The Eastern counties have their fair share of picture-postcard villages and towns and what better way to enjoy them than with a cup of tea at one of the tea rooms dotted about the region. We suggest….
The best tea rooms in Essex
The Quinteassential Tea Shop in the bustling market town of Halstead is a favourite with locals and visitors alike. Service with a smile is the order of the day in this tea room where Mick and his friendly staff serve a range of teas, coffees, lunches and snacks. Drinks are served quirkily in vintage-style crockery, often in individual teapots, with their very own tea cosy and the cakes are to die for. They support local artists too so check out the art for sale in the shop.
The best tea rooms in Suffolk
Beautiful and historic Long Melford is the setting for Tiffins Tea Emporium. They’re a traditional tea shop serving a choice of 35 loose leaf teas, home-made cakes and scones, all baked daily from local ingredients. They specialise in cakes made from gluten free flour and they also offer a takeaway service for whole or slices of cake. If you’re visiting during the warmer months, why not sit out in the courtyard for a delicious afternoon tea?
The best tea rooms in Norfolk
‘Sit back, relax and enjoy’, suggest Cindy and Karl, who run Heydon Village Tea Shop. It’s in the idyllic village of Heydon, home to countless period dramas and picture-perfect houses. Almost all the food they serve is made freshly on the premises and they use local produce wherever possible, including bread from Husk bakery, Norfolk cordials and apple juice from Sandringham. Their afternoon teas are pretty special – cakes worthy of The Great British Bake Off according to one reviewer.
The best tea rooms in Bedfordshire
The former Ladies Waiting Room at the Grade II listed Victorian Ridgmont Railway Station building is home to Ridgmont Station Tea Room, run by mother and daughter team Denise and Shona. They specialise in afternoon teas so step back in time and enjoy sandwiches, cake, scones with clotted cream and petit fours with Glenn Miller playing in the background.
The best tea rooms in Cambridgeshire
The Eccentric Englishman is the award-winning tea rooms at Johnsons of Old Hurst, Huntingdon. Scones are their speciality so combine a visit to the farm shop with afternoon tea between 2 and 4pm from Tuesday to Saturday. You won’t go hungry as their tea includes not only scones but a cream meringue and a Florentine. If savoury treats are more your thing then try the sausage rolls or pasties.
The best tea rooms in Hertfordshire
Westmill Tearoom near Buntingford offers vintage-style tea in a pretty village setting. There are a wide range of fine loose leaf teas and coffees on offer and cakes, scones and teabreads are baked daily on the premises. Sit outside on sunny days with a view of the village green in the lovely courtyard or check out the lovely vintage jewellery and cards for sale.