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 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.


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.

Wilkin and Sons New Tea Shops

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 –


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.