Butterfield's Tea Room can found inside – and outside on warm days – the beautiful church of St Mary the Virgin in Beech Hill.
Named for the church's architect, William Butterfield, the tea room always has a wide selection of sandwiches, savoury and sweet snacks, delicious cakes, hot and cold beverages available, as well as seasonal choices such as cream teas in the summer and mince pies around Christmas.
The tea room – which has the same opening hours as the shop – also has a range of toys and activities for young children to keep them occupied whilst you sit and relax or do your shopping in the village shop.
Tea Room history
Since we first opened the shop we have served tea, coffee and cakes but it soon became apparent that a more substantial refreshment area was needed. Customers would ask whether we sold sandwiches also, which led us to making fresh sandwiches to order. Our menu started small with a few filling choices but quickly grew as customers gave us their favourite combination ideas. We are able to offer fairtrade coffee made with our barista machine as well as speciality teas from cardews of Oxford.
One of our volunteers makes all our delicious cakes along with her sister, and this range has grown to include flapjacks, tiffin and more recently caramel shortbread.
The opportunity arose to extend the tea room slightly when we were offered a larger table. This was an offer we couldn't refuse and so we made the decision to grow the tea room slightly which would enable us to seat more people and we quickly got to work making chair cushions. We also decided to give the tearoom a name and what better name than Butterfield after the architect who designed the church?
We then looked again at our menu, which was already good but we wanted to develop it and make it more seasonal. Our staple sandwich menu stays the same all year, with our bacon sandwiches still the most popular. In winter we include homemade soup and in summer this changes to a salad option as well as cream teas with homemade scones.
As the church is Victorian we felt the tearoom needed to reflect this and so you will find our tables are covered in gorgeous white embroidered tablecloths with lace overcloths. You will find fresh flowers and a china sugar bowl and tongs on each table.
We can also cater for special dietary needs such as gluten and dairy free.
The tea room has its own Facebook page, with regular 'cake of the week' updates and menu daily specials.