This delightful, family-run tearoom is set back from the bustle of Nottingham’s busy Low Pavement. Accessed through a narrow alley that opens up into a lovely secluded courtyard, Thea Caffea offers a tranquil retreat from the city centre. Deceptively large inside, and with garden seating outside, this is a spacious but pleasantly laid-out café.
With full waitress service, this friendly and welcoming place offers a range of cakes, bakes and light lunches as well as an extensive range of beautiful loose-leaf teas, all served in pretty vintage china. With traditional music and a light and airy interior, you feel as if you have taken a few steps back in time to another era.
The menus vary and feature a range of daily or weekly specials, including breakfast bakes such as English muffins and Lincolnshire plum bread, brunch such as eggs benedict or a traditional bacon roll, and a range of light lunches with platters, soups and open sandwiches. You can also order a classic cream tea, and vintage teas are served from 2.30pm.
When we visited we tried the salmon and broccoli tart from the specials board, which was excellent, and the Thea Caffea rarebit with tomato chutney. This unctuous, rich and delicious dish set us up for the day! The “tea of the month” – a jasmine pearl green tea – was fragrant and refreshing.
Thea Caffea ticks all the traditional tearoom boxes: quintessentially English and a perfect spot for time out from shopping or for a catch-up with friends.
By Abby Brennan, Nottinghamshire editor
Photos: Thea Caffea