The Carmen Rose, Ribchester, Lancashire

I have received this review in from Carl Barrow

Making my regular visit to Ribchester I was greeted by a lovely surprise, a newly opened Tea Rooms in the heart of this Roman village.Just what the village needed I thought.I was not prepared however for the surprise inside, Sara the owner has combined her lifelong love of Tea Shops with her own award winning Gift Shop expertise to provide a real gem.
The ground floor is largely given over to the Tea Room, an area where you instantly feel at home and want to spend a lazy afternoon.The menu I was told will be updated on a regular basis, however on this initial visit I chose a mouth watering carrot cake combined with a beautiful pot of tea served in the most amazingly designed crockery (Sara please offer this to your customers as they would make lovely gifts!). Talking of gifts the first floor offers a wide range of gifts to suit every taste from mirrors, prints and furniture to unusual jewellery and items to suit children of all ages.
The visit was rounded off in the peaceful rear garden enjoying a delicious ice cream (from a local farm) which was too good to miss and that sums up the whole experience of The Carmen Rose.

The Sedbergh Café, Cumbria

I have received an email from Ben Morfett with this review:-

These delightfully tasteful tea rooms in the South Lake District and Yorkshire Dales National Park  near Kendal provide a cosy and welcoming atmosphere. Serving a very wide range of specialist single estate teas, along with cakes, snacks, meals and bakes all made in-house. Their home-made scones are also the best many people have had the delight to sample. Also, what a wonderful selection of frozen take-out soups, meals and deserts they have available. This is a lovely ‘must visit’ establishment.

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Tea On The Green, Eves Corner, Danbury, Essex

The Tea Guild Award of Excellence in 2006 is one of many accolades for this Tea Shop. In an ideal location by a duck pond in the quiet Essex village this is one of my locals!

I went for my birthday in August and enjoyed some time outside on a table only to move inside when the wasps got too interested in my ciabatta and did not want them to even touch my carrot cake.

A wide array of food available in a warm and cosy environment. I have only been the once but got the feeling they are busy most of the time. Get their early in the day to avoid disappointment as they close at 5pm in the summer and earlier in winter.

Paulines Tea Shop, Newquay, Cornwall

Paulines Creamery, Newquay

A cream lovers delight! Just a gaze through the window of this bakery and tea shop makes your tummy rumble.

There are whole cakes available along with usual bakery fare on the ground floor where you can takeaway any delights that grab you or head up the stairs to the tea room seating area.

There are booths along with normal chairs and tables to sit at. If there are just two of you go for the tables by the window and you can watch people as they wander along the high street.

It will be hard though to take your eyes off the food. The cream teas are one of the best I have tasted and come with an old fashioned stainless steel pot of tea with accompanying milk jug. Also recommended are the cheesecakes. There is a full menu available so this is a place to fill up on savouries as well as sweet stuff.

A firm favourite and always visited when we are in Newquay. If you have been please leave a comment on the main website