Children’s Afternoon Tea in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire – Afternoon Tea is such a treat, and when there’s a children’s menu you know that your little ones are welcome, however posh the venue! Here are highlights from teas we’ve personally tried in the Granite City, at a mix of price points. AD – Gifted/Affiliate Links
Meldrum House Hotel, Oldmeldrum
This is a glorious setting for a special occasion. This country hotel in Oldmeldrum is a beautiful building in its own right. It’s now also home to three outdoor domes, allowing guests to dine in their own little family bubble. The heated domes (which do cost extra to book) make for a memorable, photogenic and novel experience. As the nights draw in they’ll be hugely atmospheric.
The children’s teas are £12 and they’re quite tactical – the kids receive their hot chocolate first, then the sandwiches are brought out, ensuring they don’t hoof into the sweet treats immediately. Kids are brought ham, cheese and egg mayonnaise (but dietary requirements are naturally accommodated). The adult tea (£19 at the time of writing) was a mix of chargrilled chicken, avocado and tomato, and egg mayonnaise, plus haggis bon bons, which were swiftly stolen by the children (who LOVE haggis).
The children’s dessert platter is whisked out next, my tots loved the syringe of syrup to top their chocolate-slathered pancake – syrup on TOP of chocolate, could life get any better? The adult version arrived on a traditional cake stand, which was greeted with a little envy from my chocolate-smeared youngsters as they asked to ‘try’ our treats too. I upgraded to a prosecco afternoon tea (quelle surprise).
After dining, we explored the grounds, said a big hello to the Highland coos. Contact – email@example.com or read more here.
Dobbies Garden Centre, Aberdeen
This Afternoon Tea isn’t just available in Aberdeen but also in Dobbies stores across the UK. At £5.70 per child, little ones receive a traditional tier of plates stacked with goodies. The savouries start with two flower shaped sandwiches. The second plate offered up carrot sticks, a wee box of raisins, a jelly squeeze and a tube of yogurt.
The top tier was all about the treats. Mr Tot received a chocolate muffin dipped in chocolate sauce with smarties on top, a mini chocolate doughnut and a second doughnut dipped in sprinkles, a marshmallow flump with chocolate and sprinkles, and two mini chocolate eclairs. Delighted? Just a bit.
Mummy, meanwhile, had a traditional array of finger sandwiches (from smoked salmon to ham), two scones with Rodda clotted cream and jam, plus desserts such as Victoria sponge cake, strawberry tarts and an eclair.
Dobbies is an informal destination, with ample shopping opportunities plus a whole department dedicated to tropical fish, which my kids both love. It’s an ideal spot when you fancy a treat but don’t want to be dressed to the nines. When we visited on a Saturday afternoon there was a significant queue for the café, but because we’d reserved afternoon tea (and already provided track and trace details) we could walk straight in to our reserved table. Result!
Adult teas are currently £10.95. Discover more here.
Ardoe House Hotel
It’s been a while since we tried this children’s afternoon tea but I have very positive memories – read here for a full review. Firstly, the venue is like something out of a costume drama. Mr Toddler’s afternoon tea looked totally different to mine yet just as appealing. Yes, his was the child’s version but not in that naff chicken-nugget-second-class-citizen kind of way, but in a yummy celebrate-being-a-kid way.
He’d opted for ham sandwiches, and he was also brought some sprinkles on bread. His treats included Chocolate Crackle Cake, Strawberry Jelly with Ice-cream, Ardoe Chocolate Shake, a Strawberry Marshmallow Skewer, and a Smartie Cookie. The kids’ tea is currently £12.50.
The adult afternoon tea is £25, and savouries mentioned are haggis sausage roll, smoked ham and cheddar croissant, and a smoked salmon wrap. Treats include raspberry entremets, carrot cake, chocolate bouchon, custard fruit tart and scones with clotted cream and jam.
Other options that are available in Aberdeen that I haven’t personally tried:-
Cup on Little Belmont Street. When I asked if they offered a children’s afternoon tea, they said ‘We do and it is £7 per child’. I didn’t receive images to be able to show what it’s like. If you know of any others please drop me a line and I’ll mention/try them. It’s time for tea…