Finding The Best Cream Tea On The South Coast: Halladay's Tearooms, Southampton

22 February 2019

Oooh, what have we got here? A new blog series, huh? If you've ever read any of my Sick Tings posts you'll know that I'm very partial to a cream tea and have had a fair few in my time. I like to think that I'm quite the expert at judging what a good cream tea is and isn't so thought I'd impart this wisdom on the internet. My goal is to find the best cream tea on the south coast documenting it along the way. The current judging criteria are; taste, clotted cream quantity, price, aesthetic and location. Essentially, I'm going to try a whole load of different cream teas in the name of research and report back on each one in a blog post, giving it a full review.

Finding The Best Cream Tea On The South Coast: Halladay's Tearooms, Southampton


So, where better to start than right here in Southampton? I'd heard a lot about Halladay's Tearooms but had never actually been myself. That all changed this week when Toria and I decided to check it out for lunch. It's located in Bedford Place, and has the prettiest decor, but more on that later. The tearoom itself is very small, it holds less than 30 people, but thankfully we arrived just as another group were leaving so didn't need to wait long for a table. I had the Halladay's cream tea and Toria opted for the breakfast - both were delicious. 
Finding The Best Cream Tea On The South Coast: Halladay's Tearooms, Southampton
Finding The Best Cream Tea On The South Coast: Halladay's Tearooms, Southampton
Finding The Best Cream Tea On The South Coast: Halladay's Tearooms, Southampton

Finding The Best Cream Tea On The South Coast: Halladay's Tearooms, Southampton

Finding The Best Cream Tea On The South Coast: Halladay's Tearooms, Southampton
Finding The Best Cream Tea On The South Coast: Halladay's Tearooms, Southampton


Taste 

The most important feature: taste. The scones came out warm and were genuinely delicious. They were crispy on the outside, soft on the inside and had a caramel kinda flavour. They were actually incredible. They were also fairly light (aka not stodgy at all) so I'm very glad I opted for two rather than just one!

Clotted Cream Quantity 

A deal-breaker, no? There's nothing more disappointing than a scone with a shoddy amount of clotted cream on it, so, this criterion is certainly one of the make-or-breakers for me. I can confirm that a very generous portion was provided that was more than enough for my two scones.

Price

I had the Halladay's cream tea which includes a pot of tea, two scones and costs £7.25. It also comes with lots of fresh berries and two pots of jam, so overall I would say it was a fairly good price.

Aesthetic 

An absolute top scorer on the aesthetic front. Everything in the tearooms is pastel coloured, the cream tea comes out on a two-tiered stand and the walls are decorated with pretty plaques. There are fresh tulips on every table and it's just a bit of an Instagrammer's dream, yanno? 10/10 for aesthetics.

Location 

As aforementioned, Halladay's is located in Bedford Place and it's fair to say there isn't an awful lot to do around there, which could be a bit of an issue if there is a huge queue for tables. (They don't take bookings!) It's also about a 15 minute walk from West Quay, so not somewhere convenient to just pop into for a tea after a trip to Primark. 


Overall, with all things considered, I rate the cream tea at Halladay's pretty highly. The food was delicious, the decor really pretty and it wasn't too badly priced considering!


Where shall I try next?

11 comments

  1. This is a blog series I can really get behind! Love a cream tea. This place looks so pretty too

    www.theemeralddove.co.uk

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  2. Ooo you need to come to Devon we do the best cream tea here! Also Somerset is good aswell 😊😊😊

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  3. I love little cute tea rooms like this! I've never been to the South Coast before but I'd love to visit!

    Katie | www.justkatiee.com XX

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  4. What a cute shop! But wait, i'm not knowledgeable when it comes to tea. Is cream tea like hot milk tea? The place looks lovely x

    Bee | Sincerely, Bee ♡.

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  5. Loving the general aesthetics and those scones look awesome.
    Thank you so much for sharing with everyone.

    www.rogueandrouge.org

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  6. Ahh this place is so so cute! I would love to go for a cute tea date with Ru!

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  7. I absolutely love the idea of this series Becca, I do love a good cream tea so its gonna be good to know where is best! I may have to check Halladay's out!

    Lucy | Forever September

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  8. What a pretty tearoom! I love visiting tearooms on holiday - we don't have anything close to a good cream tea in Birmingham (that I've found!) x

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  9. This is such a wonderful series idea! Cream tea is so nice and this one looks amazing- I love that they give you fresh fruit and the scones themselves sound so yum!

    Soph - https://sophhearts.com x

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  10. I have to say I can get behind this series, I love cream tea! My current favourite place is in Cockington, Devon. We had our cream tea outside in lovely weather and was even joined by a tiny little robin (it felt like a Disney film).

    Great post!

    Jess xxx || http://littlepinkduckblog.blogspot.co.uk/

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