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Soho's Secret Tea Room is exactly what you imagine in your head when you thinking of taking classic British afternoon tea. The earl grey is flat-out unbelievable, and the scones are delicious. Everything seems to be made with care. It's not for the thrifty spenders out there, but it's worth every pound.
Great location - easy to get to
Cool factor - you've got to go through a bar - makes you feel like an insider
Superb tea selection with a great spread of cakes and sandwiches
Scones could have been fresher
Cake servings could have been smaller - more true to the old British way of baking
Overall, a gem in the heart of London city. Must visit if you're a native or a tourist.
I think I enjoyed the location and how you got here just as much, if not more than the tea experience. Just as everyone mentioned, you get to the Coach & Horses Pub and tell the bartender you are here for tea. He then phones upstairs, and walks us behind the bar, and through a little narrow staircase that brought us up to the Secret Tea Room. The stairs are so tiny and narrow as it spiraled up, I made sure I was holding on to the rail. When you get upstairs, it's basically a converted apartment to tea room.Very cute- no other way to describe it.
The ambiance was quite nice, your typical tea room feel, though the music was quite annoying. There was a soft humming/thumping noise the whole time. I could hear it, but it didn't bother me as much as it did my husband who got a headache from it.
Aside from that, the items were not bad. As everyone said, the scone was my favorite as well. The cakes were just average, as were the cucumber and egg sandwich. Overall, cute experience for an inexpensive price. While I was looking up other tea places, i noticed this can get really pricey, so it was nice that this was affordable.
Lovely little tea room hidden at the top of a pub. Be sure to make reservations, or they may not show you to the secret entrance. We just called twenty minutes ahead, and they were able to seat us no problem. (Little bit cramped, but not too bad) Portions were enormous with huge cakes. We couldn't finish it all between the four of us! Delicious. Very fast service too.
Not such a secret anymore (there's literally a sign on the street saying "SECRET TEA ROOM") but still.. Went on a Saturday afternoon and managed to snag one of the 10 or so tables in the tiny dining room. Cakes were really rich and nice, and actually in humongous portions. At £17.50 a person the afternoon tea isn't cheap, but also not too pricy as far as having high tea in London goes. Some of the teas were apparently special though, so we got charged £1 more without realizing that we had ordered them, whoops. Surprisingly a lot of food for two people, we may or may not have had to sleep off our food coma later on...
It's really hidden. You have to go through the pub Coach & horses. The first pub in UK to be vegan. I think. Something like that.
Anyway, you have to ask the bartender to let you go through, behind the bar after she rings upstairs and ask to see if you can go up. It's best to have a reservation since it is a tight squeeze. Look at my picture.
You go up these tight steep stairs and walla, you're in a tea room above a pub. How freaking cool is that.
My tip is... You cannot be morbidly obese to enjoy the feast. You go through some tight ass corners up there. After my experience, I felt the need to be buttered up just to go back down. Because I just simply indulged way too much.
The chocolate cake and the crumpets were my favorite. I ate more than I should have and felt like a beast. A happy beast.
It has taken me over a year to remember the name of this little tea room - it was absolutely adorable! While I've had slightly better scones and tea elsewhere, the charm of how tucked-away this is bodes well for it.
You have to ask the bartender to go up to the tea room in the Coach & Horses pub, and once you're up there, the decor is a charming mix of random antique-looking pieces. It reminded me of my grandmother's house. The server was very nice and attentive. We went on a weekday morning, so it wasn't crowded, but she said that on the weekends it is usually packed.
The tea is pretty good, we had a white tea and a black tea (although I can't remember which because it was a while ago), and we had a lovely tray of cakes, sandwiches, scones, jam, and clotted cream.
Next time I am in town, I absolutely would come back here. So charming.
Best place in soho for drinking an amazing tea. Lovely! Gotta try. Hidden on the upper floor of a pub. Not so pricey.
Quite surprised to find this lovely tea room in Soho. It is located above the pub Coach & Horses. As you walk in, you will immediately notice the vintage theme decor, music and tableware; even the attentive waitresses here are decked out in vintage outfit and hair do. The whole ambiance really made me feel dainty and as if I was transported back in time. Even though the tea room is not huge, I did not feel so cramped or too close to other patrons.
In terms of the menu, it was simple and ordinary. They offer typical green, white and black for teas while the food consist of scones and the usual afternoon tea sandwiches (salmon, coronation chicken, egg and mayo and cucumber). As for the other sweet treats, I quite enjoyed the slice of lemon tart but not the so much the berry.
Overal, I would recommend Soho's Secret Tea Room for good service and charming idea of vintage inspired ambiance.
While I can appreciate a classic turn on a tea room, the Secret Tea Room certainly fell short. While I loved sneaking through the bar to climb the stairs, poor quality tea really ruined the experience for me.
The only redeeming feature of the place were the scones, which were quiet nice. (added one star)
It would have been nice if they actually offered the jams they advertise on the menu....or allowed for a way to stop your tea from over-brewing....or not use chipped china that looked like it came from a car-boot sale...
