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Afternoon Tea Parlour, Hythe, Kent

Afternoon Tea Parlour

3.7
3.7
221 Reviews
£25 and under
Afternoon Tea
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.

Please note that outside dining under our gazebos can only be arranged over the phone as spaces are limited.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 1 time today

Additional information

  • Area
    Hythe
  • Cross Street
    Parking is within the ground of the hotel.
  • Parking Details
    Hotel Parking
  • Additional
    Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, High Tea, Outdoor Smoking Area, Vegan, Wheelchair Access

What 221 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

3.7
3.7 based on recent ratings
  • 3.6Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 3.6Ambience
  • 3.5Value

NoiseModerate

221 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Kent

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 November 2023

    Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5
    Lovely experience for my Daughters 18th Birthday. We were very well looked after and treated with free Proseco.

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  2. TraceyM

    Bath

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 November 2023

    Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4
    Delicious afternoon tea. A nice selection of sandwiches, warm scones and petit fours. Unlimited tea, coffee and cold drinks which was nice. The only downside was that the room was a little chilly. The waitress did offer us a heater though.

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  3. CarolH

    Kent

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 November 2023

    Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5
    Thoroughly enjoyed our afternoon tea experience in the tea parlour at Hotel Imperial. We had been given a voucher as a gift and found no problem in booking on the afternoon we wanted. Service was excellent and friendly and the food was very good. The Tea Parlour is a very pleasant room with nice outlook and on the day we visited was beautifully decorated with Christmas tree etc.

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  4. SharonC

    Kent

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 22 November 2023

    Overall4Food4Service4Ambience2
    Lovely, attentive service. Food was delicious. Coffee was very nice and the glass of prosecco was a lovely treat. Room was quite cold, had to keep my coat on.

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  5. SteveY

    Kent

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 November 2023

    Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5
    Good value for money, easy to book, easy to find, warm welcome, what's not to like.

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  6. smallandcostly

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 November 2023

    Overall1Food1Service3Ambience1
    A very cold room. Very noisy music not suitable for afternoon tea. Food selection was not great at all. If you don’t eat cheese don’t bother going. Food selection very very small.

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  7. JaniceE

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 October 2023

    Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5
    The afternoon tea was fine apart from the cake selection.Didn’t look like the cakes were homemade and one of the cake just looked like a Swiss roll. Expected more

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  8. RobertB

    Kent

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 October 2023

    Overall3Food3Service3Ambience2
    We were surprised that the dinning room was empty on arrival and the welcome was only mediocre. The room was very bland and lacked any warmth although the decoration was in good condition. The window by which we sat was very draughty albeit it was a nasty wet and windy day. The background music was loud so WE turned it down whist waiting. The food and tea was served promptly and was good but nothing exceptional so overall we felt it was reasonable for the price but could have been a lot better.

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  9. ShSh

    Essex

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 5 October 2023

    Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4
    I chose this venue as they had a vegan menu, not just the usual 'for vegan options please ask'. This shows a genuine interest to cater for vegans which came through in the food which was more inspired than I usually find

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  10. SueB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 September 2023

    Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5
    Food was fresh and tasty. Staff were attentive and very friendly and welcoming

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  11. Rosey

    Kent

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 7 September 2023

    Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5
    We sat outside in the garden, it was beautiful well maintained. Service was outstanding, couldn't do enough for us. Afternoon Tea was delicious, good variety of sandwiches fillers, scones very light and yummy and little cakes great. Complimentary glass of fizz was a surprise. Very good value for its money and will be back.

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  12. Kentkay

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 August 2023

    Overall4Food5Service4Ambience3
    The room is lovely and the food was delicious. Shame we were the only diners (except for two others) as the experience felt a little flat.

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  13. JohnT

    Kent

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 23 August 2023

    Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5
    We had afternoon tea, sitting out in the garden under a pergola. The weather was glorious, and the food was delicious. Would highly recommend.

