It’s a classic British tradition, an acceptable addiction, a pick-me-up, calm-me-down moment of tranquillity in the day. A builder's, a brew, or as we like to say in Nottingham, a good old mash. Being a most integral factor in one's day, we thought we'd share some of our tip top tea spots throughout the county. But before we go on, we suggest you pour yourself a pot and pair with some digestives before the mad cravings take hold. We've picked some of our favourite tea rooms in the county to give you a little inspiration for that perfect afternoon brew.

Josephine's Tea Rooms & Cafe

Josephines Tea Room | Visit Nottinghamshire

Oozing the traditional vintage elegance one would expect from a tea room, Josephine's has become a Nottingham favourite since opening its doors in 2018. Along with serving up classically British, hearty dishes, excellent cake and exquisite afternoon tea, there is an abundant selection of loose leaf teas if you just want to relax with a cuppa. Situated a stone's throw from the Theatre Royal and Royal Concert Hall and The Cornerhouse, Josephine's is an excellent choice for an independent pre-theatre dinner too.


This lovely, down to earth, family-run café in the heart of Newark possibly has the most unique location of any of our picks. Nestled not far from the river and a stone’s throw from Newark castle, there is a rich history in the landscape around. Gannets pride themselves on their good old fashioned customer service, locally sourced ingredients and a range of dishes that will suit all tastes and diets.

Mulberry Tree Cafe


Located at Strelley Hall, not far from the city centre, the Mulberry Tree Café gives you the opportunity to make a proper afternoon of your tea pilgrimage, with events, walks and tours to add to your visit. Guided walks of Strelley Hall, which was originally built as a castle in 1200AD, are highly popular, and afternoon tea is included in the price. Traditional, high quality food is served, with seasonal specials, luscious cakes, and of course classic British tea!

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This multi-faceted emporium is a crafters paradise, artisan gift shop and tea room tucked away in the red brick streets of The Lace Market. Along with selling gorgeous jewellery, textiles and gifts, they also hold a plethora of workshops, crafternoons and supperclubs, making their programme of events definitely worth checking out. Equally lovely is their afternoon tea menu, which includes options for vegans and those with a gluten free diet. 

Ollerton Watermill & Teashop

Ollerton Watermill Tea Shop | Visit Nottinghamshire

Situated on the edge of Sherwood Forest, Ollerton Mill is the only working watermill in Nottinghamshire and dates all the way back to 1713. A gorgeously scenic spot for relaxing over a cup of tea, discover the history of the mill in the visitor centre then indulge in a delicious pot of tea as you gaze over the water. The family run tea shop also serves up rustic scones, quiches, salads and cakes, all made on the premises maintaining traditional values of quality and service throughout.

This blog was written by Sophie Gargett, Marketing Assistant at Visit Nottinghamshire.
A previous version of this blog was published in April 2017.


Debbie Bryan
Speciality Shop
Debbie Bryan Lace Market Tea Room | Visit Nottinghamshire

Number one for shopping in Nottingham, Debbie Bryan are an award winning, independent creative gallery based in the Lace Market in Nottingham and in Ruddington. With an in-house design studio, creative space and award winning Tea Room - they are a haven of gift giving, eating, drinking and things to do.

Mulberry Tree Cafe
Mulberry Tree Cafe

Mulberry Tree Cafe in the Stables area at Strelley Hall, Nottingham is situated in beautiful countryside, perfect for walks.

Josephine's Tea Room and Cafe
Tea Room/Coffee Shop
Josephine's Tea Room and Café | Visit Nottinghamshire

Josephine’s Tea Room and Café is a classic vintage tea room located directly opposite the Theatre Royal in Nottingham.

Ollerton Watermill & Teashop
Ollerton Watermill & Teashop

Situated on the edge of Sherwood Forest, Ollerton Mill is the only working watermill in Nottinghamshire. The mill has recently been restored and houses a Visitor Centre and Teashop.



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