Wednesday 3 September 2014
The Chiltern Society have announced the winner of their inaugural Tea Shop Award, and it is the House of High Tea in Berkhamsted.
Following on from their successful Farm Shop Award last year the Society decided to launch a competition for the best tea shop in the Chilterns. The purpose of the project is to support local food producers and suppliers by celebrating local food heroes.
The public were invited to nominate their favourite tea shop and 29 businesses were nominated from all over the Chilterns. People were invited to vote for one of the 29 nominees. The businesses receiving the most votes became our 6 finalists.
A judging panel visited the finalists in order to score them on criteria such as delicious home made cakes, quality of service, range of teas and coffees. The competition was pretty fierce but the House of High Tea was selected as the overall winner.
The House of High Tea in Berkhamsted is a truly delightful tea room which scored highly against all the categories in our judging criteria, particularly for their beautiful home-made cakes, wonderful range of teas and coffees and very friendly service. The two runners-up who will receive Highly Commended certificates are Lotte’s Kitchen in Chinnor and The Lady Grey Tea Room in Wendover. Because each tea shop visited by the judges has its own distinctive style, a fourth award was given for Best Loved Community Café. The runaway winner was Curiositea in Ivinghoe, which is highly valued and praised by the locals.
Read more on the Chiltern Society website