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Afternoon Tea Parlour

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4.2
105 Reviews
£25 and under
Afternoon Tea
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There is nothing quite so English than taking Afternoon Tea.

Here at the Hythe Imperial we like to honour this tradition by offering over 10 selections of tea, finely cut sandwiches, delicate pastries and freshly baked scones with clotted cream.
Combine the atmosphere with a great selection of Afternoon Teas to choose from to make an unforgettable afternoon by the Sea.

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What 105 people are saying

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4.2
4.2 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 3.8Ambience
  • 4Value

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  1. ER

    EmmaR

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience3

    Very good selection of food mainly cake Room was very underwhelming crockery very old fashioned didn't feel very afternoon tea like Staff lovely and helpful

  2. AD

    AlisonD

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 November 2021

    overall3food3service2ambience1

    Tired tea room food very basic . No atmosphere. Staff did the minimum.

  3. MC

    MaggieC

    Cambridge

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 November 2021

    overall3food5service3ambience2

    Afternoon tea Parlour conjures up an image of cosy room with soft furnishings to have scrumptious indulgent tea in……… sadly not, a cold modern very bland room at the back of the hotel overlooking sheds erected for smoking and drinks through Covid. The food was excellent especially the sandwiches and scones but the tea was weak ( despite asking for extra tea bags….. the menu advertised loose tea) and served in a mismatch of , as my sister described them “ village hall cups” one of which was cracked When I booked it I requested another flavour of jam as the birthday girl didn’t like strawberry, they gave us marmalade!!! and they had 60’s music playing constantly which we enjoyed as we are all of a certain age but in an Afternoon tea Parlour wouldn’t be every ones cup of tea, if you’ll excuse the pun

  4. C

    Cupcake

    Kent

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 October 2021

    overall3food4service2ambience2

    The food was pleasant and plentiful, however there were a few issues which detracted from the overall enjoyment. The cups were tea stained, the orange juice had ice in to get cool which made it watery and the background music choices did not really match the ambiance of the setting. The server was working the bar in the other room so was not always available and she forgot my drink. However the biggest issue that I feel really shouldn’t be acceptable was that the desserts that were listed on the menu were definitely not the desserts given to us. I believe only one out of the four desserts we received was actually what was listed on the menu. As we have no allergy issues it wasn’t an issue for us but to be served food that was clearly different to what was expected without any explanation is not really acceptable. When I asked the server about it she politely giggled and didn’t have a response. It was clearly something she was unaware of so couldn’t really comment. We didn’t make a big deal of this as it wasn’t an issue for us but for a hotel that is aiming for a high class champagne afternoon tea the experience did not really meet our expectations.

  5. SS

    SueS

    Kent

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 22 October 2021

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    Wonderful to have real tablecloth & to sit at a table. Afternoon tea should never be on a sofa as seems a common trend these days. Sandwiches were delicious & plenty of cakes. How about a tea cosy to keep the tea warm in the pot ? That would be very traditional & British !

  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Kent

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 10 October 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Overall excellent

  7. RS

    RhiaS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 October 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The gentlemen who served us was so kind and polite, food was amazing. Great value for money. Would defo return!

  8. LD

    LadyDee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 October 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Afternoon tea Beautiful venue Ample food Fresh and delicous sandwiches and cakes including very large, warm, homemade scones! Great, personal service, very attentive waiter (Ken) Special birthday treats for our 2 friends celebrating their 60ths! Cake boxes provided to take home any leftovers! Overall, a lovely experience!

  9. JJ

    JamJam

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 September 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    The chap (Ken?) gave excellent service. The food was very nice

  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 17 September 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A very enjoyable afternoon tea.

  11. M

    Michaela

    Kent

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 September 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Had a lovely afternoon tea with a friend after our spa day. The service was excellent from Ken who explained everything and was very helpful. Would recommend

  12. SL

    SueL

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 September 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    What a beautiful place to have afternoon tea. We we're given a choice of inside, the Sheds on the terrace or Gazebos in the gardens. The staff were frirndly and helpful. A perfect way to spend time with family and friends by the sea.

