This England’s Finest Tea Rooms
Autumn’s first award winner is a place that, judging by its name, will provide the perfect restorative cuppa! Chris and Keith Smalley have nominated the Remedy Tea Rooms, 57 High Street, Southend, Essex (also at Hockley Market Garden Centre, Lower Road, Hockley, Essex). They praise the exceptional standards in the establishment telling us: “The tea rooms are spotlessly clean, everyone is greeted with a smile, and the decor is typically English village tea room. The coffee and tea are excellent and the food is first class served by the nicest staff one could wish to meet.”
When it comes to the menu, their particular favourites are the English Breakfast and Ploughman’s Cheese Platter and they describe the Sunday Lunch at Hockley as “excellent”. In recommending these tea rooms for a “richly deserved” award, Chris and Keith say that “..a visit to the Remedy is a visit to friends.” Fine friendships, fine food and fine tea; that certainly sounds like a winning combination to us.
A letter from Pauline and Bob Parker, from Bicester in Oxfordshire, highlighted somewhere that’s really off the beaten track; in fact, you can only get there on foot or, wait for it, by narrow boat! (We think this might be a first among our award-winning tea rooms!) Jane’s Enchanted Tea Garden, Mill Lane, Kirtlington, Oxfordshire, is described by the Parkers as “a unique place next to the Oxford Canal” (see above). Once you’ve discovered this delightful hidden gem, which uses all local produce wherever possible, you will not be disappointed, as Pauline and Bob point out: “Jane serves three types of cream teas and is famous for her selection of homemade cakes, some 10 to 12 to choose from, including gluten-free.”
It sounds an idyllic location and truly scrumptious too! They reckon that this is the place to find “The best cream teas in Oxfordshire.” High praise indeed from two very happy customers. We looked at the website www.janes-cream-teas.moonfruit.com and opening dates and hours are limited, so it’s best to check before your visit — and advance booking is essential.
Right in the heart of England, a warm-hearted welcome awaits you at The Secret Tea Room, 2 Adies Alley, Stone, Staffordshire. It is a special place for Mrs. Nora Moors from Stoke-on-trent. Apart from the mouthwatering menu, she comments on the “very pleasant atmosphere”, “pretty bone china” and concludes: “I will certainly go again at the first opportunity.” Well, by then Mrs. Moors, our certificate will be there on display.
We follow the worldwide tea room trail with our next nomination, which takes us to The Moments & Memories Tea Room, 34 Camp Street, Beechworth, Victoria, Australia. It has been nominated by Harvey and Thia Wonson, who were treated to afternoon tea here by a friend, while visiting the area.
Harvey says: “As an avid reader of your excellent This England I immediately thought of the ‘Finest Tea Rooms’ feature and took the photograph (see left).” He adds: “The Moments & Memories Tea Room offers a selection of 50 different teas, as well as breakfast, morning, afternoon tea and luncheon, with Devonshire Teas available all day.” Taking its inspiration from an English cottage tea room this really sounds a thoroughly delicious slice of Englishness down in south-east Australia, and one of our awards is on its way.
Warmest congratulations to these tea rooms and we’ll be announcing plenty more in the winter issue. If you have a tea room you’d like to nominate, send details to: This England’s Finest Tea Rooms, The Lypiatts, Lansdown Road, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL50 2JA, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org