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Secret Tea Parties

There are underground tea rooms where you can gorge on exquisite baking both sweet and savoury, a selection of teas, often on vintage china, in other words a full British afternoon tea. Having recently spent over £40 on a shoddy afternoon tea in a London hotel, with stale cakes, unimaginative sandwiches and no toasted teacakes, crumpets or anything yummy, believe me you will get a better experience at any of the tea rooms below.

My book MsMarmitelover's Secret Tea Party will be out end of August 2014 which will have a list of UK Secret Tea Rooms. 

Please contact me or leave a message below if you would like your Secret Tea Party to be included. 

@msmarmitelover / Kerstin Rodgers

Secret Tea Rooms in England

BATH

The Secret Tea Party

Mrs Stokes does pop up vintage teas around Bath (also in Bristol, Cheltenham, Oxford or the Cotswolds). She does a very moist carrot cake and makes mini versions of large cakes, for instance mini Victoria sponges.

Website: www.secretteaparty.com

BRISTOL AND SURROUNDING AREA

Bishopston Supper Club

Bristol

Danielle Coombs is the chef and hostess of the Bishopston Supper Club: she also does quarterly secret tea parties in her living room. Children are welcome. Her signature cake is probably a “boozy chocolate, cherry and cream sponge” or perhaps “a spiced orange and almond cake”.

Website:http://restingchef.wordpress.com

Peachie Vintage

Rickford, Yeo Valley

Anna Brooman, the real name of Peachie Vintage, does secret teas at her home in Rickford, Yeo Valley, and elsewhere, every 6 weeks. She changes her menu at each tea party, but her salted caramel and apple macarons are always popular.


Website: http://peachievintage.com

CHESHIRE

Pretty Little Trio’s Secret Vintage Tea Party (pop up)
Stockton Heath, Cheshire

Rebecca Jenkinson runs bi-monthly secret teas, which is incredible considering she is also bringing up young triplets. So the ‘pretty little trio’ has two meanings: her triplets and also a teacup/saucer/teaplate set is known to vintage china collectors as a ‘trio’. Rebecca has a passion for vintage china.

Website: www.prettylittletrio.co.uk

 Violet’s Vintage Teas

Grappenhall, Cheshire

Named after a great grandmother, these ladies host regular mid-week afternoon tea parties at their homes. They loan vintage hats, gloves and bags for guests to wear.

Contact: www.facebook.com/violetsvintageteas

Let Them Eat Cake

Nina runs a vintage-style afternoon tea catering and styling business in Grappenhall, Cheshire, hosting pop up tea parties, secret afternoon teas, afternoon tea parties in people's homes, as well as full stand alone catering. 


facebook.com/LT.eatcake
twitter.com/LT_EatCake
instagram.com/let_them_eatcake_

DERBYSHIRE

Rachael’s Secret Tea Room

Belper, Derbyshire

Rachael’s secret teas are held in a quiet setting on the edge of the Peak District in Derbyshire. She is open on the last Saturday of every month, but can also do bookings on Friday and Saturday afternoons. She can host up to 8 guests. On a cake level, Rachael loves anything lemony.

Website: http://rachaelssecrettearoom.co.uk

Vintage Rose Tea Party
Chesterfield, Derbyshire

Victoria Almarresh hosts regular pop up secret vintage tea parties, but is looking for premises to expand her small business. Her signature cake is a rose water cake.

Website: www.vintagerosecatering.com

HERTFORDSHIRE:

Leavesdon Woods:

www.gardenteasandsuppers.blogspot.co.uk

LONDON

Alice’s Tea Garden
Chorleywood, South West London

Kristie hosts secret tea parties at her home in Chorleywood but will also go to your own home to create your afternoon tea or tea tasting.

Website: http://alicesteagarden.com

Jaim’s Kitchen

South London

Malaysian food blogger and patisserie chef, Jaim hosts secret teas at her house in South London.  She makes a “mean genoise sponge with different fillings” and a highly praised “chocolate, pear and salted caramel cake”.

