My Cuppa Tea: An Ode to Biddy’s Tea Room

As I trudged to class through the chilling rain and gusty winds this afternoon, I wanted nothing more than to sit down and have a piping hot cuppa. But I didn’t just want a cup of English breakfast tea from the Quarry, a café on my college’s campus. I wished that I was back at the University of East Anglia, so I could simply take a ten minute bus ride into Norwich, and stop by my favorite tea place, Biddy’s Tea Room, for a delectable afternoon tea.

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A cupcake and a pot of tea. One of the many options available for afternoon tea at Biddy’s Tea Room.

Afternoon tea is, in my opinion, one of the most glorious parts of British culture. It refers to a light late-afternoon meal, which typically consists of an assortment of scones, finger sandwiches, small desserts – such as Victoria sponge cake – and, of course, tea. Though there were many places in Norwich that served afternoon tea, nowhere else compared to Biddy’s Tea Room.

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Two of the three tiers of the three-tier afternoon tea special. This special included mature cheddar and onion chutney finger sandwiches, and a piece of blackberry cake.

In this small, unassuming vintage tea room hidden on a winding backstreet just off of the Market, there was always a bustling crowd waiting for their reservation time, or hoping to miraculously secure a free spot on the second floor for afternoon tea. I still find myself dreaming about their three-tiered afternoon tea special, which came with a pot of tea, and a combination of two of the following: a scone, a cupcake, cake, or finger sandwiches.

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A scone with strawberry jam and clotted cream. Incredibly divine.

Their scones were easily the best I’ve ever had; they came with homemade jam and clotted cream, and they were always served straight from the oven. The scones were still so warm when they were served that they melted with the jam and clotted cream in your mouth to create one of the most satisfying tastes I have ever experienced. Drinking a pot of one of their custom tea-leaf blends made the dining experience almost spiritual.

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Yet, it’s not just their mouth-watering array of homemade delicacies that made Biddy’s so incredibly appealing. The tea room’s furnishings and overall atmosphere held their own appeal. Biddy’s was brimming with vintage home-style decor, including antique tea cups, classic-style furniture, and a record player which played instrumental – predominantly light jazz – music from the 1920s through 40s. Sitting down in this quaint atmosphere, with a pot of tea, an assortment of delicious treats, and some friends always allowed me to unwind after class. After spending my year making trips to Biddy’s Tea Room, drinking a cuppa has never been quite the same.

2 thoughts on “My Cuppa Tea: An Ode to Biddy’s Tea Room

  1. This place looks adorable. I actually just went to my first tea room this morning! Have you been to Camellia’s Sin Tea Room here in town? I went in there not knowing what to expect, but it’s very, very cute. They have maybe ten Christmas themed teas out right now and then maybe five or six teas that they have throughout the year. I’m sure the experience would be very different for you, having been in a place where tea is so popular, but I would definitely check it out! Maybe it would give you sense of being back across the pond.

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