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Best afternoon teas across the UK for Mother's Day 2018

Go all out for afternoon tea at these lavish locations - without the extravagant price tag

Afternoon tea is one of Britain's greatest pleasures, and there's no better excuse for treating yourself - and the woman who taught you everything - to an elegant day out for Mother's Day.

The good news is that you won't need to break the bank for a seriously decadent tea time, as you can easily find package deals that are not as pricey as you would expect.

Rather than sipping an overly brewed cuppa in a Sports Direct mug with skimmed milk, amp up your tea game by indulging in luxury scones and the perfect cuppa at one of these top afternoon tea packages all over the UK.

From Cloud 23 in Manchester, to a castle in Scotland, to an Alice and Wonderland themed day out, we've rounded up some of our favourite ones of the lot.

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Best afternoon teas in the UK for Mother's Day

Most prices are for two people, unless specified.


Sanderson hotel, £58

Have you ever seen anything like it? (Image: Sanderson Hotel)

The ever-unique Sanderson hotel has its own iconic Mad Hatters afternoon tea, an out of the box experience that lets you tuck into an array of expertly crafted sweet and savoury treats.

From marshmallow snow men to tasty Chocolate Fudge Yule Log, all washed down with a glass of Laurent-Perrier Champagne. It costs £58 per person if you want a glass of champagne with your meal.

Biscuiteers, £28.50

A London-themed afternoon tea for the big day

When it comes to biscuits, things don't get much better than Biscuiteers. Treat your mum to an afternoon tea with a bit of a difference, by indulging in their famous hand-iced biscuits, as well as miniature versions of the most loved cakes and patisseries.

Available in the Icing Cafes in Notting Hill and on Northcote Road (Clapham Junction), it costs £28.50 per person and DIY icing can be added for a £10 upgrade.

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British Museum, £34

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The British Museum hosts one of the finest afternoon tea in the capital, diners can munch on tasty treats like salt beef, cress and radish bagels, broccoli and cheddar tarts, Scottish smoked salmon and cucumber brioche, macaroons, raspberry and vanilla tart, and apricot and pistachio cake. Oh, and of course, Prosecco. Heavenly. Book here via Groupon where the experience is currently £34 for two (usually £50).

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Manchester, £45

Cloud 23 is one of the most coveted afternoon tea locations in the country (Image: Buy A Gift)

Manchester's Hilton's Cloud 23 is renowned for being one of the top afternoon teas in the city, costing £12 for a cream tea, or £23 per person for the full afternoon tea without champagne and £33 with. You can book it via the Hilton website here.

For something a little cheaper but with just as rave reviews, head to the 5* Radissson Blu Edwardian Manchester , who are offering afternoon tea for two for £45 .

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Nottingham, £39

Glorious Thoresby hall is one of Nottinghamshire's most important houses

Indulge in a selection of treats including sandwiches, scones, cakes and pastries for £39, at Thoresby Hall, a magical 4* Warner Leisure hotel and stately home , situated on the edge of Sherwood Forest, on Virgin Experience Days for £39 .

If you fancy staying overnight, the hotel regularly releases late deals . Rooms feature four poster beds and there's live music every night.

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Liverpool, £35

Formby Hall is almost famous for its fancy offerings (Image: Virgin Experience Days)

Enjoy a sparkling afternoon tea at Merseyside's Formby Hall Golf Resort and Spa, which gives a modern spin on the traditional afternoon tea.

For £35 you'll be presented with seasonally inspired open sandwiches and wraps, miniature cakes and delicious pastries.

Leeds, £55

You get lots of Prosecco included in this offer (Image: Virgin Experience Days)

Yes afternoon tea is all well and good, but how great is bottomless Prosecco?

For £55 for two you can sip away on your fizz while enjoying an array of sweet and savoury delights, created by the restaurant’s talented Pastry Chef, Stefan Rose.

It all takes place in the Crafthouse, Leeds, right in the heart of the city, and is the ideal way to break up a day of shopping. If you can still walk straight afterwards!

