Tucked away in the hustle and bustle of what I would call one of Liverpool’s busiest and craziest streets – Matthew Street – sits The Tea Parlour. Nothing fancy or flamboyant from the outside, just a little sign, a bicycles with a basket filled with flowers, and a hand written A Board to sign post the place.
Upon entering, you go up a flight of stairs, and then turn into the upper level which opens out to what I’d describe as one of the cutest and cosy tea rooms interiors I’ve visited. It’s an oasis of serenity and calm, with its potted plants, vintage wooden floor and upright piano giving it an eerie yet whimsical look.
The walls are adorned with vintage and retro inspired photographs and posters from older era’s, and the soundtrack playing lightly in the background was potentially from the 1940s or 1950s. It was incredibly laid back, and it’s more than fair to say you couldn’t feel further from Mathew Street if you were … well, much further away from Mathew Street!
I went just before Halloween, so the place was decorated with cobwebs and all kinds of Halloween embellishments which gave the place more of a mystical look and feel.
Lets face it – the main thing you want to hear about is the food. I went for the Traditional Afternoon Tea, with English Breakfast Tea, which came served in glass tea pots kept warm by candlelight situated across the table. The staff were incredibly attentive, topping up the teapots with hot water and tea every 20 minutes or so, so we always had the hot tea to hand.
We had all pre-booked our preference of Afternoon Tea because there was around 10 of us, which was handy because there is actually a range of Afternoon Tea’s you can select. I went for Traditional as I usually prefer a good old classic three tier lunch: sandwiches, scones, cakes. However, when I saw my friend tuck into the Gentlemen’s Afternoon Tea (Proper Gents Tea), made up of a full size pork pie, scotch egg, sandwiches, cheese and crackers, I did get a tad jealous as it looked insanely good!
If you’re heading for Afternoon Tea with a bloke… this is the one for him!
So, here’s what came with the Tradition Afternoon Tea, although other options included the Bride-to-Be Afternoon Tea, Vegetarian, Mother-to-Be, Vegan, Children’s and themed specialties (Christmas and Halloween):
Tea: Choose a pot from the personally selected house teas
Sandwiches: Served on buttered white & brown bread, Free range egg salad & watercress, Cheshire cheddar & chutney (v), Cucumber & mint cream cheese (v), Roast ham & homemade cumberland sauce
Sweets: Plain & fruit scones with clotted cream & preserves, Homemade cakes & pastries
Fresh fruit tartlet
One thing I’ll state is that the size of the cakes were huge! Such generous portion sizes, oh and I’m also forgetting that the tea came with a mini quiche too.
Overall, I couldn’t fault it. The scones did get brought out to the tables as a whole in a basket after I’d made my way through the cakes which I would say was one negative, as I usually like to nibble my way through these first. But I think this may have been done due to the sheer volume of us and how to work the table.
Prices range from £20-£25 roughly, depending on any add-on’s or additions.
We were there for a hen party, so we played some fun hen party and bride-to-be games around the table, before venturing into Liverpool for some post-afternoon tea cocktails.
A very cool place to visit for an event, or a one-to-one girly catch up with copious amount of cakes!