Lamingtons, Bletchingley - On the Tea Shop Trail
PUBLISHED: 14:19 04 October 2015 | UPDATED: 14:40 05 October 2015
Offering some of the best home-made cakes in the area, it's no wonder that Lamingtons in Bletchingley is a favourite with some famous faces...
Originally published in Surrey Life magazine September 2015
Need to know:
Lamingtons, 25 High Street, Bletchingley RH1 4PB. Open Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 5pm, and occasional Sundays. Follow them on Instagram at lamingtons_tearoom
Dame Judi Dench’s daughter, Finty Williams, once told this magazine: “In my opinion, Lamingtons in Bletchingley is the only place for coffee and cakes.”
If you like the idea of a traditional tea room with a twist then Lamingtons is certainly the place to visit, with this slice of English life combining tea, coffee, cakes, gifts and lots more.
The tea room was founded after Paul Phillips and Mark Thomas purchased the premises ten years ago, back when it was operating as a bridal shop.
Mark, who worked in graphic design and as a stylist, was responsible for styling the shop, while Paul, who already worked in the food industry, took on the role of baker.
This is a welcoming and pretty tea room to while away the afternoon. There are six tables, squeezing in 20 covers. Most of the furniture (painted grey by the owners) comes from auction finds and junk shops. The most popular table is No.1, beside the window, where you have a view of the picturesque buildings opposite. The gifts add to the décor and range from cards and candles to chocolate and jewellery.
Cakes & pastries…
The cake display is impressive, looking almost too good to eat. The most popular are apparently the carrot and walnut topped with lemon, cream cheese icing with walnut, dried cranberries and orange zest (£3.95); the three double-layer chocolate with ganache and crushed raspberries (£3.95); and the pear and ginger (£3.50). I chose the generously-portioned, moist banana slice (£3) while my mum, Frankie, opted for the cream tea (£7) featuring a tasty, freshly-made scone accompanied by jam and clotted cream.
The high tea (£18.50), served on a three-tiered stand, comprises a selection of cupcakes, two warm home-made mini scones with strawberry preserves and Cornish clotted cream (or cakes from the counter) and ribbon sandwiches, including smoked salmon, cream cheese and free-range egg mayo, and ham and mustard cream, plus a pot of the finest selection teas or coffee.
They serve a variety of coffees (£2.20 to £2.90), while a pot of tea or herbal infusion will set you back £2.65.
On the menu…
Due to the limited kitchen space, they offer a carefully chosen selection of exquisite home-made snacks and lunches. On the day we visited, a lady nearby was tucking into the quiche (£6.95). The soup is also popular with the cheese and parsley muffin (£6.95) or you can choose from a selection of paninis, and fresh and toasted sandwiches, with herbal salad (£6.95).
A lovely tea room to escape to with an excellent selection of home-made cakes and light lunches. The traditional décor makes this a classic teatime experience while the modern gifts mean you may well find that special present you’re looking for too.
The nearby St Mary’s Church dates back over 900 years and is well worth a visit.
Louise Johncox’s parents, Peter and Frankie, ran Peter’s tea shop in Weybridge from 1958 until 2000 when they retired. Louise has written a book about her parents’ tea shop, The Baker’s Daughter, which is out now in all good bookshops (see louisejohncox.com/index.htm)