Places to go for festive afternoon tea in Cornwall this Christmas

PUBLISHED: 12:31 28 November 2018 | UPDATED: 12:31 28 November 2018

Festive afternoon tea in Cornwall. Photo credit: Jelleke Vannoteghem / Unsplash

Festive afternoon tea in Cornwall. Photo credit: Jelleke Vannoteghem / Unsplash


The weather outside might be frightful, but this Christmas you can warm up in Cornwall with an afternoon tea of festive proportions. We pick some of the best places to indulge this December

The Greenbank Hotel, Falmouth

‘Tis the season to be jolly and there’s plenty of Christmas merriment taking place at The Greenbank Hotel this December. In the 2 AA Rosette award-winning restaurant a festive afternoon tea will be served throughout the Christmas season.

On the menu there is eggnog cheesecake, Instagram-worthy chocolate yule log, mince pies, a generous selection of festive finger sandwiches, and cranberry and orange scones with lashings of Rodda’s clotted cream. Indulge in a festive feast whilst enjoying the panoramic views across Falmouth’s historic waterfront.

Afternoon tea is £20 per person with mulled wine and teas/coffees inclusive. Served throughout the whole of December, 3pm until 5pm.

Pentillie Castle, St. Mellion

Throughout December, Pentillie Castle will be hosting a festive afternoon tea with a roaring log fire and twinkling tree lights as the backdrop to the Christmas feast. Guests are welcome to take a winter walk in Pentillie gardens and woodland to work up an appetite ahead of their Christmas feast.

Festive afternoon tea is £19.50 per person or £26 with a glass of Prosecco or a gin and tonic. Advance booking essential with a minimum of two people per booking,

Call 01579 350044 to book your festive afternoon tea or email

The Headland Hotel, Newquay

Cosy up in The Headland Hotel lounge this winter, as the fire is roaring and there’s a delicious festive cream tea awaiting you on the table. Think quintessential high tea with a magical sprinkle of Christmas.

The spectacular cliff-top location of the hotel means Christmas diners can enjoy uninterrupted views across Fistral Bay and beyond. Look carefully and you might even be able to see St Nicholas and his reindeer shooting across the sky!

Festive afternoon tea is available throughout December, 3pm – 6pm and costs £19 per person with a glass of mulled wine.

Email to book.

The Carlyon Bay Hotel, Saint Austell

In the luxurious Bay View Hotel this Christmas there will be fantastic wintery sea views and plenty of seasonal treats to warm you up. Enjoy a selection of festive cakes and sweet treats alongside homemade finger sandwiches and freshly baked scones.

To truly round off the festive celebrations, enjoy your afternoon treat with a Christmas cocktail or glass of Champagne.

Call 01726 812304 to book.

Pentire Hotel, Newquay

Pentire Hotel takes afternoon tea very seriously, especially at Christmas time. This December there are mince pies and lemon possets topped with winter berries to be devoured and cups-upon-cups of freshly brewed tea to be sipped.

Calories don’t count at Christmas so indulge in turkey and cranberry sandwiches and Brandy Snaps to boot. To make your afternoon extra special, add Prosecco or gin and tonics to your festive afternoon tea for an additional fee.

Festive afternoon tea is £21.95 for two people. Add two Gordon’s gin and tonics or two glasses of Prosseco for £7.60.

Call 01637 872334 to book your festive afternoon tea.

Royal Duchy Hotel, Falmouth

The Royal Duchy Hotel’s festive afternoon feast is available from 16 November – 1 January and includes festive cake, mince pies and Cornish cream tea - that’s not forgetting the homemade finger sandwiches. Afterwards, head to the Champagne Bar for a post-tea tipple and a spot of cosmopolitan glamour.

Festive afternoon tea is £17.50 per person and served daily from 2.30pm – 5.30pm.

Call 01326 313042 to book your festive afternoon tea or email

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