I came across Cardamon Tea shop whilst looking online for somewhere to take my 9 year old for afternoon tea, and had to book when I saw the wizard theme as she is Harry Potter mad! I kept it a secret and when we entered the shop and she saw the food her little face lit up and she was smiling throughout the whole visit. There is lots of attention to detail, and the food was very tasty. It is also very good value as we struggled to get through all of the food. We had lots of fun taking pictures with the props and in the cupboard under the stairs which has been done up to look just like the one from the film. The shop is charming with all the little touches, and the staff were very friendly. We will definitely be returning.
I took my daughter for a wonderful experience at this venue. The food was delicious and very fresh even though the place was fully booked. The staff were so accommodating and were quick to serve. The owners certainly make this an experience to remember and I particularly loved the onion soup. I will certainly book another themed tea (although for me it was more than enough for lunch – In fact I took the remainder home for later. Bring on the Alice in Christmasland.
It was the first visit for me and my friend today for the Harry Potter inspired afternoon tea and we will definitely be back.
We received a warm welcome with very efficient service. The attention to detail with all the props was fantastic and made for an extra special experience.
There was a very good selection of sandwiches, cakes and treats including the infamous chocolate frogs and it was all very tasty.
The owner was also very accommodating as my friend is a vegetarian and a special box of sandwiches were brought out for her separately as well. There was also a fantastic selection of tea’s rather than just the usual breakfast tea which also tasted lovely.
If you’re looking for a truly magical afternoon tea experience you definitely can’t go wrong with the beautiful quirky shop. Already looking forward to my next visit.
Went to the Cardamom Tea Lounge & Shop for their Harry Potter afternoon tea. It was tricky to get through to make the booking because the themed tea was so popular but I persevered and I am so glad I did. The cakes were delicious and the attention to detail was just incredible. Staff were very attentive topping up our teas, making sure we had everything and everything was ok with the food. It’s a tiny little venue so it is quite cosy but I would go back again, looking forward to seeing what the future themes are!
Amazing little tea shop. Their Harry Potter themed tea was amazing! I would love to try the rest of the menu. Everything was carefully thought about and wonderfully prepared. 10/10
Valerie Rose Kiley
went for the Halloween afternoon tea, it was truly magical and so much lovely food! such imagination with the ghost scones, brownie graves and a bowl of eyeballs to name but a few. the general Alice in wonderland themed of the whole place is beautiful, it could easily have been overdone but they’ve got it just right, I kept noticing little things the whole time I was there. I would definitely recommend this tea lounge and already looking forward to going back 😊
Brilliant place, I took my two girls here today for the haunted mansion kids brunch and both my girls loved it. Great idea for children and food was lovely. We will be back for more 👍🏻
We’ve just returned from afternoon tea with Belle and Beast, we had a wonderful afternoon the food was incredible and my little girl can’t stop talking about dancing with Belle! Thank you so much for a wonderful afternoon! We will definitely be back!!
Dawn Louise Anderson
we had a baby shower here. Izabela was amazing from start to finish as was the afternoon tea. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend and can’t wait to return.
Visited here today for their Queen of Hearts afternoon tea! It was absolutely amazing with lovely sandwiches and cakes and we finished off with chocolate scones! Scrumptious!
My two daughters and I had the Silly Old Bears Afternoon Tea. It was really lovely. The selection of food was fantastic. The attention to detail of the Winnie the Pooh theme was awesome. My favourite was the little plant pot growing your own carrot with cake soil and a mousse underneath it tasted amazing. Can’t imagine how much time it took to prepare everything but it was all so good. Catered for vegetarians no problem. Will definitely be going again next month for the Beauty and the Beast theme.
Left feeling very full.
Had a lovely lunch with my 4 year old yesterday. We prebooked the pirate lunch and he absolutely loved it! His face when the tray came out was a picture. He loved that he kept on discovering little treats everywhere. The owner was very friendly and accommodating- what a great little hideaway on a rainy day. Will definitely be going back.
An absolutely fantastic experience today enjoying the Silly Old Bear tea.
Beautifully presented and the food was divine.
What a lovely little gem of a place – our first visit and our 2 kids (aged 6 and 2)
both loved the Charlie & the Chocolate factory afternoon tea.
Will be our first visit of many!!
Beautiful tea room! Nice to go somewhere a bit different and had the loveliest scones iv ever had!
Will definitely be going again soon!
Came here today for the 1st time with my daughter and her friend and loved it.
Place is beautiful and food was lovely, both girls had a unicorn freakshake after there lunch which were huge and we’re allowed to put what they couldn’t finish of them into takeaway cups when we left.
Fantastic customer service, will definatly be back.
Third time going here and have had yet to be disappointed. The afternoon tea options are much more creative and tasty than anywhere I’ve been before. Far from the usual bog standard afternoon tea also with the cutest versions for children too. I would highly recommend afternoon teas and the regular menu, also booking in advance to avoid disappointment.
I have ventured to the tea rooms over a handful of times now. Most recently for a birthday booking. The attention to detail, quirkiness to the venue and food combinations are awesome. Afternoon tea menus have copious amounts and are very filling and fresh.
