Cost – £14.00 (September 2020)
Parking and Access – There are public carparks in various places around the town. However, none are very close to the Tea Rooms. Access is level into the tea room from a small pedestrianised area. A toilet was available inside the building, with level access.
Background –We had spotted Milly Tyler’s Tea Rooms on previous visits to Bury St Edmunds. However, they had been fully booked when we had tried to book Afternoon Tea. This time, however, we were successful.
As it happened, it was a really horrible day on the day we were booked in. It was very wet, and rather windy as well. This meant the tearooms were much quieter than they had been for a long time, and there was only one other table in use whilst we were there.
Contents per person – Four finger sandwiches (egg mayonnaise, ham, cheese and chutney and smoked salmon), a pot of crisps. A medium sized plain scone and a medium sized fruit scone, a dish of strawberry jam and a dish of clotted cream. A meringue, a mini éclair, a strawberry tart, a macaroon, a piece of brownie and a mango dessert. A pot of tea.
Options Available – There are no options for this Afternoon Tea available.
Comments – We were back in Bury St Edmunds on a horrid wet and windy day. We had managed to park on Angel Hill, but still had a little way to walk to the tearooms.
On arrival, we were shown to a table reserved for us in the back corner of the tearoom. The tables were well spaced out and wouldn’t have felt too close, even if the room had been full. As it was, only one other table was in use. I suspect that was because of the awful weather outside!
All of the staff had face coverings, and it felt safe in the room. There was a table of delicious looking cakes in the middle of the room.
The table was laid with a pretty tablecloth covered by a clear plastic covering. There were two pretty plates each, along with matching teacups and saucers. There was also a paper napkin on top of the plates.
We were asked what tea we would like to drink. We both chose English Breakfast tea.
The tea arrived quickly in a patterned teapot, which matched the other crockery, along with a matching milk jug. The tea was a good strength for us to start with, but got a bit strong later. So, we asked for a top up of just hot water, which we were given.
The tea was made with loose leaf tea. A tea strainer was provided.
The Afternoon Tea itself was served on a three-tier cake stand with round flowery plates.
The sandwiches were freshly made and very well filled. The cheese and chutney sandwich was a particular favourite (I love chutneys!). I always enjoy having some crisps with my sandwiches, so was very pleased to see some included with this Tea.
The scones were all medium size and had been warmed up. They tasted freshly made, and were delicious. There was just enough jam and cream for the number of scones.
There was a nice variety of cakes. Some were quite small – the macaroon, the éclair and the piece of brownie. However, the tart and meringue were both quite big, and the mini dessert was larger than they usually are. As a result, there was plenty to fill any remaining gaps that we had.
All of the cakes were fresh and very tasty. I particularly enjoyed the mini dessert and the meringue sandwich, which is a particular favourite of mine. We were certainly full by the end!
Service was very good, we were visited and checked on several times. We were also offered more tea on more than one occasion. The staff were all very friendly and all wore face coverings.
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