Published in WH Times 4 October 2017
The shops around the green in Brookman’s Park are that rare thing; a useful collection of local and independent businesses. There is a good butcher, baker and fishmonger, and all just a moment’s walk from the train station. I love that the cafe, Tealicious Tea Rooms, is a thriving independent rather than a chain, and it seems the locals do too, as when I popped in for a late lunch on a Tuesday it was very popular, with most tables full.
Known for it’s home-made cakes and traditional afternoon tea, Tealicious is a great place for tea, as you would expect, and the window is filled with cake stands and tea pots. It also does very good breakfasts and lunches too, and is open from 7 on most days, making this a useful place for any time. If you prefer coffee, don’t worry; we had very good coffee, and I would go back for the proper Greek coffee (just 1.20) which I failed to spot before ordering!
Lunches included a home-made butternut squash soup (the daily soup changes with the seasons), sandwiches, jacket potatoes and salads. I chose a halloumi salad, which was very generous, with plenty of olives and halloumi. It was slightly old-school, with all the little gem lettuce, but at 5.45 very good value. My partner chose a Greek breakfast for lunch, which came with lountza ham, Greek sausage, grilled tomatoes, eggs, halloumi and plenty of toast.
The large counter is filled with home-made cakes, scones and pastries, and I was interested to see lots of classic Greek/Cypriot favourites including baklava, koubes, spinach and feta parcels, all at very reasonable prices – koubes are just 85p each. We bought excellent sultana scones and flapjacks to take home, although the cupcakes and gluten-free blueberry cake also looked lovely.
Tealicious is table service, with two rooms and a few tables outside in good weather. Service was quick and friendly throughout, with the owners Vas and Andrea (sisters) on hand to welcome and look after customers. Just last week Tealicious celebrated it’s second birthday, and I am sure it will continue to thrive; it is exactly what you want in a neighbourhood cafe!
Open: Tues–Fri 7–5, Sat 9–4, Sun 10–3, closed Mondays.