Coffee & Cake

Afternoon Tea at Steam Vintage Tea Rooms

This post is a little late in coming, but a few months ago we whiled away a lovely Sunday afternoon at the Steam Vintage Tea Rooms in Bournemouth among 1950s memorabilia, with a stack of cakes and sandwiches between us. I thought I’d share this little hidden gem of a place…

The Steam Vintage Tea Rooms are located up at ‘The Triangle’ area of Bournemouth town on Poole Hill. It’s a quaint little tea room with two floors, cute decor and lovely friendly staff.

Exterior of Steam Vintage Tea Rooms

First we ordered our beverages – we both went for coffee as we are coffee fiends, and it was served in delightful mismatched cups and saucers. My Mum actually had that exact milk jug at home when I was growing up 🙂

Coffee and retro radio

Then out came the cakes and sandwiches piled onto a three-tiered cake stand: homemade sandwiches with various generous fillings, slabs of ‘proper’ chocolate cake and Victoria sponge, and my personal favourite; fruit scones with clotted cream and jam. Droool. So, basically all of my favourite things in one place!

Afternoon tea sandwiches and cakes

We must have spent about an hour and a half in the tearoom relaxing in the comfy chairs and devouring all of the sandwiches and cakes whilst listening to rock ‘n roll music from the ’50s. All of the food was marvellous and of course, we did not leave a single crumb uneaten!

Afternoon tea sandwiches and cakes

The afternoon tea was very good value (about £13 per person), and they were able to get us a booking on the same day that I phoned. Saying that, it’s probably best to book on the Steam Vintage Tearooms website or give them a call in advance to secure your table.

They cater to various dietary requirements including vegan and dairy free, so make sure you tell them what you require in this respect.

Afternoon tea table setting and retro radio

I did very much appreciate the cat lady humour too – made me feel right at home 🙂

Sign saying "My husband said it was either him or the cat. I miss him sometimes."

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