11 Fabulous Family-Friendly Afternoon Teas in Norwich

Vicky Gayle
Dec 12, 2023 By Vicky Gayle
Originally Published on Aug 06, 2020
Child looking at the food at a family-friendly afternoon tea in Norwich.

Afternoon tea can be fun for all the family and you'll find a growing number of places that welcome children.

For younger children, it's an experience which will make them feel special. Meanwhile, older kids get to experience a day of 'adulting', enjoying sandwiches and scones in a new and exciting setting.

Norwich is home to some top places to eat, so have fun choosing where's best for your family afternoon tea.

Biddy's Tea Room

You might not feel you'll appreciate more than 50 blends of tea but just think – the whole family is guaranteed to find a flavour they like. At Biddy's Tea Room "you choose the afternoon tea you fancy".

Their delightful bakes are sure to keep even the fussiest, little diners happy. Be sure to book children in, even if they're not eating.

Where Is It? 15 Lower Goat Lane, Norwich, Norfolk, NR2 1EL.

How Much To Budget For: 'Halfternoon' tea for two starts at £24.90.

Don't Miss: A chunk of millionaire's shortbread.

The Assembly House

Let your children lose themselves in the magic of Alice in Wonderland at this firm family favourite in Norwich. The Assembly House does variety best.

They have a range of different menus and also run themed events, with limited edition teas and cakes. Choose classic, vegan, vegetarian, gluten free or their special children's menu for those aged 12 and under. Surely no child can resist Tweedledum and Tweedledee scones or the Mad Hatter's savouries.

Where Is It? Theatre Street, Norwich, Norfolk, NR2 1RQ.

How Much To Budget For: £45 for two people and £12.95 each child.

Don't Miss: A visit to one of Norwich city centre's most historic buildings.

Young child enjoying food at a family-friendly afternoon tea.


Harriets offers a traditional English experience and, judging by how beautiful its Norwich tearoom looks, you won't be disappointed. Five of Harriets' teas are unique to them and with each special or savoury afternoon tea, diners are offered a free teapot refill.

To keep children entertained, Harriets' afternoon teas arrive with an activity, so, while they colour in, you can order a glass of champagne from £7.95.

Where Is It? 38 London Street, Norwich, Norfolk, NR2 1LD.

How Much To Budget For: £19.45 for adults, £7.55 for children.

Don't Miss: A 10% discount code when you sign up to Harriets' newsletter.

Delicious treats at a table for two for afternoon tea.

Britons Arms

This Medieval building survived Norwich's great fire of 1507, so is steeped in history. Traditional afternoon tea is served across two floors here and when the weather allows, guests can bag a table in its tranquil and intimate garden. The Britons Arms also offers child sized portions for kids with smaller appetites.

Where Is It? 9 Elm Hill, Norwich, Norfolk, NR3 1HN.

How Much To Budget For: Call for prices.

Don't Miss: Sampling locally-made produce.

A platter of jam and cream scones at afternoon tea at Britons Arms, Norwich.

Urban Jungle

Cosy and cool, Urban Jungle is an ideal spot for your green-fingered children, mum and the dog – so lots of boxes ticked. Where else can you enjoy afternoon tea in Norwich surrounded by greenery and then take your children to look at Koi Carp fish?

(Nowhere.) This is why Urban Jungle is a fascinating place to spend an afternoon.

Where Is It? Ringland Lane, Old Costessey, Norwich, Norfolk, NR8 5BG.

How Much To Budget For: £20 per person.

Don't Miss: The Arid Tunnel where the desert plants live.

Jarrold At The Refectory Cafe

Before you've even sat down to eat, your little historians will have time to explore 900 years of history at Norwich Cathedral, which is known to be one of the most magnificent in England. The cathedral itself offers so much to see and do for the entire family.

Its light-filled dining area is a feast for both the eyes and stomach now Jarrold, Norwich's award-winning independent department store, took over management of the cafe in 2019.

Where Is It? 65 The Close, Norwich, Norfolk, NR1 4DH.

