Thursday 12 December 2019

14 of the best Cotswold tearooms

SoGlos reveals 14 of the best tearooms in the Cotswolds for a quintessential experience.

Renowned for its picture-perfect villages, breathtaking views and natural beauty, the Cotswolds are synonymous with country charm – and is equally famous for its tearooms.

Offering everything from freshly-baked cakes, sensational scones and steaming pots of loose leaf tea, to rustic décor and unrivalled rural settings, the Cotswolds’ tearooms promise a delicious visit.

Spanning riverside cafés, market town tearooms and beautiful bakehouses, SoGlos reveals 14 of the best Cotswolds tearooms to complete any quintessential visit.

1. Tisanes Tea Room

Tisanes Tea Room

Nestled in the heart of Broadway within a historic Cotswold building, Tisanes epitomises a classic English tea room, with the waitresses donned in old-fashioned uniforms and tranquil gardens adding to its charm.

Its extensive tea menu, offering everything from English Breakfast and Cotswold Afternoon blends, to exotic Lapsang Souchong, is guaranteed to satisfy the most seasoned brew fans, while the freshly made sandwiches and homemade cakes also sing of tradition.

2. The Old Mill at Lower Slaughter

Boasting peaceful waterside vistas, The Old Mill’s riverside tea room offers an unrivalled setting in the beautiful village of Lower Slaughter, with views across the surrounding Cotswold countryside completing the tranquil scene.

Serving classic cream teas, homemade scones and ploughman’s lunches, the café promises a quaint visit, complete with a pleasant backdrop of gentle jazz music.

3. The Bantam Tea Rooms

The Bantam Tea Room

A cosy café set within a golden Cotswold stone building, The Bantam Tea Rooms provides quaint comfort within the beautiful town of Chipping Campden, with a picturesque tea garden open throughout the spring and summer months and views across the town’s historic marketplace.

Aside from its delightful décor, the selection of freshly home-baked cakes proves a delicious sight, with a homely atmosphere drawing in locals and tourists alike.

4. Lucy's Tea Room

Lucy's Tea Room

A traditional tea room in the Cotswolds market town of Stow-on-the-Wold, Lucy’s Tea Room boasts brilliant views across the historic town square, while its impressive bay window and cottage courtyard create a charming atmosphere for guests.

A classic menu complements the setting, with specialities including Cotswold Cream Tea and Stow Special Afternoon Tea, while simple sandwiches, local pork pies and homemade cakes promise the best of British.

5. The Kitchen

The Kitchen

An award-winning eatery in the heart of Minchinhampton, The Kitchen boasts a picturesque Cotswold location and rustic interiors, for an enjoyable and tasty experience just outside of Stroud.

Guests can look forward to seasonal and locally sourced food, while soaking up sights of the historic market town. And its traditional afternoon teas, complete with dainty sandwiches, homemade cakes and crumbly scones, remain a highlight.

6. Badger's Hall

Badger's Hall

A quintessentially English tea room in the centre of Chipping Campden, Badger’s Hall is full of country charm, from its Cotswold stone exterior and rustic beams to its cosy fireplace.

Aside from its charming setting, the eatery’s enticing display of freshly-baked cakes proves an irresistible sight, while its cream teas with all the trimmings are perfect for those seeking a traditional take on elevenses.

7. The Tea Set Café

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Nestled on Chipping Norton’s quaint High Street, The Tea Set Café offers a pretty setting in the centre of the market town, with stylish, rustic interiors and vintage china tableware.

The indulgent menu promises quality and tradition in equal measure, from authentic afternoon teas and Cotswold cream teas, to steaming pots of loose leaf blends and classic cakes.

8. Lavender Bakehouse and Coffee Shop

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An eatery at the heart of the community in Chalford, Lavender Bakehouse and Coffee Shop serves up an impressive list of homemade dishes, with its vintage cream teas a sure highlight – presented in traditional fashion with china tea sets and tiered cake stands.

The rustic setting complete with open beamed ceilings, outdoor area, and gift shop selling local arts and crafts promises a pleasant experience in the Cotswolds.

9. The Cotswold Tearoom

A cosy tearoom with views across Moreton-in-Marsh High Street, The Cotswold Tearoom’s very name conjures country charm, with a pretty walled garden and traditional décor too.

Whether it’s a classic cream tea or a sweet and savoury gentleman’s afternoon tea you opt for, look forward to favourites including toasted teacakes with Cotswold butter, homemade cakes and scrumptious scones, with speciality teas also available.

10. Smiths of Bourton

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With an unrivalled setting within the Cotswolds’ ‘little Venice’, vintage tearoom Smiths of Bourton boasts a glorious location in the heart of the town, inside a grade II listed building.

And if the beautiful decor and lovely location aren’t enough, the cake displays and enticing menu are sure to put a smile on guests’ faces, offering a traditional Cotswold experience.

11. Huffkins

The first tearoom in the family-run Cotswold group, Huffkins in Burford offers a characterful setting within a grade II listed bakehouse, with its original features making it a locals’ favourite.

Famous for its ‘secret recipe’ lardy cakes, the quintessential menu features a host of classic sweet treats, in addition to an assortment of loose leaf teas, blended by hand in the Cotswolds.

12. The Marshmallow Restaurant and Tea Room

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Nestled in the heart of Cotswold town of Moreton-in-Marsh, the award-winning Marshmallow Restaurant and Tea Room brims with classic delights, from its pretty furnishings to peaceful terrace.

Diners can expect a menu spanning British favourites including warm crumpets and Victoria sponge, while more than 30 speciality teas are sure to go down a treat with tea fans.

13. Bakery on the Water

A family-run artisan bakery within a gorgeous Cotswold setting by the River Windrush, Bakery on the Water invites guests to tuck into tasty treats either inside the cafe, or in its peaceful riverside garden.

Baking up fresh croissants, pastries, breads, and afternoon teas with sweet scones, there’s plenty to tempt every palate, while the cafe also offers a wide lunch menu and will pack up picnics to boot.

14. Well Walk Tea Room

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With its vintage décor and decorative antiques, Well Walk Tea Room offers a peaceful escape away from the hustle and bustle of Cheltenham town centre, providing quaint environment for guests – just on the edge of the Cotswolds.

Visitors can look forward to tearoom favourites such as homemade cakes and scones with all the trimmings, crumpets with jam, sandwiches, and of course, lashings of tea, served in traditional china teapots with dinky cups and saucers.

By Kathryn Godfrey

© SoGlos
Monday 14 May 2018

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