SCONES with jam then cream or scones with cream then jam?

Salmon and cucumber sandwiches with the crusts cut off or coronation chicken on brioche?

Miniature chocolate eclairs and chewy macaroons or carrot cake with cream cheese frosting and light Victoria sponge cake?

So far in our Best of 2022 competition we’ve looked at hair, nails and beauty as well as pies, pubs, fitness and fish chips with voting taking place in the best breakfast category over the weekend.

Next up, we wanted to know where in Warrington serves the best afternoon tea – the perfect place to enjoy some tasty treats and a good cup of tea.

After reading all of your nominations, we’ve shortlisted the top seven, who will battle it out to be named Best for Afternoon Tea in Warrington.

Now we need your help to choose an overall winner from our shortlist.

There are three ways to vote:

1. Search for the Best Of post on our Warrington Guardian Facebook or Instagram pages and comment under the post with the name of your winner = 1 vote

2. Name your favourite in the comments section on this article via our website = 2 votes

3. Purchase a copy of this week’s Warrington Guardian (June 23 edition) and fill in the entry form = 5 votes

(*NB For newspaper entries, email a screenshot of the completed entry form to – please note that only original copies will be accepted. More than one entry can be submitted per person but you will be asked to provide your own unique reference code for each entry to avoid duplication eg if your name is Smith you may wish to write Smith123 or HS21! as your code. You will need to provide a different code for each entry submitted. For full terms and conditions go to

Voting officially opens today, Thursday, and closes at midnight on Monday.

We will be announcing the winner next week.

Keep an eye out for our next Best Of appeal on our social media pages on Friday.


Bents Garden and Home, Glazebury

This little touch of luxury was a popular choice with readers who couldn’t wait to nominate the Glazebury garden centre’s afternoon tea.

One happy customer said: “Their afternoon tea is luxurious and delicious!

“You get a choice of sandwiches and their fabulous scones with jam and cream and a good selection of yummy cakes.”

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White Lace Cakes Bakery, Golden Square Shopping Centre

This establishment “absolutely deserves to win” with everything baked fresh on site, friendly staff and “the best tasting cakes ever!”

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White Lace Cakes Bakery

White Lace Cakes Bakery

Bap Fusion Café, Longford Street

“Delicious, good quality and fresh – it never fails” and “always so fresh and tasty”, this café had to make it onto our shortlist.

One nomination for the “first class café” said: “They do an amazing takeaway afternoon, which I’ve had a few times and never been disappointed.”

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Bap Fusion

Bap Fusion

Poppies In The Woodlands, Great Sankey

One loyal customer at Poppies said: “They do a wonderful afternoon tea.

“It has got everything you would want and is beautifully presented.

“There is so much that I usually have to take part of it home in a doggy bag!”

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Poppies In The Woodlands

Poppies In The Woodlands

CJ’s Coffee House and Tea Room, Penketh

This independent coffee shop in Penketh was established in 2018 and offers breakfast, lunch and snacks as well afternoon tea.

Everything is made fresh to order and they offer unlimited tea and coffee with their afternoon treat.

One review on their Facebook page said: “Fantastic food - lush cakes, wonderful sandwiches, huge scones and really tasty strawberries.

“The bottomless drinks is an excellent touch too.

“Fantastic friendly service - we could not have been made to feel more welcome from the moment we walked in the door to the moment we left.

“One of the best value afternoon teas I’ve had and great value for money.

“They even gave us tubs to take home the couple of cakes we didn’t manage to eat - don’t worry, they were devoured later in the day!”

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CJs Coffee House

CJ's Coffee House

The Red Telephone Box Tea Room, Warrington Road

This “hidden gem” has “amazing staff and food with delicious homemade cakes.”

One nomination said: “The Red Telephone Box has the best afternoon tea.

“They do lovely sandwiches and cakes but they also do a savoury version with scotch eggs and meat pies.

“I would recommend trying both!

“It’s a lovely setting and all made fresh each day.

“You can’t go wrong!”

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The Red Telephone Box Tea Room

The Red Telephone Box Tea Room

Food For Thought

This family-run business serves Warrington with quality food, made to order each day, catering for dietary requirements including vegetarians and vegans.

One reviewer on their Facebook page said: “I got the afternoon tea for my mum’s birthday and the quality is fantastic.

“Every bit was enjoyable.

“The sandwiches were fresh and had plenty of filling, plenty of cakes to choose from, the scones were delicious and seem homemade.

“So tasty and moreish.

“The customer service is also superb.”

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Food For Thought

Food For Thought