Curiouser and curiouser, you might well ask! Nestled away in one part of the old town in one of Margate's quaintest streets, the Mad Hatters Tea Rooms are the epitome of eccentric British seaside town fun. Make sure you catch it on the one day of the week in which it is open – Saturday – for the ultimate afternoon tea experience.
The tea rooms are stuffed full of tacky British memorabilia, paintings of race horses, commemorative royal wedding porcelain and a shrine to Princess Diana. Upstairs in the Queen Victoria parlour there is even a fully decorated Christmas tree and the walls are bedecked in tinsel all year round. Old black and white photographs and a church organ also form part of the decor which is stuffed to the brim with antique and antwacky bric a brac.
Visitors can enjoy freshly baked cakes, classic scones with butter, jam and clotted cream or other home-cooked specials such a fish pie. If you're feeling ultra decadent you can go for one of the 'champagne teas' which we did, of course. We were asked if we wanted brown or white bread for our smoked salmon sandwiches, which came beautifully presented on blue and white porcelain plates.
Tucking into champagne and smoked salmon sandwiches
The Mad Hatter himself served us, looking resplendent in his trousers, waistcoat and obligatory top hat. As we left he gracefully posed for photos, whilst bemoaning the fact that he was "poor". Why doesn't he open more than one day a week then, we wondered? But to do otherwise would just be madness, wouldn't it?!