We’re a nation of tea rooms: there’s not a market town, beauty spot or city without its little gem. In issue 20 of the magazine we've compiled a list of our favourites in the following hugely scientific categories:
- For retro indulgence
- For cream teas with a conscience
- For being pretty as a picture
- For coffee drinkers
- For heavenly smells
- For a huge slice of cake
- For the best cuppa in Britain
- For the sea views
- For the treacle tart
- For the English tea
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FOR RETRO INDULGENCE... Blackbird Tea Rooms, Brighton, East Sussex In a townhouse just behind the Brighton seafront, they know how to do vintage. Potted palms, broderie anglaise tablecloths, wooden dressers laden with antique jars and tins; even the waitresses sport victory rolls to match their red lips and neat black uniforms. The wobbly cakes on their reclaimed glass stands taste as irresistible as they look, dusted with icing sugar, topped with berries and petals and served on fine bone china – what else. www.blackbirdtearooms.com
Find all 10 of our favourites in issue 20 of The Simple Things.
Photographs: Decades of Elegance