Cheshire-born Lewis Carroll put pen to paper in 1865 and 152 years later, 'Alice in Wonderland' is still one of the most loved novels of all time. Get #ChesteringAround and throw your own tea party - we can't think of any better way to celebrate Afternoon Tea Week.

When it comes to Afternoon Tea, Chester is a city full of options, from the decadent and traditional to the ultimate in quirky. Read on for our top five picks...

1. The Arkle Bar & Lounge at The Chester Grosvenor (Eastgate Street) A second-to-none Afternoon Tea awaits you at The Chester Grosvenor. Admired by many, The Grosvenor’s exceptionally high standards are sure to please everyone. Treat yourself and friends or family with decadent delights, expertly crafted by professionals.

2. Macdonald New Blossoms Hotel (St Johns Street) The luxurious New Blossoms hotel and restaurant, conveniently located in the city centre, never stray from their remarkable service. The beautiful interior and design work will definitely be something to remember as you enjoy the fabulous teas and treats they have to offer. 

3. Oddfellows (Lower Bridge Street) Only the most scrumptious foods are served at Oddfellows with a style of service found nowhere else. The sheer beauty of the gardens will transport you instantly to Wonderland. Fill yourself up with a sumptuous Afternoon Tea and top off the evening with a round of bubbly or an overnight stay. 

4. Mad Hatters Tea Room (Bridge Street) “Everyone’s mad here. But I’ll tell you a secret, all the best people are.” The staff at Mad Hatters most certainly live by this motto - their cheerful and quirky way will inspire the inner Alice in you! No cups match, the tables are all beautifully different in their own way and the décor makes you feel like you’re actually in the book. Afternoon Tea is made to order by pre-bookings and we are sure Lewis Carroll himself would approve.

5. Edgar House (City Walls) Voted the most romantic hotel in Europe, the delightful atmosphere and location is perfect for all. Just the smell of the divine treats and drinks will leave your tastebuds craving some of the amazing treats on offer. So order yourself an Afternoon Tea, sit back, relax and soak in all the grace and elegance of Edgar House.


The Arkle Bar & Lounge at The Chester Grosvenor
The interior of The Arkle Bar & Lounge at The Chester Grosvenor

Serving morning coffee, light lunches and traditional afternoon tea, The Arkle Bar and Lounge is also the perfect place for a pre-dinner cocktail and is stocked with interesting malts, vintage ports and a wide range of liqueurs.

Macdonald New Blossoms Hotel
Macdonald New Blossoms Hotel ideally located in the centre of Chester

Traditional Victorian hotel ideally located in the heart of the city centre within the City Walls.

Mad Hatters Tearoom & Bakery
Tea Room/Coffee Shop
Enjoy a wonderful afternoon tea or delicious cake at Mad Hatters Tearooms & Bakery

As the name suggests, the team at Mad Hatters Tearooms love the fun and quirkier side of life and pride themselves on creating a warm, welcoming and relaxed environment for you to escape the everyday hustle and bustle of the city centre.

Edgar House
Bed & Breakfast
A view of Edgar House from across the river Dee

**Winner of the Bed & Breakfast/Guest Accommodation of the Year Award 2013** Edgar House is a handsome Five Star Gold period Georgian house dating back to the early 1800s, which we have lovingly refurbished into a chic, luxurious riverside retreat.



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