An Alice in Wonderland-themed tea room in Cheshire has beaten off competition from two of the UK's top hotels to win the Tea Guild's Top Place Award 2013.
Davenports Tea Room in Northwich, Cheshire, won the Tea Houses category in the annual Tea Guild Awards. And today it has won the overall award, ahead of London's Goring hotel (winner of the Top London Afternoon Tea Award) and the Montagu Arms in Hampshire (winner of Top City and Country Hotel Tea Award).
Davenports, which adopted the Alice in Wonderland theme because the book's author, Lewis Carroll, was born nearby, is a traditional tea room with lace table cloths and fine bone china. It has become well known for its annual Mad Hatter's Tea Party
Head of The Tea Guild Irene Gorman described afternoon tea served at Davenports as "a truly special tea experience".
"The attention to detail, quality of food - lovingly prepared by their team who seek to ensure, where possible, that all food is sourced locally - and knowledge and service of teas, is second to none."
Davenports Tea Room owner Belinda Davenport said: "We love catering for afternoon tea at Davenports and all the staff are passionate about making each guest's visit special. 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.