Recently I found myself gasping in the city of Oxford. On a hot day after a long meeting, (where I had been forced to skip lunch) I was in need of more than just a cuppa. In my experience the central city cafes of Oxford tend to be little more than chains or tourist traps. Having said that the city is full of gems, you just need to be in the know. On this day I was in luck, with a little insider knowledge I headed to Oxford’s Vaults and Garden Cafe just off the high street.
As the name suggests the cafe spans Oxford’s ‘old congregation house’ – the vault and a small, but serene garden. It’s a bustling cafe serving hearty and wholesome meals and the big draw; afternoon tea.
In short the afternoon tea was fantastic. Hot, fresh baked, generous scones served with fresh cream and not overly sweet jam. The tea was delicious. From a good selection of loose leaf teas I choose Darjeeling which came in a good sized pot – so much so that even I was satiated! Keenly priced too, at only £4.40 for tea for one (pot of tea, one scone, jam & cream, as of August 2013).
So next time you visit Oxford give the chains and tourist traps a wide berth and visit My Little Food Find for a great cup of tea, and a slice of Oxford life at the Vaults & Gardens.