Tea Treasures in the English Countryside

Tea at a cozy tearoom like The Coach House is a treat when shared with friends.
Tea at The Coach House is a treat, especially when shared with friends.

THE COACH HOUSE COFFEE HOUSE
Church Close
New Romney, Kent
+44-1797-364583 ourcoffeeshop.co.uk

About a thousand years ago, New Romney (county Kent) was a seaport steeped in smuggler legends, with fishing fleets moored beside the ancient Norman church tower (boat hooks are still evident). Now the land has been reclaimed from the sea. Instead of wooden boats, the handsome church tower, which adds a little touch of grace to the parishlike landscape, presides over a network of lanes and alleyways. This is where you’ll find The Coach House, an 18th-century barn conversion that houses a cosy, family-run business disguised as a coffee shop but with a remarkable stash of tea. Mum runs the kitchen whilst apron-clad family members serve the locals—eccentric artists mainly, who seem to spend their lives there just sitting at tables, quietly sipping tea and occasionally partaking in a temptation from the display tray of bakes. The moist coffee walnut cake will instantly have you wanting more, as will the sticky-centred chocolate cake—all presented with a perfectly brewed pot of tea. (Try the Red Bush from South Africa.)

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