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“Divine bakewell tart” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Courtyard Tea Rooms

The Courtyard Tea Rooms
Ranked #2 of 2 Coffee & Tea in Alresford
Cuisines: Cafe, British
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Good for: Dining on a budget, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Brunch, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff
Description: We are a shabby chic tearooms, serving homemade cakes, breakfasts and lunches in the town of Alresford. We also make celebration and wedding cakes to order.
Basingstoke, United Kingdom
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43 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Divine bakewell tart”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 3, 2012 via mobile

Lovely retro atmosphere in quiet alley with courtyard. Really old fashioned tea room. Fills its own tea bags from selected loose tea.
Home made pastries and light lunches

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1 Thank galbers
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  • English first
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English first
Bath, England
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220 reviews
179 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 155 helpful votes
“There are number of cafes in the town so have a good wander before choosing.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2012

Alresford has been used occasionally as a stopping location for our trip from Bath to Midhurst and there appear to be a number of cafe options for a light lunch in this appealing town.

We briefly walked into 'Caracoli' but for some obscure reason settled for 'The Courtyard Tea Rooms', the access looking appealing as was the courtyard garden. A little chilly for alfresco dining we opted to eat inside.

It was busy, usually a good sign, and we initially opted for a table near the main entrance. We soon realised that we were too tightly squeezed into the space. An enquiry about the 'more seating upstairs' resulted in a waitress hurriedly starting to clear provisions from off the stair treads themselves so we said 'not to worry' we will stay where we are.

We eventually moved to the inner part of the cafe and were relatively comfortable there.

The menu looked OK and as we were eating late morning we went for something a bit brunchy. Mine a breakfast 'stack' at £7.50 sounded like a modern take on a 'full English' but turned out to be a few ingredients piled onto a piece of bread, white as they'd run out of granary. I felt cheated. My wife's breakfast sandwich was quite tasty and the ingredients of reasonable quality but again seemed on the expensive side for what it was

There are some people who will enjoy this touristy take on the Ercol furnished 'pretty' cafe but as every minute passed I reflected on the poor decision not to stay at Caracoli where the food choices were much more exciting and the environment more appealing. Maybe next time then.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Papabob
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“Great cakes”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 6, 2012

We visited for the first time last month and had a great experience. Staff were really friendly, scones are highly recommended and the brownies are to die for.

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Thank Smashing12
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27 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“A place to miss”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 2, 2012

No condiments or sugar on the courtyard table. Soup cold and had to be sent back, brought bread when we wanted scones (which were excellent when they arrived). Friendly but overworked staff. A great disappointment as this could be a lively place to eat

    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Gorsemo
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Umhlanga Rocks, South Africa
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136 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“Perfect place for coffee ...”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 26, 2012

Small & attractive tea room - good coffee & toasted teacakes - plenty of other choices ...

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Thank SANDAW
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