Oatlands Park Hotel. It was my NCT group who suggested a visit, back when we all had our bumps, the staff were delightful and couldn't have helped more. We sipped tea out on the terrace and nibbled on crust-less sandwiches whilst we overlooked the parkland. We loved it so much we went back when our bumps had popped. The high ceilings in the foyer are really impressive as are the cakes.
2. Brooklands Hotel, Weybridge
Fortunate to have experienced their afternoon tea as part of a spa package, this hotel is as slick as the race track it overlooks. Think art deco with contemporary edges. Certainly one to get dressed up for and to sit back with your shades on and people watch.
3. Nutfield Priory and Spa, Nr Redhill
You'll love this place from the moment you pull into the driveway, round the bend and get your first glance at this beautiful Victorian neo-gothic country mansion. From the doors to the high ceilings, you'll feel like you're having afternoon tea on the set of a period drama. The staff are professional and attentive plus the afternoon tea is tres chic.
4. Woodlands Park, Cobham
I was amazed to find out that this Gothic style country abode, built in 1885, was one of the first houses in the UK to have an electric light. Set in beautifully landscaped gardens, the house was a centre for Edwardian Society in Surrey, with guests including the Prince of Wales. If you're dining as a group they'll also give you the option for a private function room too.
5. Great Fosters, Nr Windsor
A stones throw from Thorpe Park and the M25 this hotel throws you in the world of yesteryear. They've cleverly landscaped the gardens to minimise the noise of traffic and with streams, ponds and rose buses galore you can wonder the gardens to your hearts content. There's even a lovely wooden bridge for the perfect photo opp. I urge you to take your cream teas served on the patio, it's a real idyllic suntrap. I'm not sure if day guests can use the pool, but it's worth an ask, or at the very least poke your head around the gate to peek at the listed changing rooms.
Bonus 6. The Dabbling Duck, Shere
Not strickly a hotel but their afternoon teas are too good to leave them off the list. This beautiful cafe with a cute courtyard garden makes for a lovely afternoon. Plus they make the best soya hot chocolates I've ever tasted.