This England’s Finest Tea Rooms

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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.

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