Starting a Tea Room

  • Price: £5.99
  • Published: November 2016
  • Type: Business Opportunity Profile
  • Format: PDF
  • Qualifications and skills
  • Key market issues and trends
  • Trading, commercial and legal issues
  • Legislation
  • Further information

Tea rooms serve a wide range of teas, including traditional English varieties, speciality and unusual blends, green tea and fruit teas, coffees and soft drinks. They typically provide traditional afternoon tea or cream teas including freshly made sandwiches, scones, cakes, biscuits and sweet pastries. Some are also licensed to serve alcohol such as Pimms, Prosecco and champagne as part of luxury afternoon tea menus.

Tea rooms feature a seating area and an at-table waiting service. Many tea rooms are located in tourist destinations and some stock locally made products and gifts such as afternoon tea accessories, chutneys and preserves. A 2016 report into the out-of-home tea market published by Allegra World Coffee Portal predicted that UK high streets will see an increasing number of 'premium' and 'artisan' tea bars open in the forthcoming years.

This profile provides information about starting up and running a tea room. It describes the skills required, the training available, the current market trends and the key trading issues. It also explains the main legislation that must be complied with and provides sources of further information and support.

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