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There’s no shortage of cafés in the Wakefield district, so to be sure you’re never far from a good cuppa, we’ve found the best places to have afternoon tea in Wakefield.
Whether you’ve been at Pugneys for the day, shopping in the city centre or exploring the Yorkshire Sculpture Museum, there’s always a café nearby.
This list comprises several cafés both in the city centre and around the five towns, all of which serve afternoon tea.
1. Marmalade On The Square
Marmalade on the square is a cute shabby chic cafe literally on the corner of one of the old main high streets of Wakefield. The cafe has been there for several years and is a popular choice for a great place to have a hot drink and watch the world go by.
The cafe is unique, quaint and has a lovely light and calming decor. Many regular visitors have stated that they haven’t been able to finish everything on the tier plates and have been able to take home the leftovers.
They provide vegan and vegetarian options on their afternoon tea and standard lunch menus. Many visitors love the decor and mismatched china for the serving dishes and cups.
Price Per Person – £12.50 Per Person for the Cheshire Cat afternoon tea, £14.00 for the Mad Hatters afternoon tea and £18.95 for the Queen of Hearts afternoon tea.
What’s Included – This includes a variety of sandwiches (4), 1 large scone with plenty of clotted cream and jam, 1 large piece of cake which you can choose yourself or the choice of a cupcake, crisps to accompany the sandwiches and unlimited tea.
You can upgrade your drink to any drink available on the menu for an extra cost. The Mad Hatters afternoon tea needs 24 hours notice due to the table arrangement as they provide a full set up of tablecloths, napkins and set it out as a tea party.
The Queen of Hearts afternoon tea includes the same as the previous with extras such as chocolates and Yorkshire tea loaf.
Book In Advance – Yes preferably especially on weekends. I think during the week would be more flexible and not require booking but always best to ring ahead. You can book by ringing or going into the shop or head to the Facebook page for more information.
Serving Time – 9.30 am – 4 pm.
2. The Conservatory
The Conservatory is located on little Westgate next to a flower shop. The building itself is pretty old and definitely a traditional-looking cafe. However, the outer appearance is vintage, unique and old-world, and the inside is quite similar.
The interior may come across as a little dated to some, but this may be a better option for the older audience to come for afternoon tea in Wakefield. The ground floor is the sandwich shop and on the upper level is the floor to sit in and relax.
They also provide a cream tea that includes a scone, whipped cream and jam, and a pot of tea.
Price Per Person – Standard afternoon tea is £7.99, premium afternoon tea is £8.99 and luxury afternoon tea is £9.99.
What’s Included – The standard afternoon tea gives you a choice of sandwiches from 4 options on the menu. Not sure if this means you get 4 flavours or just one sandwich choice, along with cream scone, mini pastries and Yorkshire tea.
The premium afternoon tea includes the same but the selection of sandwiches are from 8 choices along with a choice of Yorkshire tea, English tea or earl grey. The luxury afternoon tea includes the same as the previous but the sandwich choice is from 11 varieties and choice of any tea.
The choices of sandwiches are listed from 1 to 11 on the menu, so you can choose from 1-4 for the standard, 1-8 for the premium and 1-11 for the luxury.
Book In Advance – No, though the premises is small so ring ahead on weekends. They don’t have a website but have a facebook page if you need to contact them.
Serving Time – 9 am – 3.30 pm
3. Mocca Moocho
Mocca Moocho is located a 2-minute walk from Marmalade On The Square and next to a sewing shop.
The cafe is decorated a little richer in colours with a dark exterior and a more lavish interior.
The cafe also serves a vegetarian afternoon tea for those who require it. Many reviews stated that you get lots of food for your money, and many have been able to take home the leftovers.
Price Per Person – Prices vary depending on what you have, standard afternoon tea is £9.95, with unlimited tea or coffee the price is 10.95.
You can upgrade your afternoon tea again to include a glass of prosecco which would cost £12.95 or to have your own mini bottle of prosecco would be £14.95.
What’s Included – A selection of sandwiches, I believe 4 flavours, one scone with clotted cream and jam and a selection of small cakes.
Book In Advance – No, I would ring ahead especially if you are a large group or visiting on the weekend. The cafe doesn’t have a website but has a Facebook page if you need to contact them or need any further details.
Serving Time – Daily, no specific time is stated.
4. Mr & Mrs C’s
Directly next door to Marmalade On The Square, Mr & Mrs C’s is a recent addition to the cafe scene over the past few years. The cafe is very light, bright and modern, with a vintage twist in the decor.
The tables are all made from pallets and painted in a chalky style. The whole atmosphere gives you a sense of luxury dining in a relaxing setting. The food and drinks are extremely well presented on boards and jars for drinks.
The cutlery, plates, and cups were all mix-matched but extremely cute and added another level of colour and style to the cafe itself.
We ordered 3-afternoon teas, which all came on one stand, beautifully decorated and presented.
We were given the option between sultana scones or cherry scones. I liked the addition of a small bowl of plain flavour crisps to nibble on in between sandwiches.
We were also given the choice of 4 different cakes that had been made fresh. The options were Victoria Sponge, chocolate cake, carrot cake and red velvet cake.
After not being able to fit in everything, we were given containers to take the remainders home. The staff were accommodating, polite and friendly, and everything was made fresh for you.
Price Per Person – £10.00 per person, upgrade to afternoon tea with prosecco for £14.50 per person.
