With its distinctive cultural heritage as the home of pottery, the Potteries offer an abundance of places to take tea using authentic locally-made pottery. Inspired by my weekend of pottery-based past-times I’ve rounded up my favourite places to take tea in Staffordshire.
Down the Rabbit Hole, Stoke
Packed to the brim with quirky features, this beautiful tea room takes on a mad hatter theme with a strong local element. You can read all about what I got up to during my visit there here and be sure to check out their fun-filled themed events! Piled high with beautiful cakes and mouth-watering sandwiches, this is the perfect place to pop to and sits close to the train station for those visiting from outside of the area.
The Wedgwood Tea Conservatory
Based in the world-famous Wedgwood factory, this swanky tea room offers a wide selection of treats to sample on some of the best pottery you will find. Indulge in a tasty finger sandwich collection or go the whole hog and enjoy a full afternoon tea (for a £25 price tag) and you won’t be disappointed.
The Church Tea Rooms, Hanley
Sat on the outskirts of Hanley City Centre, The Church Bar & Restaurant doubles up as an absolutely heavenly afternoon tea destination. Enjoy your tiered temptation with endless teas and watch as the dessert cart is wheeled out for your choice of mouth-watering cakes of which you will get a hefty slice. Don’t worry though, if that last piece of cake is too much for you, you can always take it to-go! Coming in at around the £11 mark, it is an absolute bargain for the price you pay.
The Trentham Estate offers an abundance of quirky shops and eateries. One of these is the charming tearoom of Capabilitea, named after the famous landscape architect Lancelot Capability Brown and offering all sorts of hand-made sweet treats to enjoy alongside an abundant tea selection and a whole host of other drinks to enjoy. Aiming to source as much as possible of its produce from a 65-mile radius, this lovely place is perfect for enjoying the local speciality of North Staffordshire Oatcakes too!
The Italian Garden Tea Room, Trentham
Another gem nestled on the beautiful Trentham Estate, this is the perfect place to enjoy a good pot of tea and a giant scone. Take a seat on the lovely terrace and admire the view during the summer or take it in through the large windows as you take tea inside the cosy interiors during colder months.
The Emma Bridgewater Café & Garden
Serving up a spectacular afternoon tea for just £12.50, the Emma Bridgewater Café is one of my favourite places to enjoy a good cuppa using pottery made right there in the factory itself. Perfect for polka-dot enthusiasts, the factory also has an absolutely beautiful walled garden to enjoy which is home to some giant (and rather impressive) chickens during the warmer months.
And just a little further afield…
The Roaches Tea Rooms
Overlooking the glorious Roaches and the Peak District National Park, there really is no better place to head to after a stroll in this fantastic area than this tiny tea room set in the middle of it all, just remember to take your muddy boots off before you head in!
Looking for more local inspiration? Take a look at my collection of Midlands trips and tidbits or top 5 things to do in Stoke on Trent for more and be sure to check back here soon for more of my adventures.