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Southampton, £65 (includes night at a hotel)

This bargain break includes a night in a hotel, breakfast, bubbly and a £39 tea - wow (Image: Great Little Breaks)

Enjoy the traditional English occasion in the finest of settings, at Best Western Chilworth Manor Hotel, a magnificent Edwardian Manor House set amongst 12 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds.

Price includes an overnight stay at the Manor Hotel, Afternoon Tea served with a glass of Prosecco for two (worth £39) and a delicious full English breakfast the following morning. as long as you book via Great Little Breaks.

Milton Keynes, £70.50

Enjoy afternoon tea in one of Britain's best day out locations (Image: lastminute.com)

One of Britain's most underrated days out, Bletchley Park was the top secret home of the fantastically intelligent World War Two codebreakers, such as Alan Turing (remember the film Imitation Game?) who helped win the war.

After exploring the beautiful house and grounds, you can then re-energize with some tasty afternoon tea in the Mansion Tea Room. Book here via lastminute.com.

Cheshire, £40

Mum's love vintage stuff (Image: Virgin Experience Days)

Escape to the Cheshire countryside for a classic afternoon tea break in a beautiful vintage Grade II listed pub in the heart of Cheshire: The Vicarage Freehouse & Rooms.

Celebrating locally sourced, best of British produce, you can gorge on sandwiches, strawberries, cakes, scones and clotted cream, plus tea and a glass of Prosecco. It all looks very traditional, dah-ling. And it's a decent £40 for two.

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Belfast, Northern Ireland, £35

Patisserie Valerie is a favourite for good cake (Image: Buy A Gift)

Revel in the popular British past time but with a stylish European flair at Patisserie Valerie in Belfast, renowned for its delicious sweet treats since 1926, including chocolate eclairs, carrot and walnut cakes, scones with clotted cream and smoked salmon sandwiches.

For £35 for two, you'll also get a take-home gift box filled with even more sweet treats.

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South Ayrshire, Scotland, £35

Combine great food with great views (Image: Virgin Experience Days)

For such a quintessentially British treat, there's no better place to enjoy afternoon tea than at the beautiful Glenapp castle , in South Ayrshire.

With a full selection of homemade sandwiches, cakes and other goodies included in their spread, the only thing that beats the cuisine is the views out across the Irish Sea and 36 acres of gorgeous gardens. It's £35 on Virgin Experience Days .

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Snowdonia, Wales, £35

Pretend you're in the days of yore with afternoon tea amongst the mountains (Image: Buy A Gift)

Nestled amidst Snowdonia National Park, the charming Victorian mansion that is now Penmaenuchaf Hall Hotel is one of the most scenic spots in the country.

Indulge in afternoon tea, before a leisurely stroll through the venue's beautifully landscaped grounds, which overlook the scenic Mawddach valley. Who knew you could live like a royal for the day for just £35?

Oxford, £39

Relish the last bits of summer with a riverside treat (Image: lastminute.com)

Indulge in your afternoon tea riverside at The Folly, as you watch boats pass by on the Thames in a scene that looks straight out of an old movie.

You'll also get a glass of sparkling wine as you watch the world go by, as well as a nice selection of pastries, little sandwiches and scones. This offer comes from Last Minute.com

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Ruthin, Wales, £29.99

If you're in Wales, visit one of the country's famous castles (Image: lastminute.com)

Dating back over 700 years to 1277, you’ll take afternoon tea within the ancient walls of the Library Bar or Cornwallis Lounge.

With plenty of royal figures and nobility having visited over the years, there's plenty of stories to discover at the grounds, if you fancied a nice post-afternoon tea stroll around the castle and its gardens. We found this one on Last Minute.com.

Essex, £39

Woodford Green is home to some of the best afternoon tea in Essex (Image: Virgin Experience Days)

Fill up on all your favourite sandwiches and patisseries while looking out onto blossom trees and sweeping lawns and dreamy landscaped gardens - for just £39 for two.

It's all happening at the Hallmark Hotel in Woodford Green - a Grade II Georgia mansion with its own chapel - for the best afternoon tea in Essex, then sit back, relax and pretend you're royalty for the day.

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