With the shops along Stoke Newington’s Church Street catering for babies/toddlers, the area is a mini nappy valley. If you are looking to have an a afternoon tea with your toddler and fellow mothers, look no further than The Tea Rooms at Stoke Newington. Unsurprisingly, Wife and I bumped into a group of NCT mums when we dropped by and suffice to say that it took a bit of an effort to hear ourselves speak.
I did a double take when I first saw the name. As far as generic names go, “Tea Rooms” clinches the prize. There was this laid back charm to the entire place; the menu was scribbled on two large chalk boards and a large counter with dainty looking cakes spread across with small tables some with crocheted tablecloth distributed across two rooms.
The Tea Rooms offers afternoon tea for one at £15 between 2-5pm. It comes with finger sandwiches, mini cakes, scones and a pot of tea. Assuming that it’s one of those full size afternoon tea set, it should be more than enough for two light eaters.
We went for some light bites instead and opted for a carrot cake and a roulade with hazelnut (£2.95 each) and topped it up with Earl Grey and English Breakfast tea (£1.90 per pot). Tea was served in coordinated teacups and saucers, and cakes with silver spoons, great if you are into presentation.
There was a green velvet sofa that was selling for the best offer just beside Tea Rooms’ toilet cubicle. It might be tempting but avoid sitting on it for you would find it difficult to get back up again. Don’t ask how I know.
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