AFTERNOON TEA, DOTTY’S TEA GARDEN – COULDSON, LONDON
Who doesn’t love an afternoon tea? The dressing up, drinking from china cups, eating sandwhiches with their crusts cut off, a good selection of cakes – what more could you ask for?
We were visiting a friend in London, when last minute we decided we wanted to book an afternoon tea for the next day. We had to make sure it was going to be catering for a vegan (myself) as well. My friend suggested Dotty’s Tea Room, and they were able to cater for us. It was very easy to book, and they were very efficient with their communication.
An independent family owned cafe, located in the Rickman Hill recreation ground in Couldson, they have transoformed this previous cricket pavillion into a wonderful tearoom serving loose leaf teas, small batch coffee, artisan ice-cream and home made delights. Tucked in the park, we turned up on a rainy, misty day – greeted by a beautifully decorated building with bunting, and flowers. He was already waiting for us when we arrived, and greeted us as we walked in. With the covid-19 situation, everything was socially distanced, asked to use hand sanitizer, they had really thought about it.
It felt like we had been transported back in time, the decorations, the music, and just the whole vibe. I felt like I was back in war time Britain. It had such a heartwarming vibe. On the website, they describe the afternoon tea experience as “If you’re looking for a little vintage glamour, traditional teatime bites, homemade cakes and nostalgic treats then Dottys is the place for you.”, and it really does give you that experience.
You need to book in advance for the afternoon tea, which can be done either via email or ringing up. There was a big selection of different types of teas. Now I’m not a massive tea drinker, but when it comes to afternoon tea, I will always get myself a pot. I chose Jasmine, whilst Mollie chose Earl Grey. It was loose leaf tea in a cute little teapot, it felt very fancy. We also couldn’t decide on the next pot of tea, so he recommended a flavour for us. Which was a great pick.
They bought out our afternoon tea. It was so exciting, I’ve also never had so many options of sandwiches, on both the vegan & the normal one. Everything tasted fresh, and like there was love in the making. The warm scones, the finger sandwiches, the nibble cakes.
I am always here for supporting local buisinesses, and it was such a lovely time and experience. I would highly recommend visiting Dotty’s Tea Room if you are ever in the area.
It cost £20 per person for afternoon tea, unlimited tea, the selection of cakes, scones, and sandwiches. We were also able to take the leftovers home with us.