DT had a quick chat with Carol Hebbs, who runs T On The Green on the old bowling green in Bruce Castle Park. The cafe is home to the only vintage tea room in Tottenham.
Where did the idea to open a tea room come from?
I originally had an idea for a pop up tea room for weddings and birthdays, but was fortunate to secure a permanent venue in Bruce Castle Park.
I believe my love of china and teapots came from spending time with my Nan as a child. She would often treat herself to a bone china cup and saucer from Burgess’s on Tottenham High Rd.
How long have you been based in Tottenham?
I was born and bred in Tottenham and went to school at Lancasterian School on the east side of the park. We spent much time in the park and it holds a lot of good memories for me.
What can guests expect from Tottenham’s only vintage tea room?
All teas and cakes are served on vintage bone china. There are display cabinets housing collections of china and knick knacks, and all the furniture is vintage. We serve afternoon tea of sandwiches and scones with fresh strawberries, strawberry conserve and, of course, clotted cream.
What’s your favourite tea?
Although we stock many blends, I would recommend Tottenham tea, specially blended for us by W Martyn of Muswell Hill.
What’s your biggest inspiration?
The beautiful setting in the park and the heritage associated with the area is a constant inspiration. In the summer I run heritage walks around the park and the local area.
What are your plans for the rest of the summer?
As well as the tea room, I run the café and the old bowling green with my partner. It is our aim to use this space for the community. We host birthday parties and fundraisers on the old bowling green. We have plans for projects to take place for local children including a project on Walter Tull supported by Tull 100 and Big Ideas.
The café and tea room is open from Wednesday to Sunday from 12-7pm. Booking is recommended if you wish to visit the tea room and they also accept bookings for birthdays, baby showers and small hen parties.
All photos from the T On The Green Facebook page.