Yesterday I came across a little gem, a little tearoom situated in Bournemouth town centre which is apparently the only tearoom in Bournemouth. I have lived here for 3 years now and have never once come across this place, which is a huge shame as I am a sucker for a good tearoom! But sadly I will be heading back to Guernsey soon, so won’t be able to make the most of this café.
Frieda’s is a family run tearoom which strives on serving high quality foods packed with healthy ingredients, which are locally sourced. From the moment I walked in, I was taken aback by the cute shabby chic interior. The inside was decked with furniture which looked as if it had come straight out of an antique shop, beautiful flowers and lots of bunting. There was a very relaxed and amicable atmosphere evident within the tearoom and I really was in my element, maybe getting a bit too snap happy! It was extremely quiet when we arrived, which may have been a result of its location down a quiet side road off the main highstreet.
Both Grace and I struggled making a decision for lunch as there was lots of choice, sandwiches, jacket potatoes, a tart of the day, all day breakfasts and hand breaded chicken strips to name a few. I decided on a cheese and ham jacket potato and Grace chose a steak sandwich on fresh farmhouse bread, and of course a huge pot of tea! I am not a big fan of steak but it was cooked to Grace’s requirements and considering the sandwich was all eaten, I think that was a sign of a good lunch! My jacket potato was simple but great, and the homemade coleslaw was really tasty. I don’t think the pictures do justice to how tasty the food was.
The members of staff were super friendly and we even made friends with an old lady who had come in for a bite of lunch. The level of service and the food provided was great and although it was hard to resist the cakes on offer, it gives me more reason to return. I can’t wait, afternoon tea looks especially good!
A visit is definitely recommended and I am certain that you will not be disappointed, especially if you enjoy simple food cooked really well. To find out more about Frieda’s Tearoom check out their Website or their Facebook page, I guarantee the pictures will win you over!
The tearoom can be found on Stafford Road.
A quaint and quintessentially English experience
For a charming breakfast, look no further than the family run, independent tea room that is Frieda’s. The personal touch really is evident in every part of this lovely tearoom from the home-cooked food, to the welcoming interior, and the attentive service. The menu prioritizes locally sourced and healthy ingredients and serves up some of the best poached eggs in town. The beautiful bunting, rustic wooden furniture, and delightful tea sets lend this quaint café its enchanting atmosphere.
Opening hours: Monday-Friday 9 am-4 pm, Saturday 9 am-5 pm, Sunday 10 am-4 pm
Watch out for: the poached eggs & quaint atmosphere
Address & telephone number: Frieda’s Tearoom, 7 Stafford Road, Bournemouth, England, +44 1202 291981
By Marianna Hunt
Just when you think all of the good ideas have vanished from our midst, Frieda’s Tearoom and all its wonderful originality come to light.
Family owned and operated, Frieda’s Tearoom is an afternoon tea experience like no other. Set on-board a vintage shabby-chic double-decker bus, guests are individually greeted and the personal hospitality continues right through your one and a half hour experience along the beautiful Bournemouth coastline. The return journey starts at Bournemouth Pier and heads to Boscombe Pier and Southbourne’s historic Hengistbury Head.
During our tour, we experienced exceptional sunshine with glorious 28C temperatures. As we watched the sea shimmering like the Mediterranean, it was difficult to believe we were in the UK. From the top deck of the bus, the sea views were fantastic and afforded us views of majestic yachts, jet skis and powerboats speeding across the horizon.
Afternoon tea on a vintage bus
Frieda’s pulls out all the stops to ensure a quality experience. The plates, sugar bowl and milk jug are all served in beautiful gold plated bone china for a sense of occasion.
Given that the afternoon tea experience takes place on a moving bus, extra precautions are taken to avoid spillages – tea is served in lovely ceramic handle-less mugs with rubber lids and the three-tier cake stand is affixed to the table so it doesn’t fall over.
The delicious afternoon tea consisted of homemade cakes and sandwiches (cheese and coleslaw, smoked salmon and cream cheese, egg mayonnaise and cheese and chutney) and oven fresh scones that were still piping hot from the oven and served with clotted cream with homemade strawberry jam and delightful Rainforest Alliance certified Dorset Tea.
The desserts were a piece of art with options such as lemon slices, sensational macaroons (fruity and lightly chewy in the middle), mini chocolate cupcakes and strawberry slices on offer.
For a memorable afternoon tea experience unlike any other, Frieda’s is in a league of its own. Frieda’s Teabus Tours operates every weekend and departs at 2pm from Bournemouth Pier.
*My afternoon tea experience was hosted by Frieda’s Tearoom. All opinions are my own.
Ben Ricci – http://www.destinationdelicious.com/restaurants-and-bars/friedas-tearoom-bournemouth-england-uk