Afternoon tea is an experience, if an expensive one at £40 for two. It includes petit sandwiches, bite-sized scones with jam & clotted cream, Dundee cake and strawberry tarts with unlimited refills of tea or coffee.
A modern twist on a tea-house that is also a restaurant. So far I have had brunch, afternoon tea and dinner there! I love it because it's a relaxed environment with great food and you can people watch everyone going past on Whiteladies Road. The staff are very friendly and helpful when trying to choose a tea which is a bit overwhelming at first.
Papaji's House of Teas
109 Whiteladies Road
opposite Clifton Down train station
For the decor and the weight of history!
The cafe is located in the museum's original refreshment rooms, the Morris, Gamble and Poynter Rooms. They are high ceilinged, with the original tile decorations depicting such themes as the Seasons and the months of the year.
We sat close to a large black range which I wanted to imagine lit, serving tea to ladies in long skirts and gents in top hats. The tea which was served from china tea pots was made with real tea leaves in large bags. There were large, adequate scones, lucious clotted cream and lovely jam - all in proper china dishes. We also had decent Victoria Sponge and fruit cake.
Tea, scones, cream and jam for about £6
V&A South Kensington
London SW7 2RL
Tel. +44 (0)20 7942 2000
Nearest tube station: South Kensington - follow signs
My boyfriend had been promising to take me for ages and we were married by the time I eventually got to experience this wonderful tea room in a beautiful spot on Dartmoor. It was worth the wait. The scones are delicious: homemade to a secret recipe and served with a mountain of clotted cream. But the setting is what really sets this apart. An ideal point to start or finish a walk along the Dart and in the grounds there is an intriguing rescue centre for (mostly) wildfowl. Not just a great cream tea, but a great day out too.
Dartmouth is full of tea shops selling lovely cream teas - my husband and I sampled a fair few during our recent holiday there. However, when it came to taking home this unique taste of Devon, only one company was able to provide this option. The Good Intent (part of The Dartmouth Ice Cream Company) offers the opportunity to purchase A Cream Tea in a Bag. We purchased some as gifts for family and also an extra one for ourselves. So at the end of our holiday, after a long car journey, and when relaxing Dartmouth seemed a long time ago, we reached for our fresh scones, smothered them with luscious clotted cream and then with very fruity (and pleasingly not-too-sweet) raspberry jam and savoured that last taste of Devon. Our families also appreciated these novel gifts as a 'sensory snapshot' from our holiday - better than a Dartmouth tea-towel! And as a bonus tip, if your clotted cream is just too thick to spread onto your scone, give it a quick stir and it becomes less clotted and more creamy!
The Good Intent
30 Lower Street
Tel: 01803 832157
I stopped in Stockbridge for a walk over the picturesque water meadows in the heart of the Hampshire countryside and came across a most quintessentially English scene. After following the stream towards the centre of the village I reached a terrace perched on the riverbank nestled amongst the water lilies.
The friendly staff served me a pot of fine tea and a plate of delicious scones oozing with homemade jam and cream. Before I left I fed the crumbs to some passing ducks- feeling I should share such an experience with at least something…
High Sreet, Stockbridge, Hampshire, SO20 6HF
Tea rooms with extensive range of unusual teas served by the pot.
Just off George Street in the centre of the New Town. Eteaket also does free tea-tastings on Wednesday mornings. A great place for proper afternoon tea, as well as light lunches.
41 Frederick Street, New Town
A great place to stop for tea and excellent scones.
Slightly out of the city centre, but worth the stroll across the Meadows or a bus ride to the well-heeled suburb Of Morningside. There are plenty of independent shops along Morningside Road for a pleasant browse.
370 Morningside Road, Edinburgh EH10
The best cream teas we've ever had - huge scones, sometimes still warm from the oven, with hefty dollops of local damson jam and cream on the side. Yum Yum. (They also do a good lunch).
Yew Tree Farm is a working farm, built in 1693 and was once owned by Beatrix Potter. Beatrix herself started the Tea Rooms and it's still got her original furniture. There's a fireplace for when it's cold, and also outside seating for when the weather allows. The house was used in the film 'Miss Potter'.
They do B&B too, and sell their home reared beef and lamb. When we were there - on an Open Day, when we were allowed to look around the fabulous bedrooms with their wonky floors, oak four posters and panelled walls, they had a pig race too - great fun!
