Afternoon Tea Experiences

"There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.”

What better way to spend an afternoon than settled down in our haven in Historic Lavenham, being looked after by our Folk, tucking into our tower of sweet and savoury goodness? Rain or shine, occasion or not, you need no excuse to enjoy Afternoon Tea with us.

To be enjoyed in The Gallery restaurant, or one of our luxurious lounges.

All Afternoon Teas must be pre-booked.

Each is served;

12 pm – 4 pm Monday - Saturday

2.30 pm - 4 pm on Sundays

£25 per person, £39.50 with a glass of Champagne per person

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Whether you opt for Traditional or Gentleman’s Afternoon Tea, The Swan Folk invite you to feast on a range of classic pastries, finger sandwiches, savouries and cakes, all within the splendour of our luxury 15th-century hotel.

Jubilee 'Fit for a Queen' Afternoon Tea

Join us in celebrating the Queen's Platinum Jubilee in 2022! To mark such an occasion, our Pastry Folk have worked incredibly hard to deliver an Afternoon Tea worthy of a royal, treating you to a couple of the Monarch's favourite sweet and savoury delights, in the beautiful surroundings of The Swan. Available from 21st May until 17th July. The perfect time to enjoy a glass of Champagne alongside, wouldn't you say?

Traditional Afternoon Tea

A traditional selection of finger sandwiches, scones, and sweet treats, accompanied by your choice of Novus Teas. Why not spruce it up even further and add a glass of Champagne? Perfect for any celebratory occasion.

Savoury Afternoon Tea

As with above, begin with a selection of finger sandwiches, scones and Novus Teas, but finish up with a further selection of savoury treats, idyllic for those without a sweet tooth.

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We can cater to coeliac diets, offering gluten- and dairy-free options. If you have special dietary needs, please let us know when booking so we can prepare a special menu for you in advance.

Presented on fine Royal Worcester Crockery, specifically created for The Swan by Walpole of Stoke-on-Trent, you can enjoy the finer things in life when you visit the historic village of Lavenham.

Something Extra...

Now, we know just how filling Afternoon Tea can be, and that it often results in the loosening of a button (or two!), but should you get a little peckish later on, all Afternoon Teas include an extra treat to be enjoyed at home, be sure not to leave without it.


Book Tea

Pre-booking is essential, to secure your Afternoon Tea in Suffolk at The Swan, book online using the button at the top of the page, or if you'd rather speak to our friendly Folk, you can call us on 01787 247477, or email

Afternoon Tea Vouchers

Give yourself the perfect excuse to catch up with someone you love. 

Afternoon Tea is the ultimate tasty treat, making it the ideal gift to give a friend, partner or loved one. We offer both the classic sweet tooth selection with our Traditional Afternoon Tea or a slice of something more savoury with our Gentleman's Afternoon Tea. Both of the gift vouchers below allow you to select which Afternoon Tea menu your beneficiary would most enjoy.

Afternoon Tea for Two - £50

Afternoon Tea really is the perfect get together, so spoil yourself with a choice of our delicious sweet or savoury treats! Priced for two people.

Champagne Afternoon Tea for Two - £79.00

What could be better than Afternoon Tea? The added sweetener of a glass of champagne of course! Priced for two people.

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Enjoy this quintessential British experience

with Traditional Afternoon Tea in Suffolk

The Swan Afternoon Tea, finger sandwich selection The Swan Afternoon Tea set up in the lounge
The Swan Afternoon Tea in the lounge, close up of cake selection The Swan Afternoon Tea in the lounge, close up of cake selection

Choose our Traditional Afternoon Tea and indulge in a selection of classic finger sandwiches filled with local Suffolk ingredients, followed by traditional scones and cakes. Or opt for our Gentlemen's Afternoon Tea and enjoy an entirely savoury selection...