Miss Mollett’s High Class Tea Room in Appledore, a white-picket-fenced village in county Kent, is a mecca for tea lovers, as it serves the best and most authentic tea in the region. Miss Mollett’s sorbet-pink walls are adorned with interesting tea-related knickknacks and landscapes by local artists. Traditional cottage furniture and hand-embroidered tablecloths have a time-honoured place here, as do mismatched harlequin tea sets already set out on the tables and ready to receive a brew, along with warm honey-butter scones and a selection of moist rich cakes. All are made to look even more extravagant under soft-lit chandeliers. Miss Mollett’s, owned by two sisters who tend to finish one another’s sentences (related to X Factor’s Simon Cowell), is a much-loved social centre for the locals who, judging by the continual flow of customers, evidently cherish it.
It’s peculiar, the tireless optimism that comes of being British—which may be the very resolve that upholds the traditional British tearoom, even with modern Italian-style chains threatening to overtake the market. The sedate ambience of tearooms has changed little since their inception back in the early 1700s and serves as a subtle reminder to perform acts of self-kindness, making the world just a little better. Those are acts of tea, best practiced in these lovely English tearooms.
Cindy-Lou Dale is a professional writer, editor, and photographer based in southeast England.
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