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  • “I had tea with scones, and my friends had their famous cake which looks and taste very delicious.” in 13 reviews

  • “Though some of the other pastries are prettier, the clotted cream and scones are the real treat.” in 4 reviews

  • “Now on the food..I seriously loved jam and cream scones as a kid.” in 4 reviews

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  • 4.0 star rating
    11/5/2014

    I popped in here after swiftly walking away from the £7.50 jacket potato at the kew greenhouse cafe and really glad I did.
    This sweet little tea room opposite Kew Gardens had always been a mystery to me. I had never visited it as I thought it would be one of those places that looked nice from the outside but was a big disappointment. Also after reading the yelp reviews I wasn't wowed by it.
    As I was nearby I popped in, I think me and my boyfriend were the youngest people in here, it wasn't a trendy cafe where you'd see lots of beards, asymmetric  haircuts, high buns and mismatched cutlery, instead it was a warm, cosy little tea room where the staff all wore matching uniforms and you felt like your gran had scooped you up and put you there-it was lovely, warm and inviting.
    Firstly to get the bad points out of the way, the service was incredibly slow but I'll allow this as the place was heaving and i had such a great experience.
    We sat in the garden, it was so nice being surrounded by the hanging baskets and flowers, the outside is only small but a bit nicer then the inside which seemed a bit cramped and stressful.
    We ordered a cheese and leek quiche slice at around £3.75 each and afternoon tea for 1 at £6.95 which we shared. This came with 2 small scones and a pot of tea with extra hot water to refill, you could get about 4 cups of tea each. We had the assam tea which was lovely and I thought the scones were light and fluffy and much better then the ones I had when I visited the Ritz! The quiche was a good size and melted in my mouth, sadly it didn't come with a small salad or anything.
    All in all i will definitely be going back when the sun is out or I might take away some of the quiche's, pasties they had on offer and go sit on kew green

  • 3.0 star rating
    26/4/2013

    I felt obliged to stop at the 'Original Maids of Honour' as the reviews on Trip Advisor suggested the shop offered the 'best scones' I would ever eat, and it was just down the road from my partner's parents' house. The scones were good, but hardly the best I have ever eaten. I suppose I was expecting pastries that would simply melt in my mouth and send me into euphoria, but what I got was just a basic scone that frankly, did not taste all that different to Tesco's. Like some other reviewers, I was disappointed.

    We did not stay for tea, so perhaps the overall experience would have been better had we.

  • 4.0 star rating
    24/1/2009

    I first visited this business about a decade ago and loved the namesake pastries and vowed to come back and enjoy them again.  You can imagine my disappointment when I finally got a chance to revisit recently, only to find out that the Maids of Honour were sold out that day (this only means that I need to fly back here again).

    Stil, the set tea that my boyfriend and I ordered was delicious, and the tea was very welcome on what, to me, was a very cold day (I am spoiled by the weather where I live).

    I love the clotted cream that came with my scones when I ordered the set tea.  I loved it a little too much, in fact; so much so that if I had just a little more I would have risked having to book two seats for myself on my flight back to Los Angeles.

  • 4.0 star rating
    7/9/2009

    They don't make 'em like this anymore!  (Not since the 70's anyway)  Traditional tea shop close to the main entrance of Kew Gardens.  It looks like your Granny's front room (if you're British), and serves good tea and cake (go for a cream tea).  It gets busy on the weekend, so be prepared to wait.  Well worth a visit, as it's such a strange place to find in London.  They serve meals too, but most people go for tea and cake only.

    My tip: don't buy the set menu as the individual items add up cheaper!

  • 4.0 star rating
    22/2/2013

    A friend introduced me to the 'Original Maids of Honour' and we had a brilliant time chatting and eating. Both of these activities I do best. It is a little on the expensive side. But fabulous never the less and definitely worth the splurge.

    This place is known for its High Tea or otherwise known as cream tea. It also must be on a tourist guide, because I see a lot of touristy types visiting this cafe. So it definitely attracts many people from around the world. I suppose this is because this place is the epitome of being English. You feel very sophisticated when you drink your tea - with your little finger out!

