Cost – £15.95 (Sept 2013) Included a voucher for a return pot of tea valid 1 month.
Background – Harriets is a tea room situated in Green Street in Cambridge. It is a sister to Harriets Tea Rooms in Bury St Edmunds and Norwich. The décor is ‘homely’ with patterned wallpaper on the walls. The staff are dressed in period costumes with black and white dresses topped with a white apron.
Green Street runs between Trinity Street and Sidney Street and is a quiet back street.
Contents – 6 finger sandwiches (chicken, smoked salmon, cucumber and cream cheese), 2 medium sized fruit scones jam and clotted cream, 3 small cakes (fruit tart, mini cheesecake, profiterole), choice of teas in a small pot for two (loose leaf tea)
Comments – We chose to sit next to the window onto Green Street. The tea room was very quiet as it was a rainy Sunday afternoon, quite near to closing time.
The Afternoon Tea arrived well presented on individual three tired cake stands with round white plates.
The sandwiches were very fresh and tasty. The chicken in the chicken sandwiches was proper roast chicken, not processed sliced.
The scones were fresh, nice and light, but the jam portion was very small and the clotted cream portion was even smaller. We didn’t try asking for further supplies of either on this occasion.
The variety of cakes served varied from person to person which I am not a fan of. However it does offer the opportunity to swap cakes between yourselves to get what you prefer. They were all fresh and tasty.
The tea was served in a small stainless steel pot between the two of us. There was not enough in the pot for two cups each and it was rather too strong for us. However, there was a choice of types of tea available and the tea was loose leaf.
Service was reasonably attentive however the staff started cleaning up the tea room around us including vacuuming the floor. Whilst I understand they want to get sorted and go home, it felt a little as though we were being rushed out, even though the tea room was still open.