Dutch Tea Shop anyone?

16 Aug

Had the following sent in to me at TTS Towers.

i know you are a uk based company, but i wonder if i can draw your attention and maybe a review of a wonderful engish tea room in holland?
It is called tea time, and is based in echten, drenthe, netherlands, and is now in its 17 year of trading. details can be found here and also here it is in a beautiful setting, started by an englishman and a dutchman, they now provide high teas, cakes, scones, cream teas, english breakfast etc etc, and a huge range of teas, all served in the proper manner, with china pots, with a tea strainer. All the food is home made, most of the produce is imported from britain, the
bread, clotted cream, jams, crisps, sweets, and all manner of other delights. everything from the venue to the food to the service is of the highest standard, and i think, if possible, that they deserve a mention, for flying the flag so high in another country. and they are very popular with the dutch, with bookings regularly exceeding 200 a day. please have a look at their website and see what you think, and if at all possible, visit them, you will receive a very warm welcome, as everyone does.

Thanks Simon for sending the details my way.


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Mauro’s, Writtle, Essex

01 Apr

Rosie contacted the TTS Blog and told us about a new deli/tea shop in the village of Writtle, near Chelmsford in Essex. She says this

Mauros. Writtle
Newly opened Tea Room/Deli. Excellent teas made with leaves in individual pots with charming old fashioned crockery.. Sadly the scones are packet mix. Not too keen on sitting by freezers and shelves with goods for sale. Bit of a mitch match but I expect they have to feel their feet to see what sells. Good luck to them but do serve homemade food.

Thanks for the posting! – M


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Independent Top 50 Best Tea Rooms

29 Mar


The Picture Pot, Finchingfield, Essex

13 Jun

A sent in review from Tesh – thanks!

I recently visited The Picture Pot, it is as quaint as the village and a
perfect stop off.
The tearoom had been taken over recently and they have started opening more
frequently hence my recommendation.

They have an excellent display of local artists work in the tearoom, the
sandwiches where presented well and wonderful selections of speciality teas
that I have not seen before. I stopped for two cups of tea and tried two
completely different ones which I thoroughly enjoyed. My partner had a cake
which was generously portioned and her coffee was made with perfection.

I would visit the tearoom again and the reason I have written this review is
that I would recommend the village and The Picture Pot.

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Wilkin and Sons New Tea Shops

13 Feb

Wilkin and Son are expanding their tea shop offerings. I learnt around a month ago that they had taken over from my friend Jonathan at the Writtle Tea Rooms and I now read they have acquired a lease on a building right next to another Tea shop I have reviewed – the Art Cafe in Colchester.

You can read more about this here –



Another closure

18 Dec

Sad to report that ‘my local’ Tiffanys in Great Baddow has closed shutting up shop after 4 years in the Village. It has been replaced though with an establishment called ‘The Glasshouse’ which I will be checking out over the Christmas period.

Sorry to see them go…


Blackmore Tea Rooms

01 Oct

I can see I will have to do a ‘tea room crawl’ around Blackmore. Julie has got in touch from Blackmore Tea Rooms and sent this in

We have just opened a tea shop in Blackmore Essex in a 15th centry building in the heart of Blackmore. You can find us on face book for pics and more as yet we dont have a web page but are looking into it. This tea shop is run by sisters Julie and Sarah Goodson and offers a very warm welcome.


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Megarrys Tea Shop, Blackmore, Essex

26 Sep

Judi from Megarry’s sent in this plug for her teashop:-

Megarrys PictureArriving in Blackmore, turn down by the war memorial and tucked behind Blackmore’s picturesque Village (Duckpond) Green in Jericho Cottage, is Megarrys.. There is a warm friendly welcome for everyone.. including ramblers, vintage car rallies, cyclists, motorcyclists and families.

Their website is


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Another tea shop closure

10 Jun

Very sad to report the closure of another tea shop mentioned on the site and at

The Tea Rooms in Walton-on-the-naze has closed. There are a couple of other places to enjoy tea and a cake but yet to try them.



Cherry On Top Cafe, Chelmsford, Essex

24 Apr

Cherry on top PicA new cafe has opened in my home town of Chelmsford, Essex. Based in Moulsham Street opposite Rayleigh Hifi and only a few doors down from another cafe it is a busy area.

They have decorated it nicely and is a little twee but fun. You can enter and walk past the take out counter and head towards to back if you wish to sit down and eat in. Head up to the counter order, pay and sit down is the routine.

They are serving cold foods only but promise hot food is on the way. There were 10 varieties of sandwiches/baguettes and 9 varieties of cakes plus some daily specials. There are also ploughmans, salads and ‘little cherries’ meals for younger children. If you have a desire for dessert then there are a few to choose from.

Drinkwise there is a wide selection of hot and cold drinks including beetroot juice which I didn’t go for. I enjoyed a Coronation Chicken baguette and Lemon Drizzle cake. Service was a little slow but the food was delicious and worth waiting for plus it is early days. I wish them luck.



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