Stewarts Deli and Tearoom, Chelmsford, Essex

I popped in there recently and really loved what I saw.

It is an independent shop down a pretty quiet street in my home town of Chelmsford. Run by Matt and Geraldine. I have only eaten cake in there and must say have been a bit put off the savouries as they seem a little pricey but they may well be delicious and worth every penny!

It takes a real effort to run an independent shop in a city where the corporates are king and people so easily gravitate to them. It just shows how consistency of product is so important.

I will them well and will do a full review on the main site when I can.

Dutch Tea Shop anyone?

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 http://www.teatime.nl/ and also here www.facebook.com/tea.time.18?fref=t 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.

M

Mauro’s, Writtle, Essex

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

The Picture Pot, Finchingfield, Essex

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.

Blackmore Tea Rooms

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.

Megarrys Tea Shop, Blackmore, Essex

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 www.teashopblackmore.co.uk

Sent in review: – Teashop By The Canal, Newbury

Stephen Graves sent in a review via www.topteashops.co.uk. Here it is:-

This brand new tea shop had only been up and running for two weeks when we visited – it has an excellent menu, with a mix of traditional and modern food. Loose-leaf tea was served in a pot with lovely old china crockery; the furniture’s a very nice higgledy-piggledy mix of chairs and tables. We tried open smoked salmon sandwiches, which were fantastic – with generous portion sizes. So good we came back later and tried their home-made coffee cake and lemonade – which was also very good! Also on the menu – though we didn’t try them – are more modern offerings like mozzarella ciabatta paninis, as well cooked breakfasts. They serve cream teas, and have a choice of plain or sultana scones, though they’d run out by 3pm on a Saturday. As the name suggests, it’s by the canal – there’s outdoor seating, but no parasols so it can get quite hot on a sunny day. One small gripe was the time it took to get served, though as it’s early days for the business, I’m happy to give them a free pass – doubtless they’ll improve as the staff get into the swing of things. We’ll definitely be going again!

Address of Tea Shop The Stone Building The Wharf Newbury West Berkshire RG14 5AS

Thanks Stephen!

Larsson’s Coffee House & Creperie, Looe, Cornwall

On my trip to Cornwall in April 2009 I went past this one again and it is a lovely little place with friendly staff. I took a photo of it and is on my main website www.topteashops.co.uk along with a little more of a review.

If you visit Looe, and it is recommended, make sure you pop into Larssons or order a takeaway coffee as it must be tough to make money down there sometimes.

Make sure you tell them about the website! Their website is www.larssonscoffeehouse.com

If you have been please leave a review on the main TopTeaShops website.