To mark Afternoon Tea Week we asked you to recommend your favourite establishments in and around Bolton which serve up this tasty traditional treat.

Perhaps it’s because the summer is here but we were inundated with suggestions of great places to try.

As with all our Five of the Best ... features this is not meant to be a definitive list but merely a round-up of some of the most popular establishments based on your recommendations.

Amoré, Westhoughton

Far and away the most popular destination for afternoon tea according to readers, gaining almost three times the number of recommendations than anywhere else. ‘Wonderful staff, lovely atmosphere and gorgeous cakes’ was one of the comment we received. Popular with walkers and families alike, the afternoon teas are something of a speciality. Suitable for a special occasion (although you would be advised to book in advance) the amount of positive comments prove it’s top class.

Heaton Fold Garden Centre, Bolton

This council-run facility which offers work experience for adults with learning disabilities. proved a popular choice for its afternoon teas. ‘Such lovely staff and surroundings, particularly outside when the sun shines.... just like being on holiday’ was one comment we received. The levels of service came in for particular praise as did the value for money afternoon tea.

Curiosity Liquor Emporium, Market Street, Atherton

Slightly further afield, you can enjoy a full afternoon tea plus a selection of real ales or a massive selection of gins at this establishment.

Fans were keen to stress the excellent value for money and the attentive staff. The stylish decor was also commented upon by many.

‘Can’t recommend this place enough, friendly helpful staff and equally good food’ was one review.

‘A lovely way to spend an hour or so with family and friends’ was another.

Old Bank Café, Hillview Road, Bolton

Based in the former HSBC premises, the café which is run by Bolton Hospice has built up quite a reputation for its afternoon teas. The afternoon tea picnic bench is available seven days a week from just £22.95 for two and boasts a selection of sandwiches, cakes, snacks and novelty milkshakes plus a pot of tea. Doggie bags are available as the portions are very generous. ‘What a treat’ said one reviewer. ‘The volunteers are lovely’ said another.

Poppins Tea Room, Smithills Hall, Bolton

The Mary-Poppins inspired tea room at this historic location received many plaudits.

A range of seven different afternoon teas are available depending on your appetite including Mr Bank’s Afternoon Tea and Bert’s Cream Tea.

‘Delicious food and lovely friendly staff. beautiful surroundings. definitely going again’ was one recommendation. ‘Afternoon tea was delicious and cake was to die for’ was another.

There is a second Poppins Tea Rooms based in Horwich which shares the same menu.