This Eng­land’s Finest Tea Rooms

Sus­sex, tak­ing over the premises of Ditch­ling Tea Rooms. It is a real tra­di­tional tea room with ta­bles in­side and in a walled gar­den, with an ex­ten­sive menu of beau­ti­fully pre­sented food served by friendly wait­resses in tra­di­tional cos­tume. We go there re

This England - - Contents - If you have a favourite tea room that you would like to nom­i­nate for our award, then send de­tails to: This Eng­land’s Finest Tea Rooms, DC Thom­son, 185 Fleet Street, Lon­don, EC4A 2HS, or email: editor@thisen­g­

In this is­sue, our Finest Tea Rooms Awards go to a pair of es­tab­lish­ments who are stick­lers for tra­di­tion and of­fer a “good, old-fash­ioned” ex­pe­ri­ence! If you ever get the feel­ing that time is rac­ing by, the com­fort of a tra­di­tional tea room can go far be­yond the tea and cake, be­com­ing a place where the mind goes quiet and one can truly re­flect and re­lax.

Fol­low­ing this theme, Old Bank Tea Rooms and An­tiques, 8 Market Place, Bun­gay, Suf­folk NR35 1AR, is Win­ter 2018’s first win­ner.

“‘The room has a lovely old­fash­ioned feel,” says our reader. “All the cakes are home made, as are the sand­wiches, and a large china teapot com­pletes the lovely ex­pe­ri­ence.”

A high­light is the af­ter­noon tea which is served on a vin­tage 3-tier cake stand, while all the tea served is loose leaf. The tea room is set up with em­broi­dered linen and table­cloths, and own­ers Dave and Sue play “foot-tap­ping mu­sic from the 1920s and 1930s which cre­ates a won­der­ful at­mos­phere.”

Eight Market Place was a bank from the mid-1920s, hence the lovely wood pan­elling in­side. Down­stairs in the strong room, an­tiques and col­lecta­bles are dis­played and for sale.

“The staff are kind and help­ful and al­to­gether it was a mem­o­rable ex­pe­ri­ence,” our reader sum­marises hap­pily.

Fine praise in­deed – and if you’re won­der­ing if praise comes as high as that else­where, look no fur­ther than our sec­ond win­ner: The Nut­meg Tree, 6 West Street, Ditch­ling, East Sus­sex, BN6 8TS.

Reader David Richard­son tells us: “On our oc­ca­sional vis­its to Tun­bridge Wells we would al­ways lunch at The Nut­meg Tree, a won­der­ful tra­di­tional tea room at­tached to the Vic­to­ria Place Mall. Sadly it closed last year to make way for re­de­vel­op­ment.

“For­tu­nately, it then opened in the next vil­lage to us, Ditch­ling, East

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