Festive Afternoon Tea at Bridgemere Garden Centre Review **

Afternoon teas are fabulous and so quintessentially British! We love heading to afternoon tea to savour both sweet and savoury treats, and festive-themed ones are even better because they get us into the Christmas mood. We were recently invited to head to Bridgemere, a Wyevale Garden Centre in Nantwich, Cheshire, to try out their new Festive Afternoon Tea with Prosecco, which will be served until Christmas Eve. If you are an avid reader of ours, you’ll remember us heading there last year for their Tea with Santa with our kids, which was a fabulous experience. So we were excited to see what they had to offer us this time. Read on to find out what we thought…


We love heading to Bridgemere, especially at Christmastime because the decorations are stunning, with pretty lights, and the sale is not to be missed! We also enjoy visiting because it’s easy to get to and there’s plenty of free parking available. It’s a fabulous destination for the whole family – even if you have toddlers in tow.

We have just shared some of the decorations you can find in store. There are also lots of aromatic garden plants and festive-themed plant decorations, both for indoors and outdoors, available to buy. Some items are very reasonably priced and others more expensive, so there’s a wide range to suit all budgets.


We recommend booking your Festive Afternoon Tea session on the company’s website before you arrive because slots are limited and you don’t want to be waiting around or left disappointed.  When you arrive at Bridgemere Garden Centre, there are two eateries. One is the Garden Kitchen Cafe and the other is the Garden Kitchen Restaurant. Head to the Garden Kitchen Restaurant and approach a member of staff, who will guide you to your table, which will already have your name placed on it.


The Festive Afternoon Tea with Prosecco


That’s us at the start of our Festive Afternoon Tea, which starts at 2.30pm daily until Christmas Eve. The little touches of the Christmas crackers, as well as the Christmas card, were really nice. It would have been more festive if there was more decorations placed on the trays.


The Festive Afternoon Cake Stands came in three tiers. The first tier consisted of St Clements cake, blackberry pavlova, mini macarons and a festive iced fruit cake. The iced fruit cake was our favourite, while the macarons were perfect with their little feet and being soft on the inside and crunchy on the outside. The St Clements cake was a little too sweet for us, and we were also hoping for some mince pies, which were missing.


The second tier consisted of two large cranberry and cinnamon scones, clotted cream and jams. Made from wholemeal flour, the scones tasted delicious and very festive! Our scones came cold, but when we asked for them to be warmed up the staff were very courteous and obliged.  The scones easily broke because they were soft and almost melted in the mouth, so we’d advise handling them with care.


The third tier was filled with sandwiches. There was Somerset brie, cranberry and spinach on white farmhouse loaf; and turkey with sage and onion stuffing and mayonnaise on malted, seeded farmhouse loaf. All were delicious and gorgeous, but the Somerset brie was our favourite and we couldn’t stop eating them!


How much does the Festive Afternoon Tea cost?

The Festive Afternoon Tea costs £16 for two or £22 for two with Prosecco.


How do I book it?

To ensure your spot, you would need to pre-book your afternoon tea by heading to their website here : Festive Afternoon TeaRemember to select the Garden Centre closest to you and then pick the date of your choice. The Festive Afternoon Tea starts at 2.30pm for about an hour and this ends on Christmas Eve.


Things to note

  • Cranberry & cinnamon scones are subject to availability and an alternative may be served.
  • Advance notification is required if you or any of your party have specific dietary requirements
  • Gluten free options available, please enquire beforehand
  • The (v) symbol is located next to the menu item for vegetarians



Where is Bridgemere Garden Centre ?
Nantwich Cheshire CW5 7QB
Tel : 0844 288 5173


What are Bridgemere Garden Centre’s Opening Hours?
Monday to Saturday – 9am to 6pm
Sunday – 10.30am to 4.30pm.


About Bridgemere Garden Centre

50 years ago, their centre opened as a rose nursery. Today, they are Britain’s largest centre, selling a huge range of top-quality plants and gardening products. Come and explore their six acres of award-winning show gardens, then let them help you choose everything you need to transform your own garden. Great shopping facilities, wildlife trails and play areas make their centre a fun family day out.

You may also want to read this:

Breakfast or Tea with Santa

English Afternoon Tea at The Vicarage Freehouse and Rooms

Quintessentially English Afternoon Tea


** Note: This is a collaborative post.  All views are our own.


  1. November 30, 2018 / 4:23 pm

    Love the foodie! And your pictures look great. Glad they offer gluten-free ones too. Thanks for sharing this!

