Set in one of the oldest buildings of Ripon with a history as unique as the city itself. It was the home of Hugh Ripley, the first mayor of Ripon, who was appointed in 1604. Prior to his appointment as mayor, Mr. Ripley had been a Wakeman of Ripon. The job entailed blowing the horn to let the people of Ripon know that the watch had been set and that the Wakeman would be patrolling the area, keeping an eye out for any threats. The horn of course is now ceremoniously blown in the market square each night at 9pm. A tradition that hasn’t been missed once since it started in Saxon times, over 1100 years ago. For more information on this see the article written by George Pickles, Hornblower between 2003-2015.
Now a beautiful cafe, serving clotted cream, jam and scones as well as numerous homemade cakes with tea, coffees or hot chocolate for the kids.
The Estate of Swinton Park has been owned by the Cunliffe-Lister family since the 1880’s, when retired mill owner Samuel Cunliffe-Lister bought the estate. Since 1955 it has been the seat of the Earl of Swinton and was converted from the family home into a hotel in 2001.
With a choice of a traditional afternoon tea, champagne afternoon tea and a kids menu there’s plenty on offer for the whole family this Mother’s Day.
The Old Deanery, located next to the Cathedral, was home to those serving as the Dean of Ripon from 1604 (the year of the last Wakeman) up until about the end of the Second World War. Now a hotel, bar and restaurant, The Old Deanery offers the perfect place to take your Mum for an elegant afternoon tea experience.
Tea fit for royalty must surely get the seal of approval from your mum too?! This old Edwardian hotel has previously hosted the Queen Mother on her visits to Ripon on two separate occasions.
Built in 1909 to after the creation of the Ripon Spa Baths a few years earlier, it has been privately owned by one family for over a century. The baths ultimately failed due to their proximity to Harrogate and the dwindling interest in spa baths in the 1940s. Nowadays you can relax at the hotel with a choice of full or luxury afternoon tea.
Original owners Brian and Brenda started with a small herd of Guernsey cows making the rich, creamy ice cream they have become known for. As word of their venture spread they had to move to larger venue to accommodate the visitors coming from far and wide to try their ice cream. After their deaths, the farm had to be sold on, however, it retains the ethos of the original owners while serving a wider variety of food on their menu daily.
Perhaps one of the more affordable places to have cream tea (but no less tasty for it) with a playground and small play barn, ideal for younger children, it is a great place to visit.
The hardest thing you’ll have to do here is decide between a cream tea with their Guernsey cream and jam, or, their award winning clotted cream ice cream… although maybe Mother’s Day is the perfect excuse to have both…
Tea Room by day, Indian bistro by night, successfully merging the two traditions. You can chose from a traditional afternoon tea or a British Raj High Tea, loosely based on the traditions of a shared past, combining the tastes and traditions of both Indian and British culture and includes a selection of Indian savouries and sweets accompanied by masala chai or premium tea. With hot chocolate on offer too it’s sure to be loved by all the family.
Please call first to check availability
If you’re interested in something little further afield why not read our full review of afternoon tea at the The Principal York Hotel here.