How Much To Budget For: Call for prices.

Don't Miss: Eating inside the city's second-best attraction on Trip Advisor.

Glen Lodge

A golf club might not be the first place you consider for traditional afternoon tea, however, Bawburgh offers a lot for a family day out.

This south Norfolk village is just five miles away from Norwich city centre so you can escape the busy city in less than 15 minutes, if you're driving. Norwich Family Golf Centre, where you'll find the 18-hole Adventure Golf site, is just another two minutes drive away.

There are afternoon teas to suit all budgets and the children's menu, at £7.95 per child, extends to under 16s.

Where Is It? Marlingford Road, Bawburgh, Norfolk, NR9 3LU.

How Much To Budget For: £15.95 per adult.

Don't Miss: Views over the golf course.

Sweet treats for afternoon tea overlooking the golf course.

A Piece Of Cake Tearoom

With homemade cakes and plenty of gluten-free alternatives, including the cafe's renowned cheese scone, families are well catered for at the River Rooms. What A Piece of Cake might lack in grandiosity, it makes up for with solid service and a beautiful space.

The afternoon tea menu is adaptable so you can either choose your own fillings for finger sandwiches or go with what's on the set menu. The same goes for cakes.

Where Is It? The River Rooms, Church Close, Coltishall, Norfolk, NR12 7DL.

How Much To Budget For: £17 per person.

Don't Miss: The cafe's view of the marshes.

Heydon Village Tea Shop

Photos of afternoon tea here in this Norfolk village are enough to sell it for anyone.

Cakes are decoratively topped with everything from edible flowers to sparkles and sprinkles, which are guaranteed to get "ooh's" and "ahh's" when they arrive at the table. Heydon is a small village of just 100 residents, but the village tea shop won Best Afternoon Tea at the Norfolk Food and Drink Awards in 2017.

After tucking into classic afternoon tea, the whole family can walk off the sugar with a stroll around this pretty village.

Where Is It? The Street, Heydon, Norwich, Norfolk, NR11 6AD.

How Much To Budget For: £20 per person.

Don't Miss: A lavender scone, if available.

Pretty plate of cakes and pastries.

Patisserie Valerie

Patisserie Valerie is the first chain cafe to appear in the list and for good reasons. Sometimes, afternoon tea is a spur of the moment treat and Patisserie Valerie is one of the few places where there's no need to pre-book.

Luxury afternoon tea here includes miniature patisserie, tea, sandwiches, quiche and of course, scones with clotted cream.

At selected branches, you also have the option to add two glasses of Prosecco. Ask staff for the cafe's main children's menu because on it there'll be plenty of activities to entertain them.

Where Is It? Davey Place, Norwich, Norfolk, NR2 1PQ.

How Much To Budget For: £25 for two.

Don't Miss: Your chance to leave with one of Patisserie Valerie's other pastries and cakes..


Byfords is a short three miles from the Norfolk coast in the market town of Holt.

It’s popular partly because of the location where there are festivals and lots of green spaces to explore. Byfords has added an extra to their classic afternoon tea, so if you want everything plus a scotch egg, quiche and sausage roll, you can enjoy high tea at an extra £9 for two people – £43 in total.

The finger sandwiches are perfect for little diners as well as mini fruit and cheese scones alongside a selection of mini cakes.

Where Is It? Shirehall Plain, Holt, Norfolk, NR25 6BG.

How Much To Budget For: Prices start at £34 for two.

Don't Miss: Byford's posh adult brownie which is dairy and gluten-free.

Family-friendly afternoon tea for two in the garden at Byfords.

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Written by Vicky Gayle

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Vicky Gayle

Vicky is an avid explorer living in Birmingham and is an auntie to four nieces and nephews. She believes in being a tourist in her own town and enjoys discovering new experiences. She has a Bachelor's degree in Journalism from the University of Central Lancashire. Vicky loves to share her finds and regularly sends event ideas to her friends. As many of her friends are parents, she is always on the lookout for child-friendly activities to recommend. Vicky is open-minded and willing to try most things at least once.

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