Orange Pekoe is well known in Barnes as the place to take tea. The ever-popular tearoom has a vast selection of the stuff, ranging from classic English Breakfast to floral infused blends. Of course it doesn't just serve tea, you can get all manner of drinks here, as well as a tasty choice of food and cakes.
Established in 2006, Orange Pekoe (so named after a fine grade of tea) was born out of one person's passion for tea, and the realisation that there weren't many places to enjoy fine tea in London. The establishment has gone from strength to strength ever since and is now a thriving pit-stop to get good food and drink.
Whether you're after breakfast, lunch, coffee and cake or traditional afternoon tea with sandwiches, scones and a glass of bubbly, you won't be disappointed – the food and drink is delicious and clearly the team take immense pride in the quality they offer.
Weekend breakfast is served until 1pm (or until stocks last) and includes offerings such as Grilled Asparagus, Pancetta & Poached Egg served with roasted cherry tomatoes and chunky toast (£8.50), or Seasonal Berry Pot with Yoghurt & Berry Coulis (£4.95).
Examples from the weekend lunch menu include Peach, Salami & Mozzarella Salad served with bread and olive oil (£8.95) and Smoked Chicken Plate with Rocket & a Spicy Mango Salsa, served with bread and butter (£7.95). Lunch is served from 1pm-5pm, and there's a good selection of Artisan sandwiches too, including veggie options.
Cream Tea – consisting of two scones (one sultana, one plain) with clotted cream and jam, along with a pot of tea or a cup of coffee - is served all day and costs £8.95. Afternoon Tea, priced at £19.95, is served from 2pm until 5pm and is a much more lavish affair. Served on a tiered cake stand, you'll get finger sandwiches, scones and jam, cake and a pot of tea. You can also have a glass of prosecco priced at £5.50.
Of course, you can simply have a cuppa and a slice of cake, or one of their delicious smoothies.
The Orange Pekoe experience is not a formal one – it is laid back and relaxed, and you can dress up or down as much as you desire. If you want to guarantee yourself a table, then it's definitely advisable to call ahead as Orange Pekoe does get busy, especially on a weekend. There is a good-sized dining area inside, or when the weather is warm enough the white iron seating spills out onto the big front pavement, and you can dine alfresco while watching the world go by along White Hart Lane.
You can also buy a wide selection of Orange Pekoe teabags and loose leaf teas, along with lots of other lovely things to takeaway.
The nearest train station is Barnes Bridge, which is a couple of minutes walk away. The 209 and 419 buses go past on a regular basis, which will get you to Hammersmith and the nearest tube station. For more information about Orange Pekoe, visit their website.