The Cox and Baloney Tearoom and Bar can be found in Bristol’s “trendy part” along Cheltenham Road. This is mere minutes from Gloucester Road, which is famous for its independent shops, cafes and bars.
If you find yourself looking for the perfect place to while away a Sunday afternoon in Bristol, here’s why you should head to the Cox and Baloney Tearoom…
History of the Cox and Baloney Tearoom
Initially, the duo behind the tearoom and bar: Amy Cox and Joney McNamara owned a market stall selling a variety of vintage clothing and home accessories. They even worked in TV by supplying costumes and props to shows such as Skins and Lark Rise to Candleford.
They began to gain a strong customer base quickly, enabling them to open a store along Cheltenham Road (the same one you can see today).
However, they found that their tearoom sales began to outshine the Vintage shop (found side by side in a two-part space), inspiring a focus on tea and cake rather than vintage clothing. Some may say that they’ve still kept their history inside the store by decorating it with vintage wallpaper, quirky furnishings and allowing customers to transport themselves back to the 1940s or 1950s once inside.
Now known as one of the best places to come in Bristol for afternoon tea, and the winner of various awards, it’s safe to say that this duo really is carving a deep road to success! And it’s easy to see why…
An Afternoon Tea Experience at Cox and Baloney
Cox and Baloney is not just a tearoom as they also hold gin and cheese tasting evenings. However, I have yet to try this offering. So I’m going to be focusing on the afternoon tea experience at Cox and Baloney instead.
Their afternoon tea is the traditional affair, but what sets them apart from most is the fact that their food is all sourced from local produce and the cakes are homemade! Plus, they have over 14 different varieties of their own tea you can choose from. It’s no wonder they made it onto this list of ultimate afternoon teas.
Their loose leaf teas are not only delicious but are creatively named as well. Here are a few I particularly like:
- “Granny’s Garden”: Contains various berry flavours including elderberries and blackberries
- “Mr Darcy”: A classic English Breakfast black tea
- “Catherine of Braganza”: A perfect peach and apricot white tea
On a warm Sunday in June, my sister and I donned our pretty dresses and came here for “Lilly’s Afternoon Tea” – the most decadent and traditional of all the afternoon teas they offer. Well, we were here to treat ourselves after all!
Costing £18.50 each, we happily tucked into finger sandwiches, homemade cakes, fruity scones with jam and cream, plus 3 different types of tea! This was of course served to us on finebone china – only the best at Cox and Baloney’s!
The food really was delicious, the service outstanding and oh, the decor! It really did feel like a special Sunday to be wearing pretty dresses, tucking into tea and cake whilst surrounded by lavish, vintage furnishings and decor. I really couldn’t recommend it enough!
If you can’t quite make room for the full afternoon tea, then they do also offer a cream tea instead. This allows you to tuck into tasty scones and their delicious own branded tea.
Oh, and did I mention? Gluten free can be easily catered for here – you only have to ask! Awesome, eh?
If coming here on a weekend, I’d highly recommend booking a table via their website. This is one popular teashop at:
182 & 184 Cheltenham road
Over to you now – where’s your favourite place for afternoon tea? Let me know in the comments…
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