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Indulgent, delicious and quintessentially British- a traditional afternoon tea is a treat we all love. 

It’s an ideal way to refuel before or after a long walk or shopping trip on your English seaside staycation. And, fortunately for Lyme Bay holidaymakers, the town of Lyme Regis is full of wonderful places to tuck into this classic English delight.

Not sure where to head for this yummy snack? Our guide will help point you in the right direction to a perfect Lyme Regis afternoon tea.

Continue reading to discover the best places for afternoon tea in Lyme Regis…

The Black Dog Tea Room


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Ideal for those wanting a quaint and comforting experience, the Black Dog Tea Room is undoubtedly one of the best places to have afternoon tea in Lyme Regis. It has a traditional wooden aesthetic and a delightful garden for visitors to eat in during the warmer months.

When you order a cream tea here, you’ll be treated to homemade scones made with Shipton Mills flour and tea from the café’s own tea company. The Black Dog Tea Room serves fantastic breakfasts too! To find out more read our guide: Must Try Places for Breakfast in Lyme Regis.

The Alexandra Hotel and Restaurant


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For those wanting a glamourous Lyme Regis afternoon tea, the Alexandra Hotel is a fabulous option. This stunning grade 2 listed Georgian building and boutique hotel overlooks the harbour, so you can take in gorgeous views as you enjoy your afternoon tea.

Afternoon tea here is often enjoyed on the elegant terrace or the beautiful orangery, both lovely venues.

Holmbush Café

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Perhaps you don’t want to eat your afternoon tea in a café – perhaps you’d rather eat it directly on the beach! For that, Holmbush Café is the perfect take away option for afternoon tea in Lyme Regis.

Located in Holmbush car park, you can grab your afternoon tea here before heading down Cobb Road to the seafront to tuck into your scones with an incredible sea view. For more coastal views, read our blog 11 of The Best Lyme Regis Beaches.


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For award-worthy afternoon tea near Lyme Regis, Aroma is an excellent bet, having won the title of “Best Café in the South West” in the 2019 Taste of the West Awards.

This café is brilliant for those with various dietary requirements, with vegetarian, vegan, dairy free and gluten free options. Plus, it’s wonderful for families as they have a play area for children.

The Bell Cliff Restaurant

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Enjoy afternoon tea in this adorable 17th century building, seated at the bottom of the prettily cobbled Broad Street. This adorable eatery is perfect for those holidaying with their pooch, as the venue is proudly dog friendly.

Old Bonded Store Tea Room

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Nestled in yet another of Lyme Regis’ grade 2 listed buildings, this tea room is part of an old storehouse. Perfect for history lovers, when you eat here, you’ll be dining in a piece of Lyme Regis heritage.

The Beach House Café


If you’re looking for something a little different to the traditional English café, The Beach House provides a refreshing twist.

Along with quintessential English breakfasts and afternoon teas, you’ll find delicious Middle Eastern dishes like Shakshuka. Plus, there are plenty of marvellous options for vegan customers.

The Good Food Café

Located on Broad Street, the Good Food Café offers you the option to eat in or take away. Their tasty treats are locally made and there are plenty of gluten free and vegan options.

Plus, if there are any items or tea blends you especially love, you can purchase a few to take home to your friends from the café’s gift shop.

 Amid Giants and Idols

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Whilst many holidaymakers want to take afternoon tea in a traditional and old-fashioned café, Amid Giants and Idols is a cool alternative for those looking a Lyme Regis afternoon that is more modern and trendy.

Swig down one of their artisanal coffees as you munch on a vegan brownie.

Has our list of cosy spots to enjoy afternoon tea in Lyme Regis made your mouth water? When you book a stay at one of our Lyme Regis holiday cottages, you’ll get the chance to try one – or even all- of them!

Plus, we’ve got a guide of some of Lyme Regis’ best restaurants so, lunch and dinner will be covered too!