Londoners who read the Property section of last Wednesday’s Evening Standard may have noticed a two page spread on Chislehurst (Kent), a town just up the road from me. The article highlighted all the perks of living in the area with a special mention and photo of Annabel’s – a shop come tea room. Annabel’s just happens to be one of my favourite local shops, where a good friend is both manager and buyer, so I thought I’d add some details behind the picture in the paper.
First and foremost, Annabel’s ticks all the boxes in my top tea room criteria. This includes: delicious cake, tasty scones, pretty china, tea leaves, little forks and tablecloths. What more could you ask for? We had the carrot and the orange cake followed by scones – ’tis the season to treat yourself after all!
Secondly, Annabel’s stocks a range of wonderful luxury English gifts and household items from picture frames and teapots to scarves and handbags. Christmas is a great time to pop in and I left with a bag of gorgeous decorations trumping all those available at Christmas Markets I’ve recently visited.
There are two Annabel’s stores in Chislehurst: a boutique in Royal Parade and the shop mentioned (including tea room) in the main high street. Personally I love the latter with the option of sipping while I shop. It also has this gorgeous window seat, with the design of the window itself adding to the English charm of the store, where you can look out over the pond.