6 scrummy afternoon teas
We ran this feature last year and as it’s National Afternoon tea Week again on 14 August, it reminded us we’d not done another one *slaps own hand and promises to do better. So, in absence of that, we thought we’d run this one again, and write a new one soon!
We did visit Highgate House for afternoon tea since this was written, full review here : )
As it’s National Afternoon Tea Week in August, we thought it would be fitting to fill you scrummy lot in on five fabuloso tea rooms in the county. From jazz lounges to art galleries these tearooms really do highlight the variety Northamptonshire has in all that it does, plus the top quality that we all love and expect when it comes to afternoon tea!
ARTea, Wakefield Country Courtyard, Potterspury
ARTea offers an imaginative twist to the conventional afternoon tea! Not only can you enjoy a beautiful selection of teas, other drinks and various snacks, ARTea gives you the chance to browse some of the beautiful local artwork that covers the walls of the tea room (and if you particularly like any of it, many of the pieces are up for sale)! You can also book in for a traditional afternoon tea including finger sandwiches, scones and a choice of cakes from their extensive cake counter (for special occasions sparkling wine is available, so you can really treat yourselves)! Open every day except for Mondays so get yourselves down when you get the chance (two Muddy winners, Vitreus Art and Grafton Spa are also at Wakefield Court)!
This is a specialist tea and coffee brewing bar set in the beautiful market town of Oundle (already reviewed by us at Muddy – finger on the pulse and all that ; ) They pride themselves in bringing back the Nation’s love of traditional loose-leaf tea and aim to make it “exciting and adventurous”. Brewbabu also offers something for the coffee lovers out there with a range of specialty blends including burnt toffee and even toast coffee! They also offer a selection of freshly prepared snacks and cakes (which honestly look shamazing!) plus they also provide a customary afternoon tea in their Parlour! Open seven days a week!
The Blitz Tea Room and Jazz Lounge, Kettering
The Blitz is a tea room dedicated to all things 1940s! They aim to recreate the feeling of great national spirit that flooded the country throughout this period whilst WW2 was in full throttle. With authentic furnishings and the staff dressed in period attire you’ll really feel like you’ve stepped into a time machine back to the ’40s! Keeping up with the theme, music from the era can be heard throughout the tearoom interspersed by BBC news broadcasts allowing you to enjoy the ambience of the time period. Now onto the tea itself! The Blitz offers you the choice of fourteen loose-leaf teas and a range of coffees. They also provide a lovely looking menu if you’re feeling hungry! There is also the Jazz Lounge with a more glamorous atmosphere with plenty of live bands and themed evenings! Also the Blitz won #1 tea and coffee business in the country, so really worth a try (if you fancy something stronger afterwards, The Kino Lounge is just around the corner)!
Dovecote Buttery and Farm Shop, Geddington
A delightful barn conversion set in the Northants countryside, ‘the Buttery’ appeals to people of all ages, whether you want a relaxed day with your partner or a fun day out with the kids, they’ve got something for everyone. Their infamously good cakes and scones are served at their high tea (be aware you have to book this due to its popularity)! During the summer there is also the chance to sit outside within the beautiful garden and eat jammy scones to your heart’s content! There is also the addition of their ‘pick your own’ soft fruits where guests can roam the fields picking strawberries to their heart’s delight! Great fun for everyone, this tearoom is perfect for a sunny afternoon out!
Beckworth Emporium, Mears Ashby
A personal favourite of a few of yours, Beckworth Emporium prides itself on a gorgeous afternoon tea service! Served with sparkling wine if you so fancy (er mayyyybe), Beckworth allows you to enjoy true luxury whilst tucking into the time old classic. With a bustling atmosphere this tea room is set at the back of the most magnificent farm shop where you can purchase items from local businesses that Beckworth are keen to support (beware, you could spend your week’s wages in a heartbeat. Yes, fine, i’ve done that ; ) The kitchens also have award-winning chefs ready to cook you anything off their delish menu, and good hot meals if you fancy something a bit more substantial. Beckworth also offer gift vouchers for their afternoon teas so you can buy a loved one an afternoon of floury goods, which I’m sure they’ll be more than pleased to receive!