5 of the best vintage tea rooms

Date Posted: 20/11/2014

Tea’s not just for two. As more and more vintage tea rooms spring up around the country, drinking char is turning into a team sport.

And that’s great news for groups. So here are a few of our favourite places in the UK to ‘play mother’.

Drink, shop & do – Kings Cross, London.

Just around the corner from Kings Cross railways station, you’ll find Drink, shop, do. At first glance this place looks like a gift shop, but there’s a vintage tea shop hidden in the back.

Afternoon tea is served on mismatched 1920s and 1950s china, and the menu features the classic finger sandwiches, scones and mini cakes.

If you want something with more of a kick, you can order a boozy afternoon tea, which comes with half a bottle of Prosecco per person.

Plus, if the men in your group protest that it’s all a little too girly, they can order the man’s afternoon tea, which comes with a pint of lager, savoury scone, pickles, pork scratchings and a Yorkie bar.

Groups can book to have their own area of the tea room, too.

Jeanette’s Cakery, Saltaire, Yorkshire

Jeanette’s Cakery is small but perfectly formed. In January 2014, it was featured on the show Britian’s Best bakery.

Afternoon tea is served every day from midday and consists of finger sandwiches, scones and cupcakes. It’s no mean feat to get through the whole thing, especially because the scones are boulder sized.

Jeanette’s Bakery also hosts events like vintage music nights at venues around Yorkshire.

Betty Bumbles – St Neots, Cambridgeshire

Cosily positioned in the centre of St Neot’s town square, Betty Bumbles is retro with a capital R. The tea room is spread across two floors, and the whole place can be hired out by parties.

Both afternoon tea and high tea are served here daily. The latter comes with a pork pie, quiche, scotch egg, coleslaw, chutneys and cake.

Betty Bumbles is also open in the evenings on weends, serving cocktails against a soundtrack of 1940s music.

Hey Little Cupcake, Manchester

This Manchester tea room doesn’t play by the rules.

Take the Shrek cream tea for example – this comes with a selection of shrek-topped cupcakes and shrek-shaped sandwiches.

Then there are the giant cupcakes, which when made to order serve up to 12 people at a time.

Of course, if you want to stay traditional, a regular afternoon tea with finger sandwiches, scones, mini cupcakes and strawberries costs £12 per person.

Hey Little Cupcake also host private parties.

Bea’s Vintage Tea Rooms, Bath

China tea sets, embroidered table cloths and wartime posters set the scene at Bea’s Vintage Tea Rooms in Bath.

In addition to breakfast and lunch, three types of tea are served here. High tea combine an item from the lunch menu with a cheese scone and slice of fruit cake. Cream tea consists of a buttermilk scone with jam and cream. Afternoon tea, meanwhile, is served on a cake stand and features finger sandwiches and scones.

Bea’s has a private party room, which can fit between ten and 20 people.

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