By Megan Malamood
A step off of the beaten path in Wayne is A Taste of Britain, a delightful cafe and tearoom fit for a relaxing afternoon getaway. Hidden farther back in Eagle Village Shops, it is not a place you would readily drive by, so finding this charming cafe makes it all the more rewarding.
Reminiscent of a quiet country cottage, A Taste of Britain successfully lives up to its name with the environment alone, by allowing you to experience what you might expect to find in England. With its the soft green walls, rustic wood furniture, antique chandeliers and brass-tiled ceiling, the space has been transformed into a cozy dining area with a warm and peaceful ambiance.
With exclusive choices on the tea menu including Black teas, Rooibos, Oolong, green, white and herbal teas, the friendly staff is more than happy to recommend its personal favorites. A tea connoisseur ought to be very satisfied with the selection, but with detailed and enticing descriptions, someone who simply enjoys a hot cup of tea will be just as pleased.
Described as “a flavorful tea with subtle notes of peach and apricot,” the Kenya Black tea was marked as a house favorite and was as delicious as the description suggested.
The lunch menu features homemade soup and frittata and panini specials of the day. It also includes, but is not limited to, several salads, croissant sandwiches, traditional tea sandwiches and “English favorites,” including chicken pot pie, sausage rolls and a Cheshire club sandwich.
For someone curious or indecisive, a combination plate is available. As one option, you can order a house salad with a four-tea sandwich assortment for $10. For $2 more, you can substitute a specialized salad.
The butternut squash salad with mixed greens, roasted butternut squash, crumbled goat cheese, candied pecans and a homemade maple vinaigrette will leave your mouth watering for more.
The tea sandwich assortment includes turkey with cranberry mayo, roast beef with a light horseradish sauce, tuna salad and egg salad.
As long as you don’t expect them to burst with exoticism, these classic tea sandwiches will be very satisfying and tasty—nothing overwhelmingly exciting, but simply and delicately good.
A Taste of Britain is also known for its homemade scones. The selection includes buttermilk, cherry almond, chocolate chip and other flavors. For an extra $1.25, they can be made gluten-free.
The oatmeal apple caramel scone of the month was sampled and fortunately the waitress recommended a side of lemon curd sauce with it. Otherwise, the scone would have been a bit dry.
Although the highest priced lunch item is only $14.50, and most range from $8 to $12, you should be careful with your add-on items, or your lunch bill will add up to more than you might expect.
Rid yourself of any preconceived notions of a formal tearoom being for wealthy Main Line women only—A Taste of Britain is intended to be enjoyed by all who enter inside its warm, homey walls.
With its pleasant atmosphere, it is a great place for anyone looking to indulge in a nice lunch or experience an authentic Afternoon Tea.
It is not a place to run for a quick bite, but rather one meant to be enjoyed leisurely. If you would like a good meal as well as a chance to wind down and escape your chaotic and stressful schedule, A Taste of Britain is certainly the place for you.