Aside from the impressive guest list and décor, it’s the delicious and beautifully plated menu items that continue to please all patrons. Afternoon tea fare of scones, tea sandwiches, and pastries are served on a three-tiered tray that holds matching turquoise plates. Rich whipped cream and strawberry jam accompany the scones.
Loose-leaf tea is served from gleaming silver pots that don paper labels indicating the choice of tea, which are all Babington’s signature blends. There is a gift shop at the tearoom entrance, where the branded teas and accoutrements can be purchased. In honor of its quasquicentennial, Babington’s offers a limited-edition commemorative tea as well as a variety of anniversary-themed tea accessories.
For 125 years, Babington’s has endured and enchanted, always retaining its own brand of elegance and taste—an English tearoom with Italian flare.
Visit Babington’s at Piazza di Spagna, 23, 00187 Rome, Italy. For more information, go to babingtons.com, or ring +39 06 6786027.
Barbara Gulley, and her daughter, Rachel, operate Barb’s Tea Service, a Michigan-based tea education business. They visited Babington’s on a recent trip to Italy.