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“tasty simple lunch served with cheery smiles”

Thomas Oken Tea Rooms
Ranked #4 of 142 Restaurants in Warwick
Certificate of Excellence
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Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations
Description: A quintessential English tea rooms in a beautiful tudor house set against the wall of Warwick Castle
Reviewed 22 July 2014

All the staff were warm, friendly and cheerful. Convenient for tourist sites. We had a beef sandwich and pot of tea which sounds so ordinary but it was memorable - home baked bread & tender beef served with small pots of delicious relish and horseradish. The tea was made with leaves so we could pour it for our own preference for a strong cuppa. The toilet facilities - one dimly lit outside toilet - perhaps was one slight negative but happily for us there was no queue at the time we were there.

Thank llew96
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Reviewed 19 July 2014 via mobile

Excellent tea room in Castle Lane
Recommend the English Tea with the giant Scone. Will go back for sure!

Thank Johnnyparasmo
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Reviewed 17 July 2014

Stopped here for breakfast before a trip to the castle. Arrived just as they were opening and received a very warm welcome from the smiley waitress. Nothing was too much trouble and the breakfast was very tasty, including a nice pot of Earl Grey tea made with real leaves, smoked salmon and eggs and lovely thick buttery toast. A nice ambience and a lovely smell of baking scones. The kids liked the comfy sofas upstairs. Not so keen on the outside loo, but it is a very old building...

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Reviewed 17 July 2014

We were a family party of 10 visiting for pre-booked afternoon tea. The downstairs seating area is very small - this is not a criticism of the place itself as it is a small 'olde world charm' place. The best thing was the chintzy china (but we did have to ask for a clean cup) and the pots of tea. It was a Saturday afternoon and extremely busy - in fact too busy for the staff to cope efficiently. At least one other person complained about the lack of service and left. The afternoon tea itself was not the most relaxing experience and possibly was the worst afternoon tea we have had. All the sandwiches were made with extremely thick bread and some of them were dry having been made some time - they looked and were unappetising. The vegetarian selection had poor and flavourless filling - even the egg mayo. The scones were enormous but nice with masses of cream and jam. The homemade sponge cake with strawberries was very sweet but airy and flavourless. Personally I was turned off the tea experience after the waitress accidentally spilt cranberry sauce (to go with the turkey sandwiches) onto one of our party, as the cloth she brought out from the kitchen to wipe his trousers was disgusting and I would not have used it on the floor. The service itself was friendly but slow and disorganised. For what we had and the experience I thought it not worth and £12 a head. Probably better on a less busy, hectic day but good for a Mad Hatters Tea Party.

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Thank juniperro
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Reviewed 17 July 2014

As you will see from our historic reviews, Mrs. HJ is an avid afternoon tea goer. We have a cupboard at home with at least 50 differing tea blends from around the world.

We were in the area (some 10 miles away) drove late afternoon to Warwick to go to the tea rooms at the Lord Leycester Hospital - where we have eaten before. It was closed, but Oh joy, this meant we found the Thomas Oken.

Firstly, the staff are utterly delightful and most attentive - they restore my faith in English hospitality and service which too often compares badly with our foreign cousins.

The selection of teas is quite remarkable, probably as extensive as we've ever seen anywhere.

We decided upon the afternoon tea for two which included any tea (drink) of your choice, sandwiches, a slice of freshly made cake and a huge scone to share with mouth watering clotted cream.

I pushed the boat out and tried a blend I've never seen previously - sencha with ginseng. I had it without milk or sugar and it was very light and refreshing.

We were eating outside, and the weather turned from sunny to a downpour in less than 2 minutes, the staff hustled us inside and even recovered my mobile phone which had been left outside in the rush to avoid getting soaked.

The shop has fabulous items for sale, and Mrs. HJ bought a teapot shaped strainer to add to her collection.

The food was superb and bountiful in its quantity - such that the Guinness chocolate cake took a ride up the motorway home with me for a later memorable moment.

The historic property is full of 'Olde Worlde' character and charm and as we were the last people eating even had a touch of romance - as though it was open just for us.

This was the antithesis of the last afternoon tea experience we had - and I'm trying to find an excuse to make the 100 mile journey to the Warwick area again soon - just to revisit the Thomas Oken tea rooms.

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Thank A_Huntley_Jacobs
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