Set in a stunning location 2 miles outside Coniston on the A593, but there is no car park (except for disability vehicals) so it's best to walk there and build up an appetite! There is a small, NT paying car park 100 metres away, which often gets full.
www.yewtree-farm.com Tel: 01539 441433
A quirky little pub, which besides a good selection of food, beer and wine also serves a fabulous Afternoon Tea - finger sandwiches, little cakes, scones with jam and clotted cream - all homemade, and served on mismatched bone chine tea services. A real treat!
93 High Street
Henley in Arden
The area has some outstanding scenery, very well established mountain biking routes, then tucked away in a tiny churchyard in Keir, is the grave of the inventor of the bicycle.
While passing through Penpont on your way to visit it, stop at the tea room for a decent cup of tea and reasonably priced food, then pass by the old smithy, which was where Kirkpatrick MacMillan lived and worked, then on to the parish church to visit his grave (which you will eventually find has a plaque next to it).
There's lots more to see and do in the area. For example, Joseph Thomson a native of the village of Penpont was a world famous explorer of the African continent. There is a monument to him in the nearby town of Thornhill.
If you are looking for afternoon tea then you must visit Ladurée on the Champs-Élysées.
There may be long queues but it's worth the wait. Amazing tea and amazing macaron or try the rose scented St. Honoré. It's all quite camp but done very well. An ideal place to take your mother!
Visit the Curiosa restaurant just off the market sqaure in Bruges - the traditional Flemish stew is amazing! If you are after something sweet, try the tea room a couple of doors away for the most beautiful, but reasonably priced, cream cakes to enjoy with a coffee.
A small shop and tea room - sounds average, but it's anything but that. They stock a lovely range of high quality household items and gifts, prints and paintings by local artists.
The tea room is bright, comfortable and contemporary, staffed by people who know how to look after their guests/customers - proper service. First class all the way.
On the road up to Cawdor Castle in Nairnshire, about six or seven miles east of Inverness. Parking available opposite.
One of the most charming small museums in Birmingham with a recently added visitor centre and tea room. A real Brummy gem. The house itself is very small, but taken together this is a real treat.
Open from 31st March to 28th October
Tuesday to Sunday 11.30am - 4pm
Closed Mondays except Bank Holidays
Tel: +44 121 464 2193
Devon is famous for its cream teas and this place serves the finest ones in the land. Organic scones, made in an ancient mill surounded by Devonish countryside which is a perfect excuse to walk off the cream.
Village of Otterton, Devon, just off B3178 in between Budleigh Salterton and Exmouth
In a county replete with astounding cream teas, Primrose Cottage in Lustleigh serves the best.
Set in the wooded Dartmoor village famed for its Cleave, Lustleigh avoids the worst of the tourist influxes suffered by Widecombe and Haytor. Its thatched cottages centre around the church and its neighbour Primrose Cottage. As well as astoundingly good cream teas (served since the 19th century) the tea rooms also have an incredible selection of homemade cakes.
Work it all off with a walk along Lustleigh Cleave, a steep wooded valley through which the River Bovey bubbles.
Lustleigh is a 10 minute drive north of Bovey Tracey and about 45 minutes from Exeter.
The small town of Seydisfjordur in east Iceland has got to be one of the most beautiful in the country, it's reached by a spectacular drive over a mountain - the road is the highest in Iceland at 650m above sea level.
The real find here is a tiny cinema and cafe called Mini-Cine, which is run by an English guy from Brighton and his Icelandic wife. If you want a decent cup of tea and some fruit cake, then this is the place to come to!
The films are great as well. When I visited I caught a screening of an old Russian film, Man with a Movie Camera, which makes a refreshing change from the offerings at my local multiplex.
Tel. +354 8454883
I'd recommend a visit to Angelina's tearooms on Rue de Rivoli - an ideal place to take your partner or daughter if you want to impress her with the knowledge that Angelina is known to have been frequented by Coco Chanel!
That reason aside, the cakes are fabulous (like little pieces of art and totally delicious). Their signature dessert, chesnut-based Mont Blonc, is a delight. The coffee is great (cafe creme my personal favourite although I read about their
notoriously rich chocolat l’africain) and the beautiful decor makes for a lovely experience.
Ladies, don't leave without visiting the bathroom which is as lovely as the rest of the place!
226 rue de Rivoli, 1er, near the Jardin Tuileries. Tel: 01 42 60 82 00
Looking for a treat? Have a sweet tooth? Betty's in Harrogate is for you! Selling scrumptious cakes that everyone will devour!
Cream cakes, cakes with marzipan icing, chocolate sponges and traditional jam and cream sponges - yum! Also a range of chocolates too!
Also offering a range of delicious food in the Tea Rooms. Take Betty's treats home with you from the shop!
Telephone- 01423 877300
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