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The Walk

12 Bridlesmith Walk, Nottingham, NG1 2GR

The view from the doorway of The Walk - look at the cake!

The Walk was the second stop on our tea tour of Nottingham and we weren’t disappointed. It has restaurant opening hours and opens for lunch onwards, on the Saturday we went we turned up 15 minutes after opening time and there was a queue. This cheered us no end – tea that causes queues must be good.

We didn’t have to queue for long, though had we wanted to sit outside we could have jumped the queue but we decided against it as it was a bit nippy.

Afternoon tea was on the menu but even we were tempted by the other things on there. Everything on the menu sounded excellent and the food on other tables smelt wonderful. I’d love to go back and eat more some other time.

There was no tea menu on the menu but we asked for our favourites and got them. We ordered an afternoon tea each which took a long time to arrive. We asked the waitress and she said they were putting the finishing touches to it. When it did arrive we understood why it had taken so long. Everything was fresh and tasted heavenly. The only problem is a familiar one – there were a range of cakes and pastries and none were the same. How to decide who gets what? How to decide what to eat if we’re not even sure what they are? In the end we took the honourable way of splitting every item into quarters and tasting each one. They were all lovely. My only negative point would be that the service was very slow, even drinks took a long time to arrive. It was very busy but perhaps more staff on a Saturday would be wise.

Afternoon tea at The Walk

Later we discovered that they will be introducing a tea menu and had tea sample boxes with vials of each type of tea to smell and choose from. We also spotted that the customers outside in the garden had blankets provided to keep out the chill. A momentary worry that we chose the wrong option was dispelled when we reassured ourselves our tea would have got cold if we had gone outside. On cue, a waitress came past with a tray of teapots in hand knitted tea cosies. Oh well, next time.

Teapot? Yes.
Leaf tea? Yes.
Milk jug? Yes.
Price? £15.95 for afternoon tea.
Cake? Yes, so much of it!
Go again? Yes.

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Lee Rosy’s Tea

17 Broad Street, Hockley, Nottingham, NG1 3AJ

Inside Lee Rosy's Tea

It was that time again and E, H, N and I were off to try tea. We had picked Nottingham as we hadn’t tried that way for tea before and had done some online hunting that had yielded two potential tea places. The first was Lee Rosy’s Tea.

It’s not in the main shopping area, but instead a little way away oppostite the Broadway Cinema. We rounded the corner and spied the shop and it was just the kind of place I had been hoping it would be. Free wifi, a cosy atmosphere, adverts for book groups and knitting groups and so many different types of tea. I wished it could be nearer where I lived so I could go there more often.

I chose (after much deliberation) a pot of Darjeeling Puttabong which I’d never heard of before. We had the choice of a mug or a pot and I chose a pot thinking that it would give me more tea and it did, but it gave me too much tea! I never thought I’d say that but it had at least three mugs worth and I couldn’t finish it. It’s hard for me to admit that but there, it’s out in the open now.

Tea and a cappucino at Lee Rosy's Tea

The Darjeeling Puttabong was good and so was E’s Jade Oolong. N had English Breakfast which he said was nice and H had an ‘all right’ cappucino. A good find and worth a visit.

Teapot? Yes.
Leaf tea? Yes.
Milk jug? Yes, a very large milk jug, just how we like it.
Price? £2.50 for a pot of tea.
Cake? Yes.
Go again? No.