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The Chocolate Teapot


4 Station Road, Esher, Surrey, KT10 8DY   (View on map)   020 8398 8866

The view from our table at The Chocolate Teapot (the window tables were taken when we arrived or we would naturally have nabbed one of those).

The Chocolate Teapot was recommended by a reader of the blog in September and it’s taken me a while to go visit but I have managed it.

The cafe is tucked away next to Esher train station and if you’re driving there you’ll need to park in one of the roads coming off Station Road. We headed over there on a Sunday for an early lunch and when we got there they were still serving breakfast (lunch doesn’t start until 1pm) which suited us fine.

The tables and chairs are nice and solid, with pretty tablecloths and flowers in vases. The china is patterned and a mix of different styles and colours and we all enjoyed seeing which teapot we got given. There were shelves high up on the wall with many different teapots on and while we were eating a couple brought in an unusual teapot for the owners to add to the collection on display in the tearoom.

A feast of tea and breakfast at The Chocolate Teapot.

There were a range of different teas available and a range of different breakfasts. Dad and S went for the full English and Mum and I went for the smoked salmon and scrambled eggs. I haven’t made a note of which tea we chose but I seem to remember S and I had Lady Grey with Mum going for Darjeeling and Dad for English Breakfast. Apologies if I’m wrong.

The food was good and the tea was hot and kept on coming. We polished off all the breakfasts and then considered the cake. The Chocolate Teapot has one of my favourite things to see in any cafe or tearooms: a cake filled sideboard. It’s always a good sign as it gives you a range of cake and implies they are busy enough to get through all the cake on display without any trouble. There was a huge selection but we went for bakewell tart, chocolate fudge cake and apple cake (I think, obviously I was too excited by the eating and drinking at this cafe as I haven’t got my normal level of notes to refer to). All the cake was excellent, we were very happy.

Cake and tea at The Chocolate Teapot.

Teapot? Yes, lots of different pretty patterned ones.
Leaf tea? No, but good quality teabags.
Milk jug? Yes.
Price? £1.40 for speciality tea, £4.50 for smoked salmon and scrambled eggs, £5.95 for full English.
Cake? Yes, on the magical cake sideboard.
Go again? Yes, especially as they offer a basic afternoon tea for £5.95 and a larger version for £7.50.

Author: tealeaves

I like tea and if possible, I'd like it to be loose leaf rooibos in a pot served with milk in a little jug. I'll try and find the places that do this and I'll tell you what they're like. Let me know if you can think of any cafes I haven't covered, I'll get to them if I can.

4 thoughts on “The Chocolate Teapot

  1. The chocoalate teaapot does the best warm mini scones with clotted cream and jam. With 50s music, bunting and a real ventage feel, its my favorite Sunday treat.

  2. I have been on numerous occasions now, introducing new friends to the fabulous afternoon tea which includes :- a round of sandwiches(your choice of filling from the menu), 2 mini scones with clotted cream and jam, a choice of cake and a little chocolate all for the excellent price of £7.50. It is delicious- one of the best i’ve had and would strongly recommend you give it a go. The staff are also very pleasant and helpful.

    • I haven’t ever tried the afternoon tea there, but that does sound good, especially for £7.50. I will have to go back soon!

  3. I went and had afternoon tea here today… On a Wednesday midday, it was very quiet but this suited us perfectly. Inside is quaint and perfectly formed, we chose to sit outside in a sheltered garden. Our teas were served in individual, differently patterned teapots (again, very quaint) and my afternoon tea consisted of finger sandwiches, two perfectly sized mini scones and a generous portion of chocolate sponge cake… My friend (who has a wheat intolerance) was catered for brilliantly. The staff were friendly and willing to help! All the above was just £7.50 each…

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