The annual Afternoon Tea Week is a celebration of one of Britain’s favourite traditions and this year it takes place between August 10 to 16. 

As a nation famous for our tea drinking it is only appropriate that we have a yearly celebration, afterall tea drinking is arguably our country’s biggest ritual. 

Introduced in Britain in the early 1840’s afternoon tea started off as a mini-meal used to curb people’s hunger before their evening meal at 8pm. 

The delightful affair usually comprises delicate finger sized sandwiches, scones with clotted cream and jam, sweet pastries and cakes. 

Afternoon tea can be enjoyed almost anywhere including at home or in the park. However, the most splendid way to enjoy this British tradition is whilst being waited on in a hotel or classy establishment. 

No matter your budget or taste, there is guaranteed to be an afternoon tea venue on this list to suit your preferences.

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Hotel Miramar 

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The country house hotel is a seaside venue that serves afternoon tea every day. 

Hotel Miramar offers regular afternoon tea, a ‘Wimbledon Tea’ which includes Pimms or a champagne option for ‘Champagne Tea by the Sea’.

Afternoon Tea at Hotel Miramar is served in the Drawing Room or outside on the deck or terrace. They can also arrange a bespoke afternoon tea party in The Library for a larger group of guests.

Prices start at £16.50 per person for the 'Miramar Tea by the Sea' which includes: ham, cucumber, prawn and smoked salmon sandwiches, scone jam and clotted cream as well as tea pastries and tea or coffee.

The hotel are taking part in the Eat Out to Help Out scheme so between Monday to Wednesday afternoon tea is reduced to just £8.25 each. 

The Norfolk Royale Hotel

The Norfolk offers afternoon tea every day from 2pm to 5pm which can be enjoyed in the lounge, art deco veranda or private garden. 

The tea is similarly priced to the Miramar, starting at £14.50 per person.

The tea includes: an assortment of finger sandwiches including home cooked ham, cucumber, egg mayonaise, smoked salmon as well as, warm scones with Dorset clotted cream and strawberry jam, cakes and pastries tea or coffee.

The Norfolk offers a prosecco tea as well as a champage tea, additionally they have a children's afternoon tea party option costing £9.99 per person.

Now is the perfect time to try afternoon tea at The Norfolk as they are also taking part in the Eat Out to Help Out scheme so the tea is £7.25 per head, Monday to Wednesday.

Steam Vintage Tea Rooms

This shabby-chic, retro tea rooms offers a wide array of team option including their applauded 'Steams Afternoon Tea' which has been heralded as "the best ever" by reviews on TripAdvisor. 

The high tea costs £12.95 per person with gluten, vegan and dairy free options available.

It includes; sandwiches, homemade cake, scones with preserves, honey and clotted cream and tea or coffee with a free refill.

Steam Vintage Tea Rooms  also offer afternoon tea to takeaway with all the trimmings. 

The Living Room

The Living Room is a boutique B&B and tea room which can be found on Drury Road in Westbourne. 

If you're looking for something a bit snazzy and different, The Living Room could be the place to try a tea, always served on vintage china. 

The Living Room offer a traditional afternoon tea option, which is available with gluten free or vegan options, or they have a savoury tea for those of us without a sweet tooth. 

The tradition afternoon tea costs £14 per person and includes seasonal sandwiches, cakes, scone with jam and clotted cream as well as specialist loose leaf tea or filter coffee. 

Ventana Grand Cafe at The Cumberland

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Self described as the 'ARTea' the Ventana Grand offers an art deco inspired afternoon tea experience. 

The priciest option out of all the tea rooms, Ventana's classic afternoon tea starts at £18.95 per person and includes: an array of finger sandwiches such as cucumber and cream cheese, smoked salmon, egg mayonaise and chicken with mustard mayonnaise as well as homemade raisin and cinnamon scones with jam and cream, mini puddings and cakes as well as loose leaf tea of Illy coffee. 

Although the most expensive of the five, the Ventana also has a wider selection of teas available including prosecco, champage, gin or cocktail teas ... But only if you want to fork out close to £30. 

However, like the other hotels Ventana is also taking part in the Eat Out to Help Out scheme so now could be the most affordable time to try one of their teas.