We visited the quaint Francis Tea Rooms after it was recommended by a friend. Albeit the tea rooms are tucked out of the way from where it might not be expected to find a tea room, when you arrive there it's obvious of it's original use and why it is located where it is. The place is formerly an old high class hair salon, the experience is heightened with the inclusion of the orginal booths, making the experience quite nostalgic, not that i'm old enough to remember this era!
The welcome was very warm and we were directed into a booth where there were two tables, set out with old china cups and saucers and a nice little touch of a glass jar of sweets with a note attached saying 'eat me'. When you are seated in one of the booths it's not hard to visualise it as it would have been many years ago! - a couple of hairdressing chairs with the old 'pull down over the head' hair dryers. There would be a couple of shelves with the hairdressing equipment on and maybe a magazine or two to read.
The menu choice was quite extensive and well priced, the service was prompt and well presented. There seemed to be a great choice of original tarts and quiches as well as a varied selection of other savoury dishes and leaf tea. My partner had a Feta Cheese, Sun Dried Tomato and Pesto quiche of which she said was 'beautiful', the selection of salad that accompanied it was superb, it was also served with tasty bread. I was pretty boring and indulged in a toasted teacake, this was accompanied with a lovely jam though! I sneakily looked at the other tables that were occupied and they appeared overflowing with palatable delights and well satisfied customers.
The overall bill was just less than £10, i'm already looking forward to when we can go back to sample maybe an afternoon tea! This is a place well worth going out of the way for and making that extra effort to locate it, I can almost guarantee that there won't be any disappointment!
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