Afternoon Tea at Bunty's Tea Room, Lincoln

12 February 2015

Buntys Lincoln Scones

I'm not exactly sure how I lived so much out my life without the excitement of afternoon teas but after trying my first one at the food bloggers meet in December, and then seeing so many amazing afternoon teas on Emily's blog recently, I was desperate for another round. I'd been hearing pretty good things about the one Bunty's Tea Room for a while now so when Dave and I finally had a free afternoon recently we decided to give it a go. 

Bunty's is a 'traditional' vintage inspired tea room with a very 40s/war time feel. It's very pretty inside and has a strong sense of their 'brand' but unlike some similar tea rooms I've seen it manages to stay away from being too gimmicky or kitsch (no one is in costume which was a good start). It's near the top of Lincoln's Steep Hill, a few minutes from the cathedral and castle too which combined with Lincoln's growing vintage scene means it fits in really well. 


I’d been to Bunty's once before for a pot of tea so we knew a little of what to expect but neither of us had sampled much of the menu or seen the afternoon teas before.

Steep Hill Lincoln

Steep Hill Lincoln

Buntys Tea Room Menu

As it was a Saturday afternoon, they were really busy when we arrived and told us it would be a ten to fifteen minute wait for a table and would we mind waiting outside the shop. We took the opportunity to catch our breath having just climbed the hill and to enjoy the beautiful surroundings as we don’t get to that part of the city much any more. The staff were fantastic, so friendly while we were waiting and kept us regularly updated so we knew we hadn’t been forgotten. It can be very easy to get flustered when you’re busy but they were handling everything really well and I can’t fault their attitudes at all. By the time we made it to a table we felt very welcome and at ease. 

The afternoon tea is designed to be shared between two people and costs £21, promising as you’d expect - tea, a scone, sandwiches and two slices of cake. The tableware was an eclectic assortment of vintage items they’ve collected and our tea was presented in incredible decorative teapots which had commemorative designs of famous battles depicted on the sides. I have a bit of an obsession for teapots/cups and mugs right now so I was very excited by these. 

We opted to pay a little extra (I think only £1 but I can't remember for definite) to have the Bunty's Blend tea. This was really lovely, a very light afternoon tea that was absolutely perfect for the occasion. The only disappointment was that as we were given a teapot each at the start of the tea, by the time we were halfway through the food it had drastically over steeped and we both had half pots of totally undrinkable, bitter, tea leaves. It would have been nice to have the second pot or a top up arrive halfway through, or my real preference would have been a removable infuser so we could stop the tea from brewing once we were happy with the flavour. As it’s the only loose leaf tea on the menu though I’m not surprised this hasn’t been a big issue for people and it wouldn’t put me off having it again because it was still a really nice tea to start our lunch. It's only £4.75 for a small bag and I'm definitely going to pick some up next time I go because I don't have anything like it in my collection.

Vintage teapots

Bunty's blend tea

Bunty's blend tea

We were given a choice of sandwiches to share, it's quite a traditional and simple afternoon tea compared to the one I'd had at Hotel La Tour and as I'm quite fussy about sandwiches, nothing really impressed me here. I chose ham and Dave went for cheese and pickle. I then filled mine up with crisps, because my inability to act like a grown up/not make a mess everywhere we go is the reason why we can't have nice things or visit fancy places. As a plain ham sandwich it was pretty boring, as a crisp and ham sandwich it was great and felt a lot like being at a family picnic. Probably not the vibe they were going for. I sort of hated the lack of crusts too, although I know this is quite common with afternoon teas. 8 year old me would be recoiling in horror but if you have good quality bread, the crusts are really nice and I'm sure people who weren't planning on stuffing their sandwiches with crisps probably wouldn't have minded a more adult sandwich choice.

Then it was onto scones, which might actually have been my favourite 'tier' of the day. They were some of the best scones I've ever had, crumbly but not dry and served with clotted cream (can we all agree this is the best kind of cream and just stop wasting time with anything else now?) and jam. I'm not sure where the jam came from, I'm not a huge jam fan but it had a nice, not overpowering flavour on the scones and a good texture. We only got one scone each but they were very large, I don't think we could have eaten much more. I have nothing else to say about these really, they were just wonderful. 