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  14. BarbaraL

    Kent

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 19 August 2023

    Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5
    Overall, a very pleasant experience. Food was very well presented. Looked inviting and tasted delicious. The scones were to absolutely die for. Good variety of sandwiches, all freshly made. Staff were attentive and very helpful. Everyone enjoyed the afternoon tea.

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  15. yossmitesam

    Kent

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on 11 August 2023

    Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4
    Lovely hotel, quite grand in a nice setting. We were shown to the room where the afternoon tea was served, there was nobody in there at all when we arrived! But soft music was swiftly put on, and a couple of other pairs turned up, so there was a bit of atmosphere after a while. Service was good, was asked several times if we wanted drinks topped up. Food selection was good and tasty. All sandwiches, scones + cakes tasted fresh. We were bought this as a present so can't comment on value for money. But very enjoyable.

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  16. DawnC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 August 2023

    Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5
    we had an amazing afrernoon, every thing was perfect, staff were very attentive and polite. and food was first class. we will definitly be back. well done every one. Dawn

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  17. GilesS

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 July 2023

    Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5
    An excellent Afternoon Tea in the Hythe Imperial. Freshly made, warm scones, lovely sandwiches and cakes. Good setting and excellent service. Would definitely recommend.

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  18. CraigH

    Kent

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 12 July 2023

    Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3
    Nice afternoon tea ,ample amount .food fresh .polite service

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  19. daphnec

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 July 2023

    Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5
    A lovely afternoon, great staff and surroundings and very tasty food

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  20. SueA

    Kent

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 June 2023

    Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5
    A throughly enjoyable experience in a gorgeous setting of the lovely gardens.

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  21. ChrisB

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 June 2023

    Overall2Food2Service3Ambience4
    Not enough jam or cream. 2nd pot of tea served without tea bags. Small piece of plastic found in scone.

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  22. Golfer

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 June 2023

    Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5
    Very impressed with the selection for Gluten Free and Vegan options.

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  23. RachelR

    Kent

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 22 May 2023

    Overall2Food2Service2Ambience2
    Took my friend for her birthday, service was very slow and we had to re ask several times for tea. Sandwiches were soggy and not very fresh…scones were lovely! Disappointing!

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  24. AmyW

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 May 2023

    Overall1Food1Service5Ambience2
    Stale sandwiches, stale cake, scones were shop brought. For the price the food was absolutely awful. The hotel would not uphold my complaint and basically said they wouldn't talk to me anymore (after only two emails). I will never go back for an afternoon tea. Really poor

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  25. JeffreyB

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 May 2023

    Overall2Food2Service5Ambience2
    Sandwiches freezing cold as they'd obviously been kept in a fridge. Some of the bread was stale. Fillings weren't generous enough. Tea was weak. However the ladies serving were excellent.

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  26. DeeE

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 May 2023

    Overall2Food1Service3Ambience1
    Food was not worth 22.95. The sandwiches were stale, the scones were hard. Was really disappointed as it was a friends big birthday.

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  27. KateF

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 May 2023

    Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4
    Excellent service & food. Shame we didn't have the fine bone china cups & saucers that were there last time I went.

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  28. MarilynW

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 May 2023

    Overall1Food1Service4Ambience3
    Extremely disappointed took a friend for a special birthday treat, will not go back, sandwich fillers weren’t nice, cakes uninspired and poor quality , the scones were nice though and warm, overall not good for value, we were the only ones there and left early

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  29. Fliff

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 April 2023

    Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5
    Could not fault this. Food excellent and they catered for diatary requirements easily. Would definitely recommend their afternoon tea it was georgeous.

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  30. ClareC

    Kent

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 April 2023

    Overall3Food4Service3Ambience2
    Music to loud, waitress was ‘multitasking’ bless her.

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  31. HeidiC

    Kent

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 March 2023

    Overall2Food1Service3Ambience1
    Very dry curled up sandwiches. Only the option if English breakfast tea or filter coffee. Cake selection was mini tiny cakes 1 tart was even cut in half. I had to go looking for staff to get the tea topped up as we were just left in a room alone. The tea was cold! Not a great experience

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  32. WendyW

    Kent

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 26 March 2023

    Overall1Food2Service3Ambience1
    No atmosphere. Basic sandwiches, cakes tasteless. I would definitely not recommend this place, there are far better places locally than this.

