However, sometimes it’s nice to treat yourself to going out and being served your gin and cake in beautiful surroundings. With that in mind, here are just a few of our favourite yummy gin and afternoon tea experiences around the UK.
Tipsy Blooming Tea, Mr Fogg’s House of Botanicals, London
The Tipsy Blooming Tea at Mr Fogg’s House of Botanicals in London’s Fitzrovia is a thing of beauty. Choose from a selection of botanical-inspired floral cocktails to enjoy as your chosen ‘teapot’ alongside a selection of sweet and savoury delicacies inspired by the Victorian age, amid the fabulously floral surroundings that will transport you back to a more elegant (if not quite so boozy) era.
If you can’t get into the Saturday-only sitting of the Tipsy Tea on the date you’re after, there are also different (equally delicious) variations on the gin afternoon tea available at other branches of the ‘Mr Fogg’s’ group of quirky, gin-specialist bars around London.
G & Tea, Tylney Hall, Hampshire
Until the end of November 2019, gin-lovers in the Hampshire area can indulge in a fabulous ‘G & Tea’ at Tylney Hall, a luxurious Grade II-listed country house hotel that sits in 66 acres of parkland and gardens just outside Hook. Fancy!
Take a seat in the elegant lounge and tuck into your choice of a classic gin and tonic or gin-based cocktail to accompany your finger sandwiches, freshly baked scones, cakes and pastries.
Hendrick’s Afternoon Tea, Park Plaza, Cardiff
The swish Laguna Bar & Restaurant at Cardiff’s Park Plaza hotel is now offering guests a special Hendrick’s afternoon tea menu that - in addition to the usual assortment of finger sandwiches and cakes - includes an Elderflower Collins. This refreshing summer cocktail, which features Hendrick’s gin, St Germain elderflower liqueur, Maraschino liqueur, lemon juice and soda (er, yum!), comes served in a special Hendrick’s teapot.
An ideal spot of respite after a day’s shopping in the city centre, perhaps?
Tipsy G & Tea, The Grand, York
The Tipsy G & Tea at the fine-dining Rise Restaurant within the Grand Hotel in York not only comes with silver service, a Hendrick’s teapot of gin cocktail and a three-tiered cake stand of goodies, it also gives diners a view across the city walls and York Minster at no extra charge! We also like the sound of the heated garden terrace.
Gin Afternoon Tea, Conrad St James, London
The team at the posh Conrad St James hotel have got together with the City of London Distillery to create a special gin-inspired afternoon tea menu, accompanied by three gin taster cocktails to complement the nibbles.
Guests can tuck into the ‘London Square Mile’ to match the Charred Lemon & Pink Grapefruit Tart with Rosemary Meringue, the Japanese Six Bells to complement the Elderflower Jelly Honey Cake & Pear Mousse Delice and the Indian Dargi'n' Tonic to accompany the Juniper Spiced Chocolate Crust Cheesecake with Bittersweet Orange Compote. Somebody hold us back…
As if all that weren’t enough, there’s also the traditional selection of freshly baked scones, delicate sandwiches and fancy teas from Lalani & Co.
Hendrick’s Gin Pot Aftenoon Tea, Coombe Abbey, Warwickshire
Originally founded as an abbey in the 12th century, the beautiful Coombe Abbey Hotel near Coventry retains a real sense of history and heritage. Visitors to their Garden Room restaurant can now enjoy the grand surroundings whilst sipping on a teapot of G&T, with a choice of tonics, plus the full afternoon tea spread featuring delights such as rhubarb and vanilla cheesecake, lemon and blueberry tartlets, and Nutella-filled madeleines.
Gin71 Buchanan Street, Glasgow
£24 per person for tea, plus £15 for a sharing teapot for 2
Visitors to Glaswegian gin specialist bar Gin71 Buchanan St (located inside House of Fraser) can choose from three yummy sharing cocktails to come served in their pot alongside their baked goods. Choices might include the Floradora (Hendrick’s gin with raspberry, lime and ginger beer), the Cucumber Cooler (Hendrick’s gin, elderflower, cucumber and mint) or the Pink with Envy (Brockman’s gin, Cranachan Tea syrup and lemon).
And if that’s not naughty enough for you, you can also choose to exchange your unlimited tea or coffee with Belgian hot chocolate, if you like!
Luxury Vicarage Heritage G & Tea, The Vicarage, Cheshire
This revitalised 17th-century, Grade II-listed vicarage is now a country pub and boutique hotel. Everything on the G&Tea afternoon tea menu is home-made, from the scones to the finger sandwiches. You’ll get fresh strawberries and your choice of G&T along with your classic treats.
Gin & Jam Afternoon Tea, Hush, London
Head to the refined surroundings of Hush Mayfair for the sumptuous Gin & Jam afternoon tea for elegant finger sandwiches, warm scones with clotted cream and jam, and sweet treats such as Raspberry Ripple Lollipops and Passion Fruit Jaffa Cake. You’ll get a welcome tipple included in the tea, and can also choose from a selection of cocktails featuring Hush’s very own London-distilled boutique gin.