Afternoon tea became a British tradition when Anna Russell, Duchess of Bedford and Lady of the Bedchamber to Queen Victoria, made it popular in the 19th century. Afternoon tea should of course be accompanied by traditional British-style home-made sandwiches and cakes, offering both savoury and sweet delights – delicate sandwichs, quiches, scones, macaroons, pastries, petits fours and more…
In Normandy, seek out tearooms that offer a warm welcome at teatime, providing high-quality, tasty teas. These tearooms liberally sprinkled around La Manche propose a wide variety of teas to sample – whether you prefer your tea straight or served with milk, choose from a whole range of distinctive-tasting teas.
Oh happy thé, for a sweet treat in central Saint-Lô
In the heart of Saint-Lô, on the town’s main church square, this address is very much worth seeking out … Oh Happy Thé is a tearoom with a timeless feel, providing a sweet atmosphere to accompany its sweet treats!
Oh Happy Thé is a tearoom decorated in bright colours that put its customers in a cheerful frame of mind. The decor is warm, with a touch of vintage chic and a touch of British style. It’s a great place to while away the time chatting and putting the world to rights.
Every lunchtime when her shop is open, Tiphaine can also offer customers either a portion of tart or of quiche, together with a light salad. On fine days, enjoy your lunch break on the terrace, set within a charming little courtyard. Inside, the display of cupcakes, muffins, scones, cheesecake and more will make your mouth water. The whole setting is perfect for enjoying a veritable little gastronomic treat. Oh Happy Thé really is a delightfully tempting address to unearth. Best book in advance here!
Oh Happy Thé
12, rue Carnot
50 000 Saint- Lô
02 33 56 36 22
A tearoom in the garden of La Chapelle de la Lorette
At Fermanville, discover a chapel stood just 500m from the sea that has been very prettily done up by its owners. With its nicely presented garden and vegetable plot, a corner where the vegetables are put on sale and another selling Moroccan arts and craft, not forgetting its tearoom… all add up to make this a very appealing culinary stop.
La Chapelle de la Lorette
21, la Bordette
La Lorette, Cap Lévi
02 33 44 52 51
The unmissable Pâtisserie Foucher
In central Cherbourg, many delightful foodie stops stand out! The Pâtisserie Foucher may not be a classic tearoom, but this pâtisserie has a few smart tables at which you can taste the pâtisseries, along with a warm drink. St-Honoré chou buns, lemon cheesecake and exquisite macaroons count among the shop’s specialities made to tickle your tastebuds!
La Pâtisserie Foucher
12 Rue au Fourdray,
02 33 94 82 35
Picorette tearoom in Granville
In a pedestrian street in the port of Granville, the Picorette tearooms propose home-made dishes and desserts made from seasonal produce.
The selection of teas is impressive and your choice will be served in a pretty individual teapot. Scones are on the menu, served warm, with butter and tasty jams. Overall, the atmosphere is warm and cosy.
22 - 24 Rue Saint-Sauveur,
02 33 59 93 49
L’Erguillère in Saint-Germain-des-Vaux
This is a hotel overlooking magical Port Racine, but it also proposes delicious home-made pâtisseries for tea. The setting is captivating, with views of the deeply indented Côte de la Hague, the colourful local vegetation, the little harbour below the hotel and, of course the sea itself, which often looks wild here. The hotel bar doubles as its tearoom. Decked out in wood and stone, it makes a welcoming haven of a stop with its warm atmosphere.
02 33 52 75 31
Le Carpe Diem in Cherbourg
Located in a very cosy house near the grand Cité de la Mer visitor centre, you can expect a warm welcome here. The decor gives Le Carpe Diem a very comfy feel. Relax and watch your tea infusing through the transparent teapots. There are excellent home-made puddings on the menu, while on hot summer days, the iced tea goes down well. If you arrive in time for an early evening apéritif, the place even serves tapas. All told, this address provides a charming, very British atmosphere, with its old, framed pictures and its armchairs covered in old-style upholstery.
Le Carpe Diem
14 rue des Tribunaux
02 33 53 70 84
Come teatime, enjoy a hot drink and a cake, or even a French pâtisserie, in one of the many tearooms dotted around La Manche in Normandy France.
CHEZ DAME GOURMANDE IN GRANVILLE
At Dame Gourmande tearooms, customers daintily taste (or sometimes they devour!) the savoury and sweet pastries on offer, all 100% home made, using seasonal produce.
Scarcely through the door, the place makes you think of that famous Oscar Wilde quote: ‘‘I can resist anything except temptation.’’ The decor is in bluey-grey tones, with elegant tiles, stylish white crockery and an amazing array of teas, displayed from floor to ceiling. All told, this tearoom is chic and welcoming. The air is suffused with the aroma of wholesome cooking and even the owner’s cheerful face incites you to relax and take your time here.
2, rue Patton
02 33 48 93 99
La maison du biscuit in Sortosville-en-Beaumont
In the heart of the Côte des Isles coastal area, in the little village of Sortosville-en-Beaumont, you’ll come across La Maison du Biscuit. This impressive shop is crammed full of gastronomic treasures.
Its hot chocolate is renowned; taste it along with the home-made biscuits in the tempting tearoom located next to the shop.
La Maison du biscuit
Le Hameau Costard,
02 33 04 09 04
A cultural and culinary stop at The Umbrellas of Cherbourg Factory
On Cherbourg’s quays stands a fine building, once a Banque de France branch. Today, it’s home to the factory making famed Véritable Cherbourg umbrellas. Back in 1986, c.20 years after the making of Jacques Demy’s famous film, Les Parapluies de Cherbourg, starring the sublime Catherine Deneuve, Jean-Pierre Yvon was inspired to create his umbrella-making firm here. On the first floor of his splendid factory, enjoy the tearoom with terrace.
La manufacture des Parapluies de Cherbourg
22 Quai Alexandre 3,
02 33 93 66 60