Traditional tea, with a difference

PeggyEvery year, visitors flock to the New Forest to enjoy England’s enchanting natural heritage. Many choose to visit the charming town of Lymington, where they take a break from exploring with another English treasure – a delicious cup of Tetley, served at Peggy May’s Café.

Afternoon tea has proven so popular at this tiny café, that owner Cat has created several different options to offer something new to returning guests. A classic high tea includes scones, jam, clotted cream, and sandwiches, although visitors can also choose a more savoury ‘Huntsman’s Tea’ with cheese scones and chutney. All are served with a refreshing Tetley tea, served in a porcelain teapot.

Cat says her crockery is particularly important for creating the right atmosphere in her café. Every teapot is a different colour, just like the polka dot tablecloths adorning the mismatched tables. She believes this creates interest in the way ‘standard’ white options do not, and that this presentation style instils a positive impression among her customers. Judging by the glowing online reviews, Peggy May’s certainly seems to have cracked the secret to a good offer.

Alongside Tetley Original, Peggy May’s also serves Tetley Decaf. Cat says this is her own choice. Having introduced this caffeine-free blend to customers, she now says she is asked for it frequently.

Accommodating guests’ preferences in this way is an important part of what makes Peggy May’s service stand out. “People always comment on how polite and attentive our staff are,” says Cat. “We have table service, where we check on customers and ask if there’s anything else we can get them, and our team are always smiley.”

Quality is also a defining part of Peggy May’s. The food is homemade to traditional recipes, and is always fresh. The menu changes seasonally, with cake platters rotating for special occasions such as Mother’s Day.

Although customers are always sure to experience something new every time they visit Peggy May’s, they can be reassured they will always enjoy the recognisable taste of Tetley.

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