For National Afternoon Tea Week I am recommending five tea rooms in the Midlands that offer something a little bit different.
Best cakes – Hotel la Tour’s pastry chef Rachel livens up the choices of indulgent desserts by adding walnut whips, lemon meringue pie, Eton mess and tiny treacle tartlets to possibly the biggest tea stand in Brum. http://hotel-latour.co.uk
Best vintage interior– Fourteas in Stratford upon Avon source their bread, fruit, vegetables, meat and loose leaf tea from local suppliers. All served on delicate vintage china in the 1940s inspired deco tea room, to a soundtrack of Glenn Miller. http://thefourteas.co.uk
Best for savoury treats – savoury items are often forgotten in the afternoon tea menu, as the focus is all on the cakes. Not so at The Dining Room at 78 Derngate, the Rennie Mackinstosh house in Northampton. Start with a coronation chicken filo cup, cheese scone and individual leek and broccoli quiche with your selection of sandwiches. http://thediningroom.org
Best value – the Café Opus cake stand is layered with sandwiches, cakes, scones and a pot of tea for just £10! When the sun is shining eat outside under one of the parasols in Brindleyplace, Birmingham. http://www.opusrestaurant.co.uk/cafe-opus
Best for a day out – Warwick Castle’s afternoon tea consists of an amuse bouche, sandwiches and patisseries all served on Royal Crown Derby fine bone china with specially selected Twinings blends of tea. Leave room for the homemade millionaire’s mousse, a rich caramel mousse with 23 carat gold on top! (The £37 price also includes entrance to the castle and grounds). https://www.warwick-castle.com
So whether you are looking for the best cakes or best value, I hope that these fit the bill.