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The Constance Wallace Tea Shop…

20 Mar

So, yesterday my sister Steph took me, my Mom and my Great-Aunt out for lunch as a belated Mother’s Day present. I asked if we could go to the Constance Wallace Tea Shop as I was desperate go and sit in and try their food. Luke and I had hired a HUGE amount of vintage china from them for our summer wedding party last August (more about that after the food…) and I’d fallen in love with their cute little shop, but so far I hadn’t had the chance to eat there.

The shop is tucked away in Barnt Green Village amongst the other shops, and looks amazingly inviting from the outside…

The Tea Shop - 91 Hewell Road, Barnt Green, B45 8NL

The Tea Shop – 91 Hewell Road, Barnt Green, B45 8NL

It can be quite difficult to park sometimes, but it’s well worth a short walk from anywhere you can find a parking spot. It’s also very close to Barnt Green train station so is nice and easy to get to by public transport too.

Inside, the shop is even more beautiful, and has been so lovingly decorated with vintage china, bunting, birdcages and the like. They’ve also got lots of lovely, desirable things for sale, as well as china and party decorations for hire. If you can think of it, I’m pretty sure they have it there…

...there's seating by the cosy fireplace...

…there’s seating by the cosy fireplace…

...the lovely ladies who served us working away behind the till...

…the lovely ladies who served us working away behind the till…

...walls of beautiful china...

…walls of beautiful china…

We walked in to find the shop busy and were pretty lucky to find a table for the four of us (I would highly recommend booking a table, especially if you plan to visit at lunchtime), but the ladies in there couldn’t have been more welcoming. We had menus as soon as we sat down and were served in double-quick time.

...Mom was very happy to be there...

…Mom was very happy to be there…

...Steph enjoying her Earl Grey (and wearing a Gryffindor scarf even though she's a Hufflepuff!)...

…Steph enjoying her Earl Grey (and wearing a Gryffindor scarf even though she’s a Hufflepuff!)…

...me and my sister being dubious of Mom's photography skills...

…me and my sister being dubious of Mom’s photography skills…

It took me a while to decide what I wanted…no, that’s a complete lie. I knew exactly what I wanted before I went in. I wanted afternoon tea (£14.95pp) but I took my time committing to it as everyone else was being “good” and just ordering toasted sandwiches and tea. In the end I gave in to myself, announced that I was eating for two and ordered exactly what I wanted. Huzzah!

I had to smile when the teapot and teacups were brought to the table as I got the teapot – so I could be “Mother” – and a pretty pink patterned teacup because I “might be having a girl”…lending yet more cosmic weight to my feeling that our bubs is a girl

...pretty teacup and cute teaspoon...

…pretty teacup and cute teaspoon…

…and then the food arrived…

…and OH MY GOODNESS was it good…

...my afternoon tea in all its glory...

…my afternoon tea in all its glory…

...and in close up...

…and in close up…

…knowing that I was pregnant, the waitresses did everything they could to make sure my lunch was suitable for me. Normally the selection of sandwiches includes brie (which I can’t have) and smoked salmon (which I wasn’t sure I could have) so they took it away and it came back instead with extras of the things I could eat. I had cheese and cucumber, ham, beef and caramelised onion marmalade, and egg mayonnaise, all of which were delicious, and all accompanied with salad, crisps and a pot of coleslaw. 

A really lovely touch was that I got two plates, so when I’d covered one in coleslaw and mayo I had a clean one hiding underneath for the cakes…

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Moving up a level were two lovely warm scones with mini pots of jam and cream. At first I was convinced that there wouldn’t be enough of either for two scones (greedy cow that I am)…

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…but the portion size was perfect…

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…and finally on the top layer I had a mini éclair (lovely), an orange cupcake (which I gave to Steph as I’m not a fan of orange flavoured things…but she LOVED it), a blueberry and cream meringue (delicious) and fruit kebabs (very refreshing after lots of cake and cream…they were KEBABULOUS!)

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My food was so good that I honestly didn’t care what anyone else was eating, but they all said that their ham, cheese and tomato toasties were fabulous. Made with lovely bread, they came with a huge portion of salad and my Aunt said that it was the best sandwich she’d had in a long time. High praise indeed…

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As a pregnant lady, I obviously have to visit the toilets in EVERY establishment that I visit, and even that was a joy. The washroom was gorgeously decorated, with a beautiful feature wall made of hundreds of pieces of broken crockery, and there were some really thoughtful little touches to make it just a special as the tearoom itself…

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When it came time for us to leave the ladies at the tea shop wished me all the best with my pregnancy and encouraged us to come back soon…and to bring the baby too when he or she arrives. It was lovely to be made to feel so welcome and I absolutely cannot wait to go back again. It’ll be lovely to be able to visit a baby-friendly teashop with my little one, but I’m pretty sure I’ll find a good reason to go back there even sooner than that.

Thank you to the ladies of the teashop for a warm welcome, fabulous service and fantastic food…and thank you to my lovely little sister for a wonderful lunch!


ADDITIONAL – CHINA HIRE

I can HIGHLY recommend not only The Tea Shop, but also their Vintage China Hire. They did us proud last year when we hired enough cups, saucers, teapots, coffee pots, milk jugs and sugar bowls (oh…and sugar tongs, tea spoons, cake stands and vintage picnic blankets!) for sixty people…they did us a fantastic deal at VERY VERY short notice and couldn’t have been more helpful.

We had a summer wedding party so that our friends and family could celebrate our marriage in the sunshine. Constance Wallace helped to make our party really special and all our guests commented on how wonderfully the afternoon tea we served was presented. I would definitely hire china and party supplies from them again, and after eating there I would also be VERY keen to use their catering and party planning services too!

 
3 Comments

Posted by on March 20, 2015 in Days Out, Food, Places, Reviews

 

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3 responses to “The Constance Wallace Tea Shop…

  1. Emma Cooke

    May 6, 2015 at 6:22 pm

    Thank you so much for your lovely blog about the tea shop 😊😊😊. It’s my mom’s teashop and she will be so happy when she sees it. Do you mind if I share your blog a our Facebook page ?

     
    • onegirlandacampervan

      May 15, 2015 at 11:26 pm

      Not at all! We had such a lovely time that it was a pleasure to write about it 🙂

      I did tell the ladies that served us that I was going to write a blog post and then completely forgot to send a link to it…I blame my pregnancy-addled brain 🙂

      Thank you for your comment (sorry it’s taken me so long to reply too!!)

       

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