Top places to stop off for a cup of tea in the Broads

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Sometimes all you want is a whistling kettle, the chink of china and a hot brew to wrap your hands around…  and in the Broads National Park finding one is a piece of cake! Here are a few lovely venues, waterside or nearly, that will warm you up quicker than you can say ‘Earl Grey’!

A Piece of Cake

For a café with a conscience, A Piece of Cake in Coltishall, is located in a former Salvation Army Hall, now known as the River Rooms. They source their ingredients locally such as milk from Norton’s Dairy, fruit and veg from local allotments and bread from Linzers in Norwich. They offer chairs and tables to cosy up inside or have an extensive takeaway menu which is just perfect for a fresh brew and a slice of cake on the go.

Visit them at: The River Rooms, Church Close, Coltishall, Norfolk, NR12 7DL

A Piece of Cake
The delightful interior of A Piece of Cake

The River Kitchen

Winner of the 2015 Best Broadland Café award, The River Kitchen is a vintage-style venue situated in Wroxham. They are famous for their generous afternoon teas, served on a traditional cake-stand and complete with sandwiches, scones, home-made cakes and Yorkshire Tea.  They’re also available for breakfast; lunch and dinner so there are always tasty options no matter what the time of day.

Visit them at: The River Kitchen, Riverside Road, Hoveton/Wroxham, Norfolk, NR12 8UD

The River Kitchen
Afternoon tea at The River Kitchen

Wroxham Barns

Wroxham Barns have been awarded the ‘Broads Quality Charter Gold Award’ based upon their use of seasonal vegetables and local produce; they also cater for gluten free and vegetarian requirements. With a restaurant and the Pantry Coffee Shop you can feed your need for tea or indulge in something a little more adventurous. Wroxham Barns are more than just an eatery, with a petting farm for kids and an extensive crafts shop, so you can stop off for a quick cuppa or make an entire day of it.  

Visit them at: Wroxham Barns, Tunstead Road, Hoveton, Norfolk, NR12 8QU

Appetising cream tea © Dan Cottle
Appetising cream tea© Dan Cottle (CC BY 2.0)

Earsham Street Café

Nestled in historic Bungay, is a 17th-century café with a penchant for good food. A place which serves such delights as stilton, spinach and hazelnut bread and butter pudding, rhubarb and ginger trifle and cakes in every enticing flavor you can imagine from lavender and honey to orange and rosemary. Dogs are welcome in their courtyard area which comes complete with water bowls and free dog biscuits. Don’t miss a chance to try their naughty hot chocolate –which comes with a dash of brandy! The ultimate winter warmer.

Visit them at: Earsham Street Café, 11-13 Earsham Street, Bungay, Suffolk, NR35 1AE

Earsham Street Cafe
The quaint Earsham Street Cafe

Cafe Jungle

Answer the call of the wild, at the exotic Café Jungle at Urban Jungle. This garden center with a twist specializes in exotic flora, and nestled in among the ferns and succulents are cosy armchairs and tables for you to unwind as you shop. They have a varied menu, from those things you’ll be familiar with such as a hot chocolate using jersey cream or an English breakfast tea, to the more unusual rosewater and cardamom lassi or cinnamon and plum green tea. And if you’re worried that you’re at the wrong end of the Broads to get here, fear not! There is one situated in Beccles in the south Broads and one in the north Broads near Norwich.

Visit them at: Ringland Lane, Old Costessey, Norwich, Norfolk, NR8 5BG Or

London Road, Weston, Beccles, Suffolk, NR34 8TT

Cafe Jungle at Urban Jungle
Unwind in tropical surroundings at Cafe Jungle