Website: www.jaimskitchen.blogspot.co.uk

La Sagra Secret Tea

Putney/Wandsworth

Angie is a former sound engineer who has spent many years in Italy. She’s also a keen baker and, tired of the anonymity and high prices of London hotel afternoon teas, has opened up her home for secret teas. Freshly baked scones are always on the menu.

Website: www.la-sagra.com

Maison Mari

Nunhead, London

Hostess Helena Appio creates pop up afternoon teas both in her 1930s house and quirky venues around South London. Her teas are themed upon the 1930s to the 1960s eras and she specialises in cake decoration, especially delicate sugar flowers.

Website: www.maisonmari.com

The Hidden Tea Room

Putney, South West London

Milli and Vic share a passion for cooking and baking and have started a monthly tea room in their sitting room. They have an open kitchen so are looking forward to nattering with their guests as they prepare the tea. Their favourite cake is “chocolate and boozy”.

Website: www.milliskitchen.blogspot.co.uk

The Underground Restaurant
Kilburn, London
Run by MsMarmitelover; occasional secret teas as well as her ground-breaking supper club. Her signature bake is pavlovas.

Book via her blog: www.msmarmitelover.com

Yummy Choos
Croydon, South London
Selina Periampillai does afternoon teas at her supper club ‘Yummy Choos’ in Croydon. She will sometimes bake classic Mauritian cakes such as purine mais (polenta cake), gateaux palate (sweet potato dough filled with coconut) and napolitaines (shortbread biscuits, filled with jam and covered in pink icing). 


Website: http://yummychooeats.com

MANCHESTER

The Gourmand’s Secret Vintage Afternoon Tea Party
Manchester

Laura hosts secret teas once every 6 weeks at secret locations in Manchester.


Contact: www.facebook.com/vintagegourmand

Vintage Afternoon Teas

Bowdon, Manchester suburbs

Gwyneth Brock welcomes you to her monthly secret tea room at her home, an 18th century former farmhouse. (She also ‘pops up’ around Cheshire.) She sometimes collaborates with others such as veggie/vegan chefs or with a local crafter Jo to run secret crafternoon tea parties.

Website: www.vintageafternoonteas.co.uk

NOTTINGHAMSHIRE

Lotties Secret Tea Room

Nottinghamshire

Nottingham Lottie welcomes guests to her secret tea room at her home. Her speciality is themed cupcakes.


Website: http://about.me/lotties or www.facebook.com/Lotties

OXFORDSHIRE

The Secret Teapot
Thame, Oxfordshire

Vicky Sponge, the pseudonym of retired professional chef Ann Parsons, saw a secret tea room as an enjoyable way to carry on with her first love of baking. “Baking is for sharing,” she says. Her conservatory dining/tea room is open most Saturday afternoons, so do check out her website to pre-book. She can fit in 10 guests. Everything is served on vintage china.

Website: www.thesecretteapot.co.uk

SURREY

Tea Time Treats

Ewell, Surrey

Jane Cakelady runs monthly afternoon teas from her dining room. She uses vintage china. Her customers really love her scones and her award-winning ‘Best in Show’ Victoria sponge. She can fit up to 12 people. She can also bring her afternoon tea to your place.

Website: www.teatimecakelady.co.uk

WEST YORKSHIRE

Café Nouveau

Huddersfield

The lightest baking from Marie-Claire Micuta at her home. Secret teas are held monthly with up to 8 guests. Her signature cake is her peach and blueberry cake.

Website:http://cafenouveau.wordpress.com

Chez Shamwari

Saltaire

Shirley Quarmby runs a regular secret tea room. She also does gluten-free baking.

Website: http://chezshamwari.com

WILTSHIRE

The Utterly Sexy Cafe

Tisbury

Amanda Baird does beautifully decorated cakes along with her exquisite vintage tea sets and cake plates at her home in Tisbury, Wiltshire. Her signature cake is earl grey tea and cardamom cake with whisky icing.

