The Duchess' Tea Room – The English social tradition of taking Afternoon Tea is said to have originated in the late 1830s by Duchess Anna Maria, wife of the 7th Duke of Bedford, who entertained her friends in the Blue Drawing Room at Woburn Abbey.
So during your visit to Woburn treat yourself to a Duchess Anna Maria Afternoon Tea? A selection of sandwiches, homemade cakes and scones with clotted cream and jam and a pot of tea for £12.50 per person. Woburn Abbey, Bedfordshire.
Harriet’s – It’s like stepping back in time at these two wonderful cafe/tearooms. Old fashioned uniforms and service, delicious food made on the premises, many to family recipes, pianist tinkling away, and a shop selling teas, jams and more . Green Street, Cambridge 01223 356443; Cornhill buildings, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk 01284 756256
Tea on the Green – This teashop overlooks the village green and duck pond and has received an Award of Excellence in The Tea Guild’s highly coveted Top Tea Place 2012 Awards. Eves Corner, Danbury, Essex 01245 226616
River Tea Rooms – This tearoom enjoys a fantastic riverside setting alongside the historic St Ives Chapel Bridge and is situated in the pretty Grade II listed Manor House, said to be one of the oldest houses in the town. Indulge in a slice home-made cake, or enjoy a superb Cambridgeshire cream tea, with scones freshly baked on the premises each morning. Bridge Street, St Ives, Cambs 01480 464921
The Tally Ho – Spacious Victorian-style tea room serving Cream Teas, cakes, light lunches and other lovely delights, such as homemade hot puddings. There’s also a gift shop selling jams, sweets and more. Mettingham, Suffolk 01986 897818
By Jove! Tea Rooms – A quintessentially British tea experience with traditional service, and a wonderful afternoon and High Tea, with a choice of 25 loose teas, plus a range of breakfasts and lunches. There’s a gift shop too. Burwell, Cambs.
Peacocks Tearoom – This Tea Guild award-winning tea room on the riverside serves around 60 types of tea and a selection of delicious homemade cakes. It was also chosen by The Independent as one of the 50 Best Tea Rooms in the UK. 65 Waterside, Ely, Cambs. 01353 661100
Rosy Lee’s – Chosen by The Times as one of 30 Best Places For Tea. Popular with Norfolk Broads boatsmen who enjoy the wonderful home cooked food, including local fish dishes. Bridge Street, Loddon 01508 520204
Emily’s Tea Room – Traditional tea room in a 16th century listed building, offering over 100 different teas and cakes, scones, and pastries made daily on the premises. Why not try on of the Scone Making Classes – the next one is 13 August. Market Place, Mildenhall, Suffolk 01638 715503
Poppy’s Tea Room – The perfect place to visit for a quintessential English Tea Room experience. Founded in 2007 by the descendant of a long line of tea planters, the menu naturally includes a wide variety of carefully chosen quality loose leaf teas from around the world. All the delicious scones and homemade cakes from the tempting and changing range are freshly baked on the premises. Fishmarket Street, Thaxted, Essex 01371 830453
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