Located in the treasure trove of independent shops and cafés that make up Leek’s restored 19th century Getliffe’s Yard, Tea-Cake is more than a tearoom. Run by mother and daughter Sue and Amy Clarke, it serves mouthwatering homemade cakes, sandwiches, teas and coffees but also sells gifts and homeware made by local designers, including beautifully decorated fine bone china made by ceramic designer Amy.
Located over two floors, you reach the glass-roofed upper floor via a white-painted, iron staircase. On the walls you’ll see some of Amy’s designs. Her boldly-patterned china is a fitting partner to fine cakes and scones made by former cookery teacher Sue. Choices might include a classic Victoria sponge, carrot cake, coconut and lime cake, almond slice or gluten- and dairy-free brownies.
Tea-Cake’s cream teas come highly recommended too, with either plain, fruit or gluten-free scones and plenty of butter, jam and clotted cream. There are also breakfast and lunch menus featuring toast, teacakes, crumpets and a good choice of generously filled sandwiches, including traditional favourites like salmon and cucumber or egg mayonnaise and cress.
At the time of writing, Tea-Cake is open Tuesday-Saturday, 10.30-4.30pm and also the first Sunday of the month (until 3pm) to coincide with the Leek’s Sunday Supplement event for independent food and craft businesses.
By Lynne Barnsley, Staffordshire editor