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Updated: Aug 2, 2023

by Ella Talbot & Rachel Price

Since summer has gone all typically English on us, we may as well embrace another Blighty tradition!

7th – 13th August is Afternoon Tea Week – so grab your straw hats (and brolly) and embrace the age-old quintessentially English tradition of scoffing towers of sandwiches, savoury and sweet snacks paired with all the tea (or something stronger) you can drink.

What better time to explore Sudbury’s scrumptious variety of cafes and restaurants, whilst treating yourself to afternoon delights? If Afternoon Tea is not your thing, then we recommend having a look at our comprehensive Places to Eat & Drink in Sudbury Guide to explore the Sudbury’s extensive range of indie cafes, restaurants and pubs with something to cater to every taste.

Treat yourself to Afternoon Tea in Sudbury:

The Strawberry Teapot

5 Friars Street, Sudbury, CO10 2AA


Opening times: Tues - Sat 10am - 4pm

A teapot time capsule transporting you back to the 1940s with smooth background music and vintage wares all around. The Strawberry Teapot offers a truly splendid moment conveniently located in the centre of town but simultaneously away from it all. With pastel bunting and floral displays cloaking the walls into a vintage oasis, the owners dream of a time capsule tearoom has certainly become a reality.

With a selection of fresh finger sandwiches, homemade scones and a variety of teas to choose from, The Strawberry Teapot’s afternoon tea is a timeless delight. With gluten free and vegan options available as standard, and local Marimba hot chocolate too, The Strawberry Teapot has established itself as one of the best classic afternoon tea spots for miles around. Not to be missed and they're even offering a free glass of prosecco during Afternoon Tea Week with your booking.

Painters at the Angel

43 Friars Street, Sudbury, CO10 2AG


Opening times: Tue - Thurs 9am - 2pm / Fri & Sat 9am - 9pm

Set in historic Friars Street, a stone's throw from Sudbury’s impressive Cricket grounds, lies Painters at the Angel. Sitting pretty in this historic venue with exposed brickwork, beams and green oasis of a garden, dining at Painters is truly an experience to be savoured (and often repeated). With seating inside and out, enjoy your meal alfresco or in the comfort of the comfy timbered framed cafe. Painters prioritise the use of locally sourced produce in all their dishes which makes Painters a true 'local supporting local' champion. Also offering free homemade treats to furry friends, and having portions made for your little ones, they really do cater for all.

Afternoon Teas must be booked in advance - everything is made to order, so you know your tea will be an especially fresh and personal treat. Even more exciting is that for Afternoon Tea Week, Painters have created a special Barbie themed package with themed cakes, decorations, and more! You’re even invited to dress up to really get in the Barbiemania spirit. Takeaway afternoon tea is also an option for those at home celebrations.

Ballingdon Hall

Ballingdon Hill, Sudbury, CO10 7LH


New dates being released for Afternoon Tea this summer: Sittings at 12:00pm-1:30pm & 2:00pm-3:30pm

Why did the 16th Century Grade II listed Elizabethan manor house cross the road? (or more accurately get wheeled up the hill). That's a different story for a different day (read all about it here). Let's stay focused on scones for now...

Following huge demand, Ballingdon Hall are now all booked up throughout August, but never fear the have just released their September Afternoon Tea dates and sittings. Follow their Facebook page for updates.

This exquisite Elizabethan manor house, set amongst the most beautiful grounds in Ballingdon offers Afternoon Tea away from it all in the most secluded of spots, the staff are incredibly welcoming and knowledgable about the house and grounds, so expect a 5-star experience. If you manage to bag a booking, enjoy the traditional selection of pastries, sweet treats, scones and sandwiches on offer as part of the new Afternoon Tea offer. Ballingdon Hall really offers a beautiful and luxurious afternoon treat in an incredible location.

The Watering Place

Weaver's Lane entrance, Gainsborough's House, Sudbury, CO10 2EU

Booking: 01787 710304 /

Opening times: Café is open 9:30am to 5pm daily, with Afternoon Teas available 2 - 4pm.

This sympathetically modern café housed within the newly extended and refurbished Gainsborough's House is a real treat. With a view of the house where a young Thomas Gainsborough spent his formative years complete with a historic scene-setting 400-year-old Mulberry tree, Sudbury's newest Crinkle Crinkle wall built with local Bulmer bricks, take a seat inside or out and soak up the Sudbury atmosphere.

Although a trip to Gainsborough's House and the jaw-dropping new galleries comes highly recommended it is not a necessity for entry to the new cafe with its entrance on Weaver's Lane. With a range of teas and coffees, sandwiches, pastries, scones and other sweet treats, the Afternoon Tea at the Watering Place is a mouth-watering offer. To sweeten the temptation, they’re offering 15% off their afternoon teas during Afternoon Tea Week!

The Mill Hotel

Walnut Tree Lane, Sudbury, Suffolk CO10 1BD


Opening times: Afternoon Tea is served 12pm to 4pm Mon – Sat

Overlooking Sudbury's ancient water meadows where cattle graze over the summer as they have done for seven centuries, Afternoon Tea at The Mill offers another timeless Sudbury experience. With swans gliding past, egrets and herons stalking for their own lunch in the river flowing nearby, it is hard to think of a place more well suited for afternoon tea in the sun, especially for nature lovers.

With a selection of luxurious sandwiches, a scone with local Tiptree jam and clotted cream, and beautifully presented cakes, The Mill offers an escape onto our water meadows and for your taste buds too. Atop all of this, during Afternoon Tea Week The Mill are offering a 25% discount off cream teas!

Don't forget to check out our: Places to Eat & Drink in Sudbury Guide

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