Best tea rooms in Surrey
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Britain consumes 165 million cups of tea a day according to the organisers of National Tea Day on Friday April 21, 2017. Judging by the number of places to partake in a cuppa locally, Surrey is a major contributor. Here are 10 of the best tea shops to visit…
The Dabbling Duck
Middle Street, Shere, Guildford GU5 9HF. Tel: 01483 205791
Surrey Life’s 2016 Tea/Coffee Shop of the Year champion, The Dabbling Duck is found in the gorgeous village of Shere. As well as their shabby chic café, they have a yurt in their garden complete with a log burning stove!
7-9 Church Street, Weybridge KT13 8DE. Tel: 01932 847562
Combating the rise of the coffee shop on the English High Street with a little 1920s glamour thrown in for good measure, French Fancy’s celebrates the world of teas, afternoon teas and high teas.
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61 West Street, Dorking RH4 1BS. Tel: 01306 640202
Found in an historic building in the antique laden town of Dorking, they not only boast a wonderful tea room but also have an olde worlde sweet shop and an eclectic mix for independent retailers – all under one glorious 15th century roof.
The Green Rooms of Godstone
Needles Bank, Godstone RH9 8DZ. Tel: 01883 740407
Originally a bus garage running the original horse and cart variety of transportation, The Green Rooms of Godstone has been revitalised in recent years as a quirky and character-packed tea room. They’re famous for their ‘blooming tea’ – theatre in a pot!
6 Bank Buildings, Cranleigh GU6 8BB. Tel: 01483 276341
With a hint of Italian, this stylish tea room is found on the bounteous Cranleigh High Street. Owner Maddaline is up at 5am every morning creating new cakes.
56 High Street, Reigate RH2 9AT. Tel: 01737 246251
Dedicated to the “art of tea drinking” and proving there’s more to tea than a bag and a tag, Tea is split over two floors in one of Reigate’s oldest buildings. They’ve selected a wide choice of some of the best loose leaf teas around.
The Tea Shop
Watts Gallery, Down Lane, Compton GU3 1DQ. Tel: 01483 810235
There’s so much to celebrate at Watts Gallery - Artists’ Village this year with the 200th anniversary of GF Watts’s birth. So why not take a detour to their quaint tea shop and raise a cup to the great man?
The Tea Terrace
House of Fraser, 105 High Street, Guildford GU1 3DU. Tel: 0844 8003730
This one is found at the top of one of the most popular shops in Guildford and yet remains something of a hidden gem. It’s often described by its customers as something out of Alice in Wonderland.
Treacle’s Tea Shop
The Green, Chiddingfold GU8 4TU. Tel: 01428 684859
Once upon time owner of the then Michelin-starred and sadly long gone Drakes on the Pond in Abinger Hammer, Tracey Honeysett and her team enjoy a more relaxed pace of life by a picturesque village green.
Wisteria Tea Room
Loseley Park, Guildford GU3 1HS. Tel: 01483 457103
You’ll need a little patience as Wisteria re-opens with Loseley Park’s gardens on Monday May 1, but it’s worth the wait. Visitors can also take tea on the lawns. It doesn’t get more quintessentially English than that.
Vote for your favourite tea and coffee shops in the Surrey Life Food & Drink Awards 2017