Do you like to meet with friends and talk over an afternoon tea for hours? Or is an afternoon tea a sacred tradition that you have with your mom or granny?
Whatever the occasion, afternoon tea is always a good idea. Luckily Stirling has plenty of places to visit and savour the elegant assortment of finger sandwiches, mini cakes and scones with cream and jam accompanied by bottomless tea, coffee, and should you like, a glass (or a bottle) of prosecco. From historic venues and beautiful hotels to hidden coffee shops, you can choose whatever you like best.
And the best part? some don’t even require booking, so you can be spontaneous. However, most places will still need you to book in advance so they can make your afternoon tea as fresh as possible. We highlighted those that need to be booked and included information about how to go about booking.
Afternoon tea can also be a nice gift and most of the venues will also sell you a gift voucher. You can usually choose an option with or without prosecco. We included links to purchse these in our list too. Finally, keep an eye on the venues’ social media because they sometimes run afternoon tea competitions.
So without further ado, we listed all of the restaurants and cafes in Stirling that serve traditional afternoon tea below. Some of the venues also offer high tea and there are a couple that will prepare and box an afternoon tea that you can take home to enjoy with your family or friends. We didn’t list places that will serve you a cream tea but we guarantee that you can get a scone with butter/cream and jam in almost every single Stirling cafe and also from all of the places listed below.
Stirling Venues that Serve Afternoon Tea
Scholar's Restaurant - Stirling Highland Hotel
You can enjoy a delicate afternoon tea in the Stirling Highland Hotel’s Scholar’s Restaurant. The afternoon tea includes a traditional selection of finger sandwiches, cakes as well as freshly baked scones with strawberry jam and clotted cream.
Cronies - The Golden Lion Hotel
The Cronies Bar & Restaurant in The Golden Lion serve both afternoon tea and high tea. The high tea includes a main course, scones with fresh cream & jam, selection of home bakes and tea or coffee.
The environment of the Cronies restaurant feels quite special too and while you in there, you can learn about Robert Burns and other famous personalities who visited the hotel.
You can view the menu and prices in the Cronies’ website.
You don’t need to book in advance but it’s preferred. Call 44 (0)1786 475351 or book on their website.
Cowane's Hospital Cafe - NO booking needed
Cowane’s Hospital Cafe serves scrumptious afternoon tea or cream tea. The environment of the Cowane’s Hospital is truly special and the best thing? You do not have to book. But just in case there are more of you or you want to make sure they are open, get in touch on 07761 155336.
The cafe is open Wednesday to Sunday 10am-4pm and you can find the menu on Cowane’s hospital’s website.
Allan Park Pub, Restaurant & Coffee House
Allan Park serves traditional afternoon tea from Monday to Sunday 12-5pm. You don’t need to pre-book but allow for a 30 minute wait time if you don’t. View Allan Park’s afternoon men here. If you’d like to book, just call 01786 475336.
Old Town Coffee House
Old Town Coffee House’s afternoon tea includes a selection of sandwiches and delightful sweet treats. Enjoy them with your friends or family in the cosy atmosphere of the coffee house.
You do not have to book. However, if you’re a bigger party, it’s better to call 07872 421756 to book. Don’t forget to check Old Town Coffee House’s Facebook page.
Victoria's Coffee Shop - Takeaway Afternoon Tea Only
You can order a scrumptious afternoon tea to enjoy at home with your family or friends from Victoria’s Coffee Shop. Just make sure you book at least 48 hours in advance. Give Victoria’s Coffee Shop a call at 01786 479867 or contact them via social media.
Vera Artisan Bakery - Teakeaway Afternoon Tea Only
Stirling’s fantastic microbakery, Vera Artisan Bakery, started offering afternoon teas during the pandemic and they were hugely popular. They have a range of options to meet your dietary requirements including veggie, vegan or traditional afternoon tea selection.
You need to pre-order Vera Artisan Bakery’s Afternoon tea – e-mail email@example.com or contact Vera Artisan Bakery via social media- Vera Artisan Bakery Facebook, Vera Artisan Bakery on Instagram.
You can also order your afternoon tea order via Vera Artisan Bakery’s website.
Anf if you’re curious to find out more about Vera Artisan Bakery, read the microbakery’s story on our blog.
The Orangery at Victoria Square
At the Orangery, you can enjoy a delicious choice of Afternoon Teas including Grand Afternoon Tea and Traditional Afternoon Tea. The Grand Afternoon Tea is a wonderful experience consisting of a delicious soup to start followed by a selection of delicious savouries and finger sandwiches, handmade patisserie and scones.
The Grand Afternoon Tea is Served Wednesday to Saturday 1 – 3:30pm, and Traditional Afternoon Tea Wed – Sun 1:30pm-4pm (currently pre-booked reservations only).
The Afternoon Teas can be enjoyed either in the Orangery Restaurant or their guest lounge.
Find out more about the afternoon tea at The Orangery here and call 01786 473 920 to book.