What’s Included – A selection of sandwiches, crisps, clotted cream scone, a slice of cake (your choice) and a pot of tea or Americano coffee.
Book In Advance – Not always, I think the cafe gets quite busy on Fridays and weekends, so you may want to book to save disappointment. The cafe does not have a website but has a Facebook page with opening times, events and contact details.
Serving Time – Available after 1.30 pm
5. The Yorkshire Deli
The Yorkshire Deli is a fairly new place to eat in Wakefield. However, we have had the pleasure of eating there for lunch, and the food was amazing. Though small, it is mighty in flavour and has plenty of character in the atmosphere, friendly staff, and food.
The Yorkshire Deli is located a little out of town but in a great spot as there is parking directly opposite. It is also on bus routes and within walking distance from the main streets of Wakefield.
The food is made fresh and is presented in a stylish fashion, which makes dining an experience much more enjoyable.
Price Per Person – £19.95 Per Person
Book In Advance – I would personally book in advance as it gets quite busy. Depending on how many people are going and what time. Head to their website for more details and contact information.
What’s Included – A pot of tea, selection of savoury bites, sandwiches, homemade cakes and scones. You can add a glass of prosecco for £3.00.
Serving Time – Not Specified
6. Cedar Court Hotel
Cedar Court Hotel is a popular place for visitors to come and stay in the Wakefield area; along with those, it hosts many events such as weddings, craft fairs and tribute nights.
There are three places you can enjoy afternoon tea in the hotel, the bar, the restaurant, and a new addition is the outdoor seating area.
Price Per Person – £11.00 Per Person, it doesn’t specify any extra price for adding as a glass of Champagne.
What’s Included – 4 different flavour sandwiches, a scone with clotted cream and jam, a variety of cakes and Yorkshire Tea.
Book In Advance – Yes.
Serving Time – Afternoon Tea is served daily, no specific times are stated. Ring ahead to make sure no booking is required, I would book if you are wanting to visit on a weekend or if you have a large party.
7. Blacker Hall Farm
Blacker Hall Farm is a large farm shop on the route from Wakefield centre to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park. The farm shop offers unique gifts, fresh food, an in-house butcher and baker, and a cafe.
The cafe is one of the biggest attractions and quickly gets busy on the weekend, especially for breakfast.
There is a wide selection of different afternoon tea sets at Blacker Hall Farm; these include the usual afternoon tea, vegetarian afternoon tea, gluten-free afternoon tea, cream tea and high tea.
Each afternoon tea set can be upgraded to include a 125ml glass of Prosecco. Blacker Hall Farm is an excellent place for afternoon tea in Wakefield as there are lovely shops to look in afterwards.
Price Per Person – Afternoon Tea is £12.95, Vegetarian Afternoon Tea is £12.95, Gluten-free Afternoon Tea is £12.95, High Tea is £13.95 and Cream Tea is £5.00
What’s Included – The afternoon tea sets include 4 different filled sandwiches, a freshly baked scone with clotted cream and fruit jam, Yorkshire tea loaf with Yorkshire honey and Wensleydale cheese, chocolate orange and hazelnut gateau, raspberry and gin cheesecake, salted caramel treacle tart and bottomless Taylors of Harrogate tea or coffee or your choice.
The high tea includes a sausage roll slice, pork pie slice, quiche of the day, Abbot’s gold cheddar and caramelised onions, freshly baked bread, pickled onions, red cabbage and carrot slaw and fruity autumn chutney. This also comes with the same desserts as afternoon tea.
Finally, the Yorkshire cream tea includes a freshly baked scone in a variety of flavours available (cherry, date, fruit, plain, gluten-free), served with Fruity Kitchen Yorkshire jam and clotted cream.
Book In Advance – Preferably book in advance due to the popularity of the venue and it can get very busy. The website has all the details for the cafe, shop and products they have available.
Serving Time – Served from 11.30 every day.
8. Lakeside Cafe Newmillerdam
We recently ate at Lakeside Cafe after a walk around Newmillerdam. The cafe is located on the edge of the parking on one side of the lake. It is a small building set back from the parking area but still offers lovely views.
The parking is not free so remember to change the parking meter. The Lakeside Cafe is a lovely place for afternoon tea in Wakefield. The view of the water and countryside make the experience so much nicer.
Price Per Person – £14.95 Per Person, upgrade to a glass of prosecco accompaniment is £16.95 or for a signature cocktail is £17.95.
Book In Advance – Yes, there is a £5.00 deposit to pay to keep the table and so initial prep can be done for the food. The website has all the contact details and a full menu to browse before going. Go to their website for more information and contact information.
Serving Time – The cafe is open from 9 am – 3 pm, though bookings after 2 pm would not be accepted.
9. Moo Cafe at Farmer Copleys
Farmer Copleys is a farm located in Pontefract. The farm has incorporated several different activities and facilities for families over the last decade, including pumpkin patches, corn mazes and strawberry picking.
The adults have transformed a large wooden barn into a delightful cafe with both indoor and outdoor seating. The cafe serves a delicious afternoon tea and offers a range of single sandwiches, soups and cakes.
Price Per Person – £14.99 Per Person or £25.00 for 2 people.
What’s Included – As the afternoon tea is a new addition to the menu, I have inquired and waiting for more information.
Book In Advance – Yes, as the service is new I would advise booking in advance. Especially for weekends as that is the busiest time. The website has all the information and contact details to make a booking.
Serving Time – Served between 3 pm and 5 pm.