Finding The Best Cream Tea On The South Coast: Evelyn's Tea House, Southampton

31 May 2019

I'm still very proud that I came up with this series - is there anything more on-brand for me?? Other than maybe a roast dinner version... Now, that, could be an idea! Anyway, in our hungover state from the weekend, Toria and I headed to yet another tearoom for a cream tea and we were not disappointed. We had quite a hefty scroll of Google and eventually found Evelyn's Tea House in Southampton. 
Finding the best cream tea on the south coast - Evelyn's Tea House, Southampton.

In case you're new to this series, I'll just give you a quick rundown. Essentially, I am on a mission to find the best cream tea on the south coast. I've had a fair few scones in my lifetime - which you can see from this series alone - and so I like to consider myself a bit of a connoisseur by this point. I've come up with five judging criteria (that I think are very important) and am using them all to rate each tearoom I visit. Each cream tea then gets a post of its own - just like this one, meaning that if you're ever down here in the south, you can choose the best place to go for any scone cravings. 

The staff at Evelyn's were all really friendly and so helpful. Our server explained how Evelyn's is a family run business with as many things as possible being home-made on site. They also stock over 100 different loose leaf teas, complete with their own menu, but I am embarrassed to say that I did just go for a breakfast tea... Oops. I also opted for a slice of lemon and blueberry cake, as well as my cream tea, and that was delicious!

Finding the best cream tea on the south coast - Evelyn's Tea House, Southampton.
Finding the best cream tea on the south coast - Evelyn's Tea House, Southampton.


Taste 

Another tearoom with a good scone... It came out warm and dusted with icing sugar - it's the little things, huh? As like any good scone, it was crispy on the outside but really soft on the inside. Also, it was huuuuge, so that's a big thumbs up from me. 

Clotted Cream Quantity 

Now, for such a big scone. it's fair to say that neither Toria or I thought there was nearly enough clotted cream! So much so, that we actually ended up ordering more, boooo.

Price

Of all of the cream teas in this series, this one is on the slightly dearer end of the spectrum at £6.50 (which, I know isn't a lot, but it's all relative!) With the cream tea, you can, however, have a whole variety of different drinks. Not only one of the 100 different teas, but also a few different coffees as well as milkshakes. 

Aesthetic 

All of the food is served on pretty, floral vintage china which I think is a bit of a necessity for a cream tea! I loved all of the jars of teas on the wall and the flower garlands draped around the room. 

Location 

Whilst this tea room is in Southampton, it's not in the city centre, so not somewhere you could walk over to after spending a small fortune in West Quay! In case you were wondering, it's a 12-minute drive from West Quay (my point of reference for anything in Southampton) but there isn't an awful lot to do in the immediate local area. But, if you're Southampton based like I am, it's very convenient to get to of an afternoon!


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Helloooo (Yep, I'm Still Here)

28 May 2019


Woweeee, it's been a while, hasn't it? Four weeks to be exact. It's fair to say that they were a veryyyy busy four weeks and I'm very glad to see the back of them. Anyway, I CANNOT believe that I've  finished university now?! How is it all over already? I've spoken a lot about my uni experience over here on my blog but it genuinely has been the best time ever. Who'd have thought I'd be leaving uni with so many good pals and great memories, huh?

So, a quick recap of the last month or so... I finally finished my dissertation after a very stressful few months trying to get it all sorted. My results were very significant (P<.001 !!!) and I'm very pleased with how it turned out! My results even ended up supporting the research that my supervisor is currently doing, so that's pretty cool! On my course, we submit our diss' online meaning we can't have our stand by the uni, holding our diss photo that we've been working for 3 years waiting for... So, I decided to take matters into my own hands (literally) and improvise.

After submitting my diss it was straight into revision. I only had 2 exams this year but there was a lot of content covered in them both. So, I pretty much spent the next three weeks with my head in a textbook, trying to remember as much as I possibly could. As for my exams, I feel that one went significantly better than the other, and thankfully the better one contributes more to my overall degree, so we'll just cross our fingers and hope for the best!

My final exam was over by 11.30 on the 24th of May, so my pals and I proceeded to spend the rest of the day drinking Thatchers in the sun. For dinner, we went to Toby Carvery (amazing, as always) before getting an early night ahead of the busy weekend...

