What better way to round off a day shopping / sightseeing / catching up with friends than with a slice of cake (or any sweet treat) and a lovely cup of tea (especially if you have given something up for Lent)?
It’s a ‘must-do’ around Easter time, so here are our favourite spots to indulge in this quintessentially British afternoon treat (which is also just as acceptable first thing in the morning, obviously)…
Image: Britons Arms
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Pop into Louis’ Deli, Delice or Amaretto Delicatessen for tasty treats and hot drinks. As well as a wide range of deli food that will have your mouths watering, Louis’ Deli also serve lots of home-made frozen ready meals so you can also pick up dinner whilst you’re there. Delice offer a wide range of ice creams in amazing flavours, and Amaretto have some lovely celebration cakes on offer – just try and walk past their window, which is always packed full of tasty produce, without stopping!
Another great place to pop in for cake is Cupcake & Bubbles (yes, they do serve tea, but if you want to mix things up indulge in a glass of bubbly!) or enjoy something sweet at The Refectory, in Norwich Cathedral – you need to try their home-made cakes, and they also use locally sourced ingredients. The Tea House in the beautiful Cathedral Quarter is ideal for tea (of course) and sweets; give their cream tea a go!
Finally, we love The Britons Arms for tea and cake in a picturesque setting (they also serve lovely light lunches, too) which you can enjoy in their delightful courtyard garden!
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The Apiary is a lovely café and deli which have freshly-made cakes and amazing coffee, and they keep their own bees so you can pick up some amazing local honey in their deli!
Head over to the Egg and Easel, an eclectic café where you can enjoy a great choice of home-made dishes for lunch. They also serve vegetarian dishes, hot drinks (they’re known for their amazing coffee) and milkshakes plus delicious cakes (but please note they're closed for refurbishment over Easter, so check opening times before you visit). Or why not head to the Yakety Yak Tea Room for a Vintage-style experience with pretty crockery and fantastic Afternoon Teas!
Take a tea break at The Tudor Bakehouse for tea and a fantastic range of home-made cakes, biscuits and traybakes; some of our highlights include carrot cake, cheesecakes, caramel slices and shortbread, but there’s plenty more to pick from – and if you want one for a special occasion you can pre-order a freshly baked cake to pick up!
Image: Mad Hatters Tea Shop
A must-visit is the Mad Hatters Tea Shop, which is a lovely vintage-style teashop right in the heart of Wymondham. They serve a great range of home-made cakes and snacks (and their veggie sausage rolls are well worth a try if you want an alternative to meat). You can even buy beautiful vintage crockery and cake stands to take home!
Head to the Lemon Tree café for tea and home-made cake (with gluten free options available); their chai lattes are well worth a try as an alternative to normal tea if you fancy a change!
Image: Rosy Lee's Tea Room
Rosy Lee's Tea Room is a little hidden gem in Loddon, a quirky spot to relax in with fantastic customer service. Make sure you try their sandwiches with lovely fillings, scones and Afternoon Tea, as well as sampling their delicious cakes of course!
Alternatively head to Spoon Cake, a family-run café which also has a bakery and craft shop! Enjoy home-made, delicious cakes with allergy-free options available. They also do a great breakfast menu and regularly changing seasonal lunch options!
Drop into Katie’s Kitchen, a pretty café set on The Mere in Diss. They serve up home-cooked food and freshly baked cakes (is there anything better?), all with a friendly welcome. They also offer takeaway options, if you fancy eating al-fresco.
Alternatively Angel Café is a lovely local café which, as well as tasty cakes, also serves up delicious all-day breakfasts, light lunches and home-made soups too!
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