Hungry for brunch on a sunny afternoon in Nottingham city, we found ourselves being lead towards a narrow passageway, passing through the Enfield Chambers, we were met with a red brick tea house café amidst a quaint little garden. Thea Caffea – this traditional English tea room was almost like a find to us, located a little farther away from Nottingham’s main market square.
Price: £6.95 (approx. RM30.25)
The first dish we ordered was the house Eggs Royale – a variant of the famous eggs benedict with smoked salmon slices instead of bacon or ham on open halves of homemade English muffins, topped with al dente poached eggs, and smothered in freshly whipped Hollandaise sauce. The smoked salmon, though generous in portion, was perhaps a tad too salty for our preference. What really wowed us was the perfectly soft poached eggs and light egg yolk, lemon juice, and liquid butter sauce combination. A bite filled with the rich, runny yolk on a slightly crisp muffin together with the smooth, creamy Hollandaise was simply divine!
Price: £5.95 (approx. RM32.30)
The second dish we had was a plate of Eggs Florentine. A vegetarian alternative if you wanted to try the goodness of eggs benedict but without the meat. The same perfectly poached eggs and a bed of wilted spinach, layered a top of freshly toasted English muffins, and a slice of tomato on the side. Without the saltiness of the meat cuts, the Eggs Florentine made for a lighter palate, complimented by the smooth Hollandaise.
Thea Caffea’s Cream Tea Special – Sultana Scones with Cream & Jam and Rosebud Tea
Price: £7.95 (approx. RM39.60)
What’s a visit to a tearoom without trying out their afternoon tea specials? For this, we went with the classic tea and scones combination and got Sultana Scones with Rosebud Tea. The tea had arrived piping hot with a small milk jug, white and brown sugar cubes on the side. The delicate floral aroma wafted towards us with every sip we took. The scone was a little bland and just a tad too crumbly, but the fresh strawberry and jam provided the additional touch of tartness and fruitiness it needed.
Thea Caffea Tearoom is designed for a traditional tearoom appeal, and clearly did appeal, as the place was very busy. The service was acceptable, although a little slow and staff a little curt, but payment at the till was quick. With good company and a nice cup of tea, the trip can be made worthwhile.
Thea Caffea’s Operating Hours:
- Monday to Friday: 10.00am – 5.30pm
- Saturday: 10.00am – 6.00pm
- Sunday: 11.00am – 4.30pm
Address: 14A Low Pavement, Nottingham NG1 7DL.
Written by Laurel Tan Xiang Min