    Now on the food..I seriously loved jam and cream scones as a kid.  This place is right up my ally... as old English food goes straight to a soft place in my heart. The quality is very good - the scones are fluffy and home made. The sandwiches are traditional, which are simply cheese or cucumber. The last course is a choice of dessert to your taste. I had the coffee bun, which was lovely.

    I can definitely say I will be back again!

  • 2.0 star rating
    26/6/2011

    I have driven past here so many times and always said ... must go there....the day dawned and we went there.

    Perhaps when you really want to go somewhere you build it up in your mind so that when you do get there it can be disappointing.

    It was nice but I thought disappointing and a tad on the expensive side. Staff were 'nice' but we had to wait ages for service and we were only having a cup of tea and a cake.

    Oh well at least I have been there.

  • 5.0 star rating
    4/11/2007
    First to Review

    If afternoon tea is your thing then this the place for you,over the road from kew gardens its just the place for a nice cup of tea and one of their cakes.They make everything on site and their famous maids of honour cakes have over the years caused much debate over how they are made,even delia has had a go.
    The history goes back about 300 years i think and there is nothing they dont know about cakes!
    Apart for many cakes to choose from they also do lovely steak slice's and lunches,great wine list and they kid friendly.
    If you go with friends please book as they get so busy and after around 11 there is a queue.

  • 4.0 star rating
    15/8/2013

    A beautiful authentic tea house where waitresses wear tea dresses and small aprons which really adds to the authentic feel. The scones and clotted cream are delicious as is the other home made bakes goods available with high tea all priced extremely well. Highly recommend

    • Qype User norahu…
    • London
    • 4 friends
    • 3 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    11/12/2012

    One of the best restaurants in the area. For sure it could be overcrowded sometimes but that's why I prefer going there in the morning. I enjoy having my breakfast there from time to time.
    They serve nice coffee that together with something to eat is just the best start of another day.

    • Qype User MissFr…
    • Cologne, Germany
    • 7 friends
    • 38 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    14/9/2011

    By miles the BEST scones you'll ever eat. Housed in a traditional Tudor house on busy Kew Road, you'll find friendly staff serving baked goods ranging from éclairs, strawberry tarts, quiches andhave I mentioned already?: the best scones you'll ever eat!! I went all the way to the Cotswold in search of good scones, and I personally prefer them at the Original Maid of Honour.
    The quaint decor might not be everyone's cup of tea but I love it.

    • Qype User dazzle…
    • Reading
    • 2 friends
    • 48 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    30/11/2008

    This is a nice old fashioned cafe that I stumbled upon when i was visiting the Kew gardens. The interior and the cafe itself looks very old fashion and the waitresses still wear a maid's costume. It feels as if you went back in time.

    I had tea with scones, and my friends had their famous cake which looks and taste very delicious. Their pies and pasties are also very good, due to the tried and tested recipe. prtions are actually quite tiny, so you will need to order a bit more if you are hungry.

    If you have guests or friends visiting from other countries, then this is a very good place to take them to, as it is very impressive. Note though: you will need a table booking in advance, because they are normally crowded especially during the weekends.

    • Qype User afello…
    • London
    • 6 friends
    • 136 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    13/4/2011

    Lovely place for cream tea :)

    Went here with my friend and you automatically do feel like you have gone back in time. Waitresses wear old style clothing and the decor is very antique in a unique and quirky way.

    Nice sized scones and healthy portions of cream and jam! Definitely one to visit.

  • 5.0 star rating
    12/4/2009
    ROTD 24/12/2009

    This is a mandatory stop whenever I'm taking people around on their first trip to London.  It's a real ye olde world tea shop that dates back to the days of Henry VIIIth.  The recipe of their signature pastry - the Maids of Hnoour - is apparently the one old Henerz loved so much he had it locked it away in a vault.  You have to try one of them but I personally prefer the scones with jam and cream.  Beware: they don't open Sundays or public holidays.

  • 4.0 star rating
    1/3/2009

    It's quite a trek outside of the City, but totally worth the time warp. This tea room is so happy and sweet, but busy with the ladies bustling around quite a bit to keep the crowds moving. Though some of the other pastries are prettier, the clotted cream and scones are the real treat. The space is tiny, so don't go on a day you're too hungry to wait. The happy cheer of this place should not be spoiled by impatience!

