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Miss B’s Tea Room

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I caught a train Melton Mowbray to meet one of my friends from home before we both head back to uni. We didn’t have masses of time to see each other so we decided we would spend a couple of hours in the afternoon catching up over afternoon tea. 

We were both unsure about what cafes or tea rooms would be close to the station when we arrived. Therefore I browsed the HappyCow app which is where I usually stumble across cafes and eateries that are vegan/veggie friendly and also independent places that I would not have necessarily discovered otherwise. I found Miss B’s Tea Room on the app and was drawn to the fact that they offer vegan lunch options, as well as vegan cakes, afternoon tea and an array of plant-based milks.

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Although I picked out this spot, I was still unsure what to expect; it is often hard to tell by the selective information and minimal imagery provided. Miss B’s Tea Rooms is set on the second floor of a Grade 2 listed building and is somewhat of a hidden gem. It is situated among the shops and would be easily missed if you were not aware of it being located there. Climbing up the old narrow staircase we arrived at the charming little tea room where we took a seat by the window overlooking Melton Mowbray's busy streets.

The heavy beams and uneven floors all added to the ambience of the traditional tea room. The space really did provide a relaxing experience which was helped by the fact that the space was divided into sections, creating almost cosy like corners. We likewise went at a quiet time at the end of the opening hours for the day and therefore it was very calm and peaceful so ideal to sit and chat. The vintage-inspired decor added to the quaint appeal and made the cafe seem even more appealing and inviting; the place had a lovely feel to it.

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The tea menu was extensive and when they arrived, our loose leaf teas were beautifully served in china pots with delicate china tea cups which both helped to set the nostalgic scene. I chose the green tea, whereas my friend had the class English breakfast. They similarly have a wide variety of options to cater for all, including gluten free and vegan. This included a great selection of sandwiches, toasties, jacket potatoes and light lunches. Having said this, it was the homemade gluten free cakes and scones that caught my eye.   

I selected the vegan chocolate and raspberry cake from the counter and my friend fancied more of a lunch option and so went for the Brie sandwich which came with crisps, salad and slaw. Other cakes included coffee and walnut, double chocolate, shortbread, Victoria sponge, flapjack and lemon and poppy seed. The vegan cake was delicious and in no means dry. The butter icing was smooth and creaming and perfectly complemented the sponge. 

If I lived closer to Melton Mowbray, this would quickly become one of my favourite places for tea and cake.

Rachel 

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