I go to a lot of tea rooms.

This rather expensive habit started when I discovered that the tea in American coffee chains is dire – dunking tea-dust in luke warm water does not make a fine cuppa. Proper tea, characterised by large pieces of leaves and boiling H2O, is a completely different beverage entirely and should be celebrated for the magical liquid that it is.

Some tea rooms of note include Peacocks in Ely – a wonderful little place by the river with the biggest tea menu I have ever seen. Displayed as an appendix to their edible fare, the list of different teas far surpasses the number of food dishes they serve, which – to my mind at least – is exactly how it should be.

Betty's

Betty's

Obviously, Betty’s in York/Harrogate is well worth visiting. Again, the choice of teas is extensive but their food is also very, very good. The one in York is particularly special because of the mirror downstairs – signed with a diamond-tip pen by the servicemen who visited the cafe during the WWII.

Ludlow Caste

Ludlow Caste

Ludlow Castle tea rooms was also rather special. Not only were the scones some of the best I have ever tasted, but the setting was incredible too. Though the tea list was somewhat limited, they covered all of the basics with high quality leaves.

Ludlow Castle Tea Rooms

Ludlow Castle Tea Rooms

Clearly, there have been other tea rooms in various other places – Auntie’s in Cambridge, De Grey’s in Ludlow, The Bar Convent Cafe in York to name but a few – though these are the ones which stand out.

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