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  33. EmmaD

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 23 March 2023

    Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5
    It was a lovely experience and the staff and service was excellent. Would recommend!

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  34. suew

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 March 2023

    Overall3Food2Service4Ambience1
    The hotel in itself is lovely however the cold ambience-less room for AT was devoid of everything including heat !!! Depressing music, depressing no fill sandwiches …. And I mean no fill…. For a sandwich and a the worlds smallest scones it’s a big ask to pay over £25 a head

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  35. HannahM

    Kent

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 16 March 2023

    Overall3Food1Service5Ambience4
    Service was impeccable! Lovely atmosphere. My mother had a nice tea but I pre-ordered the vegan tea, which was terrible. It was very poor, the sandwiches had very basic boring fillings. Eg I’m talking store bought pickle, not the beetroot marmalade they advertised etc. The scones were either totally over cooked or 3days old - they were so hard I couldn’t get a knife into them, they crumbled into powder on my plate. They also definitely gave me dairy clotted cream. Then they had a plate of small cakes, I only 3, my mother had 4 cakes and fruit. My 3 were very small, and what looked like the offcuts. A corner of very strange ginger cake, that was both rock hard in the middle and like liquid on the edge, it tasted very bitter. The brownie was more like a crumbly truffle that tasted good but texture was off. They also said there would be a biscoff cheezecake which wasn’t there. So, you buy these things for the food and because the food was SO poor I have given this review. On the other hand my mum said her ‘normal’ tea was good but that her sandwich fillings were boring. For such a well known hotel, this was incredibly disappointing.

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  36. BarryG

    Kent

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 March 2023

    Overall2Food1Service5Ambience3
    Service was great but sorry to say the sandwich’s and sweet treats were not. Sandwiches were dry and the little cakes were stale.

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  37. SueT

    Kent

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 February 2023

    Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4
    As a vegetarian I asked for an alternative in advance but they still checked about allergies at the start. My vegi sandwiches were gorgeous the bread fresh and fillings flavoursome. The scones were just warm which was lovely. The cake selection was gorgeous especially the mango and passion fruit slice it melted n the mouth. The concierge was attentive but not overbearing ensuring we had all we needed and refills of tea etc. The room was bright and warm, we had a window seat which was lovely. There was enough space between tables that you weren’t on top of each other either. The only negative was when we went to pay no one was around to ask for the bill. It was nice we weren’t hurried but we did then want to go. We wandered out of the dining room and across to the bar where we found a lady who said we could pay there. The hotel seemed really clean and well presented as we ventured through a bit for the toilet. The toilets were very nicely decorated and clean. We finished with a lovely stroll along the seafront.

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  38. NatashaC

    Kent

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 9 February 2023

    Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3
    The room is bland , could have calm music ? But food excellent, service great . It was an exceptionally cold day so the room with high ceilings needed a boost of warmth

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  39. Shumbey

    Kent

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 14 January 2023

    Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5
    Reunion with cousins

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  40. LindaB

    Kent

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 January 2023

    Overall1Food1Service5Ambience2
    We were so disappointed with our afternoon tea sandwiches had obviously been in fridge bread stale and cakes were soggy very poor quality for the price paid so disappointed as last year was a good experience. Did e mail hotel but had no reply. Will not return

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available

FAQs

Afternoon Tea Parlour is rated 3.7 stars by 221 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


Booked 1 time today
Google Map for Afternoon Tea Parlour

Princes Parade, Hythe, Kent CT21 6AE

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    Parking is within the ground of the hotel.
  • Area
    Hythe
  • Hours of Operation
    Daily 12:00–16:00
  • Price
    £25 and under
  • Cuisines
    Afternoon Tea
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking Details
    Hotel Parking
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, High Tea, Outdoor Smoking Area, Vegan, Wheelchair Access
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