Restaurant Review: Betty Bumbles Vintage Tea Rooms
As you may recall I love a tea room. China cups and saucers, pretty lace and crocheted tablecloths that all set the scene of bygone times – just lovely. Betty Bumbles Vintage Tea Rooms on the Market Square in St Neots are hitting the mark very successfully.
Formally a hairdressers the premises boasts a huge glass frontage giving views over the square, which is a hive of activity on Thursday’s market day. Of course any other day the square doubles as a car park so the tea rooms are easily accessible.
I pop in for a cup of tea, and I choose to have a pot of loose leaf tea which is great to be able to do. Many plaices billing themselves tea rooms do not offer this option. The tea is Yorkshire – no complaints there.
Directly off the street the tea rooms are wonderfully light with all the accessories you would expect for a ‘vintage’ experience. Table lamps, dressers with floral china on every shelf, union jacks, big and white family portraits and a mahogany counter filled with cake stands.
The breakfast menu (served between 10am and 12pm) has a good cross section of offerings.
From creamy porridge, granola muesli, and eggs pretty much as you like them to treats like French toast with bacon and maple syrup or the Betty Bumbles Hearty & Full English breakfast with this the most expensive dish at £6.95. The portions are generous and there are pleased mumbles audible from other tables as they receive their choices. There is an extensive lunch menu with sandwiches, fluffy jacket potatoes, salads, as well as lasagne and quiches, all at very reasonable prices.
I chat with Sarah, the owner, and she shows me around the rest of the tea rooms. The building is Grade I listed and it is like walking back in time. To my huge surprise there is another whole floor, one large room to the front also set for the tea rooms and bubbling with conversation from filled tables.
To the rear is a masterpiece, not quite finished but will be within a few short weeks, a 1930s Art Deco style bar. There are plans afoot for themed evenings here, parties and it is available for private hire. It looks absolutely fantastic and is a very exciting addition to St Neots.
Now I have left the best for last. Betty Bumbles serves afternoon teas from 2.30pm. I have not yet sampled this delight but will be doing so very soon.
“Traditional Afternoon Tea served on a tiered cake stand with a wonderful selection of finger sandwiches, scone with strawberry jam & cream, a slice of delicious Betty Bumble’s homemade cake & oodles of endless tea’. Heaven!