Any lover of afternoon tea, eggs benedict and cake of any type will know the feelings of elation that comes with the question, “Where shall we go for lunch?”. Here are a few suggestions of top notch eateries in Essex and London…
Cereal Killer Café, Brick Lane, London:
I recently visited The Cereal Killer Café in London and it was an experience. With over 120 different cereals to choose from, both British and International, and flavoured milks anyone who loves breakfast will more than appreciate a visit.
After much deliberation we both went for one of their Cereal Cocktails; clever combinations of cereal that were created by the cafe. I chose the ‘Chocopotamus’ which had a layer of Krave, then Cocoa Pops with a chocolate Happy Hippo on top and chocolate milk. My friend went for one called ‘Unicorn Poop’ which had a concoction of ricicles, party rings, marshmallow fluff, sprinkles and marshmallows.
We also shared one of their famous stacked hot chocolates which I could not recommend highly enough. The café caters for a range of budgets, bowls of cereal start at £2.50, their cereal cocktails averaging at around £4.50 for a bowl- which for the experience is completely worth it.
Tymperleys, Trinity Street, Colchester:
A visit to the historic Tymperleys in Colchester town centre is perfect for a civilised lunch or afternoon tea (for the times when a sausage roll from Greggs doesn’t suffice). Walking through Trinity Street, Tymperleys is a hidden gem with a red brick archway that leads to a courtyard and entrance.
Open since May 2014, Tymperleys hosts weddings, anniversaries and birthday celebrations alongside its lunches and afternoon tea. Their Eggs Benedict is fantastic. If you fancy lunch off-campus that is reasonably priced but slightly more sophisticated, I think Tymperleys is one of the best Colchester has to offer.
Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium, Bethnal Green Rd, London:
This café has been on my bucket list for a while now and I’m so eager to go. The idea of drinking tea and eating scones surrounded by marvellous moggies sounds like the purrfect way to relax if you pardon the pun.
Lady Dinah’s is the first cat café to open in London and has proved so popular that booking in advance is a must. The salted caramel brownie is one of their most-raved about treats along with their hot chocolates and macaroons.
The Essex Rose, Dedham, Essex:
A beautiful teahouse that is around five hundred years old stands on Dedham’s high street opposite the church and war memorial. I have lost count of the times I have visited due to its striking surroundings and the best tea and scones in Essex (in my opinion).
Their breakfasts are just as lovely as their lunches in addition to their freshly-baked cakes. They also serve the best English Breakfast tea. Because tea is life after all.
The Daisy Cup Flower Café, Colchester:
Part cute café, part florist this spacious tea room in the heart of Colchester town centre is perfect for a coffee and a catch up. The décor is the most striking thing about this place, with grass print flooring and its mismatched patterned chairs great for reclining with tea and cake or a light lunch.
Their bouquets of flowers are also available online for order and even offer same day delivery Monday to Friday in addition to being available in store.