The Guildford Tearooms on James Street has seating on the footpath, sectioned off with lattice work and sheltered by umbrellas, as well as in a number of small rooms inside – each decorated with sideboards festooned with ornaments and walls with paintings and prints, it is a cosy and welcoming sort of place.
I stopped in after picking up the West at the nearby newsagency this morning and took a seat in one of the inside rooms, after ordering at the front counter. A pot of English Breakfast tea and a fruit scone were quickly to hand.
The scone, moist and warmed, succulent sultanas adding some sweetness, was served with strawberry jam and cream to dollop over; pleasant morning tea bite.
The pot of tea was properly heated – although I would have preferred it a little stronger – they are made with bags rather than leaves – but after steeping it was fine – enough for three cups before I was on my way.
The tearooms offer coffee and a variety of teas, cakes, scones and cream, as well as hearty, generously sized breakfasts – bacon, eggs, beans and the rest – and light lunches.
The service is friendly and efficient. Open 7 days, it gets pretty busy, especially on weekends, and surrounded by so many choices along the strip must be doing something right.