Afternoon tea at Bunty's Lincoln

Afternoon tea at Bunty's, Lincoln

Afternoon tea at Bunty's, Lincoln

Finally, the cake. When we'd visited previously we'd shared a slice of mint and chocolate cake and had been incredibly impressed. The portions for cake are enormous, and we'd struggled to finish that slice between us so I'm not sure why we thought we could manage the afternoon tea which comes with two portions of your choosing from that days cake menu. All the cakes at Bunty's are layered sponge cakes, which suit the traditional theme of the tea really well while bringing a slight modern twist with their flavours. We chose a tropical cake (I can't remember the exact name) and toffee fudge. They were enormous as I'd expected. If I'm honest, the tropical cake was a little bit dry and a bit dense to follow all the amazing treats we'd already eaten so far. It wasn't a bad slice of cake but it wasn't my favourite. The toffee cake on the other hand was fantastic, sweet and rich but not too sickly, light and very moist. I could easily have just eaten a slice of this cake for lunch and not been hungry again until the night because did I mention it was enormous? We actually had to leave some cake behind, even though it broke my heart a little bit, because there was just so much of it.

Overall, I was really impressed with Bunty's Tea Room. It's a beautiful space, in a great location that's perfect for a relaxing weekend afternoon and while the food was nothing too fancy, it really delivered on taste and for the price, I think this is a bargain of an afternoon tea that I wouldn't hesitate to order again in future. 

Toffee fudge cake at Bunty's tea room

Bunty's vintage tea room

Bunty's blend loose leaf tea


17 comments

  1. Ah you got cheese and pickle sandwiches. They're my favourite and I've never had them at afternoon tea! I've got family in Lincoln so will have to suggest we go here next time we're visiting!
    Sophie
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  2. Haha, I can't stand pickles, Dave wanted that one, he said they were very nice though! It's so lovely and well worth climbing the hill and fighting off tourists. Let me know what you think if you make it :) x

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  3. This looks gorgeous. Your photos are stunning Hannah! :)

    I heart afternoon tea. The scone is my favourite bit as well! xx

    Little Miss Katy | UK Lifestyle Blog

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  4. Wow, this place is absolutely my cup of tea (pardon the pun, I work in advertising and can't help myself!) That toffee cake had me drooling, I wish Buntys Tea Room was in Newcastle!!
    Rachel x
    www.lifeingeordieland.com

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  5. Ohh it looks so lovely! I really like dainty teapots and cups, they are so pretty. Definitely agree that clotted cream is the best, scones are always my favourite layer as well, just can't go wrong with scones with jam and cream really! xx

    Jasmin Charlotte | UK Lifestyle Blog

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  6. Ahh I love a good pun, especially if it involves tea or food! It's definitely worth a visit if you're ever in Lincoln :) x

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  7. I love afternoon tea and my my this place looks amazing! My aunt lives in Lincoln and I've sent her this as a must check out! :)

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  8. I've fallen so in love with it, the atmosphere is just perfect. Awh that's ace, do let me know what she thinks! :) x

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  9. Ooh I love a good afternoon tea - you can't beat it! This all sounds really delicious and your photos are great, Hannah!x

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  10. Yay! I've been waiting for this review and I'm not disappointed. The pictures are gorgeous and you've let me feeling very jealous that it's not closer to me. The decor and teapots just look awesome!

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  11. What a charming place! And everything looks so delicious and tempting. x

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  12. I'm gonna tell you a secret. I've never had afternoon tea! I keep seeing it on blogs and it looks so delicious. So yeah, I'm that blogger who's never had afternoon tear. And doesn't own a mac lippy.


    Corinne x
    www.skinnedcartree.com

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  13. Ahh I was about to tweet you and tell you it was up. Definitely go if you're ever in Lincoln, it's so cute! :) x

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  14. I need to go out for afternoon tea, this sounds a lot more affordable than some I've seen. You get a really good selection of food too! Everything looks to die for, those scones especially. I love the quirky decor too :)

    India / Touchscreens & Beautyqueens

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  15. The price was definitely a selling point for us, the only afternoon tea I've had before costs £20 per person so we just couldn't resist this one, I thought it was great value for money though, it was more traditional than the modern more fancy ones you see now but I was still very impressed :)

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  16. Oooooooooh I've been to Buntys! My friends live just outside Lincoln and on our last visit we hiked up Steep Hill and stumbled across it. We didn't have afternoon tea but we had pretty massive slabs of cake ;)
    Love your blog!
    Chloe x
    newgirlintoon.co.uk

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  17. Oh that's ace, they are enormous aren't they? It's so lovely though, I can't believe I hadn't been sooner! x

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