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About us

We took over the premises in October 2003 and decided to run it as the type of tea house that we would like to visit.  We list below some of the things we dislike about places we have visited and our solutions to them.

Lukewarm drinks - so many places serve so-called 'hot' drinks at surprisingly low temperatures (using health & safety as an excuse).  The real reason is that a cool drink ensures you do not hang around too long - faster turnover = greater profit!  We serve our coffees at 70 degrees C, which is the correct temperature for a cappuccino or latte.  We have never had a drink returned for not being hot enough!

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Cold butter - we hate getting teacakes (or crumpets or toast) with a small pat of cold, hard butter to spread on them.  So we butter the teacakes for you (sunflower spread is also available on request).

Garnish - another pet hate is a "doorstep" sandwich that is all bread and no filling, served with a little piece of limp lettuce and a tasteless tomato (garnish?).  We don’t bother with garnish (as most people leave it anyway) and prefer that the price is reflected in a generous, good quality filling instead - after all, a garnish is just a means of helping to disguise an inferior sandwich.  You will not find a better filled sandwich anywhere in Saffron Walden!

Whipped cream - some tea houses serve their scones with whipped cream and cheap catering jam (in tiny jars).  We use only genuine Rodda's Cornish clotted cream with either rose petal, blackcurrant & apple or organic strawberry jam.

Music - so many coffee shops these days play music that it is virtually impossible to find somewhere that you can relax in peace and quiet and just immerse yourself in a newspaper or a book for an hour or so.  We have such a place!

Dogs - as dog lovers ourselves, we think it odd that so few establishments cater for dogs.  We welcome dogs to our outdoor seating area and can also accommodate well behaved dogs inside if requested.