Bradford on Avon is one of those breathtakingly beautiful towns that on driving through you have to stop off and explore. but the day we discovered it the weather was insane: one moment it was glorious sunshine, then within minutes there were downpours of torrential rain!
Shortly after taking this picture… you guessed it, torrential rain! Looking (fast!) for somewhere to take refuge we spotted a building so ancient it looked as though it was melting.
We dashed through the tiny door to find ourselves in a tea room seemingly hell-bent on upholding traditions as old as the building. It was like we’d stepped through a time portal and we found ourselves surrounded by traditional ornaments, fireplaces, Victorian portraits and the sound of classical music in the background.
It’s like going to your great, great, great grandma’s for tea. Turns out the building was built in 1502 and the tea room is renowned as one of the best in the UK, with numerous awards to prove it. All extremely novel, it’s somewhere I imagine tourists visiting England would absolutely love, even the waitresses were dressed in traditional maid uniforms!
The menu holds just about every kind of tea you could imagine. I went for a classic Earl Grey, but we also ordered an excitingly named ‘gunpowder’ green tea!
There’s almost as many afternoon tea options too, I liked that they have a savoury one, which I would have loved to try, but we had dinner booked up so we went for a cake/sandwich instead.
All cakes are baked on site.
My brie & cranberry sandwich on lovely fresh granary bread was just what I needed, and they weren’t shy with the fillings! It also came with a really nice selection of salad including red cabbage slaw and grated carrot with sesame seeds. Lovely! The Bridge tea room is a great little place to stop by for a light bite along your travels, the food was fresh and well priced, and of course the twee overload will certainly give you a memorable experience!