Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Tunbridge Wells: Juliets

One of our favourite tearooms in Tunbridge Wells, it is also very popular with locals and shoppers alike. Getting a table during lunch hour is always touch and go so we waited until the afternoon for the lunchtime rush to die down so we could take time to enjoy our experience here.

Delicate metal furniture in complementing colours line the front of the shop with the window full of vintage crockery, teacups and saucers stacked up ready for use along side vintage teapots and jugs. 

As you walk into the shop a great counter spans the length of the wall displaying a huge selection of mouthwatering cakes and bakes with rows of bottled drinks displayed below. Vintage mismatched cake stands and plates jostle for space with labels proudly declaring the flavour and price alongside huge platters of salads.

Spying a free table at the back we went and claimed it whilst a friendly waitress gave us some menus. Having had an amazing lunch at The Cake Shed we were here for some afternoon tea and cake.

This worn old wooden cabinet housed the cutlery whilst also being used to display more nibbles. The interior is tastefully vintage with mis matching wooden tables along with some fantastic random wooden chairs. It feels stylish rather than twee and a lot less cluttered than Miss Mollet's Tearooms.

The wall opposite the counter was this lovely exposed brick on which were the blackboard drinks menus. Written in a readable font the list of choices were extensive with a good range of cold drinks as well as the Teapigs tea. I chose Lemon & Ginger Tea whilst the others went for an Everyday brew.The range of cakes was also vast but we narrowed our choices to Carrot Cake, Lemon and Poppy Seed and The Ultimate Cake. Waiting for our afternoon delights to arrive, I had a good old nosey at what other people were eating. Bearing in mind it was about 3 pm, some chap was tucking into a huge breakfast which did look lip smackingly good.

Arriving on trays, our teas appeared first followed by some lush looking cakes. The Carrot Cake was hearty and moist, a thick Creme Fraiche icing sharpening up a great piece of cake. My Lemon & Poppy Seed cake looked amazing but was very dry and crumbly, rather dissapointing. The Ultimate Cake however was a different matter. A huge hunk of Victoria Sponge sandwiched together with fresh cream and raspberry jam, it was amazing and he ate it in record speed! All crockery was vintage bone china, the patterns mismatched creating a lovely assortment of colours.

The Verdict?
We love this place and have visited many times before. Always friendly staff with quick service even when busy. All the staff are dressed with a nod to the vintage scene - flowery dresses, billowy blouses all with nicely done hair which adds a touch of old fashioned glamour. Prices are reasonable, food is fantastic and of great quality with a good selection. A real must visit when in Tunbridge Wells.

54 High Street
Tunbridge Wells
Kent TN1 1XF

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