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 St Helens 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 St Helens.

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 St Helens Star 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 St Helens Star (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 nominate their favourite in our next Best of 2022 category.


Park Road Café, St Helens

According to one nomination, this café “does an amazing afternoon tea” and another said “it’s all done to perfection” so it had to make our top six.

With a relaxed atmosphere and homecooked food, this “hidden gem” always hits the spot for hungry customers.

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Park Road Cafe

Park Road Cafe

Lily’s Victorian Tea Room, St Helens

This is a “wonderful place for afternoon tea”.

One review on the Hall Street venue’s Facebook page said: “The afternoon tea is amazing.”

Another said: “Absolutely gorgeous afternoon tea which is great value for money with beautiful fresh food.

“We had to ask for a doggy bag to take home the leftovers!”

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Lilys Victorian Tea Room

Lily's Victorian Tea Room

Eccleston Arms Bar and Grill

An afternoon tea at The Eccleston Arms is the perfect way to treat yourself.

With friendly staff and excellence service you can relax and enjoy the freshly prepared sandwiches and cakes each afternoon.

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Eccleston Arms

Eccleston Arms

Sunflower Coffee Shop at Willowbrook Hospice

With dine in and takeaway options available on their menu, Sunflower Coffee Shop can cater for all events and special occasions.

Their “wonderful afternoon tea is absolutely delicious” and is “excellent value for money

One review on their Facebook page said: “Such generous amounts of food that we had to bring some cakes home.”

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Sunflower Coffee Shop at Willowbrook Hopsice

Sunflower Coffee Shop at Willowbrook Hopsice

Plan Bee Community Coffee Shop, St Helens

Takeaway and eat in options available, this popular coffee shop is a hit with customers wanting an extra treat.

The food is prepared fresh daily with fingers sandwiches and luxury fillings together with dainty cakes and scones making up the afternoon tea menu served with a glass of non-alcoholic fizz or you’re welcome to bring your own.

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Plan Bee Community Cafe

Plan Bee Community Cafe

Georgie Porgie’s Café, St Helens

This Westfield Street café has eat in, takeaway and delivery available for afternoon tea seekers.

Customers say the venue is good value for money and “always tasty” with food served in a “great atmosphere” with “super helpful staff”.

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Georgie Porgies Cafe

Georgie Porgie's Cafe