So, Saturday saw me attend Mutiny (or South Central as it's now known) for the third year in a row and it was genuinely a fantastic day. The sun was out, the drinks were flowing and the music was fab. The top 3 highlights for me were definitely Macky Gee, John Newman and Craig David. I literally danced allllll day long - is there a better way to celebrate finishing exams?

Hmmm, I think there is, how about 2 festivals in 2 days? I was very kindly gifted a couple of tickets to Bournemouth 7s this year, and so that's where we spent our Sunday! (Once we'd eaten and partially recovered from the day before!) I'd actually never been to 7s before, which, considering everyone and their brother from my hometown goes, is a bit shoddy really. We didn't end up watching all that much rugby in the end, opting instead for the 80s/90s dance tent, which was fab! (Who'd have thought that would be where Becca chose to spend her afternoon?!) We left just after midnight and it's fair to say we were both a little shattered - it is confirmed, Becca cannot hack a 3-day bender anymore.



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Finding The Best Cream Tea On The South Coast: So:Cake, Southampton

1 May 2019

Hellooooo, long time no chat. As I'm sure most of you are aware, I'm currently in my last few weeks of university and it's fair to say things are just a little bit busy. Of late, pretty much all of my days have been spent diss writing and preparing for exams, fun fun fun. But anyway, I'm alive and well, I just don't have too much time to be creating content over here on my blog. I have, however, been posting daily on Instagram, so if you don't follow me over there - that's where you're most likely to hear about what I'm up to! 

Yesterday I headed down to So:Cake, which recently opened in town, to try one of their cream teas in exchange for one of these posts. Whilst I was gifted the experience,  my thoughts very much are my own - this gal knows a good scone from a bad one. 
Finding the best cream tea on the south coast - So:Cake, Southampton. Judging criteria include price, clotted cream quantity, location and aesthetic

So, a little about So:Cake. It recently opened in Southampton city center, and, by recent, I mean a few weeks kind of recent. The decor is all really colourful and bright, with pink walls galore - perfect for that Instagram aesthetic. 

Finding the best cream tea on the south coast - So:Cake, Southampton. Judging criteria include price, clotted cream quantity, location and aesthetic

As some of you might already know, I'm currently trying to cut out dairy (clotted cream is one of the things I'm giving a free pass, FYI) but I was very pleased to spot that So:Cake had Oatly Barista on offer - my current milk substitute of choice, so that's a big thumbs up from me. Anyway, enough rambling... What did I think of the cream tea? 

Finding the best cream tea on the south coast - So:Cake, Southampton. Judging criteria include price, clotted cream quantity, location and aestheticFinding the best cream tea on the south coast - So:Cake, Southampton. Judging criteria include price, clotted cream quantity, location and aestheticFinding the best cream tea on the south coast - So:Cake, Southampton. Judging criteria include price, clotted cream quantity, location and aestheticFinding the best cream tea on the south coast - So:Cake, Southampton. Judging criteria include price, clotted cream quantity, location and aestheticFinding the best cream tea on the south coast - So:Cake, Southampton. Judging criteria include price, clotted cream quantity, location and aesthetic

Taste 

The scone was lovely - it was warm when it came out, crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. Now, not to steal the scone's thunder but the raspberry jam that came with it was amazing - we all commented on just how good it was!

Clotted Cream Quantity 

As always, this is the most important criteria for me and I wasn't disappointed. There was more than enough cream for the two halves of the scone so there are absolutely no complaints here. 

Price

At £4.95, for a scone, a pot of tea, cream and jam - I think the price is very reasonable. So:Cake also offer an Afternoon Tea option which is £12.95 and includes the above as well as sandwiches and a slice of cake... Toria had one of these and it looked amazing, if only I liked sandwiches, huh?

Aesthetic 

So, aesthetic is definitely something that has been properly considered in this tea room. All of the scones come out on cute cake stands, the teacups are all floral bone china numbers, there's a pink and white stripey wall, a huge painting of Mary Berry and lots of other quirky details... Perfect for the gram, hey?

Location 

Now, in a lot of these previous posts I have been harping on about how Southampton needs a nice tearoom in the middle of the city... Well, here we are. Located just a bit further on from ASDA this really is a convenient place to get to. Hooray for delish cream teas within walking distance of West Quay!


So, overall, I'm very impressed by So:Cake... I love the aesthetic, the food all looks amazing and the scones were fab. Oh, and the staff were really friendly, too! It's fair to say this place gets a big thumbs up from me!
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