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Review: Edwardian Tea Room


Bromsgrove, United Kingdom

A characterless place and a characterless experience

  • By SilverTraveller ESW

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  • Apr 2014
  • Bromsgrove
  • Casual
  • British

79 people found this review helpful

This is in the String of Horses building, in what used to be the Shrewsbury Co-op shop. It is an attractive timber frame building with large windows overlooking the street. It is now the tea room and the inside is furnished with an assortment of second hand tables and chairs. There isn’t a lot of space or tables inside although there are a few more tables outside.

It serves a range of cold snacks including what is describes as a “Chelsea Tractor” which is a gigantic spiral sausage roll. There also serve sandwiches from £4,20, soup £4.50 and jacket potatoes with salad and coleslaw for £3.99 plus £1.50 for extra fillings.

Having had lunch, we decided on just a cake. There was a good choice of Bakewell tart, chocolate brownies, fruit cake, lemon drizzle cake, Victoria sandwich, apple and caramel cake, all about £2.70. There was a selection of tray bakes and also slabs of bread pudding for £2. There was a very limited selection of herbal teas for me, all very exotic – white peony and rosebud, jasmine silver needles, Rooibos, with descriptions to match. At £2.20 a cup I didn’t fancy any of them, so asked for a pot of hot water and produced my own tea bag…

A pot of tea for one was £1.90 which we felt was slightly expensive compared with other places. We felt the scones were also expensive and two toasted crumpets with jam cost £2.75. Cream tea with a pot of tea and scone would set you back £4.95.

The bread pudding was a huge square slab. It was moist with a reasonable amount of fruit and a good cinnamon flavour. My only criticism would be that it was a bit too sweet for us.

Like the rest of the site, this place didn’t sparkle. I would describe it as ordinary. The furniture looks very second hand and the crockery is an assortment of bone china which looked as if it had come from the nearest jumble sale. I felt the tea room gave itself airs which it din't deserve.

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  • ESW
    over 5 years ago
    Ignore the google map which is wrong. This Edwardian Tea Room is at Avoncroft Museum of Historic Buildings.