English Afternoon Tea at The Vicarage Freehouse and Rooms *

We were invited to The Vicarage Freehouse and Rooms which is located in the beautiful village of Holmes Chapel, East Cheshire to try out their savoury and classic Afternoon Tea and to share what we thought about it with our readers.  Being avid foodies and Afternoon Tea fans, we were happy to head to the refurbished 17th Century Grade II listed country pub to check out their Afternoon Tea.  This was perfect timing as we wanted to head out somewhere without the kids and enjoy a couple of hours relaxing and spending some quality time just chatting and catching up with each other. Its like an afternoon ‘date night’ and early Father’s Day celebration…with just the two of us. Here’s a short HD video slide show if you wanted to see some sneak peak shots of the the Classic and Savory selection and some visuals of the The Vicarage.

The Vicarage is a lovely hotel which has 26 en-suite bedrooms and their restaurant and bar areas cater to their in-house guests and walk in clients. We were adviced to make prior booking before we headed for our Afternoon Tea as all the food is home made and items are freshly made everyday.


We loved how beautiful the bone china tea cups and saucers looked, the designs were so lovely and quaint.  As we sat down to admire the cups, we were greeted by the Manager who showed us a lovely box of tea to try with our meal. The selection included Earl Grey, English Breakfast, Chai Spice, Green Mint, Chum Mee Green and Red Berries. We picked the Earl Grey as well as the Chum Mee Green Tea to have with our meal.  If you are not a tea person, don’t worry, they also serve Jaunty Goat Arabica  Americano.


We loved the decor in the restaurant, the little things around made it that more sophisticated, homey and inviting.


Let’s start with the Newly introduced Savoury Afternoon Tea which served black pudding scotch eggs, apricot sausage roll, meat & potato pasty, pastrami en croute, caramalised onions, cream cheese and chives and  cheddar cheese & smoked bacon scone. We took our time tasting each items and we have to say that the selection tasted amazing! My favourite had to be the black pudding scotch eggs as well as the caramalised onions, as the egg was cooked perfectly and the black pudding gave it a lovely flavour but it was not overpowering. The caramalised onions on the other hand was delicious and went perfectly with all the savoury items. The apricot and pork roll was both sweet and salty at the same time, invoking so many different flavours and were delicious. We also love the pastrami encroute as it was just the right size to eat in one mouth full. The cream cheese went well with the scone which was light and perfectly cooked. The Savoury Afternoon Tea is priced at £39.95 and is for Two, to be honest…we were surprised that we were quite full after eating this as it did look like there was not much on the plate.


Next, we were served the Sparkling Classic Afternoon Tea which cost £19 (if you are just having the Classic Afternoon Tea without the glas of Prosecco it will only cost you £15.  Here we were served with some sandwiches (sweet meat with pastrami rye bread, egg mayo on white bread), roasted red pepper as well as smoke salmon cheese en croute), frangipane tart, lemon meringue pie, homemade fruit scone served with clotted cream and jam and a selection of cake which included an indulgent chocolate brownie served with honey comb. As you can see in the photo below…we were so spoilt for choices and did not know where to begin! Everything looked so tempting. I preferred the fruit scone to the earlier cheese and bacon scone as the clotted cream and jam complimented it so well. I would have preferred for the strawberry jam to be homemade as well instead of coming in a jar as everything else was homemade. The cakes tasted amazingly delicious and the size was perfect.


Our glass of fizz or prosecco which went perfectly well with our Afternoon Tea.


We totally loved the interior decor of the restaurant, there are two parts to the restaurant, the below is next to the bar and more cosy and British styled quirky furnitures whiel the second room was more open with lots of windows and clear lighting coming in. You can see the visuals of this in the video.


Afternoon Teas are a great way to spend a couple of hours relaxing trying different tea’s as well as finger foods and savoury items.


What types of afternoon teas are bring offered?

There are in total four types of afternoon teas, we tried the classic afternoon tea as well as the new Savoury Afternoon Tea for Two. There are the details of all the Afternoon Tea

Classic Afternoon Tea – £15

Loose leaf tea or Jaunty Goat Arabica coffee, a selection of finger sandwiches, fruit scones, strawberries, clotted cream, cake selection

Sparkling Afternoon Tea – £19

A classic afternoon tea served with a glass of fizz

Vicarage G & Tea – £19

Tonic with a choice of gin from our collection and a classic Afternoon tea

NEW: Savoury Afternoon Tea – 39.90 for two

Loose leaf tea or Jaunty Goat Arabica Americano, scotch egg, meat & potato pasty, cheddar cheese & smoked bacon scone, pork terrine, selection of sandwiches.
Minimum 2 people | Booking required

Things to note

  • Do note that on Thursdays they have a ‘2 for 1’ Afternoon Tea offer
  • Bookings have to be made in advance
  • Give them a ring and let them know if you have a dietary requirement and they are happy to assist.
  • They try to source all of their produce locally with a menu driven by the gardeners, foragers, farmers and suppliers of Cheshire
  • The restaurant is dog friendly, hence yes! Do bring your dogs in if you want to.

Where is The Vicarage Freehouse & Rooms? 
Knutsford Road
Cranage, Holmes Chapel
Phone: 01477 533393
Email: info@thevicaragehotel.co.uk

What time is the Afternoon Tea Served?

Its served from 11am until 3pm everyday


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* We were invited to try out the Afternoon Tea for Two for free in return for a feature. All opinions are our own.


  1. June 18, 2018 / 8:39 am

    Afternoon tea is my absolute favourite! Looks like you had a wonderful time! In particularly like the savoury afternoon tea idea, great for anyone who doesn’t have a sweet tooth like me!

