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About Us

Delicious ethically-sourced world teas and coffees. Freshly made sandwiches, paninis and baguettes. Full English breakfasts, toasties and bagels. Not to mention traditional Afternoon Tea.
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In this age of globalised companies, tea rooms and coffee shops have become somewhat predictable whereas cosy places with character have become few and far between. The Village Tea Rooms is an antidote to this and we welcome people into our bright and contemporary environment to enjoy a wide selection of cakes, sandwiches, snacks, beverages and teas from across the globe. Whether you fancy a refreshing Earl Grey as a welcome break from the the summer sun or a warming hot chocolate while you watch the swirling leaves outside on a chill November day The Village Tea Rooms will always offer you a hospitable and friendly welcome.

The Origins of Afternoon Tea

Afternoon Tea is a light meal usually taken between four and six in the afternoon. The custom originated amongst the upper classes in the 1840s but Catherine of Braganza, queen of King Charles II, is credited with introducing tea to the court when she arrived in England in 1642.

By 1900, Afternoon Tea became popular amongst the middle classes. Best china was used, the table was laid and small cakes and thin slices of bread and butter were served. Loose tea was brewed in a teapot and the custom was adopted by the working classes as a ‘pick-me-up’ for late afternoon fatigue at work. For labourers, tea was often accompanied by a sandwich or baked snack.

For the wealthy, Afternoon Tea was served with bitesized sandwiches (containing luxury ingredients such as cucumber, smoked salmon, egg and ham), scones with clotted cream and jam and cakes such as Battenburg, fruit cake and Victoria Sponge.

These days in hotels and tea shops, Afternoon Tea is a more formal affair and often taken as a treat. Cakes and scones are served on a tiered stand and may sometimes include toast or muffins.

Village Tea Rooms is proud to present Afternoon Tea with a variety of ethically-sourced beverages. If you’d like to see what’s available please visit out Menu page and treat yourself and your friends to our bitesized cakes, scones and sandwiches and an almost impossible choice of interesting teas and coffees.