Afternoon tea at home

Takeaway tea during lockdown

Date ‘visited’: Monday 22nd June 2020

With tea rooms having been closed for over three months during the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, the only option for those wanting afternoon tea has been tea at home. As restrictions have been lifted, many tea rooms have offered a takeaway service from their doors, to stay in business as best they can.

There was a short, socially distanced, queue at Nana’s Tea Room, Wroughton.

With travel by public transport, except for essential purposes, also being strongly discouraged by the government, the only option is to use a local tea room. Fortunately Nana’s Tea Room in Wroughton has been offering a fairly full takeaway menu. The menu and selection of cakes are displayed in their front window and orders are taken from a bench across the front door. The takeaway menu includes hot breakfasts and lunches, sandwiches, rolls, toasties and paninis, as well as cakes and afternoon tea.

The packaged food, just after arriving home.

As my purchase needed to survive a journey home on the back of a bicycle, I chose not to buy a beverage. A ham salad sandwich and a slice of a gorgeously rich chocolate cake came to £6.95. To this I added Gyokuro Uji green tea from Comins Tea House in Bath which I brewed at home.

Both cake and sandwich survived the ride home undamaged and without spillage of the sandwich contents, despite the sandwich being well filled.

Unwrapping the cake and sandwich from Nana’s Tea Room.

Even though loosening of government restrictions will allow tea rooms to re-open from Saturday 4th July, many may not do so immediately as there are many precautions they will have to take before they can open. If your local tea room is offering a takeaway service, please continue to support them if you can.

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