  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Kent

    10 reviews

    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 20 June 2021

    overall3food3service4ambience3

    We booked here when my Mum visited as she hadn’t had afternoon before. The room the afternoon tea is served in was clean and fresh but maybe a little bland in terms of style. Service was good although the only sparkling wine that the hotel had available was Prosecco which was disappointing. There was also a mistake when our food arrived but it was quickly rectified. The food itself was ok. The bread for the sandwiches was nice and soft and the chicken sandwich was particularly tasty, however, one of us got two bones in the mackerel sandwich. The scones were light and very good. The desserts felt a bit lacklustre. Overall for us we left feeling a little disappointed.

  14. SA

    StehpenA

    Cambridge

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 November 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Very good value for money. Child friendly too. Lovely food, and if you can't manage it all they are happy to prove a box to take the rest home.

  15. MG

    MichelleG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 November 2020

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    The welcome to the hotel was lovely, and we were shown to our table very quickly. Everything very well explained and our order was taken quickly. The afternoon tea was wonderful. Overall food and service was excellent and I would definitely go back.

  16. TS

    TonyS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 October 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Very enjoyable and a very pleasant way to spend an afternoon

  17. HE

    HESCES

    Kent

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 October 2020

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Staff polite and attentive. Drinks and food arrived promptly. Delicious scones, good selection of sandwiches. Cakes not all to our taste, sickly, but that is individual taste.

  18. CS

    CarolS

    Kent

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 October 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We spent a very pleasant afternoon for my husband’s birthday the only letdown was it was advertised as a sea view but it wasn’t. Carol Scudder

  19. SC

    SatisfiedCustomer

    Kent

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 October 2020

    overall4food5service5ambience3

    The afternoon tea was excellent and the service too - just Slightly let down by the room itself as there is nothing outstanding decor wise - just an ordinary room.

  20. C

    Courtney

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 18 October 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    It was lovely! Food was perfect, cakes were delicious! Staff were very friendly and helpful :)

  21. KA

    KaiA

    Kent

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 October 2020

    overall3food2service4ambience1

    When we arrived, we gave our names and no one had any idea of where to sit us even though they knew we was there for afternoon tea. The food was ok (cakes & scones only). The ambience in the afternoon tea room and the champagne was dreadful (no music, just listening to cheap couples/groups asking for the cheapest drink they serve). Although London prices in Hythe...I can understand slightly but when you are in the moment - Who cares!! Love for the moment!! The only wonderful thing was Ken, he was great (no job too small). Won’t be returning but thank you Ken.

  22. DH

    DeanH

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 9 October 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The tea was excellent with service to match. Would thoroughly recommend the experience.

  23. RK

    RubyKent

    London

    27 reviews

    4.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on 9 October 2020

    overall4food5service5ambience3

    Enjoyed our afternoon tea. We were greeted by a friendly staff member who explained everything. The service was just right. Food was nicely presented. Portions were generous so we took some of the cakes home. It good value.

  24. RK

    RainieK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 October 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The hotel handled the greeting very well in the current world conditions. The tea itself was very well presented and excellent quality. Nice selection of sandwiches with various fillings, lovely selection of cakes and perfect scones with enough jam and cream and more available if required. One of our party is vegan and their menu was also excellent. Further tea and coffee was also available if requested. We finished our tea off with a cheeky glass of fizz! Lovely hotel and garden to the front for a little wander too.

  25. SL

    SLC26

    Kent

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 October 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing. Excellent staff, great food. Would recommend and will visit again soon.

  26. RS

    RachelS

    Kent

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 October 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Relaxing afternoon enjoying valuable time together and a delicious afternoon tea!

  27. HP

    HannahP

    Kent

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 September 2020

    overall2food3service2ambience3

    The afternoon tea was okay, but nothing special. Have had better elsewhere. It took half an hour from sitting down to get anything to eat and seemed a little unprepared. Both tables present asked for extra jam for scones, but took a while to get it. This might have been something that could have been expected with afternoon teas? Was also over priced for what was served. Nearly £20 per person is a bit steep. Should be more like £13 -15.

