This England’s Finest Tea Rooms
Since launching our Finest Tea Rooms Award four years ago, we have been delighted by the response from you. What has amazed us is the number of nominations for English tea rooms in some of the world’s far-flung destinations.our winter 2015 edition featured a “first” with an award-winning tea room in the Falkland Islands, and we now bring you details of another one in a equally unexpected location.
Linda Artist in Forresters Beach, New South Wales, Australia, emailed us to nominate The Haven Tea Room, 87 St. 155, Toul Tom Pong, Phnom Penh, Cambodia. She discovered it while on a visit last September and describes it as “an oasis from the tropical heat, humidity and dust”. Entering the tea room was, she says, like “walking into a bygone era” with its tables bedecked with lace cloths, china tea cups and saucers and lovely tea pots. On the menu is a selection of “yummy cakes, scones with jam, sandwiches, Anzac biscuits and light meals, together with a varied selection of hot and cold drinks, including Earl Grey tea and iced Khmer coffee.”
The Haven forms part of a Christian organisation, Open Arms Cambodia, which trains underprivileged and rescued young people in careers such as hospitality and hairdressing. It is marvellous to hear of such a worthy cause serving up a great English tradition to help create better lives for people. One of our award-winner’s certificates will most certainly be on its way to the tropical yet traditionally English surroundings of The Haven.
A bit more globetrotting is involved to get to our next recipient, Summerhill House B&B Tea Room, Port Hope, Ontario, Canada. It is praised by local resident Rhonda Perry who considers it “the next best thing to being in England”. Recalling a recent visit there, with her mother, Rhonda says: “The owner was just lovely...the atmosphere of the shop is quaint and cosy. The large pot of tea was piping hot, there were finger sandwiches, scones, fresh fruit and tarts.”
After such a warm welcome and a delicious afternoon tea, Rhonda is already planning to return and urges anyone visiting Port Hope to stop by at Summerhill House.