Review of Biddy’s Tea Room restaurant in Norwich

It was one of those days where November turned into the 11th.

The rain was lashing, the wind was determined to whip at your umbrella, and it was so gray it looked like it hadn’t had the right light all day.

But there was a warm welcome and, more importantly, gigantic, cheering slices of cake waiting for us in Biddy’s Tea Room.

The quaint Victorian-style cafe opened on Lower Goat Lane in Norwich Lanes in 2010; there is also a sister branch, Biddy’s Kitchen, in Aylsham.

It’s open from breakfast, but the real stars here are its high teas and snacks with scones and cakes made fresh from the in-house bakery, and its incredible range of over 50 tea blends.

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It really is a magnificent place, like stepping back in time to your great-great-aunt’s ‘best’ salon.

Antique details such as William Morris-style wallpaper, mismatched furniture, cheap crockery and quirky curios, and its slightly cluttered layout create a cozy and intimate feeling.

We booked in advance, and I was really glad we did because it seemed like a lot of other people had also felt that such a gloomy day called for a bit of cake to lift their spirits.

Our friendly waitress ushered us quickly to our table, a window seat tucked away in a corner, and we settled in to savor the menu.

And, with a truly amazing range of options available, that was a treat in itself.

In the first place, I found myself wondering why he had never turned up at breakfast time, because his charmingly named Biddabon cakes sound like the ideal way to start the day.

The Cinnamon Smoked Maple Bacon and Maple Cream Cheese (£4.50 alone or £7 with tea or coffee) has now been added to my must-try list.

The nice thing about the afternoon tea menu at Biddy’s is that you can choose your favorite items, depending on how hungry you are.

Sandwiches, pastries (temptingly displayed on the glass-fronted counter), scones, and rolls are all available plain.

Or, for £6.95, you can opt for a mini cream tea, served with jam, clotted cream and clotted cream, or a savory tea of ​​a cheese scone served with chutney and salads, both come with your choice of tea or coffee.

Taking things a level or two, the Gourmet Tea (£15.95) includes a pound cake slice, scone and baked tray and the High Tea (£19.95) includes a sausage or vegetable roll, cheese scone and a mini Cheeseboard. with accompaniments Again both include tea and coffee.

We decided to go for the do-it-yourself afternoon tea (£17.95), where you get your choice of a sandwich, scone and cake, served on a tiered stand.

We started with tea; Would we choose gunpowder green? Lavender Norfolk? Rose Garden?

In the end, my friend opted for the massala chai, an Assam spiced with cardamom, ginger, cinnamon, black pepper, chicory root and cloves.

And I chose Biddy’s blend of Earl Grey, rose petals, vanilla, and orange blossom.

Who knew that so many flavors could be packed into a flowery vintage mug?

Our teas arrived in large capacity vintage enamel teapots. That’s another big plus point for Biddy’s. The china and wonderful flavors can be finicky, but the portions definitely are not – you really do get value for money here.

Take the sandwiches. After much deliberation we both opted for the goat cheese, honey, almond and chutney, although I was also tempted by the smoked ham, chilli jam and brie, with fluffy granary bread.

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The three substantial, precision-cut fingers were generously filled with creamy, tangy cheese, and there was a good amount of spinach and shredded apple-carrot salad on the side.

Scones were perfectly baked. My friend opted for lemon and lavender, served warm with pots of delicious cream and tangy lemon curd.

He said it was firm on the outside, fluffy on the inside, and delicious all around.

As was my cheese bun. As a keen amateur researcher of the humble teatime salty treat, I’m happy to report that it’s one of the best specimens I’ve ever tasted.

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The punchy Cheddar flavor really came through though, given an extra kick by a dash of paprika. The accompanying butter was exactly the right temperature for spreading, and it also came with a pot of onion chutney.

Calling the top tier of our afternoon tea a “slice” of cake does not do justice to the magnificent wedges we were presented with.

With over a dozen varieties to choose from, from traditional Victoria sponge and Bakewell tart to double-decker rocky road and millionaire’s butter, I found myself torn between the salted caramel brownie and Biscoff cookie dough.

I went for the latter and every layer, from the springy sponge to the spiced speculoos cookie placed on top, was a delight.

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My friend chose the carrot cake, complete with “proper” cream cheese frosting and a dollop of Chantilly cream topped with a blueberry.

“Irresistible” was his verdict.

So irresistible, in fact, that we somehow managed to finish it all, something the staff seemed a bit surprised and impressed by.

But if we had been defeated, there would have been an option to pack up the leftovers to take home.

It was still raining when we left. But, with a bit of a sugar rush, our spirits were definitely brighter.

Biddy’s Tea Room is in Lower Goat Lane, Norwich. Reservations are recommended and reservations can be made online at biddystearoom.com. Follow on Instagram @biddystearoom

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