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 the region 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 six, who will battle it out to be named Best for Afternoon Tea in the region.

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 Northwich Guardian, Knutsford Guardian or Winsford and Middlewich Guardian Facebook 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 Northwich Guardian, Knutsford Guardian or Winsford and Middlewich 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 and 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, when we will be asking readers to send in nominations in our next Best of 2022 category.


Penny Farthing Tearoom and Terrace

This venue was a popular choice with readers saying it’s “one of the best afternoon teas”.

One nomination said: “The staff are so lovely and can’t do enough to help, always going above and beyond to make your visit enjoyable.

“The choice that you’re given is unbelievable and you get so much for your money.

“This is one of the best places for afternoon tea.”

Another said she’d had her 70th birthday party in the tearoom at Northwich Antique Centre with 13 friends.

She added: “It was absolutely delicious and my guests could not believe the quality and quantity of food.”

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Penny Farthing Tea Room

Penny Farthing Tea Room

The Mere Resort, Mere

Afternoon tea at the hotel is served in Browns Restaurant with fresh finger sandwiches, fluffy scones with clotted cream and strawberry preserve and an assortment of cakes and pastries.

You can add a little sparkle to your afternoon and enjoy a glass of champagne or prosecco and there are vegetarian and vegan options available for the afternoon tea.

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The Mere

The Mere

The Crow’s Nest Café, Moulton

Next to St Stephen’s Church in Moulton, this establishment “never disappoints” with customers enjoying the homemade sandwiches and cakes.

Another described it as “Moulton’s hidden gem”.

They even serve the hugely popular school cake with icing and sprinkles following special requests from visitors.

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The Crows Nest

The Crow's Nest

Mere Court Hotel, Knutsford

The hotel’s afternoon tea comes with a selection of finger sandwiches, cakes, scones and your choice of tea or Prosecco.

This is the perfect place to enjoy afternoon tea with many couples choosing to have the treats on the menu for their wedding guests.

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Mere Court Hotel

Mere Court Hotel

Poppy Rose Vintage Tea Room, Northwich

Lots of readers recommended this coffee shop on Witton Street.

The small, independently run vintage tea room serves homemade lunches, afternoon teas, speciality teas and coffees and a wide variety of homemade scones and cakes.

The shop upstairs selling clothes, gifts, jewellery, and vintage finds is the perfect place for a browse once you’ve enjoyed your afternoon tea.

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Poppy Rose Vintage Tea Room

Poppy Rose Vintage Tea Room

Vinnie’s, Northwich

This café on Market Shop offers “amazing afternoon teas” which are “so filling” and are a real hit with hungry customers.

The sandwiches and cakes on the afternoon tea menu are made fresh each day.

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