  28. IN

    IanN

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 September 2020

    overall1food2service2ambience1

    A complete disappointment from start to finish. A complete opposite to what it says on the web site. Set in what could be described as a conference room. no bone China no Victorian tea room and no view of the English channel. The food is no were near the standard you would expect for £19.99 per head. certainly wont be back.

  29. R

    Rachael

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 September 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Amazing afternoon tea. We were the only people there, as we had booked at 12pm, which suited us fine as it was nice and quiet. Our friendly waiter Ken looked after us as much as we needed but also left us alone to enjoy our time there. The hotel is lovely, modern but has character too. We walked around the grounds afterwards, which were also nice.

  30. CC

    CharlotteC

    Kent

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 September 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Delicious food and impeccable service. 100% worth it and would go again.

  31. CC

    ChantelleC

    Kent

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 August 2020

    overall3food2service3ambience2

    Sandwiches was hard and quite tasteless. The cakes wasn’t that nice. Wasn’t fresh. The scones was amazing they was nice and warm only thing enjoyed.

  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 25 August 2020

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    Food was lovely although we did ask if a cucumber sandwich substitute could be made for my vegetarian daughter. I was told it could not as they were too busy, but another table were given a full plate of vegetarian sandwiches....Manager seemed a little put out by some fairly simple requests. Tea room was quite busy. May be more patient during quieter times?

  33. BM

    BernadetteM

    London

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 24 August 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    A good quality afternoon tea ,all freshly made sandwiches, warm scones and delicious dessert cakes. Good choice of sandwich fillings and various teas or coffee. Lovely setting and brilliant service. If you can’t manage to eat it all you can take the rest home in a bag. Very good value for money and menu changed monthly so would definitely go again.

  34. AK

    AsiyaK

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 August 2020

    overall5food4service5ambience4

    Beautiful and well maintained building. It was very quiet and we were on our own as they had a cancellation. Overall a good experience

  35. B

    Bruce

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 August 2020

    overall3food3service3ambience3

    The setting and ambience were good. However, I was a little disappointed with the food. Nothing outstanding considering the price and beautiful setting of a 4 star hotel which led to expectations of something special for the tea. Sandwiches were OK. My scone was dry and hard. We had to request spoons for the cream and jam (of which there were only small helpings for 4 large scones). Having had afternoon tea at 2 other venues in the last 12 months, I would say this was the least memorable of the 3.

  36. A

    Alpa

    Buckinghamshire

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 16 August 2020

    overall2food2service4ambience2

    Sandwich fillings were tasty though very very minimally filled - barely any actual fillings which was very disappointing. Free hot drink refills which was nice. Ken the server was lovely and friendly.

  37. A

    Aimee

    Kent

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 August 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Absolutely beautiful afternoon tea. Staff couldn’t have been more helpful and friendly. Highly recommend

  38. t

    tofidog1

    London

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 13 August 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Lovely way to spend an afternoon with friends.set in gardens under a marque socially distanced which means lots of space to chat undisturbed .lovely tea esp scones .lovely service by cheerful waitress .well done team hythe imperial.

  39. DJ

    DavidJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 August 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Lovely relaxed atmosphere, excellent service, and half-price courtesy of the Government Eating-out scheme.

  40. TL

    TonyL

    Kent

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 August 2020

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Excellent afternoon tea served in the gardens in a friendly and efficient manner. Very enjoyable on a beautiful afternoon.

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Afternoon Tea Parlour is rated 4.2 stars by 105 OpenTable diners

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Google Map for Afternoon Tea Parlour

Princes Parade Hythe, Kent CT21 6AE

  • Area

    Hythe

  • Hours of Operation

    Daily 12:00–16:00

  • Cuisines

    Afternoon Tea

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Gluten-free Options, High Tea, Wheelchair Access

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