Stumbled across this quaint 'olde worlde' traditional tea shop after spending a few autumn hours at Kew Gardens. Almost equidistant between the Victoria and Elizabeth Gates, the place seems to draw in a constant crowd of garden visitors and local ‘Richmond set’… After a 10-15 minute wait (we almost gave up) we were sat on a small table in a slightly drafty corner by the entrance door. At 3:45 on a Saturday, the place was packed, but the staff manage to keep things running calmly and efficiency. We opted for the ‘High Tea’ at £14.95 per person – a pot of tea that went on forever (or coffee if you prefer), the daintiest triangle sandwiches of cucumber, egg, cheese and ham, a choice of cake and the softest scones possible. Highly recommended if you’re in the area and prepared to queue for a while.
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