The Tea Cosy is a tucked-away treat in Hurstbourne Tarrant run by Jenni Danks and her trusty team of friendly staff.
The tea room is always bright and clean, and there are a variety of seating options, with a lovely enclosed garden area with chic outside seating, a comfy fall-back-into-sofa for lazy afternoons with a friend or a seat at one of the kitchen-esque tables.
We sat at a table on the day of the review, and ordered our drinks and food at the counter. My friend ordered the Soup of the Day, Bacon and Lentil, and a Meatball Panini (£5.95) and I ordered a tuna mayo sandwich with lettuce (£5.50) and a toasted teacake (£1.85).
There is a small wait for food and drinks, but this is because everything is freshly prepared. Whilst waiting, it’s a good opportunity to look at the large variety of gifts and products on sale at the front of the tea room.
The drinks arrived, and my friend’s banana milkshake was a towering glass of frothy milkshake topped with fresh cream – these are my friend’s favourite ever milkshakes, and he implores everyone to give them a try. Served with an American Diner stripy straw, there is a real retro feel to a lunch date at The Tea Cosy.
My hot chocolate was served in a big chunky mug, frothy and thick, add it was a delicious warming drink for the cold day of the review.
The food arrived shortly after, my friend’s bowl of homemade bacon and lentil soup was piping hot, served with fresh bread and butter, and jam-packed with a wonderfully rich, bacon flavour, while the lentils added texture and balance.
My sandwich was stuffed full of Tuna Mayo with a side salad and a serving of crisps. The bread was fresh and the tuna was mixed perfectly. The salad was crisp and fresh and the crisps were flavoursome and crunchy.
My friend’s panini was brought out 5 minutes later to give him time to eat his soup. The fresh panini was bursting with meatballs in a spicy tomato sauce.
The teacake was toasted just right and had a perfect amount of (naughty) butter melting into it.
A visit to The Tea Cosy in Hurstbourne Tarrant isn’t just about the food and drink – it’s about the experience. The staff are always friendly and polite and the surroundings are informal, retro and familiar. This is one of Andover & Villages favourite places to come – whether for a simple cup of tea and a chat, or a lunchtime date.