PLEASE NOTE: THE LAST PART OF THE ARTICLE AHOULD READ AS BELOW. IT WAS WRITTEN BEFORE CHRISTMAS.
The Tea Guild run an annual award scheme which recognises the best place to take tea in the country. In 2005 The Conservatory at The Lanesborough Hotel won the Top London Tea Place Award and the Ollerton Watermill Teashop, based in Ollerton, Nottinghamshire, won the Top Tea Place of the Year Award. In 2004 The Ritz won the Top London Tea Place Award. Judges mark venues on a range of factors including hygeine and décor, crockery – stainless steel milk and water jugs are not favoured – variety of tea offered and efficiency.