My boyfriend and I were meant to go walking in the New Forest for our anniversary weekend, but as it was raining hard we thought we would find something else to do. A quick glance at Tripadvisor revealed this tea house, and as cake and tea lovers, we thought we'd give it a go.
We were staying in Beaulieu but made the trip to Brockenhurst just to visit this place, and it is WELL WORTH the visit. We called to reserve a place, which is probably recommended on a weekend (especially if the weather is nice!), as the room is very small and only seats about 15-20 people max.
The service was excellent, and we ordered the 'Royal-tea' (see what they did there?) which was two scones, a selection of sandwiches, a selection of cakes, and unlimited tea. We got to choose exactly what sandwich fillings we liked (being vegetarian was absolutely no problem), whether we wanted a selection of fillings or same ones, and whether we wanted 3 large slices of cake or a selection of different ones (selection is recommended - as they are all delicious!). All served on cute tiered cake stands.
At less than £20 for two, it was a bargain for so much food. We couldn't even finish it, and were offered to take away the rest in a box (which was nicely boxed up for us). Again - absolutely no problem for staff who were all lovely and chatty.
The *only* downsides I can list (which give it 4 instead of 5 stars), is the toilet and music. As we had plenty of food, we were sat there for quite a while and the music was on repeat after only about 20min, which became quite annoying. The toilet was inside, but you had to go outside and through another door (in the rain). It was clearly not intended as a customer toilet as it also had other storage and even a boiler in it, and was quite run down. It was clean enough, but did let down the overall atmosphere of the place.
Overall though, top food, cake and tea, in a cosy tea room that I recommend to anyone visiting the New Forest!
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