I am a sucker for a tea room, I love them. The only trouble is there just seem to be so many and not enough time to try them all out. One in particular that I have liked the look of for some time is Cherry On Top in Chelmsford.
I went for lunch there with my parents to try it out. It looks very welcoming from the outside with pretty trees outside the door way and lovely big windows.
Once inside I was still impressed with the overall feel of the place and how it had all been decorated. I especially liked the fresh flowers on the counter to brighten the place up, although I was not at all welcomed by either of the two members of staff who just continued with their conversation, completely ignoring us.
We chose a table upstairs as when we arrived there were no vacant tables downstairs, which was a shame as downstairs does seem a lot nicer.
I ordered the afternoon tea, it just had to be done. The scones were still warm and tasted very fresh, it came with butter which seemed a bit strange to me, usually you just get the jam and clotted cream which would have been sufficient enough.
I can't help but think this place is really lacking in a lot of things though which I find such a shame for somewhere with so much potential. The staff were rude and there was no atmosphere in there at all, even though it was fairly busy. I feel that perhaps some soft ,music playing in the background would have made quite a bit of a difference.
The presentation wasn't up to much. I must say I do like the miss matched china which could have worked really well here. Everything just seemed to uniformed if you get what I am saying. All the chairs and tables were exactly the same which did make the place flow nicely but there was something just not quite right.
I will be honest, I won't be visiting again, but there are still plenty of others in reach that I am still yet to try :)
~ Gem x