Davenports Northwich wins best afternoon tea award

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Media captionIrene Gorman, of the Tea Guild, describes what makes a good afternoon tea

An Alice in Wonderland themed tea room in Cheshire has been named the best place in the UK for afternoon tea in the UK Tea Council's Tea Guild Awards.

Davenports Tea Room in Northwich was praised for its secret recipe scones, extensive range of loose leaf tea, decor and bone china cups.

Tea inspectors anonymously visited dozens of tea rooms to seek out the best, the Tea Guild said.

Winning owner Belinda Davenport said her staff are passionate about teas.

'Oscars of tea'

The Alice theme came about as author Lewis Carroll - whose real name is Charles Dodgson - was born in nearby Daresbury.

Ms Davenport added: "It is fantastic to be honoured by The Tea Guild in recognition of our hard work and commitment to preserving the tradition of afternoon tea."

The guild describes itself as a non-profit making, independent organisation dedicated to raising the profile of tea in the UK and says its awards are considered the Oscars of the tea industry.

Head of the guild Irene Gorman said: "The tradition of afternoon tea has never been stronger and Tea Guild members are busier than ever. Afternoon tea is enjoying a well-deserved resurgence.

"Modern life can be hectic and demanding, taking afternoon tea is the perfect way to slow down and relax."

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