Who: Becki Short and Becky Dowding
Date visited: 27th July 2017
Food and Drink:
Becki S: Quiche and Jasmine Tea
Becky D: Black Forest Gateaux Cake and Strawberries & Cream Tea
Total cost: £13
About the place:
Date Opened: March 2017
Owners: Katie Barker and Paul East
Why did you open? Katie told us that she has always had a love for food, and is actually allergic to coffee, so is a big tea drinker. With all the coffee shops around, Katie wanted to do something a little different. All the food is sourced and handmade locally from various different suppliers an they are open 7 days a week. There are three rooms, all designed to be different, for a different purpose, and customers are welcome in any of them. There is the main tea room, which is a vintage “farmhouse” feel, the Mad Hatters room, which is also used as a function room, and the hideout, which is full of beanbags and is generally a space you can chill out in.
Written by Becki Short
After having driven past the cute outside of The Cream Tea Rooms on Albert Road a number of times (when on my way to and from my theatre school, OmniArts), I thought it was about time I went in and tried it out! A meet up was required for plotting and scheming for the Art Exhibition with Becky Dowding, who is in charge of the “Painting the Roses Red” chapter, as well as being a fantastic asset with other ideas and promotion, so the date was set.
On arrival the atmosphere was lovely – open and welcoming – with gorgeous looking cakes in the cabinet at the front! Becky and I took a table, and got chatting about Mad Hatters.
There was no feeling of rushing to have to order, and when we did, they were very helpful with all my awkward “what’s in that quiche” questions, with nothing being too much trouble. Tea was also decided on, as they have a very big range – some from All About Tea (who have been earmarked for a future visit, and review!), and some of their own.
I (Becki) went for a jasmine tea, which was lovely, although quite strong! Although I am a tea-drinker, I think I need to experience a few more flavours. I know they did a tea tasting session a little while ago, so I will have to keep my eyes peeled for another one of those! The quiche portion was MASSIVE! And very scrumptious. I tried a little bit of Becky’s black forest gateaux cake after as well, which was just delicious – not too sweet, and full of flavour.
Becky reports that the gateaux was really really tasty, and the strawberry tea was sweet, but not over powering, so complimented the cake well.
If you’d like to find out more about The Cream Tea Rooms, and pay them a visit, the check out the links below – and show some love for a local business!
“A friendly, welcoming, and generally lovely tea room, with great food.”