Hathaway Tea Rooms

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Stratford-upon-Avon
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Enjoy quintessentially English Afternoon Tea

England has many customs, traditions and quirks that set us apart from the rest of the world and nothing is more quintessentially English than an Afternoon Tea.

Also known as 'High Tea', the Seventh Duchess of Bedford is believed to be have begun the ritual in 1840; after having a 'sinking feeling' between luncheon and her evening meal, she requested that her footman brought her a pot of tea and some light refreshment. She enjoyed her 'tea' so much that she was soon inviting her friends over to gossip over tea, finger sandwiches and cakes. Afternoon Tea fast became fashionable amongst the upper classes. 

Nowadays Afternoon Teas and Cream Teas can be enjoyed by everyone, with countless eateries offering them as part of their menus. However, if you want to truly step back in time and experience High Tea in all its quintessentially English glory, you must visit Hathaway Tea Rooms in Stratford. 

Located on the High Street, Hathaway Tea Rooms is a Grade II listed building, which was constructed around 1610 and is known as one of Stratford's most historic properties. It has enjoyed a number of 'lives' over the years, known as The George Inn in 1728, becoming an apothecary and surgery in the late 1700s and early 1800s, before being turned into a thriving shoe shop until the early 1900s. Finally, in 1931, the building became a tea room. 

Having been bought by Steven Smith and Rick Allen in 2012, the pair have lovingly restored what had become a more modern gastro-pub interior, turning back the clock and creating a slice of olde worlde England in the heart of Stratford. Gorgeous yet mismatched armchairs and chairs abound, haphazard walls and floors take you back in time, the sun glints through the leaded windows. Spread across three floors and a pretty, 50-seater, smoke free garden, Hathaway Tea Rooms offer everything you would want from a traditional eatery. 

Service is at the heart of Hathaway Tea Rooms; as Rick explains, “A meal isn't just about the food – it is about the experience. Our guests are encouraged to take as much time as they want over their meal. There is no queuing to order, no plastic cutlery or condiment sachets; we are all about good old fashioned table service from the moment you walk in until the time you leave.”

www.hathawaytearooms.com

 

Located in the heart of Stratford-upon-Avon

Directions

Located in the centre of Stratford-upon-Avon on the high street, next to Blacks Leisure and opposite Robert Dyas.

Opening hours

Monday – Friday - 9.30am – 5pm Saturday - 9am – 6pm Sunday - 10am – 5pm Facilities 

Facilites include

·         Dog friendly garden

·         Baby changing facilities

·         Smoke free garden

·         Wheel chair access is available for the ground floor tea room via a side passage to the building

 

Serving beautiful home-made food in an historic setting

The Breakfast Menu is available until 11:30am, and ranges from breakfast sandwiches and muffins to classic Eggs Benedict and smoked salmon with scrambled eggs. And of course, there is the Hathaway's full English breakfast, which is available all day and consists of grilled bacon, sausage, black pudding, tomato, fried mushrooms, baked beans, poached or fried egg and toast, served with English breakfast tea or Americano coffee. 

The Lunch Menu is all prepared on house and includes sandwiches on white or granary bread, paninis with homemade coleslaw, jacket potatoes, homemade soup, Quiche Lorraine, traditional Cottage Pie and a Ploughman's Board complete with roasted ham, cheddar cheese, pork pie, pickled onions, homemade coleslaw and pickle, crusty bread and salad.

But of course, the main event at Hathaway Tea Rooms are the Afternoon and Cream Teas. A traditional Cream Tea consists of two scones – plain or sultana – served with Tiptree strawberry conserve, Jersey clotted cream and tea or coffee. Alternatively, Afternoon Tea is a selection of finger sandwiches, a fresh sultana or plain scone with conserve and clotted cream, dainty hand-crafted cakes and tea or coffee. Or for an even grander affair, why not add a glass of Prosecco?

Gluten free bread is available, ensuring that those with dietary restrictions can still enjoy the majority of Hathaway Tea Rooms' delicious dishes.

Tailor made to suit your requirements

Whether you are organising a business meeting or family celebration, Hathaway Tea Rooms are guaranteed to be a unique, quirky option. Throughout the day, the function room on the top floor of the building is available; seating up to 20 it is ideal for networking events, lunches, book clubs, group meetings, family reunions, seminars and business meetings. 

However, if you are planning a larger event, Hathaway Tea Rooms is available to hire every evening. Spread over three floors and with its own lawned, smoke free garden, complete with hanging baskets, the building is licensed until midnight and makes for a truly traditional, atmospheric venue for wedding receptions, private celebrations, office parties and corporate events. 

Tailor made menus and buffets can be devised to suit your requirements; please contact Hathaway Tea Rooms on 01789 264 022 for further details.