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Punting Themed Gin Afternoon Tea - Afternoon Tea at Hilton Cambridge  - Lounge Bar, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire

Afternoon Tea at Hilton Cambridge - Lounge Bar

3.8
3.8
23 Reviews
£26 to £40
British
Join us for our delicious Afternoon Tea at the Hilton Cambridge City Centre.

Spoil yourself and enjoy our selection of freshly cut sandwiches before tucking into warm scones with clotted cream and jam.

Finish with sweet treats and your choosing from our fabulous range of Hope and Glory speciality teas. For those looking for bubbles, a glass of prosecco or free-flowing fizz can be added.

We are also taking bookings for the Lounge Bar where you can enjoy our brand new Taste Republic bar menu. You may not be able to travel far this year but you can take your taste buds on a journey with exquisite flavours from around the world. Our Lounge Bar is open between 11.00 - 23.00

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2 people

19:00


Experiences are available.

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Experiences

  • Cambridge Gin Afternoon Tea

    £30.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    Join us for our delicious Cambridge Gin Afternoon Tea served on our own hand-crafted punting boat. Spoil yourself and enjoy our selection of freshly cut sandwiches before tucking into warm scones with clotted cream and jam. Finish with sweet treats and your choosing from our fabulous range of Hope and Glory speciality teas. £30 per person based on a minimum of 2 people. 24 hour notice required for the Cambridge Gin Afternoon Tea. 1 x 25ml Cambridge Dry Gin served with tonic per person. Subject to availability
    Cambridge Gin Afternoon Tea photo
  • Mother's Day Sparkling Afternoon Tea

    £35.00 per person

    10 Mar 2024 only
    Spoil Mom this Mother's Day with a Sparkling Afternoon Tea at Hilton Cambridge City Centre for £35/person. Sandwiches: Smoked salmon and cream cheese, Cheddar cheese and Branston pickle, Classic cucumber and cream cheese, Roasted ham and mustard mayo. House made Sausage rolls. Sweet treats: Sultana scones served with clotted cream and strawberry jam, Victoria Sponge with Cream, Sherry Trifle, Macarons, Cambridge burnt tart and Strawberries dipped in chocolate. All served along side Taylors by Harrogate speciality tea and a glass of Prosecco. We are happy to cater to all dietaries.
    Mother's Day Sparkling Afternoon Tea photo

What 23 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

3.8
3.8 based on all time ratings
  • 3.6Food
  • 3.8Service
  • 3.8Ambience
  • 3.5Value

NoiseModerate

23 Reviews
  1. David1

    Hawaii

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on 22 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Festive Afternoon Tea was better than advertised. A reserved table awaited us along with the manager and his staff. They helped us to decide on what tea we wanted, and it was brought out promptly. Not long afterwards, the sandwiches, scones, and sweets followed. The presentation was breathtaking and they tasted even better. The staff was friendly and attentive to our every need. This Tea service was truly a special event and I highly recommend it.

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  2. SefS

    Birmingham

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 11 November 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Very Quiet, was the only couple having afternoon tea and it arrived late (around 30 mins after sitting down), however, the waitress gave us complimentary Prosecco for it. The sandwich were ok but nothing wowed us, we had to spit the egg sand which out but the ham and cheese wrap was delicious. Scones were dry and the desserts was nice but very weird flavours. The brownie like dessert and the hot chocolate was the best thing. It didn’t feel like a Hilton standard of food but waitresses were lovely and helpful.

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  3. DAVIDB

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 28 October 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Compared to afternoon tea at nearby Browns, which costs the same, this was not value for money. Only two identical scones, and a modest amount (I counted eight) of thinly sliced sandwiches. Also some miniature cakes. The service was pleasant and friendly and I tipped the waiter accordingly. When I'd finished my pot of tea, the waiter brought me a second pot at no extra charge. But the same generosity needed to be extended to the meal itself. There was simply not enough food for two adults.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Cambridge

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 July 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 1
    Totally misleading venue main photo! 😖 The hotel is NOT by the river as its photo on open table shows! We were in a large lounge on the first floor and windows overlook a road! We expressed our disappointment. Food was okay, the staff were very polite, but didn’t make up for the total lack of atmosphere… I had invited my friend to an afternoon tea by the river and we didn’t get it ☹️

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  5. ManigehF

    London

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 July 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    I booked this to celebrate my friend birthday. On arrival they had not been notified and asked to see the booking. Place was dirty and tables not clean. We were told the tea would be late and offered us soft drinks on the house. I ordered drinks as my level of disappointment was high at that point and told them we are not staying. I was charged for the drinks before leaving. I would never go there again and have put that on social media to warn people.

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  6. MalcolmT

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 6 May 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very good experience. Food was good and overall good value.

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  7. LorraineG

    Nottingham

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 18 March 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    We booked the afternoon tea for 3pm and they didn't seem to know about it. We were the only people having it, it didnt seem a common request. Champagne and tea arrived at the same time. The food took over 45 minutes to arrive. Once we finished, our sausage rolls arrived. The food was fine, nothing special or nicer than you could have made at home or picked up from the supermarket

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  8. Ossie

    Cambridge

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 September 2022

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    They were not prepared for us, we were shown to a table that was laid out for 3 for lunch. There was no menu or list of teas available. The sandwiches were dry. The staff did their best but overall the experience was very disappointing.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Cambridge

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 September 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food waa delicious. Service was overall very good; they perhaps could have offered tea a bit more. Seating inside was comfy.

