Please note: this is a review for a visit I made to this place a few years ago. It was before I started getting into tea and sadly I haven’t been back since. I went with two of my girlfriends and we had the full afternoon tea. It was wonderful. I had never drank loose tea before, let alone use a teapot and strainer, so it was an experience for me. I wish I remember what tea I drank. The scones, cakes, and finger sandwiches were delicious. I was introduced to clotted cream, Branson’s Pickle, and cucumber sandwiches. The downside was the wait time for a table – they don’t take reservations (or they didn’t then). And it’s not very big so it was a tight squeeze, even though we were only three people. Overall it was a great experience and I must find an excuse to go back.
I don’t think it’s a stretch to call this chain Starbucks for tea, except that it’s not nearly as ubiquitous. They have a good variety of teas and their specialty drinks are worth checking out. Unlike Starbucks they provide a few kinds of non-dairy milks. I’ve gone out of my way to find an Argo Tea just to get a decent cup of tea. They also have a rewards program so it’s worth it to sign up if you are often nearby.