Guest review by Tia
Hidden out of the way on Wentworth Street (located on the previous premises for Misaki Japanese Noodle bar), is Margarets Tea Room, a charming little tearoom-come bistro. In the interests of discovering a new independent eating establishment, I took a cake-eating friend along for morning tea and cakes.
Inside, Margarets Tea Room has been tastefully decorated in floral wallpaper with flock carpet and banqueting style tables and chairs plus two very quirky mini-chandeliers, one almost lowered to shoulder height. Each table was well presented with silver cutlery and a bone china teacup and saucer centrepiece. I was half expecting to see a candle in them, for some reason they seemed a bit lost in the middle of the table not really serving a purpose.
The rest of the room was decorated with family pictures and possessions, giving it a slightly homely feel. Definitely a place aimed at the female tea drinking market.
We were quickly seated and asked for our drinks order. I choose a Jasmine tea and my friend chose a peppermint tea. Both teas came in their own teapot and tea-strainer. We were advised by the waitress to ‘not forget to use the tea strainers, as most people did forget’ probably resulting in a cup full of tea leaves.
We were disappointed that the cup and saucer we were given to use was not fine bone china but just a rather plain and functional ivory set.
The Margarets Tea Room menu covers a big selection of teas, hot drinks like hot chocolate, lattes, cappuccinos etc. There was also a breakfast menu along with a lunch and afternoon tea selection. I was delighted to see that they catered for children as well with small portions and especially designed set menus. Although I am not sure how smaller children would fare in such grown up lavish surroundings.
There was small selection of cakes on the menu, and we went for a slice of the Carrot and Victoria Sponge.
While we were waiting, I could see into the small part of the kitchen where a chef was preparing some scones for baking – the menu boasted ‘home-made’ so it was nice to see scones baked on premises. Our cakes were a generous sized slice, tasted very yummy and was priced at £1.90 each. The teas were lovely too, very fragrant and there was enough for at least 2 and a half cups per person.
Our total bill come to around £9.00 which is on the pricey side for a tea and slice of cake for two, but I would not be adversed to returning occasionally as a treat. Definitely more than just a tearoom based on the extensive menu.
Well worth a visit if you are in that part of town for a quick bite and it’s always good to support small independent businesses in Peterborough.