Davenport's Tea Room, Northwich wins Tea Guild's Top Tea Place Award 2013
PUBLISHED: 00:03 06 May 2013 | UPDATED: 16:37 06 May 2013
There's nothing curious about an Alice in Wonderland themed tea room in Northwich winning a top national prize.
PHOTOGRAPHY BY IAN JONES
An Alice in Wonderland themed tea room in Northwich has been named as the best place in the UK to enjoy afternoon tea.
Davenport’s Tea Room at Bridge Farm, Warrington Road, Bartington, has won the prestigious Tea Guild’s Top Tea Place Award 2013 in praise of its scones, charming décor, extensive range of loose leaf tea and their welcoming staff.
Taking the theme of Alice in Wonderland, as Lewis Carroll (pen name for Charles Lutwidge Dodgson) was born less than two miles away, Davenport’s is steeped in British traditions with lace tablecloths and fine bone china, just some of their signature characteristics. Their scones are baked using a closely guarded secret recipe from the 1930s.
Now in its 28th year, the UK Tea Council’s Tea Guild Awards are considered the Oscars of the tea industry.
The judges - who all dine anonymously and pay like regular customers - follow strict guidelines that cover every aspect of the afternoon tea experience.
The Tea Guild has also awarded 37 special Awards of Excellence to tea rooms across Britain in recognition of outstanding quality and consistently high standards in tea service.
Head of the Tea Guild Irene Gorman said: ‘Davenport’s Tea Room in Northwich offers a truly special tea experience and this award is very well-deserved. The attention to detail, quality of food, lovingly prepared by their team who seek to ensure, where possible, that all food is sourced locally, and whose excellent knowledge and service of teas served, is second to none.
‘The friendly welcome and relaxing ambience helps to make afternoon tea a real pleasure. It is no wonder that families and groups of friends of all ages truly enjoy the tea experience.’
Irene added: ‘Afternoon tea is enjoying a resurgence. It is an increasingly fashionable way to catch up with friends, take a break from shopping, or conduct a business meeting. Modern life can be hectic and demanding and taking afternoon tea is the perfect way to slow down and relax.’
Davenport’s Tea Room owner Belinda Davenport said: ‘We love catering for afternoon tea and all the staff are passionate about making each guest’s visit special. It is fantastic to be honoured by the Tea Guild in recognition of our hard work and commitment to preserving the tradition of afternoon tea. The author Lewis Carroll was born nearby, which accounts for the décor, favoured by the judges, and we celebrate annually with our Mad Hatter’s Tea Party.’
St Tudno Hotel on the seafront at Llandudno, North Wales, has been granted an Award of Excellence (runner up) in the Tea Guild Awards, as has Ginger & Pickles in Nantwich and the Lowry Hotel in Salford.