Tucked away behind the garage in Hurstbourne Tarrant, The Tea Cosy nestles in a rural setting promising, from first sight, to be a cosy and vintage experience. Walking in, the room opens up to several tables and chairs, a comfy well-loved looking sofa and an array of gifts presented on a painted welsh dresser.
Taking a seat, my friend and I perused the menu and chose a diet coke and a banana milkshake, which was made with a ‘secret recipe’.
I ordered the Spicy Meatball Panini (£5.95) and my friend chose the same, but with extra cheese and a Bacon Sandwich (£4.25) from the All day Breakfast Menu.
There is a lovely seated garden area and a group of business women had obviously arranged to have lunch together and sat out in the sunshine to eat and drink. It was quite busy for a Tuesday afternoon, and inside, several of the tables were taken.
The drinks arrived quite quickly and my friend commented on how insanely lovely his milkshake was. Not a lover of bananas in their natural form, he said the shake was clearly packed full of real banana and had a lovely creamy taste. Topped off with fresh cream, he said it was one of the best milkshakes he had ever had.
Whilst we waited for our food, we took time to look at all of the goodies on offer on and around the dresser. Beautiful local crafts adorn every available space, with a massive variety of paintings, bunting, signs, cups, aprons and so much more.
The food came along fairly quickly. The paninis were stuffed full of meatballs and sauce, and my friend’s was full to bursting with extra cheese. The meatballs were slightly spicy, but not uncomfortably so. The panini is served with a handful of crisps and a small side salad, which I want to remark, although clearly a bagged lettuce leaf, extra care has been taken to put in fresh tomatoes and cucumber and a good helping of each. It was all completely fresh and made to order. Well done for this. All too often, when I review an eatery, attention is not paid to these small details, but they are important.
The bacon sandwich had 2 rashers of back bacon and was served on fresh brown bread. The sandwich was floppy and lovely, a perfect version of an English classic!
The Tea Cosy has a fantastic range of fresh cakes on offer, with a ‘cake of the week’ arriving every Friday, which seems to get bigger and more amazing each week. We decided to try a cupcake and a flapjack, both of which were served on the tea room’s signature vintage mismatched china, which I absolutely love.
The cupcake was light and fluffy, with a jam centre and a whipped buttercream icing on top. Clearly fresh and definitely fluffy, they would be a perfect accompaniment to a cup of tea or coffee that the Tea Cosy serve. The flapjack was oaty, thick and sticky.
This really is a beautiful place to come for drinks, cakes and/or a light bite. Andover & Villages Lady Does Lunch gives the Tea Cosy a Gold Award.