Kettering is roughly equidistant between the Welsh border to the west and the East Anglian coast to the east, which makes it a great place to relocate to for easy access to prime centres such as Northampton and Leicester, as well as being close to major routes running north and south. Its central location also makes Kettering about as English as it’s possible to be.
No wonder then, that the town and surrounding area has more than its fair share of traditional English tea rooms, some of which are award-winning. Vintage tea rooms have soared in popularity in recent years, and with so much individuality (and, let’s face it, cake) on offer, they make a great venue for a celebratory house move, a get-together with friends, or even a birthday party.
Kettering letting agents Ashan Property take you on a quick tour of six of the quaintest and quirkiest tea rooms in the area, so you can treat yourself after our experts have found you the ideal property to rent.
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Located on Gold Street in the town centre, a trip to Vintage Fleur is like a step back into the past. The tearoom is furnished with a highly eclectic range of multi-coloured, hand painted tables and chairs, while the menu is a traditional selection of cakes, sandwiches, teas and coffees, all presented on a selection of vintage crockery. The building is also home to a gift shop and, as well as the public tearoom, there is also a private Tea Lounge for hire during the day or evenings, ideal for group celebrations. Vintage Fleur is open Monday to Saturday, 9.30am to 5pm.
The Woodford Mill Tearooms
The Woodford Mill Tearooms are located about 5 miles to the south east of Kettering, in the charming village of Ringstead. The tearooms themselves sit on the River Nene and were once a working watermill, so make a great place to go for some downtime. Inside the spacious tearooms are original exposed stone walls and plenty of oak beams. The menu features a range of sandwiches, toasties, paninis, jacket potatoes and daily specials. Afternoon tea options are available by prior arrangement (please phone to order) such as Celebration Afternoon Tea which includes champagne. A good variety of teas, coffees and soft drinks are on offer, and there is a function room which can be hired for wedding receptions or other events. The Woodford Mill Tearooms are open every day until 4pm.
Located to the north east of Kettering, in the pretty village of Weekly, Jessica’s Teashop occupies a picturesque former Post Office.
As well as popping in for cake and tea, you can also try a range of hot meals and desserts, including a daily cooked breakfast and a roast Sunday lunch. High Teas can be arranged in advance for couples or groups, making a great alternative destination for birthday parties, anniversaries or other celebrations. You can even add Prosecco to the occasion if you wish, or choose from a range of other alcoholic drinks including wine and beer. Jessica’s is open every day to 4pm, except Wednesday.
The Old Forge Cranford
The Old Forge in the village of Cranford is just a mile or two east of Kettering and is another picture postcard tearoom. It was also a finalist in the Northamptonshire Food and Drink Awards in 2011/12 in the “Local Food Hero” category. With original stonework and beams, the interior is surprisingly light and bright thanks to the two huge arched windows at the front of the building. There is also plenty of outdoor seating at the back of the property. Afternoon teas can be arranged in advance for groups between 14-30 people. There is a good range of drinks on offer including milkshakes, fruit juice and “posh pops” (e.g. dandelion and burdock) along with a variety of cakes and hot desserts, including many gluten free options. The Old Forge is open Monday to Saturday 10am to 3.30pm, all year round, with Sunday opening during the summer.
The Warkton Pantry
This family run tea room / takeaway can be found in the village of Warkton, just to the east of Kettering. It is small but perfectly formed, with additional outside seating in summer. It provides a good range of freshly baked savouries, as well as sandwiches, rolls and homemade jams and chutneys, plus cake and ice cream. Hampers and lunch platters can also be ordered, which are perfect for a picnic in the surrounding countryside. The pantry is open from 9am and has varying closing times – 2pm on Tuesdays and Wednesday, 4pm on Thursdays and Fridays, and 3pm on Saturdays (please call 07542 607719 to avoid disappointment).
The Blitz Tea Room and Jazz Lounge
With a 1940’s wartime theme, The Blitz Tea Room has to be our hands down winner for the title of “Quirkiest Tearoom in Kettering”. In fact, they have won an award for “Top tea room in the UK” as part of “The best of” awards in 2014. The tearoom decor features a range of 1940’s furniture, objects and memorabilia, along with a liberal amount of patriotic bunting. Music from the era is played in the background and all staff wear 40’s uniform. The 40’s theme is extended to the menu, which features The Vera Lynn Afternoon Tea (‘We’ll eat again’) and the Churchill Afternoon Tea (‘Never have so many sandwiches been eaten by so few’). There is a good selection of sandwiches and hot dishes such as omelettes and jacket potatoes, and a truly impressive range of speciality teas. The Blitz is located in the town centre on Sheep Street, and is open every day except Sunday, until 4.30pm, plus some Friday and Saturday evenings for Jazz events or themed nights, which have previously included “‘Allo ‘Allo” and “Dad’s Army”. Private events and parties can also be arranged.
With so much character on offer in Kettering, it could be worth moving here just for that!
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