“I’ve always loved tea . . . never drunk a drop of coffee in my life. My husband’s English as well, so we keep the tea tradition alive at home,” says British-born Selina Stockley, owner of Shakespeare’s Corner Shoppe.
This welcoming tearoom and gift shop beckons visitors to settle in for a cozy chat over a cup of English tea. All recipes are traditionally English as well, with many ingredients imported directly from Britain. In addition to the afternoon-tea menu ($21.95 per person), there are reservation-only vegetarian, gluten-free, and sugar-free menus, as well as a children’s tea for $11.95 and a cream tea for $8.95. Oftentimes, the tearoom serves 100 guests per week, so it is best to call ahead. It is open seven days a week and serves tea on a charming outdoor deck. Reservations are required.
For tea, the shop offers a raisin scone, but a sideline of 10 different flavors of scones is available for customers, who can also buy them frozen raw. Afternoon tea includes assorted finger sandwiches, like cucumber and chicken curry salad, a fresh-baked sausage roll with Branston Pickle, a scone with double Devon cream and jam, a cake medley and biscuits [cookies], fruit, and a pot of tea. Selina blends some of the tea selections, such as the Mary Queen of Scots, a mix of decaffeinated English Breakfast, rooibos, lemongrass, and lavender. The tearoom also caters for groups of up to 35 people.