Since I’ve been blogging and on twitter over the last 9 months, a name that has come up on numerous occasions for a vintage style afternoon tea, is the aptly named ‘Vinteas’ in Leamington Spa. The last couple of times we’ve been in Leamington we’ve tried to pop in but its always been rammed with people (well I guess it was a Saturday afternoon) so a few weeks ago when we were there on a Friday we decided to try and give it another go. Luckily we managed to get a table and so sat down to take in the vintage surroundings and gorgeous decor. The tables and chairs are brightly coloured and mismatched, fantastic patterned wall paper, vibrant chandeliers and best of all fantastic vintage china.
As this was out first time we decided to go the whole hog and have afternoon tea, which comprised of finger sandwiches, mini quiche, scones and then a slice of cake. To me this sounded great, although I could see Lee swaying towards the ‘Gentlemans’ afternoon tea which swapped the cake element for pork pie and paté! They have a great selection of cakes to choose from, all on display on glass cake stands.
If you’re not up for tea and cake (although why wouldn’t you be?) they also serve brunch type meals, sandwiches and paninis.
Tea wise they have a lovely selection of green, black and white teas and while I went for the traditional English Breakfast blend, Lee was a little more adventurous and tried the Oolong Tea.
The tea was served in two parts, firstly the sandwiches, quiche and scones arrived on a beautiful tiered stand. The sandwich fillings were smoked salmon and cream cheese, chicken and pesto and roast beef and horseradish. The crusts were removed and the sandwiches were lovely and dainty. Scones were very very good – very soft and slightly warm. Feeling pretty full after this it was nice to have a break before being asked whether we were ready to choose our cake.
I went for the Red Velvet Cake (it was a toss up between this and lemon drizzle) and Lee went for his favourite, Carrot Cake. The cakes were certainly the standouts of the afternoon. Both were moist and delicious with plenty of icing but somehow managed not to be too heavy at the same time.
I’d love to go to Vinteas again and again. I’d like to try out some of their other cakes, and a cream tea would certainly hit the spot amongst a spot of shopping! If you live near Leamington and haven’t been to Vinteas, you really need to rectify that, and if you’re travelling near the area, it’s worth a detour!
Vinteas Tea Room, Park Street, Royal Leamington Spa.
Disclosure: We paid for our own meal and all opinions expressed are our own.