Top 10 places to get afternoon tea in Lincoln

Thinking about spending your day off indulging in a spot of afternoon tea? Or perhaps you’re just visiting Lincoln and fancy quenching your thirst after a long days exploring with a good cuppa?

Look no further than The Lincolnite‘s quintessential Top 10 guide to afternoon tea in Lincoln.


Stokes cafe (High Street, The Lawn and The Collection)

Afternoon tea at the Stokes Lawn Cafe. Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

  • Location: High Bridge Café, 207-209 High Street, Lincoln, LN5 7AU
  • Tripadvisor rating: 4

The Stokes brand has been around since 1892 and continues to be a popular family run business with three cafes all situated in Lincoln city centre. Their coffee is specially roasted at the Stokes roastery up at The Lawn cafe and their Tudor High Bridge cafe has stood over the River Witham since 1540 so you’re guaranteed to enjoy a little history with your brew.

Stokes afternoon tea for two is £21.95 and comes with an assortment of sandwiches, scones, cake and a pot of their famous Gold Medal tea. Open 8-5 Monday to Saturday and 11.30-4 on Sundays.


Bunty’s Tea Room

Photo: Bunty’s Tearoom

  • Location: 18 Steep Hill, Lincoln LN2 1LT
  • TripAdvisor rating: 5

Head about halfway up Steep Hill on any given Saturday and you’re sure to find a queue of people waiting to get into Bunty’s Tea Room. Recently awarded the gold award by Lincolnshire Today for outstanding quality and service, Bunty’s is the very definition of quaint. Situated in a Grade 2 listed medieval building, their mis-matched crockery and tables adorned with old photographs will fill you with nostalgia, and their cake isn’t half bad either. Afternoon tea is £15 per person and for a truly private experience you can hire the entire tea room for two hours at £50. Open 8.30-4 Monday to Sunday. All information about afternoon tea and bookings can be found on their website here.


Patisserie Valerie

The Patisserie Valerie afternoon tea available in Lincoln

  • Location: 264 Lincoln High Street, LN2 1HW
  • Tripadvisor rating: 3.5

Afternoon Tea for two at Patisserie Valerie is priced at £25 and includes a selection of five sandwiches such as cucumber, smoked salmon and cream cheese, ham and chicken and pesto and mini vegetable quiche. Sweets include Victoria sandwich, chocolate eclairs, carrot and walnut slice, berry mouse slice and chocolate mousse slice. Diners also get fruit and plain scones with jam and clotted cream. Find out more about the cake shop and how to book here.


Lady Rose’s Edwardian Tea Room

Photo: Lady Rose’s Edwardian Tea Room

  • Location: Free School Ln, Lincoln LN2 1EY
  • Tripadvisor rating: 5

Afternoon tea at Lady Rose’s is as close to experiencing tea in the Edwardian era as you can get. Inspired by the aesthetic of TV shows like Downtown Abbey and Upstairs, Downstairs, Lady Rose’s aims to provide a genteel escape to the rush of modern life. Once inside, you can choose from a selection of four afternoon tea experiences. All afternoon teas must be booked 24 hours in advance. More information can be found on their website here. Open 10:30-5 Tuesday to Saturday and 12-5 on Sunday.


Bells Tea Shop

Bells Tea Shop from their Facebook page

  • Location: 38-39 Steep Hill, Lincoln LN2 1LU
  • Tripadvisor rating: 4.5

Bells Tea and Coffee House is perfectly placed at the top of Steep Hill in the heart of Castle Square. This family run business utilities the best of local Lincolnshire produce wherever it can and boasts a large selections of loose teas and coffees. Booking in advance in recommended, particularly at weekends, and afternoon tea is £12.50 per person. Open 9:30-5 Monday to Saturday and 9:30-4 on Sunday.


Margaret’s Tea Rooms

Afternoon Tea at Margaret’s Tea Rooms at the bottom of Steep Hill.

  • Location: 13B Garmston Street, Lincoln
  • Tripadvisor rating: 5

Located at the bottom of Steep Hill, Margaret’s Tea Rooms offers a great selection of blended teas including signature Scotch Mist and Birthday Cake infusions. The cakes themselves are equally appealing and include traditional classics plus their unique Tutti Frutti and Kinder Egg cakes. Afternoon Tea for two can be booked for £24.


The White Hart Hotel

Inside the White Hart restaurant in Lincoln

  • Location: Bailgate, Lincoln LN1 3AR
  • Tripadvisor rating: 4

The White Hart hotel offers afternoon tea with a touch of sophistication. Hosted in the Room bar in the main hotel, The White Hart hotel offer a range of specialist teas from Stokes. There’s a selection of three afternoon tea experiences including the Classic Afternoon Tea at £11.95 per person, Pimms Afternoon Tea at £14.95 or a Champagne Afternoon Tea priced at £18.95 per person.


The Lincoln Hotel 

A view of Lincoln Cathedral from The Lincoln Hotel. Photo from their Facebook page.

  • Location: Eastgate, Lincoln LN2 1PN
  • Tripadvisor rating: 5

The Lincoln Hotel offers a traditional afternoon tea daily in The Green Room at just £15 per person and serves locally roasted Stokes coffee. The Lincoln Hotel is popular due to its uncompromising views of the Lincoln Cathedral. To enjoy a spot of afternoon tea here, you will need to book in advance. More information and details of how to book can be found on the website here.


Pimento Tea Rooms

Pimento tea rooms on Steep Hill. Photo: from their Facebook page

  • Location: 27 Steep Hill, Lincoln LN2 1LU
  • Tripadvisor rating: 4.5

Pimento tea rooms offers afternoon tea with a twist as the menu only serves vegetarian or vegan options. Since re-opening in July 2018, the new Pimento tea rooms has been met with rave reviews about its new style and new menu. Unlike most tea rooms in Lincoln, Pimento offers a large selection of gluten free options including gluten free cheesecake. With a large selection of vegan, vegetarian and gluten options on the menu, Pimento is perfect for those with more specific dietary requirements. Open 10-5 Monday to Sunday.


Grayz Tea Rooms

Grayz Tea Rooms Photo: The Lincolnite

  • Location: 6 Gordon Rd, Lincoln LN1 3AJ
  • Tripadvisor rating: 4

Situated at the top of the hill, tucked away in a side street just off the Bailgate is Grayz Tea Rooms. A stone’s throw away from the castle and cathedral, Grayz boast to offer a homely atmosphere serving freshly made sandwiches and cakes using local produce. All cakes are made on site and can also be pre-ordered to take home. Open from 10-5 Monday to Sunday.


Coffee Bobbins

An assortment of cakes and sandwiches are available at Coffee Bobbins Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

  • Location: 28 The Strait, Lincoln LN2 1JD
  • Tripadvisor rating: 4.5

For something a little different, why not try the independent coffee house Coffee Bobbins? It’s decor is inspired by vintage sewing, with treadle sewing machines serving as tables and a plethora of vintage sewing machines on display for you to nosy at whilst you sip your tea. Opened in 2017 by an Olympics seamstress who used to work for Adidas, the cafe is laced with sewing inspiration and is currently shortlisted for the Lincolnshire Pride ‘Afternoon Tea of the year.’  Open 10-4 Monday to Saturday and 11-4 on Sunday.