Traditional Afternoon Tea in Liverpool at The Tea Parlour
I don’t know about you, but sometimes there is nothing better than a cake and a brew. As nice as a shop-bought cake and a cup of Yorkshire Gold is however, every now and again the occasion calls for something a little more.
I’m heading back quite a few months now to January (so, um, quite a late write up…) when the call for a good brew and cake was certainly there (for the lovely Jackie‘s birthday no-less) but the occasion, obviously, called for something a little more than an hour people watching at Starbucks. So arranged by Hannah, myself, Sarah and of course, Jackie headed off to The Tea Parlour for a spot of afternoon tea.
The Tea Parlour is hidden away behind a red door on Liverpool’s famous Matthew Street and afternoon tea is available from Tuesday – Sunday. We visited on a particularly dreary, drizzly Sunday afternoon and entering through that red door was like entering into a little slice of heaven. The smell of freshly baked cakes that greeted us as we pushed down our umbrellas was an absolute treat and as the Tea Parlour shares it’s entrance with an art gallery, there was a number of interesting paintings and portraits on the wall to guide us on our way along the corridor and up the stairs to our afternoon tea. Being in The Tea Parlour is quite literally like entering another world. The decor is ornate and a piano player provides the background music which perfectly adds to the rooms ambience.
We were greeted by an incredibly friendly member of the Tea Parlour team who took mine and Hannah’s coats (we got there first) before taking us to our table and getting us a glass of elderflower water (yum!) Once Jackie and Sarah arrived, the afternoon tea was explained to us; we could choose from earl grey or english breakfast tea and we would receive three sandwiches each as standard (cucumber, egg & cress and ham) and we could choose a fourth of either beef or salmon and cream cheese. We would also have two scones each; a plain and a fruit and a selection of cakes. The cake stands were shared between two, and the servings were incredibly generous. The sandwiches were small but not too dainty, there was an incredible selection of cakes and the scones were oh-my-good-lord-please-let-me-have-twelve delicious. The cake serving was actually so generous that we each ended up taking home a box of leftover cakes (side story: my leftover cake box which was safely sat in the passenger seat unfortunately got into a bit of trouble on the road when I had to emergency stop… I will from now on be sure to put a seatbelt on any cake boxes I have as passengers.)
I would highly recommend The Tea Parlour for anyone on the lookout for a special way to spend an afternoon in Liverpool. Prices are reasonable (£20 for their traditional afternoon tea), tea is plentiful and the food is glorious. The Tea Parlour also cater to a variety of diets (vegan, gluten free, vegetarian? No problem) and the parlour can be booked for private hire and special occasions.