Called in during my lunch hour yesterday having never really noticed it before...wasn't even sure it was a cafe from the exterior as it looks very small.
It has that constructed quaintness that seems to allow owners to hike the prices up a bit. Mismatched tables, chairs with cushions, heaps of stuff and curious pictures from the stars of yesteryear! Not unpleasant but I wasn't sold on being in an authentic quintessential English tea shoppe somehow. Advertising tea-pot shaped earrings didn't help. And a very unusual mix of rather intrusive background music ranging from Elvis to warbling ballads of the 60's.
The waitress was very pleasant but seemed a little flustered. I had a nice but unremarkable plate of beef sandwiches (not home cooked beef just the shop bought thin slices) and a little pot of crisps for £3. The tea was presented in a nice single pot with a proper China teacup and saucer (Yorkshire tea) which I enjoyed very much. Only one home made cake on display, a Milky Way cake. It was very moist and tasty but I'd somehow expected a bigger choice. There were scones and Chelsea buns but I'm not sure they were homemade.
In honesty the bagels and quiche with salad dishes looked more appealing, I don't think I chose well but felt a bit under pressure to be quick choosing from a board by the counter.
It wasn't much more than a Costa lunch and the ambiance was better with meals brought to the table. Yes I'd use it again if I could get a seat.
My advice would be to keep it authentic and offer as many home made products as possible.
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