No matter where we go in the world, tea is always on our mind. In our Des-tea-nations blog we’ll bring you the tea experiences worth travelling for. 

Part 1 of Des-tea-nations UK focused on London and Part 2 looked at tea experiences outside of the capital. In our final part, we’re sharing our favourite unique tea rooms around the UK.

Mackintosh at the Willow, Glasgow

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After an extensive renovation project the Willow Tea Rooms has been brought back to its former glory. The original 1903 Willow Tea Rooms were designed entirely by Mackintosh and is one of the finest examples in the world of a complete Art Nouveau scheme. 

Bettys, Harrogate, Yorkshire

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Celebrating their centenary this year, Bettys is a Yorkshire institution. The original location in Harrogate is a beautiful place to while away an afternoon’s tea drinking and cake eating. They also have 5 other locations around Yorkshire.

Carriages Tea Room, Bellingham, Northumberland

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Tea on-board a vintage train carriage! 1957 Mark 1 Carriages to be exact, which have been lovingly restored to their former glory by volunteers. A fabulously unique tea experience awaits.

This Is Leaf, Liverpool and Manchester

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Love tea? Love music? This Is Leaf is the place to be. A creative space to hang out and discover great music whilst sipping on a loose leaf.

Rachael’s Secret Tea Room, somewhere in Derbyshire

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How about a bit of intrigue with your tea? Held in a private home, the address is only revealed after booking. As well as a range of artisan loose leaf teas and treats, you can also book crafty and bakery sessions at this little secret.

Edwardian Tea Rooms, Birmingham

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The ‘most stylish museum cafe in the universe’ according to Bill Bryson. The Edwardian Tea Rooms at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery even have a ‘press for champagne’ button for when you’re feeling little louche!

Mrs Knotts tea room at South Foreland Lighthouse, Dover

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Tea in a lighthouse. With a 50s retro vibe. And vintage wallpaper and teacups. What’s not to love? Take a bracing stroll along the cliffs, then relax with a cuppa and slice of cake whilst Vera Lynn plays on the vintage record player.

The Regency Tea Room, Bath

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Tea with Mr Darcy! Ok, it’s a portrait of Colin Firth hanging on the wall, but a girl can dream… Based at the Jane Austin Centre in Bath, you can sip on fine loose leaf tea served by staff dressed in full regency regalia. 

We’d love to hear about your favourite tea rooms and what makes them special!


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