Many thanks to my best friend Natalie for writing my first guest post on this blog. In this post she reviews two of Nottingham’s finest tearooms. I hope you enjoy her thoughts:
It’s become somewhat of a ritual that whenever I venture North to Nottingham to visit the other half I travel to Kimberley Saturday morning to meet him after he finishes work. And what better place to meet him than in a tea shop. It can found on the high street and is called ‘Madhatters‘. As you can guess from the name, it has a slight Alice in Wonderland theme to it.
It is such a sweet little place, with tables tucked away all around and all available space is filled with some kind of decoration. You would think this would make it really cramped but it’s actually quite lovely. I am a creature of habit so I have the same thing every time – Pumpkin Spice Latte and a slice of white chocolate and orange cake. What I like the most about this place is if you see the size of cake and think you can’t manage it all, you can just have half a slice at half the cost. Perfect for when you’re just craving a little bit of sweetness.
I must admit, I am a bit of a cake snob, but there is nothing I can say to fault this cake. It has never been served dry and it isn’t overly sweet. There is only a hint of orange to it to give it a bit of a kick. Absolutely delicious.
From February this beautiful tea shop will be moving down the road to take up residence in a vintage china shop called Alice’s. Personally I think this will be a dangerous combination, as all my vices will be under one roof – pretty china and delicious cake. It’s a good thing I only make one trip per two weeks.
So my last weekend in Nottingham I got a bit spoiled. Not only was I at Madhatters Saturday morning, but Sunday afternoon I stopped in another tea shop the boy found called ‘Thea Caffea‘. It is tucked away along a back street in Nottingham and Nottingham confuses me at the best of times, so there is no way I would be able to find this place again without some guidance.
Since it was the afternoon when we visited we thought it only right to sample a cream tea, with a pot of tea, two scones, jam and clotted cream. The jam and cream came in little bowls (there is nothing worse than having to open a container up as you just know it’s not fresh) and it was all served on a cake plate. I had never thought of this before, but it was a really lovely thing to do. My only criticism was that the tea pot we were given had a chip in the spout and so there was a bit of a tea-tastrophy.
Unfortunately I was not dressed for the occasion, and was rocking a Doctor Who shirt. I stood out in the tea room. By the door there was a cabinet with lots of china sets in it, but as we turned up late we were not able to look around properly. If I can ever find this place again I would definitely go back in, even the center piece was a matching cup and saucer with a flower in (anyone that knows me will understand my disinterest china that doesn’t match!). A perfect weekend!