They really go the extra mile to make everything look attractive and super tasty :-
I’ve been here twice now and would highly recommend it as a great place to come with friends and family for a chat and delicious food and drinks in a quirky little tearoom. I am a big fan of Alice in Wonderland so love the decor, there’s plenty to look at! The service is fast and with a smile and the tea lounge is child friendly too. I had a tea cake and a delicious hot chocolate but I could see some amazing looking afternoon teas being enjoyed all around me. Will definitely be back soon.
“I booked afternoon tea for 12 people for my best friend’s hen party and was so impressed with the service we received. Izabela was extremely helpful with various e-mails back and forth and we were not the easiest group to cater for due to various dietary requirements, but Izabela accommodated us all and went above and beyond to make sure everyone had substitutions where possible and plenty of food. On the day everything was well organised & the staff were very attentive. I had expected some confusion bringing out the various individual afternoon teas, but that was not the case at all. Everyone commented on how nice it was and there was a lovely selection including sandwiches (very fresh), a scone, two different cakes, biscuits, jam tart, fresh fruit and a couple of sweets. The atmosphere is quirky & cosy. Thank you very much Izabela (& team).”
“We read the menu at 11.50am & decided we’d come back for lunch & a shake after shopping. Our expectations were seriously met! 💜 best shakes in town!
Worth the wait & the price. Just gorgeous.”
“This is our 5th time to Cardamon tea rooms.
We’ve been for kid theme afternoon teas which are so imaginative and quirky and always tasty and also the grown up versions have also been amazing and super filling.
The tea rooms are a hidden gem and allows minds to wander and explore.
K-j A-s Keeley Swords
“We had a fantastic time today celebrating my daughters 7th birthday with a lovely afternoon tea. Was so nice to give them a healthy and delicious lunch that they were all excited about, from the teapot and flower sandwiches to the cute bottles of squash this place is a hidden gem! It was hard to keep them in their seats as so much for the girls to look at…everything Alice and wonderland themed and so quaint! I couldn’t recommend highly enough, service was fantastic and staff went the extra mile to make it special. Love loved loved it! Thank you Izabela and staff at cardamon tea shop”
“Took my daughter here today for the Alice in Wonderland themed tea. Oh my goodness, what a gorgeous, special place I feel I’ve discovered. After walking up a busy street full of traffic I opened the door into a beautiful oasis of loveliness, it’s really quite magical, full of tea and Alice themed trinkets. The staff are so, so lovely and friendly. Food is yummy, I had a delicious toasted sandwich and some Assam tea while my 6 year old daughter had the Alice themed tea. She sat very quiet for the first 10 minutes, I think a bit in shock at this lovely place and everything in it. We will definitely be back!!!”
“Amazing little tea shop with lovely staff and scrummy Alice in wonderland afternoon tea. My boys (9 & 11) thoroughly enjoyed their first experience of afternoon tea. Thank you.”
“Stumbled upon this place and fell in love. The tea selection is phenomenal . Try Russian Caravan delicious smokey flavour. Afternoon tea simply lovely. The place is undeniably delightful. The attention to detail really is amazing (light fittings made from teapots). The honey cake is so light the calories will never count! Booked a tea party for my 7 yr old and can’t wait! The owner is incredibly helpful and provides a chit chat and brief histories of the teas. Please give this place a try.”
It was amazing the staff are incredible and so friendly and it is the perfect spot to just relax and read a book with a nice cup of tea. Totally recommend and they have over 30 different tea and their afternoon tea is under £17.
What a gem of a tea shop! So much attention to detail, a wonderful menu, fabulous food and brilliant service. We went with our 3 year old daughter and she was thrilled to find a cute little childrens table and secret play area under the stairs! The food and drinks were lovely and very reasonably priced, we can’t wait to go back.
We loved this place so much that I think it will become our new favourite! Lovely place, lovely staff and all in all amazing experience and yummy cakes. My little girl enjoyed playing and sitting on the little people table! Great idea, I will make sure we come to one of your Sunday kids parties.
Fabulous. Fresh, healthy light brunches and a huge selection of teas. Homemade sweet treats. All served with thought and care. Really lovely. Thank you. See you soon!
Mina Angelina Fernandez
Absolutely amazing afternoon tea. So much yummy food. Sandwiches were wonderful and all Alice in wonderland themed. Thank you so much.
It was a delightful experience great friendly staff, huge variety of teas to choose from. Feels like you are in someone’s sitting room. Do go it’s worth a visit.
Such a cute place to pop by for lunch or snack, lovely fresh fruit and veg smoothies too! Definitely worth a try x
Amazing place for tea break with your friends or on your own. Lovely atmosphere and friendly staff. Wide choice of tea and tasty ,homemade cakes. Beautiful interior design and what is more they an awesome space for kids to play. Highly recommended A*****
A lovely independent addition to Colchester with a well thought out menu. The choice of juices is excellent. Good luck.
Lovely Tea Shop and staff, I love the theme, the choice of teas and food was brilliant and nothing was too much trouble. Thank you for a nice afternoon tea with the family, Claire loved her cake! Will be back again soon.
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