This was my favorite place for tea time when I was in London. Prices were pretty reasonable and service was great. The scones here are amazing especially when you spread the clotted cream and jam on top of them. My mouth is watering just thinking about them! Mmmmm
This place is so secret that when I looked to check in here it wasn't listed on Yelp! I was a bit torn about sharing this place with people but it is much too cute and fun not to share.
When you come up to Coach & Horses you'll notice that there's a tea room next door, well, that's not it. You have to go inside and tell the bar(wo)man that you're there for tea. They'll call upstairs and make sure there's seating available (it's recommended that you book in the weekends). If there's a table for you, you'll be instructed to go behind the bar and up the stairs.
You'll think you're entering your grandmother's living room but it's much better. 40s jazz music is playing from a record player, pretty cakes decorate a table top and mismatched tea cups and saucers are on every table. Adorable! There's even a timer so you know when your tea has brewed long enough. Genius! I'm not a huge tea drinker so I got coffee instead, served in a cute personal sized French press.
I've gone here twice, once for tea and scones and another time for afternoon tea. I have to say that I much preferred the tea and scones because the scones are delicious. And you get two of them! I went for a fruit and a plain one. For afternoon tea you get finger sandwiches, a cupcake, a slice of cake and a scone. I wasn't a huge fan of their cakes so now I know to stay clear from them and stick to the great stuff: clotted cream and scones.
Hands down this is my favorite place to enjoy some scones and tea.
I love Afternoon Tea and I don't care who knows it. My close friends and family know this is a problem but I'm yet to seek help as I think it's a good thing.
My work friend and I visited on a much needed day off after she visited with another friend and after booking us in (highly recommended) the week before we rocked up on a fine Springlike Friday afternoon.
On walking into the Coach and Horses pub, you have to mention to the bar staff that you're here for Afternoon Tea upstairs or ask for the Secret Tea Rooms and they'll send you upstairs. It's all very cool as you have to even walk behind the bar to get to the staircase, maybe it's the frustrated Peggy Mitchell in me but Ioved that part!
On entering the Tea Rooms you're transported to a kind of kitschy, vintagey, cosy 1940s room that wouldn't look out of place at your favourite Auntie's or Nana's place! The crockery is mismatched and fabulous, we enjoyed eating and drinking from Charles and Di commemorative china, maybe in twenty years visitors will be doing the same using Kate and Wills'!
The service and food on offer was great, you got a good range and the price was fantastic! We got the option with slightly more food and only paid circa £14.50. This included our tea; range of lovely sandwiches - and importantly you can choose your favourites rather than perhaps being stuck with other varieties that you aren't as keen on - delicious scones; a lovely cupcake and I chose a slice of walnut cake.
What is there not to love about this place? It's quirky, it's vintage, it's oh so very 1940's English! I love the fact that you're made to feel part of an underground societyalthough I guess with the increased publicity now, it won't be a secret for much longer.
The only downer was that my two scones were very doughy and not completely bakedbut nonetheless served with beautiful clotted cream and homemade raspberry jam. It's definitely to be recommended for a relaxed cup of tea away from the hustle and bustle of Soho!
Next time I'll try the dinner menu.
This place was pretty cute! Great tea selection, and the pot of tea for two was more like an URN. The scones were warmly fresh-baked and the cake was good, but not amazing. The decor was rather adorable, with the mismatched china and lace tablecloths. However, the music was quite a bit louder than I'd like - my friend and I had difficulty speaking over it on a Sunday afternoon - and they treated us kind of like we were imposing as we had to be seated at a table for three when there were only two of us (even though we made a reservation and that was all that was left). Also, my teacup had chips off the edge. They just need to fix a few wee things.
What a lovely hidden treasure. Feels like you're in a private dining room. Lovely service and food. A great find and a must see!
Fantastic place. The warm and cosy late 80s atmosphere and the tasty pastries are one of the main reasons why I keep coming back. An additional bonus is that the staff are very polite and friendly.
The home made cakes in a combination with the aromatic tea create a perfect taste for you. You can spend a really pleasant moments there, so don't hesitate to go there.
Fun and friendly though a little overpriced. Had the Victoria Sponge, which was yummy, but a little stale at the edges. Ambience is great and gives you a little of that golden age feel with classic tunes playing in the background. Overall, worth the odd visit with friends, but not a regular.
I was really looking forward to trying this place, especially based on the other qype reviewbut on turning up we were asked if we had a reservation and told there was no way we would get a seat before 5pm (at 2.30pm). Disappointed and thirsty we left. So maybe phone before going to check.
My girl adores this place. She is constantly speaking how the atmosphere makes here feel as if living in another century.
Really enjoyed tea here, it's really cosy and comfortable, the service was great and the cream tea delicious. The fact you have to ask where it is at the bar of the coach & horses and then go up some steps behind the bar makes it all the better. Wouldn't recommend drinking too much champagne with your tea though as the steps/floor are all leaning. A world away from the madness of central London and definitely recommended.
Kitsch, cute and good value for money - full afternoon tea was amazing. Plus they have the exact same clock that my grandparents have on their mantlepiece. Classy. A truly hidden gem :)
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