There’s nothing better than a good cup of tea after a long morning out and about. These quintessentially British tea rooms in the second city are right up there with the best – one of them even has a ‘press for champagne’ button! Check out the best tearooms in Birmingham below.
Edwardian Tea Rooms
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Bird's eye view of The Edwardian Tea Rooms, Birmingham
No trip to Birmingham would be complete without a visit to its famous museum and art gallery (BMAG) or its tea rooms. This beautiful, Edwardian hall is home to some of the best tea and cakes you’ll find in the second city and is reasonably priced too. If it’s not tea you’re after, the Edwardian Tea Rooms is the only place in Birmingham where you’ll find a ‘press for champagne’ button! This tea room has also been referred to as the most stylish museum cafe on the planet.
Situated in the picturesque, south Birmingham suburb of Barnt Green is The Tea Shop Constance Wallace, a quaint tearoom and shop. This vintage-style tearoom boasts finger sandwiches, home-baked cakes, a huge selection of teas – all served in fine china – and a seasonal menu, set within the alluring setting of walnut tables and antique chairs. Meanwhile, the Constance Wallace shop stocks stocks unique, handmade wares such as bunting, linen and home accessories.
Mad as a Hatter is a quirky, Alice in Wonderland-themed shop, café and tearoom in Bearwood, Birmingham. Way more than just your bog-standard café, this is one of two Alice in Wonderland inspired hangouts in the city (the other being the Jekyll & Hyde) and stocks homemade delectables and vintage wares. If you’re not here to stock up on unique gifts, you’ll want to be enjoying a massive pot of tea served on fine china and eyeing up their delicious homemade cakes. This place really is as mad as a hatter.
Artisan, situated on the Ladypool Road in Sparkhill, is a cosy dessert-laden tearoom. Headed up by former Great British Bake Off contestant Ali Imdad, this dessert parlour is a must-visit for anyone with a sweet tooth. Birmingham-born Ali Imdad came ninth on the 2013 edition of GBBO and dishes up pastries, cakes, waffles and sundaes as well as mocktails and afternoon tea.
With over one million visits a year, you know you’re in good hands at mac Birmingham. Sitting pretty in the picturesque Cannon Hill Park in Edgbaston, the Midlands Arts Centre houses two theatres, a cinema, multiple galleries with seasonal exhibitions and an outdoor amphitheatre. It’s also famed for its tearoom, which offers wonderful cakes, sandwiches, hot meals and teas. mac Birmingham is completely free to enter, so there’s no excuse to not visit their tempting tearoom!
Cartlands Independent Tea Rooms in Kings Heath Park
Established in 1997, Cartlands is an independent, family run tearoom which can be found within the picturesque Kings Heath Park in south Birmingham. Perfect for a pit stop when on a walk through the park, Cartlands offers superb breakfast, brunches, sandwiches and afternoon tea, all within a bright and airy tearoom. If you’re looking to learn Spanish or try your hand at pottery painting, well you’re in luck! Cartlands regularly hosts weekly events with those being just two examples.