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!

Tiffanys and Writtle Tea Rooms battle it out

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

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.

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.

Their website is http://www.thesedberghcafe.com.

It is great to receive these reviews so if you have one please send it my way – topteashops@gmail.com

M

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.