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  10. Sarah

    Cambridge

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 June 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    I had high expectations for the Hilton as I had booked afternoon tea for my friend’s birthday. I asked for one vegetarian afternoon tea when I booked the table and then was asked to confirm twice on the day that I did indeed want one of the afternoon teas to be vegetarian. Sadly, when it arrived, we were told everything on the stands was vegetarian (even though I wanted meat sandwiches) but even worse was the fact that my friend, who is the vegetarian then picked up a sandwich that we were told was egg, and it turned out to be chicken!! The staff were very apologetic, but my friend’s birthday treat was ruined by the fact she’d just swallowed a bite of a chicken sandwich despite my best efforts to ensure she only had vegetarian options. I was disappointed to say the least, and probably won’t be returning.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 May 2022

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Staff was rude. Food was fine.

    1 person found this helpful

  12. OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    52 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    52 reviews

    Dined on 1 May 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The description of what was offered was not totally accurate, but the staff was exceptionally helpful.

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  13. OllieH

    Hampshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 March 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service made the whole family feel special. Couldn’t have been more attentive

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  14. DianeB

    Kent

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 26 March 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A really lovely place to enjoy a good afternoon tea. Lovely atmosphere and good value for money. Staff friendly and service good.

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  15. Sally

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 November 2021

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    The Hilton is always a calm refuge from a day’s shopping. This visit was no exception. However, this time the afternoon tea was disappointing. The scones had been microwaved making them very chewy and then hard. The cakes were not as good as in previous visits and lack of choices meant double ups on the profiteroles which were going stale. We know we have had better there and elsewhere.

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  16. RogerB

    Cambridge

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 October 2021

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Our experience was disappointing. We would not return again.

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  17. DarrenB

    Hampshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 23 August 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Afternoon tea was very nice. Wide variety of teas available and food delicious but on a personal note would prefer more savoury than sweet as a lot of cakes to eat. Staff excellent and always attentive, very well presented and always happy to help. A good experience, and good value for money.

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Cambridge

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 20 June 2021

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Disappointment. My daughter’s 18th birthday was on the same day with father’s day. Every good place was full in the town. As we did not want to eat, I booked a table at Hilton Cambridge lounge. Kids arrived first, I arrived later. First I was suprised, that in a pretty much empty large area they were seated in the darkest, farest corner. My younger daughter ordered an orange juice and got Capri Sun in the original pouch, they did not even bother to pour out to the glass. My older daughter doesn’t drink alcohol, it was such a shock, that Hilton does not have alcohol-free coctail on the menu in the lounge. We paid full price for an “alcohol free mohito”. Later we ordered a caffe and got it without spoon or sugar. The family next to us asked for the manager complaining about something, but I did not want to ruir our day.

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  19. TinaV

    Cambridge

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 October 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had friends over and wanted them to experience a traditional British Afternoon Tea. We found the offer for Hilton's Afternoon Tea, while we past the hotel the day before. The booking of the table was simple. We arrived 15 minutes prior our scheduled time but we were seated immediately. Our friends eat Halal which we forgot to book, in advance. However, the chef came to our table, introduced himself and asked for their wishes as an alternative. The extraordinarily friendly waitress brought our teas straight away; the Afternoon Tea snacks came a couple of minutes afterwards. The food was amazing!!! Especially tasty were the scones. They were served warm with the clotted cream and jam (just like in the traditional Afternoon Tea). The price, which is already quite cheap, included the traditional Afternoon Tea and two servings of tea per person. Overall, we were very pleased and totally recommend going to the Hilton Hotel in Cambridge for a traditional, affordable Afternoon Tea with Halal alternatives and a great service!!

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  20. SimonC

    London

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 February 2020

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Worst place ever. Pretending to serve a carpaccio when it’s cured meat (wt***), served me a sirloin instead of ribeye, the lobester was 10x too cooked. The chef should be ashamed of serving food like this.

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  21. Nicole

    Cambridge

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 December 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very nice staff really helpful. asked if we wanted to sit on soft chairs or up at the table. We went for table so she said she would set it up and let us know when ready

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  22. OlivierB

    Cambridge

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 September 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Friendly service allowing me to seat and dine despite mine arriving earlier than planned. Very quite ambiance, very peaceful after an afternoon of busy shopping.

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  23. JeanetteC

    Essex

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 7 September 2019

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    The Food turned up over cooked and cold. All 3 dinners were sent back to the kitchen, and we received a nice plate of food back. We had some free drinks to say sorry, but i wouldn't come back again

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waiting staff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Afternoon Tea at Hilton Cambridge - Lounge Bar is rated 3.8 stars by 23 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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2 people

19:00


Experiences are available.
Google Map for Afternoon Tea at Hilton Cambridge  - Lounge Bar

20 Downing Street, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire CB2 3DT

Additional information

  • Area
    Cambridge
  • Hours of Operation
    Bar Daily 11:00–23:00 Afternoon Tea Daily 12:00–17:00
  • Price
    £26 to £40
  • Cuisines
    British, Afternoon Tea, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking Details
    Hotel Parking
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    Claudiu Taban
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, High Tea, Indoor Fireplace, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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