  • 4.0 star rating
    7/3/2011

    The Original Maids of Honour is absolutely fabulous. Their afternoon tea surpassed all of my English-Afternoon-tea fantasies. And such a great value! For £12, my friends and I each got our own tea, set of sandwiches, pair of scones with jam and clotted cream, and pastry. The scones were fresh and so delicious! The decor is adorable - very cutesy without being over the top. I honestly can't recommend it enough. Afternoon tea is a mandatory English experience - if you're gonna do it, and you don't want to spring for the £30+ fancy set teas that you'll find elsewhere, go to the Maids of Honour.

  • 4.0 star rating
    27/9/2012

    Had a wonderful breakfast here before visiting Kew Gardens and loved everything about it! The pasties were uniquely shaped but great tasting, the maids of honour tarts were amazing, but most importantly the vegetarian sausage is some of the best we've ever had. It was a wonderful vegetarian breakfast.

  • 5.0 star rating
    4/5/2009

    A really great place to go after a trip round Kew Gardens, the set tea is pretty legendary.  Really quite expensive so can't go too often, although you probably wouldn't want to as it is all rather decadent.  Have never had anything other than the tea, although have heard great things about the lunches and sandwiches they offer.  The highlight has to be the maids of honour - not so sure what is in it (I think the recipe is secret!), but they are delicious.  Have rather fantastic pictures on the walls as well of people who have eaten there, I was seated next to John and Norma Major last time.  
    Beware going on a Monday afternoon though!  They shut at 1:30 (although another very nice cafe nearby - The Greenhouse - if this catches you out.  You will probably not be on yelp in that instance though, so nevermind :)).
    Excellent.

  • 4.0 star rating
    23/8/2013

    A little gem of a place to have an informal cream tea or high tea. Go to a fancy hotel for the formal treatment, but come here for a very nice assortment of cakes, finger sandwiches, and scones, as well as good service and a nice cuppa tea. Conveniently located next to Kew Gardens, so stop on your way in-

    • Qype User trudie…
    • London
    • 8 friends
    • 26 reviews
    2.0 star rating
    6/8/2012

    I took my mum here and booked a table because it can get very busy, they have two lunchtime sittings. We both ordered the roast lamb dinner and it was very nice. The downside was that as soon as we had finished they asked if we wanted dessert to which we replied no but ordered more drinks while we were drinking them they came with the bill, obviously hinting that they wanted us to leave. We didn't even get time to digest our food!!!! The staff were practically pushing us out of the door. Maybe they had over booked the tables but we felt terribly harassed and it wasn't very relaxing or enjoyable having members of staff hovering over you to see how fast you were eating. I understand it's a popular place but I don't think we will be going back in a hurry!!!!!!

    • Qype User kitten…
    • London
    • 9 friends
    • 6 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    8/6/2008

    This is a quirky little tea shop just near Kew Gardens. I've not had meals there but go there for tea and scones and snacks and they are nice. The history and setting and staff make it a great novelty for anyone new to London. It is like going into a time warp in there. Well worth a visit.

    • Qype User amylou…
    • London
    • 3 friends
    • 53 reviews
    3.0 star rating
    24/11/2008

    This is a very traditional tea rooms, situated on the Kew road, which runs alongside Kew Gardens. They sell the famous, and unique, Maids of Honour cakes here (apparently eaten by Anne Boleyn). The tea rooms have a history that dates back to 1850. I have to say though, despite this history, I have never been particularly impressed with the Maids of Honour. The décor inside the tea rooms is almost cloyingly traditional, and sort of twee. The food served is also only average and the staff are not particularly friendly. Maybe I went on a bad day but I feel that the Maids of Honour does not compare well with other tea rooms in Kew, such as the Greenhouse and the Orangery in Kew Gardens.

  • 4.0 star rating
    15/6/2011
    1 check-in here

    The maids of honour cakes are amazing. I understand that it is an old building and is supposed to be old, but it doesn't mean it should be as shabby as it is.

  • 4.0 star rating
    16/7/2010

    It's a nice quaint afternoon tea place. Their Maids of Honour is really good. However, when I went again for lunch, but wasn't as good and expensive as well. The service isn't that great, either. But definitely worth going for the cake.

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