    • yeahlifestyle
      June 18, 2018 / 10:32 am

      Yes Alicia, we loved the Savoury Afternoon Tea as well, its so well made with great flavours.

  2. June 18, 2018 / 11:15 am

    We’ve done Afternoon Tea at Barristers a few times but still not been to The Vicarage.

    • yeahlifestyle
      June 18, 2018 / 12:22 pm

      Well made you could try The Vicarage next time Jo, you would love it there.

  3. June 18, 2018 / 11:18 am

    I’m a huge afternoon tea fan but being veggie, it’s hard to find a place that’ll accommodate me… Do the Vicarage offer vegetarian options?

    Oliver x

    • yeahlifestyle
      June 18, 2018 / 12:22 pm

      Yes they do Oliver, they will cater for most requirements, if they know before hand. Do give them a ring and speak to them.

  4. June 18, 2018 / 11:23 am

    Oh gosh I adore afternoon tea and love that they have a 2 for 1 offer on one of the days. This looks like such an imaginative version, it makes me want to plan a trip right now!

    • yeahlifestyle
      June 18, 2018 / 12:21 pm

      So glad to hear that Nichola, you won’t be disappointed at all, the cakes and pastries are all homemade and taste amazing!

  5. June 18, 2018 / 3:39 pm

    I have to admit it’s usually my mum I take out for afternoon tea but it works so well as a Father’s day treat too!

  6. June 18, 2018 / 6:29 pm

    Ooh I love afternoon tea and this looks amazing!! I think afternoon tea may well be my favourite thing ever, it’s such a lovely treat too for someone special!

    • yeahlifestyle
      June 18, 2018 / 6:37 pm

      Yes indeed, the petite looks food served in fine bone china just made us feel that much more special.

  7. June 19, 2018 / 6:16 am

    I keep dropping hints to hubby that I want to do an afternoon tea. This looks fabulous – if only I lived closer

    • yeahlifestyle
      June 19, 2018 / 6:37 am

      Yes it certainly is Kara, it makes you feel so special

  8. June 19, 2018 / 8:05 am

    Afternoon Tea is one of my favourite things ever, and this place looks like a super venue with a wonderful set up! I’ll have to visit here one day!

    • yeahlifestyle
      June 19, 2018 / 8:51 am

      Hope you do Elizabeth, we totally loved it there, the ambiance was befitting the food x

  9. June 19, 2018 / 9:21 am

    Oh that’s a nice slightly alternative savoury selection of food, it all looks really tasty x

    • yeahlifestyle
      June 19, 2018 / 11:53 am

      It certainly was Rhian x

  10. June 19, 2018 / 9:33 am

    How pretty is this. I do love a good yummy afternoon tea. For me it is all about the scones, jam and lashings of cream x

    • yeahlifestyle
      June 19, 2018 / 11:53 am

      You’re absolutely right, in the end it comes down to the scone!

  11. June 19, 2018 / 1:10 pm

    I love an afternoon tea! The classic one sounds perfect to me.

    • yeahlifestyle
      June 19, 2018 / 1:36 pm

      How wonderful, hope you get a chance to try the afternoon tea at The Vicarage Natasha

  12. Jemma
    June 19, 2018 / 2:03 pm

    I love an afternoon tea and it’s been so long since I had one. Looks amazing!

    • yeahlifestyle
      June 19, 2018 / 7:47 pm

      It certainly tasted amazing as well Jemma x

    • yeahlifestyle
      June 19, 2018 / 7:47 pm

      Yes it certainly does, and we think so too

  13. June 19, 2018 / 9:47 pm

    I just have one more question, I was wondering as to whether they are able to create a vegetarian afternoon tea as well? I love afternoon tea so I was just wondering! Glad you had a lovely time x

    • yeahlifestyle
      June 20, 2018 / 6:44 am

      I am sure they are Ana, they are happy to cater to your requests if the chef knows your requirements in advance

  14. Angela Ricardo Bethea
    June 20, 2018 / 6:55 am

    This is such a great place to have an afternoon tea. I would love to visit it someday.

    • yeahlifestyle
      June 20, 2018 / 8:03 am

      Hope you do Angela, its really beautiful there

  15. June 20, 2018 / 4:43 pm

    I love going out for afternoon tea. Such a mega treat. This place looks amazing and the food the same. Shame im not located closer x

  16. June 20, 2018 / 6:05 pm

    I do love an afternoon tea!This looks delicious and the interior is just beautiful!

  17. June 22, 2018 / 6:55 pm

    ah I love afternoon tea, this one looks lovely, so nice to go for treats like this x

    • yeahlifestyle
      June 23, 2018 / 1:28 pm

      Yes definitely Fritha, they had a great selection

  18. June 23, 2018 / 5:51 am

    I love the idea of a savoury afternoon tea! Something a little different from the traditional. It looks delicious.

    • yeahlifestyle
      June 23, 2018 / 1:28 pm

      Yes we loved it as well Jen, its a great idea for a late / early lunch snack

  19. June 24, 2018 / 6:31 pm

    I would be all over that savoury tea, it looks delicious and I like the sound of the black pudding scotch egg. Mich x

    • yeahlifestyle
      June 25, 2018 / 7:10 am

      We totally loved the black pudding scotch egg, top class that was

    • yeahlifestyle
      June 25, 2018 / 7:09 am

      How wonderful! Hope you enjoyed your stat at The Vicarage and yes do head there again if you have the chance

  20. June 29, 2018 / 6:58 am

    I’ve not got a huge sweet tooth so I’d definitely be all over that savoury afternoon tea! Sounds delicious!!!

    • yeahlifestyle
      June 29, 2018 / 11:53 am

      Absolutely delish! We both loved it x

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