It’s a classic British tradition, an acceptable addiction, a pick-me-up, calm-me-down moment of tranquillity in the day. A builder’s, a brew, or as we like to say in Nottingham, a good old mash. Being a most integral factor in one’s day, we thought we’d share some of our tip top tea spots throughout the county. But before we go on, we suggest you pour yourself a pot and pair with some digestives before the mad cravings take hold.
A late night café is a dream for anyone wishing to spend an evening in the city without the pressure to spend their money on booze, and Lee Rosy’s is one of few in the city. A classically simple set up with good music, a nice atmosphere whether you want to work or socialise, and yes, a fabulous range of teas. (We recommend the relaxing Green Tea Blue Sky or smoky delights of Chocolate Truffle.) If you like to be a little adventurous with your cuppa, you’ll be in heaven, and if you can’t get enough you can now sign up to their subscription service which brings the finest loose leaf teas to your door!
Hidden away in the heart of the city centre, Thea Caffea is delightfully quaint without ever bordering on doily territory. A bright airy interior with skylights and chequered floors, complete with a baby grand piano which is used on occasion for a recital. The afternoon tea, breakfasts and lunches are reasonably priced, tasty and worth a nibble, but it’s the rustic scones and cake selection which is truly to die for.
West Bridgford’s offering of tea temples lies with Tiffin Tea House. Slightly off the beaten track, this charming café has the classy elegance of a French parlour, and though not in the slightest bit pretentious, you’ll want to stick out that little finger as you drink from the china cups. Serving a selection of teas, cakes, sandwiches and afternoon tea deals, it’s a lovely little stop off if you’re visiting the town.
This lovely, down to earth, family-run café in the heart of Newark possibly has the most unique location of any of our picks. Nestled not far from the river and a stone’s throw from Newark castle, there is a rich history in the landscape around. Gannets pride themselves on their good old fashioned customer service, locally sourced ingredients and a range of dishes that will suit all tastes and diets.
Located at Strelley Hall, not far from the city centre, the Mulberry Tree Café gives you the opportunity to make a proper afternoon of your tea pilgrimage with events, walks and tours to add to your visit. Guided walks of Strelley Hall, which was originally built as a castle in 1200AD, are highly popular, and afternoon tea is included in the price. Traditional, high quality food is served, with seasonal specials, luscious cakes, and of course classic British tea!
Beeston’s Time For Tea Vintage Tearooms will delight anyone desiring that classic vintage experience as they bring you back to the ’40s with traditional cream teas, afternoon teas and classic lunchtime snacks. Elaborate, inventive and too tempting not to indulge, it is their home made cakes however that really steal the show. We can guarantee, a mere glance at their instagram will have you on the tram to Beeston to hunt down these sweet treats in a jif.
Should none of these splendid places tickle your fancy, or perhaps the pub’s call is stronger, there’s still a cure for your urges. The lovely Kean’s Head in the Lace Market is now serving the official beer of National Tea Day! Yu Lu is an Earl Grey Loose Leaf Pale Ale infused with zesty lemon, and is available on draught keg from today.