Leadenham Teahouse, Leadenham
Once you enter the Leadenham Teahouse you’ll find yourself transported back to the 1940s, with charming swing music, endearing bunting, delicate flowers on the wooden tables and a rustic atmosphere.
Upon arrival my guest and I were warmly received by lovely staff and shown their extensive selection of sandwiches, freshly prepared that morning, alongside a menu of hot drinks written appealingly on a chalkboard.
I was impressed by the exciting range of drinks available. There are over 40 teas to choose from, with Stokes of Lincoln among the suppliers of tea and coffee. The Teahouse prides itself on the number of teas available and the attention to service they offer. After a lot of deliberation we finally settled on a caramel latte and a vanilla latte.
We received our hot drinks shortly after sitting down – presented professionally, they looked just as appealing as the beautiful surroundings of the Teahouse, decorated to a pastel colour scheme and with art works hung on the wall.
Despite it being a quiet afternoon with people returning to their hardworking realities after the summer holidays, you could tell Leadenham Teahouse is a popular and well received addition to the area.
They proudly display their amazing achievement of being finalists in the Best Tearoom/Coffee Shop category of the Taste of Excellence Awards 2016. Feeling quite hungry on arrival I was happy to see the sandwiches already prepared waiting to be toasted. I selected the goats’ cheese and pepper toastie and my guest the French brie and cranberry toastie and we were informed that the bread used was freshly delivered and organic from the award-winning bakeries Hambleton Bakery (who also supply tasty patisserie tarts) and The Welbeck Bakehouse. The high quality was clearly highlighted through the food’s presentation and amazing taste. Both toasties were fully stuffed with our chosen fillings on a bed of fresh salad and looked delightful.
Despite being so full, the cakes on offer were too tempting to ignore. After asking for guidance, we were told the carrot cake with cream cheese frosting and the Belgian chocolate brownie were particularly delicious. The cake display is another feature that really sets the Teahouse apart. I took their advice and treated myself to the cake, shared half the brownie with my guest whilst she had a slice of raspberry and white chocolate cake. Compared to the light and fluffy cakes the brownie was rich and indulgent but just as incredible. Before we left we had a nosy in the gift shop and were greeted by amazing smelling candles, flowers and a range of products from independent stockists such as Sophie Allport – a perfect addition to the wonderful, charming and brilliantly staffed tearoom.