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It was local Potteries author, Arnold Bennett, who famously summed-up the enormous debt which Britain owes to Stoke-on-Trent: "You cannot drink tea out of a tea-cup without the aid of the Five Towns, you cannot eat a meal in decency without the aid of the Five Towns”.

Bennett’s “Five Towns” are a part of Britain’s literary heritage.  Stoke-on-Trent in reality, of course, is made up of six towns and is the world capital of ceramics.  It’s also a place where visitors come not only to buy their cups, saucers and teapots from a host of factory shops - but also for a cup of tea and a sticky bun!

Not all tearooms, of course, use fine china.  And even in Stoke-on-Trent some of the more modern café-bars show a penchant for more contemporary mugs and teapots.

But in a city which knows a thing of two about serving tea and cakes, here’s our Top Ten Tearooms of Stoke-on-Trent…

Emma Bridgewater

A café with a secret walled garden. Serving fresh, simple and tasty food, often inspired by Emma Bridgewater’s own recipes, this cosy cafe is a place to meet family or friends and relax over a delicious, home cooked lunch or enjoy tea and cakes - either indoors, or in its “secret” walled garden.

http://emmabridgewaterfactory.co.uk/pages/cafe-garden/

Wedgwood Tea Room

Visitors will find a contemporary and indulgent interpretation of afternoon tea in one of the world’s finest tearooms, where attention to detail is everything.  Including a delicious selection of sweet and savoury dishes, afternoon tea also features the choice of Wedgwood’s finest teas including the new range of Wonderlust Teas - and all served in the finest Wedgwood china of course.

https://www.worldofwedgwood.com/content/wedgwood-tea-room

Whitmore Tea Rooms

A few miles from the city centre, and just five minutes from Junction 15 of the M6, Whitmore Tea Rooms is located in a beautifully restored 18th century cottage in an area reminiscent of a bygone era.  Overlooking the historic parish church and grounds of Whitmore Hall the tea room is a quiet haven to relax and take a trip back in time to celebrate tea in its time honoured traditional style.  The Tea Rooms’ team of cooks and cake bakers work daily to provide the freshest food made with the best ingredients.

http://whitmoretearooms.co.uk

Shippon Tea Rooms

Another tearoom on the outskirts of the city limits.  This time, at Lask Edge, on the way to Biddulph - home of the National Trust’s Biddulph Grange Gardens. This one is a “quirky period tea room”, run by a mother and daughter, located in a lovingly transformed 19th Century shippon (cattle shed), and set in an English country garden.

https://www.facebook.com/ShipponTeaRooms/

The Italian Garden Tearoom, Trentham Gardens

The tearoom is the perfect pit stop during a visit to the world-class Trentham Estate, where the gardens are now the fourth most-visited paid-for garden attraction in the UK.  The stylish £1m building, with sweeping views of the Italian Gardens and Capability Brown lake and landscape serves everything from tea and cakes, to Staffordshire oatcakes!  The tea room was refurbished in late 2017.

http://www.trentham.co.uk/shopping-and-eating/a-to-z-of-eateries/eating-at-trentham-gardens/italian-garden-tearoom

The Glost House Café

The Glost House was launched out of a passion for simple, tasty, quality food and drink within the industrial buildings of a former potbank.  Located in Longton, this is the place for a healthy breakfast, a warming bowl of home-made soup or a selection of snacks with a glass of wine.

http://www.theglosthouse.co.uk

The Tearoom at Middleport Pottery

Situated at the heart of Middleport Pottery (the backdrop for TV’s Great Pottery Throw Down), these tea rooms serve freshly made coffee, a wide variety of teas, and plenty of sweet treats, or savoury dishes. There is even an outdoor seating area on the Trent and Mersey Canal.  The Tea Room is decorated with murals by talented local artist Joyce Iwaszko, mirroring the design of some of the best-loved Burleigh pottery patterns.

http://www.middleportpottery.org/visit-us/tearoom/

The Quarter Café

The Quarter opened in December 2016, and is based in the city centre’s ‘Cultural Quarter’ in Hanley town.  This emerging area has several independent café bars and restaurants.  The Quarter is a family run business, and has also become a vnue for live entertainment.  It is described as a café-bar where customers can ‘eat, drink, and listen’.

http://thequartercafe.co.uk

POTBANK Café, Old Spode Works

Something special is happening at the Old Spode Works in the town of Stoke.  It’s 19th century buildings these days are home to the Spode Heritage Trust, a 26-bedroom hotel (due to open in Spring 2018), art studios, and the all-new Potbank Café.  Housed within one of the many renovated buildings, it has a glowing log burner in winter months, and an outside seating area ready for  sunnier days…along with an ever-expanding menu.

http://potbank.co.uk/cafe/

Blue Willow Tea Room, Spode Heritage Centre

The Blue Willow Tea Room, meanwhile, is a throwback to former times on the Old Spode works.  Operated by the Spode Heritage Trust, if offers tea supplied by local tea merchants, Godfrey C. Williams & Son from Sandbach…served “the proper way”, in Spode Blue Willow pattern tea cups and saucers.  Currently open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays

http://www.spodeworks.org/blue-willow-tea-room

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Emma Bridgewater Factory
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Emma Bridgewater's Victorian Factory

The Emma Bridgewater factory sits in a lovely position alongside the Caldon Canal lies in the heart of The Potteries. The beautiful sunny Victorian factory is ideally located just on the outskirts of Stoke-on-Trent's City Centre. Awarded two of VisitEngland's top accolades for "Best Told Story" and "Quality Food & Drink" in 2017, visitors can head on a fascinating factory tour, try your hand at decorating a piece of your very own unique piece of Emma Bridgewater pottery, relax for lunch in the beautiful kitchen sat beside the spotty Aga, or enjoy an afternoon in the delightful garden behind the factory.

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Afternoon tea in the Wedgwood Tea Room is a truly elegant and memorable experience served on Wedgwood china by highly experienced staff. A contemporary and indulgent interpretation of afternoon tea, including a delicious selection of sweet and savoury dishes. Visitors to the Wedgwood Tea Room will be spoilt for choice with Wedgwood’s finest teas to choose from including the new range of Wonderlust Teas.

Whitmore Tea Rooms
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Spode Museum Trust Heritage Centre
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Learn about the history of the factory, see displays of fine ceramics and archival films; watch demonstrations of transfer printing, hand painting and raised paste gilding; visit the world famous Blue Room; enjoy browsing around the large shopping area and relax with tea and cake in the Blue Willow Tea Room at the end of your visit.

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