On a recent visit to Southport, I was delighted to discover the little gem that is the Westminster Tea Rooms, Southport. Situated on the prestigious Lord Street, the Tea Rooms offers a wonderful alternative to the usual offerings in this seaside resort. This is most definitely a dining experience with a difference!
The Tea Rooms is a beautiful nod to times gone by, and this is by no means a half hearted affair. When visiting the Tea Rooms you will be transported back to a time when the surroundings were grand, the food was hearty and the service was sublime. Upon entering, it is evident that this is a unique experience, from the chandeliers to the silver tea pots and the authentic staff dress, no detail has been overlooked to create an authentic atmosphere.
The Menu itself is extensive and, like the venue, quintessentially English. It can take you all the way through from breakfast to dinner in style with offerings like the Breakfast Sundae (layers of berries, yoghurt and granola) and Eggs Royale with smoked salmon, to Homemade Hotpot and Steak and Kidney Pie. There are a variety of treats on offer in the form of salads, sandwiches, platters and even gluten free options, all lovingly created with a twist. Finally, the week ends with a Sunday Roast!
Desserts are done in style at the Westminster Tea Rooms and there is no doubting that the specialty is of course the Afternoon Tea! Sadly I did not sample it on this occasion, but fully intend to do so! I did, however, indulge in the Cherry Bakewell cake and can highly recommend for the beautiful flavour and delicious moist texture. There is a wonderful selection of cakes on offer, many of which are homemade in the Tea Rooms kitchen, along with an offering of alternative options such as profiteroles, carrot cake and Lemon Meringue Pie. All can be accompanied by a pot of tea from the lengthy list of options, or even a relaxing glass of wine!
I have tried to capture the character of the Tea Rooms in the photographs below. If you are in the Southport area I can really recommend a visit, you won’t be disappointed!