Wandering through Richmond upon Thames, I came across The Tea Box, a unique tea shop. It proclaims itself to be 'potty about tea' and certainly lives up to its claim.
The menu is so extensive that it is more like a book with all the information it provides on the various teas served, (currently more than 60 different leaf varieties) as well as listing the usual details of the food on offer.
These include afternoon teas, high teas, cream teas, cakes, scones, sandwiches, salads and hot snacks. The cakes and scones are all homemade, although not baked in house. The teas are traditionally served in a pot with a tea strainer and accompanied by a unique tea timer, showing you when your drink has brewed. The tea cups are all bone china (there is a school of thought that tea tastes best when drunk from bone china cups), and the tea spoons have tiny teapots on the handles. The Tea Box will serve you with take away food and drink if you can't spare the time to sit inside, or to enjoy the sun outside under the canopy. They also hold an alcohol licence if you require something a little stronger than tea.
Not merely content with pandering to your hunger and thirst (or just your fancy for something sweet and indulgent) they also have a full timetable of events throughout the year. The remaining events for September include comedy, poetry and jazz as well as an evening of Moroccan belly dancers. For this event the food will be themed to match the evening, and served with mint tea and Shisha pipes will be available. On the afternoon of 17 September the Tea Box will have a stall by the Richmond section of the Great River Race, where they will be serving free carrot cake.
The Tea Box is open every day of the week and can be found at 7 Paradise Road, Richmond, Surrey, where it sits at the corner of Halford Road and Paradise Road. Their website is still under construction, but more detailed information can be found on their Facebook page.
That cream tea looks amazing. I love a good cuppa and am totally into the idea of a place that is potty about tea. This is definitely on my list for when I'm next in London!
By Sue Williams - senior reviewer Monday, 12th of September @ 10:47 pm
Sue have you also seen my review on Orange Pekoe in Barnes? That's another place I recommend, and not too far from Richmond. IMO the OP's scones are superior, but they pre-strain their tea before they serve it, whilst the TB leaves the leaves (!) to infuse in the pot.
By Sandra Lawson - senior reviewer Tuesday, 13th of September @ 07:57 am