Annie's Tea Room can be reached by foot, car, canal boat or canoe. It's located in the hamlet of Thrupp about 10 miles north of Oxford. The tea room has been rennovated from part of the original British Waterways Yard, just next to an unusal lift bridge.
The food served is homemade and in the case of the sandwiches made to order. With thick crusty bread from a local bakery you can be sure it's going to be fresh and tasty. Prices start from just under £4 so good value for money too. I highly recommend the scones which are baked fresh each day by the owner. There's seating inside but it's lovely to sit on the picnic tables outside or relax by the water next to the knitted mug and cake. Peruse the walls inside and you'll see exhibits from local artists.
Annie's Tea Room is more than just a great place to rest your weary feet midway on a walk. There are lots of activities on offer, making this a family friendly place to visit. Young children will enjoy searching and counting ladybird stickers and for older children there's a nature trail or treasure hunt to follow. Just ask inside the tea room for details and collect your clue sheets. There's even beginner pilates classes here on a Monday and Thursday evening.
After a cream tea or light lunch, why not get a different perspective of the canal by hiring a canoe or kayak? This is the base for Thrupp Canoe and Kayak Hire Centre. You can enjoy a whole day out or just splash around for an hour. This is a fun activity for both adults and kids.