    • yeahlifestyle
      November 30, 2018 / 10:36 pm

      Your welcome, thank you for stopping by

  2. November 30, 2018 / 5:28 pm

    That looks like such a fun time! That food looks so good, and I love the atmosphere. I call that a great way to spend some time.

    • yeahlifestyle
      November 30, 2018 / 10:36 pm

      Absolutely with family or friends, why not …treat yourself

  3. November 30, 2018 / 6:31 pm

    Those polar bears are just adorable. That sandwich though! Wow, delicious!

    • yeahlifestyle
      November 30, 2018 / 10:36 pm

      Yes I totally loved the polar bears, they move too. The sandwich was yummy!

  4. November 30, 2018 / 7:02 pm

    Looks like you had a wonderful time and the food looks good too!

    • yeahlifestyle
      November 30, 2018 / 10:35 pm

      Yes it was lovely, got us all ready for Christmas

  5. November 30, 2018 / 7:31 pm

    This looks like the cutest place ever! Love it!

    • yeahlifestyle
      November 30, 2018 / 10:35 pm

      Yes it is and they serve good afternoon teas with a Christmas theme to it

  6. November 30, 2018 / 11:00 pm

    This is definitely the place to be! Love it and the food looks delicious yum!!! Thank you so much for sharing.

    • yeahlifestyle
      December 1, 2018 / 8:57 am

      Your welcome Chad, we love sharing about the places we go and visit as we know most of our readers are foodies like us x

  7. December 1, 2018 / 3:53 am

    What a delightful afternoon tea! 🙂 I love the festive touches. What a great way to get you into the Christmas spirit! 🙂

    • yeahlifestyle
      December 1, 2018 / 8:55 am

      Absolutely, it was a lovely afternoon spent chatting about Christmas as we enjoyed some sandwiches and cakes

  8. Shar
    December 1, 2018 / 5:52 pm

    Aw this place looks so cute and perfect! The food looks absolutely delicious too 🙂 What a great place to spend time!

    • yeahlifestyle
      December 2, 2018 / 10:15 am

      Yes it is very beautiful there! A fab place to spend some quality time with friends or family

  9. December 1, 2018 / 6:07 pm

    I had my first Wyevale afternoon tea in the summer and it was lovely, would love to try a Christmas one

    • yeahlifestyle
      December 2, 2018 / 10:14 am

      How wonderful to hear that Kara! Hope you enjoyed your summer one, the Christmas one is also worth trying and The Garden Centre is so stunning with loads of offers, so when your feet get tired why not stop off for Afternoon Tea

  10. December 1, 2018 / 7:38 pm

    All of those sweets look so good! I wish I had afternoon tea when I visited England. It would’ve been such a cool experience!

    • yeahlifestyle
      December 2, 2018 / 10:13 am

      It is something you cannot miss, as it is very British!

  11. December 2, 2018 / 12:09 am

    What a fun and festive afternoon high tea! The sandwiches look delish and I’m so glad you had a wonderful time 🙂 xo, Suzanne

    • yeahlifestyle
      December 2, 2018 / 10:12 am

      Thank you and yes we did, glad you enjoyed the read too

  12. December 2, 2018 / 2:49 am

    What a sweet little winter wonderland to have afternoon tea in. I love that they offer gluten free. So many need that these days.

    • yeahlifestyle
      December 2, 2018 / 10:11 am

      Absolutely! Its a good variety there and they would cater for most allergy if you let them know in advance

  13. December 2, 2018 / 1:39 pm

    This looks like an awesome afternoon tea and a lovely way to share an afternoon with your friends!

    • yeahlifestyle
      December 2, 2018 / 5:36 pm

      Thank you and yes you are right, it was a lovely afternoon spent

  14. December 3, 2018 / 1:53 pm

    I really NEED those polar bears! So cute!

    • yeahlifestyle
      December 4, 2018 / 11:55 am

      Hahaha those polar bears are on sale Erica!! Head to the Garden Centre to get yourself one

  15. Courtney
    December 4, 2018 / 3:45 am

    Omg how cute is this place!! I would love to go for tea sometime!!!

    • yeahlifestyle
      December 4, 2018 / 11:50 am

      Hope you do get the chance Courtney, its so lovely there especially with all the Christmas decorations

  16. Nailil
    December 4, 2018 / 3:42 pm

    This seems like a good way to spend the afternoon. I wish there was a tea time somewhere near me.

    • yeahlifestyle
      December 5, 2018 / 9:18 am

      Well with this tea set, you don’t need to head anywhere, just have it in your own home

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