This Eng­land’s Finest Tea Rooms

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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: edi­tor@thisen­g­land.co.uk

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