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Experience the quintessential English tradition of afternoon tea in the Cotswold town, Stow-on-the-Wold. What better way to enjoy the laidback lifestyle of the Cotswolds than tea and cake?

Lined with historic, listed buildings, this Cotswold town is ideal for cosying up with a hot drink. Imagine cakes piled on tiered plates , pots of loose tea leaves and cream coated scones.

From characterful cafes to graceful restaurants, this list has something for everyone.

Continue reading to discover the best afternoon teas in Stow-on-the-Wold…

1) The Old Bakery Tea Room

Fruit scones with jam and cream

First on our list for the best afternoon tea in Stow-in-the-Wold is The Old Bakery Tea Room. This hidden gem is tucked away in Fountain Court and offers a variety of light snacks.

Opened in 2005, this family-run business takes pride in its homemade meals. The owners, Jackie and Alan, spend time on the finer details of their work to ensure their baking is unique.

So, if you’re lucky enough to escape to the village of Stow-on-the-Wold, unwind here. Butter freshly baked scones whilst sipping tea or coffee in this intimate setting.

For more information, visit The Old bakery Tea Room

Address: 4, Fountain Court, Digbeth St, Stow-on-the-Wold, Cheltenham GL54 1BN

2) Huffkins


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Nestled in Stow-on-the-Wold’s market square, within a 17th century building is Huffkins. Experience a traditional afternoon tea with clotted cream, jam and handmade cakes.

This classic afternoon tea has a selection of finger sandwiches and warming drinks. Or, for a special occasion, treat someone to the celebratory menu and look forward to a glass of bubbly.

As well as prosecco, the celebratory menu has a range of gin flavours for you to choose from.

Huffkins also offers bespoke gift sets to treat the foodies in your family. Take home homemade passionfruit curd or spicy chutney for your own recipes.

For more information, visit Huffkins

Address: Crossways House, Market Square, The Square, Stow-on-the-Wold, Cheltenham GL54 1AB

3) Lucy’s Tearoom

Another delightful spot for afternoon tea in Stow-on-the-Wold is Lucy’s Tearoom.

This Grade II listed building has a lot of character. Take a seat besides an inglenook fireplace and admire the exposed beamed ceilings.

Or, carry your pot of tea outside into the courtyard to watch the world go by. Served on a tiered stand, the afternoon tea has delectable sandwiches, scones and cake.

Lucy’s Tearoom prides itself on its locally sourced meal items and homegrown snacks. The menu changes regularly to fit with the season. Embrace Autumn, Winter, Spring and Summer with Lucy’s Tearoom’s yummy treats.

For more information check, Lucy’s Tearoom

Address: The Square, Market Square, Stow-on-the-Wold, Cheltenham GL54 1AB

4) Cotswold Garden Tearooms

Group of women drinking coffee

Unwind in this quintessential English cottage, Cotswold Garden Tearooms. Inside, you will find ample, colourful seating for you to take break from exploring the town.

Cosy up near the roaring fire as you relax into your rustic, Cotswold experience. There is also outdoor seating, filled with plants, where you can sip fresh, grounded coffee.

For afternoon tea, tuck-into a stack of sandwiches or try one of their heated paninis. Afterwards, please your sweet tooth with delicious cakes and scones lashed in cream.

For more information, browse Cotswold Garden Tea Room.

Address: Digbeth St, Stow-on-the-Wold, Cheltenham GL54 1BN

5) Hackett’s

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A secret spot for Stow-on-the-Wold afternoon tea is Hackett’s. This quirky franchise has everything you need to revive on a rainy day.

Taste the spices of homemade soup before tucking into cream tea. The menu offers freshly made scones with and without fruit, as well as Gluten free options.

If your sugar craving is still calling, try a Malteser brownie or homemade tiffin. This independent café is popular at breakfast time, serving classics like eggs benedict.

Address: 52 Sheep St, Stow-on-the-Wold, Cheltenham GL54 1AA

6) Barnsley House


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Although this 17th century home is outside of Stow-on-the-Wold it is worth a mention on our list. Barnsley House is in the Cotswold countryside, surrounded by landscaped gardens.

Barnsley House works with local farms and fishmongers to prepare the mouth-waring dishes. This fine dining restaurant is the ideal place to surprise your loved one.

Afternoon tea is served 12,30-3.30pm in the luxurious restaurant, The Potager. This room benefits from floor-to-ceiling windows, so you can admire the sprawling gardens.

As well as a tempting selection of cakes, the afternoon tea offers savoury snacks. Relish pork sausage rolls, scotch eggs and homemade chutney.

For a wider collection of Cotswold tea rooms, read our blog “17 of the Best Places for Afternoon Tea in the Cotswolds

Discover more and visit, Barnsley House Dining

Address: Barnsley, Cirencester GL7 5EE

7) Coach House Coffee

Enjoy award-winning roasted coffee in this family run café, Coach House Coffee. Set over three floors, this old coach house makes a lovely base to spend an afternoon.

Watch over the market town of Stow-on-the-Wold from the third floor as you savour a hot beverage. Take your pick between speciality teas or coffees with a range of milk alternatives too.

For a boost, why not try the superfood lattes, including turmeric, beetroot and raw cocoa?

This Stow-on-the-Wold afternoon tea has fresh bakes, sourdough sandwiches and marmalade loaf cake.

To find out more, visit Coach House Coffee

Address: 1 Talbot Sq, Stow-on-the-Wold, Cheltenham GL54 1BQ

Has this sweet list enticed you? Browse these hand-picked Stow-on-the-Wold holiday cottages to choose a cottage that suits you.

For your mind to explore more of the Cotswolds, have a read of our blog: 11 of the Best Walks in Gloucestershire.