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 – http://www.colchesterchronicle.co.uk/2012/02/11/tymperleys-20-year-lease-for-tiptree/
Very sad to report the closure of another tea shop mentioned on the site and at topteashops.co.uk.
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.
So the battle of the teashops is on.
The Essex Chronicle Food and Drink Awards have placed both of them in the Top 3 for best Tea Shop. You can find out more at http://www.thisistotalessex.co.uk/efda09publicvoting.html
I know that both Tea Shops know each other and there was even talk of Jon from Writtle Tea Rooms having a quick drink in Tiffanys recently (checking out the competition I reckon).
Best of luck to both of them. 8th October 2009 is the date we all find out.
UPDATE: Unfortunately neither of these Chelmsford Tea Rooms won. It went to a Stop The World in Leigh On Sea – http://www.thisistotalessex.co.uk/efda09winners09.html