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Best tea rooms in Surrey

PUBLISHED: 08:46 18 April 2017 | UPDATED: 08:46 18 April 2017

The quaint tea shop at Watts Gallery (Photo: Ann Ayerst)

The quaint tea shop at Watts Gallery (Photo: Ann Ayerst)

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Britain consumes 165 million cups of tea a day according to the organisers of National Tea Day on Friday April 21, 2017. Judging by the number of places to partake in a cuppa locally, Surrey is a major contributor. Here are 10 of the best tea shops to visit…

Head for the heights of The Tea Terrace (Photo: House of Fraser) Head for the heights of The Tea Terrace (Photo: House of Fraser)

The Dabbling Duck

Middle Street, Shere, Guildford GU5 9HF. Tel: 01483 205791

Surrey Life’s 2016 Tea/Coffee Shop of the Year champion, The Dabbling Duck is found in the gorgeous village of Shere. As well as their shabby chic café, they have a yurt in their garden complete with a log burning stove!

French Fancy’s

7-9 Church Street, Weybridge KT13 8DE. Tel: 01932 847562

Combating the rise of the coffee shop on the English High Street with a little 1920s glamour thrown in for good measure, French Fancy’s celebrates the world of teas, afternoon teas and high teas.

Gorgeous Gerties

61 West Street, Dorking RH4 1BS. Tel: 01306 640202

Found in an historic building in the antique laden town of Dorking, they not only boast a wonderful tea room but also have an olde worlde sweet shop and an eclectic mix for independent retailers – all under one glorious 15th century roof.

The Green Rooms of Godstone

Needles Bank, Godstone RH9 8DZ. Tel: 01883 740407

Originally a bus garage running the original horse and cart variety of transportation, The Green Rooms of Godstone has been revitalised in recent years as a quirky and character-packed tea room. They’re famous for their ‘blooming tea’ – theatre in a pot!

Maddalenas

6 Bank Buildings, Cranleigh GU6 8BB. Tel: 01483 276341

With a hint of Italian, this stylish tea room is found on the bounteous Cranleigh High Street. Owner Maddaline is up at 5am every morning creating new cakes.

Tea

56 High Street, Reigate RH2 9AT. Tel: 01737 246251

Dedicated to the “art of tea drinking” and proving there’s more to tea than a bag and a tag, Tea is split over two floors in one of Reigate’s oldest buildings. They’ve selected a wide choice of some of the best loose leaf teas around.

The Tea Shop

Watts Gallery, Down Lane, Compton GU3 1DQ. Tel: 01483 810235

There’s so much to celebrate at Watts Gallery - Artists’ Village this year with the 200th anniversary of GF Watts’s birth. So why not take a detour to their quaint tea shop and raise a cup to the great man?

The Tea Terrace

House of Fraser, 105 High Street, Guildford GU1 3DU. Tel: 0844 8003730

This one is found at the top of one of the most popular shops in Guildford and yet remains something of a hidden gem. It’s often described by its customers as something out of Alice in Wonderland.

Treacle’s Tea Shop

The Green, Chiddingfold GU8 4TU. Tel: 01428 684859

Once upon time owner of the then Michelin-starred and sadly long gone Drakes on the Pond in Abinger Hammer, Tracey Honeysett and her team enjoy a more relaxed pace of life by a picturesque village green.

Wisteria Tea Room

Loseley Park, Guildford GU3 1HS. Tel: 01483 457103

You’ll need a little patience as Wisteria re-opens with Loseley Park’s gardens on Monday May 1, but it’s worth the wait. Visitors can also take tea on the lawns. It doesn’t get more quintessentially English than that.

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Coffee on the brain? UK Coffee Week is brewing up from Monday April 10 to Sunday April 16. Click here for some of Surrey’s best coffee shops and coffee roasteries.

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