Well, I'm pleased to say that I think I may have found something just as wonderful to rival it for my Northern friends, and it's all behind a small red door on Liverpool's Matthew Street. The cobbled streets of this part of Liverpool are steeped in a rich musical heritage and has been made famous, in particular, for being the home of the famous Cavern pub; where the likes of The Beatles first wowed audiences. The Tea Parlour is a Grade II listed building, so it truly is the perfect spot for vintage nostalgia (it's also right next to Lennon's bar so you really cannot miss it).
My Spring and Summer collection this year had a very vintage feel to it this year, and as it is so near Valentine's Day, I was after that 'Sweetheart' vibes and the Tea Parlour was perfect for this. After setting foot through the door a candle lit stairway leads you to two intimate rooms decked in nostalgic, vintage gorgeousness. Something that interested me particular in the Tea Parlour was their speciality in a variety of dietary needs and more importantly, just how effortless they made this.
Our tea experience started with our lovely waitress who brought over a glass of elderflower and raspberry cordial which honestly tasted like pure paradise. After this we were presented with a stunning tea menu alongside the most wonderful guide on not only the components of a proper afternoon tea, but also a humorous addition of the perfect tea etiquette! The tea menu was actually far more impressive than the Ritz itself I'd say. I was really overwhelmed with choice, but I decided to settle on my old favourite of Jasmine White Tea that arrived in an elegant clear glass tea pot ready to pour into the beautiful vintage tea cups. And then of course, all the classic, wonderful afternoon tea treats arrived presented on a cake stand that Jane Austen would most certainly approve of.
I was able to have the same sandwiches that is present on a normal menu without dairy, and they were so dainty and delicious. Next came scrumptious homemade scones with jam and coconut cream (uh-mah-zing!) which were divine; simply divine. On my cake stand were also some incredibly sweet and delectable little biscuits but best of all, something I shamefully will forever dream of: a slice of the most irresistible vegan Victoria Sponge cake I have ever tasted or encountered. Seriously: I don't know how people bake vegan goods that taste better than the real thing! I seriously need to up my dairy free baking game because I long to re-create this somehow.
Overall I couldn't praise the Tea Parlour enough, and if you are already in the North West it's a must-do-treat. Otherwise, if you happen to be visiting Liverpool I'd most certainly pop it on any things-to-do list as well as taking in the shops at Liverpool One, visiting the nearby Albert Dock, the Empire, or any number of Liverpool's countless attractions.
Afternoon tea at Tea Parlour works out at about £20 per person (£23 for a vegan menu) which is really very reasonable. For more information about Tea Parlour click here.
Where are your favourite afternoon tea spots? I'd love to know!