Tucked away in a small town on the outskirts of Nottingham, is Time For Tea. A 1940’s themed tearoom which was a finalist in the best new business in the Broxtowe Borough Best Awards 2016.
Located just off of Beeston’s high street, the tearoom has recently relocated, now in a larger unit with bigger windows that allow more light in and the ability for passersby to be drawn inside. As you approach, there are signs for afternoon tea (which I’ve had here before and will cover later on) which has been voted one of the best in the country.
The tearoom is very nostalgic. Attracting both men and women of all ages and generations, you really do feel transported back to the wartime. With 1940’s music and even some of Winston Churchill’s famous speeches playing through ‘radios’ dotted around the tearoom, and various trinkets, posters and photographs either actual vintage and from that time or reproduced versions, it is very atmospheric.
Every time I’ve been in (which I’ve lost count of), to both the current and original location of the tearoom, it’s been busy. Almost all tables taken, if not every one taken, people are sometimes told to come back in a while to see if a table is free, or reserve one. It’s a popular addition to Beeston, with both the older generations and the younger ones, like myself, who have a particular interest in this era.
Everything about the tearoom has been well thought out. The menus are styled as ration books, the several rooms it spans are filled with trinkets, posters, photographs and vintage cabinets and even the passion for this era is seen in the staff who are all dressed, with hair and make-up to match, in the 40’s-50’s style. The tables are well decorated and the mismatched cups, saucers, teapots and plates are all very pretty. The staff are always very welcoming and thankful for your custom, and service is quite prompt.
The menu is extensive, which includes a range of teas, hot chocolates, soft drinks and milkshakes. The Victorian lemonade is lovely in the summer and the orange hot chocolate is dreamy. The milkshakes are very sweet and come with cream and marshmallows, just like the hot chocolate. In terms of food, everything is made fresh on site and there is plenty of cake (with gluten free options) that come in flavours such as lavender, salted caramel, Caramac, popcorn and there’s even been rose before. There are also toasties, jacket potatoes and sandwiches, with gluten free bread available. Their homemade scones have even won awards. Prices are reasonable. I usually spend £5-£10 on a drink , slice of cake and sandwich or toastie, which is plenty. The slices of cake are huge!
The afternoon tea, at £15.00 per person, is the perfect treat with a friend or birthday/mother’s day idea. It comes with a range of sandwiches and cakes and a hot drink and gluten free options are available. They don’t offer a sparkling version, so in the past I’ve taken my own prosecco in, which they’ve been fine about. You’ll need to book this in advance.
The whole experience is lovely for those with an interest in this era, who like tea and cake (who doesn’t?) or is looking for somewhere to have a catch up with a friend. I pop in every month or two and just love all the effort the owners have put in to it. It’s even done so well since it opened, that the owner has also opened up a 1940’s pie shop and is now selling vintage clothes in the tea room, too.
The tearoom can be found at 17 Wilkinson Avenue, Beeston, NG9 2LN
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