Website: www.utterlysexycafe.co.uk

Secret Tea Rooms in Scotland

DUMFRIES AND GALLOWAY

Dix Blue

Lockerbie

Carolyn Richardson is a famed poet and secret tea hostess. She also does tea events combined with writers and poets speaking.

Website: http://seraphimin.wix.com/dixblue

EAST LOTHIAN AND EDINBURGH

High Societea
East Lothian

Jan Ogilvie hosts monthly pop up teas around her area, sometimes in her garden, often in country houses and garden centres. She even does funeral teas! Some of her grieving customers, widowers, ask for cakes that their wives baked when they were alive. “One gentleman asked me for a cherry cake, as that was what his wife made”, Jan told me.


Website: www.highsocieteas.co.uk

The Queen of Tarts

Edinburgh

Angela Dolan runs a pop up tea room at various locations in Edinburgh. Her light-as-air shortbread towers are celebrated.

Contact: www.facebook.com/QueenofTartsEdinburgh

Secret Tea Rooms Abroad

ARGENTINA

Eclaire-El arte de té at Casa Munet

Buenos Aires
Tea expert Pedro and pastry chef Virginia Rinaldi host a weekly private afternoon tea.


Website: www.eclaire.com.ar

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Comment by Alex Lankester on February 19, 2016 at 18:27

For some reason my Facebook link doesn't work unless you include the numbers at the end.

www.facebook.com/Alexs-Secret-Tea-Room-918762894847619

Comment by Alex Lankester on February 19, 2016 at 17:59

Hi Kerstin, I host Secret Tea Parties from my home in Harrow about once every 4-6 weeks. I can accommodate up to 30 people on a mixture of small private and large communal tables, with everything being served on vintage china and linen. I would love to be included here on your site. More details on:

www.facebook.com/Alexs-Secret-Tea-Room

Comment by Let Them Eat Cake on November 5, 2015 at 12:37

Hi Kerstin! I run a vintage-style afternoon tea catering and styling business in Grappenhall, Cheshire, hosting pop up tea parties, secret afternoon teas, afternoon tea parties in your own home, as well as full stand alone catering. Would LOVE to be included on your site! Details are as follow:

let-them-eatcake.com
facebook.com/LT.eatcake
twitter.com/LT_EatCake
instagram.com/let_them_eatcake_

Thanks so much!

Nina :0)

Comment by Alison Pearson on May 17, 2015 at 19:15

Hi Kerstin

I run a small catering company and we are just about to start pop up Vintage Afternoon Teas in various village halls -our first one is Sunday 31st May at Lower Swell Village Hall, Nr Stow on the Wold, Cheltenham Glos. 2pm - 5.30pm.  We will also have a home-made cake stall to raise funds for ME Research UK.  Our Facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/PopUpVintageAfternoonTeaCompany

I would be grateful if you could post this.

Thank you

Alison

Comment by Maria Escosura on August 5, 2014 at 12:02

Hi Kerstin!

I want to let you know of my tearoom, which I will be launching in mid-August. I will be offering English-Spanish afternoon tea most of the Saturdays from my period style living room. Please check for the next dates: https://sites.google.com/site/themysterytearoom/home

Thank you

Comment by msmarmitelover on April 2, 2014 at 19:19

Alex, I think you are too late but you are not too late for the list on this site so please get organised and report back!

Comment by Alex Lankester on March 9, 2014 at 11:04
Hi! I'm just in the throws of starting a Secret Tearoom, am I too late for your book's deadline? I don't have a website/Facebook yet - all on the things to do list! If I'm not too late then could you give me the deadline and I'll get them sorted? Mmm must edit my profile picture too!
Thx
Comment by msmarmitelover on March 8, 2014 at 12:21

Hi Carolyn,

That's quite a specific request and I'm afraid I don't know any in those areas. Plus gluten free! Do any other readers/members have any suggestions?

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