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“Hidden gem outside...”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Hathaway Tea Rooms

Hathaway Tea Rooms
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$3 - US$46
Cuisines: Cafe, British
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Good for: Cheap Eats, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Groups, Child-friendly, Local cuisine
Dining options: After-hours, Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff
Description: Located in the heart of Stratford, Hathaway Tea Rooms is one of the town's finest tea rooms, with a delectable range of home cooked dishes on its breakfast and lunch menus, and of course, the iconic Cream Tea and Afternoon Tea. Plus, with a small function room available all day and the option to hire the entire building in the evenings, Hathaway Tea Rooms is fast becoming known as one of the quirkiest function rooms in Stratford! We also have a smoke free, dog friendly garden too with seating for over 50.
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“Hidden gem outside...”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2014

My mum and I were wondering around aimlessly looking for somewhere to eat and saw this place. From the outside, it looks tiny and we did think 'we'll be the only ones in here!' but actually it's a complete tardis! We were met by Rick (who we discovered is one of the owners) He asked if we wanted to sit outside, in the garden! Given the sunshine, we agreed.

WOW! It's stunning with lots of lush plants. The waitresses were friendly and prompt with our order. (Although my glass of water never did arrive) It was lovely to see them all in nice uniforms too.

We had two panini's which were stuffed full of bacon and brie. Great sized portions and served on nice plates.

Wish we'd had room to sample some of the cakes but we'll have to just go back one day. (it's a shame we don't live nearer!)

Got chatting to Rick after and was nice to hear about the 'uniformity' that they're instilling in the staff.

I've debated between 4 and 5* and the only reason I've gone with 4 is, I wish it was more obvious that there's an outside. It would have been nice for someone to check throughout the meal if we wanted any more drinks too.

I think it won't be long though before everyone knows what they're doing and word of mouth will bring people from far and wide.

  • Visited July 2014
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“The tea was so good we bought some.....and a pot to brew it in.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2014

A proper tea room, serving a good variety of uniquely blended teas. We originally just had a brew in the sheltered garden but we were so impressed by the tea and friendly service we returned for lunch. This time we sat indoors in the traditional beamed tea room and had cottage pie, chicken and leek pie and quiche with strudel to follow. All delicious. And of course tea for four.

Our friends were so impressed with the Snow Love blend they bought some to take home and one of the London Tea Company infuser tea pots to brew it in.

The staff are really smart in their black and white uniforms and all so friendly, particularly Rick who took the time to chat and made us feel really welcome. Hathaways is spotlessly clean, it was a pleasure to eat there.

  • Visited July 2014
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Thank cabbie37
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“Excellent service”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2014 via mobile

On the service alone, I'll rate this charming tea rooms, ten out of ten.
It's been a while since our last visit and the moment we stepped inside, we were warmly greeted, offered a few different places to sit including the charming garden. The waitress was attentive and clearly enjoying her role.
Everyone else that arrived in earshot also enjoyed the same enthusiastic welcome. This young lady is clearly an asset to "The Tearooms" and yes, the food we had was very good and, proper English tea! Can't wait to visit them again.

Visited July 2014
Thank Chris Z
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“Lovely atmosphere”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2014

Me and a friend came for a sit down and some lunch. Once inside you could almost forget it is located on the busy high street. Traditional decor within, plenty of seats in and out.
We sat outside which was lovely and spacious and on a very sunny day, had some shady areas.
Food was lovely (would recommend the Big 5 Smoothie!), and reasonably priced. Will definitely visit again.

  • Visited July 2014
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Thank Ilovesummerdays
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“Beautiful and Homely”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2014

Hathaway's was once a favourite for the biker festival The Bulldog Bash for a fry up every morning, but when they changed hands a few years ago the full english wasn't on the menu. Me and my husband thought we would give it another go on the way up north, and we were not disappointed! Gorgeous fry up, exactly what we needed and miles better than stopping off at a motorway service station. Beautiful old building as you would expect in Stratford, with a lovely garden we actually had afternoon tea in on the way back south! Plenty of food, really friendly service, and you must try their Hathaway blend for a truly perfect cup of tea! A must visit if you are in Stratford.

  • Visited June 2014
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Thank vintageabbie
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