After our trip to London last month, we all came back craving the afternoon tea experience. The city has a couple great options, but in our mind, Cambridge Tea House is one of the best spots for a traditional afternoon tea in Columbus, so we made a reservation for the morning of Mother’s Day!
You’ll find Cambridge Tea House on Fifth Avenue in Marble Cliff. It features a nicely appointed dining room and patio that’s both cozy and elegant without feeling too stuffy.
They feature an all-day breakfast menu, lunch, and different levels of afternoon tea service.
The tea service includes Prince or Princess Tea (a kids version with sandwiches, sweets, and a beverage), the Cambridge Cream Tea (tea and scones), the Tea & Sweets (a two-tiered tray featuring tea with scones and a trio of sweets), and Afternoon Tea (the full, three-tiered tray with sandwiches, scones, and sweets plus tea).
I love the designs on their china.
And it’s hard to argue with their scones with homemade jam and clotted cream. Now, you can’t legally make true clotted cream in the U.S. (because it’s made with unpasteurized cream), but Cambridge’s version comes very close.
Their breakfast menu covers 10 items, and ranges from simple scones and a cottage cheese or bacon plate to crepes, sandwiches, omelets.
The egg and cheese breakfast sandwich is made on house bread with a rosemary aioli; you can add bacon or avocado.
The tea house crepes come in a quartet of sweet or savory flavors. Check out the Nutella, banana, and strawberry here.
You’ll find a trio of omelets, too. This is the bacon and cheddar omelet. It’s served with a side of toast or tea bread and fruit.
And of course there are all sorts of cute desserts to enjoy!
There’s a full lunch menu with sandwiches, salads, and soups. They also do specialty menus tied to events or holidays, plus cakes, catering, and Posh Picnics you can enjoy at home.
Cambridge Tea House is currently open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Kitchen often closes at 2:30 p.m.)