A drive on a lovely sunny day led me to the small Kentish village known as Bridge, within which sits a quaint English tea room, linked to a tiny florist. Both are owned by Leigh-Anne, a charming, happy and very welcoming lady; surely born to run an English tea room of the highest quality.
Right in the heart of the local community, The Tulip Tea Rooms is loosely themed to World War II. Neither huge, nor tiny, this tea room is just the right size to ensure that the atmosphere is great for a nice lunch, afternoon cream tea or both..!
The usual tea room food and drinks are on offer as well as milk shakes and special offers for children who want to pop in after school, and enjoy a visit to this wonderful community hub.
You know you are going to get a great service when the owner and staff give you wide smiles and are very welcoming. Locals love the place. I love it too and it's near enough from where I live to ensure I return to take lunch or meet a business colleague to discuss business away from the office and into an English tea room environment; a place I feel most comfortable and have enjoyed for well over 40 years.
The Tulip Tea Room is easily accessible to everyone, including the elderly and disabled people. Plenty of free parking is available on nearby streets.
Rarely do I award a Highly Recommended status, but on this occasion, I feel it is well worth it and is a fine example of what an English tea room is all about.
Well done to Leigh-Anne for deciding to go down the English tea room route. I know the locals will support it and I will too.
The former Lord Mayor of Canterbury, Cllr Rosemary Doyle, will be officially opening this tea room on Friday 28 September 2018 from 10am. All are welcome. See you there..!
ABOUT BRIDGE Bridge is a village and civil parish near Canterbury in Kent, South East England.
Bridge village is in the Nailbourne valley in a rural setting on the old Roman road, Watling Street, formerly the main road between London and Dover. The village itself is centred 2.5 miles south-east of the city of Canterbury.
Leigh-Anne with Joe Ellis and the former Lord Mayor of Canterbury, Cllr Rosmary Doyle at the formal opening of the Tulip Tea Rooms 2018
Leigh-Anne with two of her regular customers
Contact Joe Ellis:
Joe Ellis' English Tea Room Guide PO Box 262, Herne Bay, Kent, England, CT6 9AW Telephone: 01227 376180