Cafés in Coventry: things to know before you go
If you have questions about cafés near you in Coventry, from the best places to go, to café culture and etiquette in general, never fear – we’ve got the answers right here.
Which are the best cafés in Coventry?
There’s a lot of top places to choose from near you, so our advice would be to make the most of the variety on offer, and sample as many as you’d like in search of your new favourite hangout. Here are a few of our favourites.
- Mocha Lounge - try delicious coconut cake and macaroons as part of a scrumptious afternoon tea.
- Best Western Salford Hall Hotel - tuck into a marvellous menu including pinwheel sandwiches and panna cotta, on a visit to the countryside.
- Backhaus&Co - sample the delights of a weekend brunch with fancy French waffles, tasty vegan-friendly cakes and much more.
Which is the best place to go for afternoon tea in Coventry?
There are some great cafés in Coventry city centre to enjoy an afternoon tea, combining pleasant surroundings with dainty and delicious food and drink. We suggest a few favourites to try.
- A leisurely tea. Take advantage of the sauna, pool and steam room before you settle down to enjoy a tasty traditional spread at the Holiday Inn.
- Chocolatey afternoon tea. The richly inviting white hot chocolate and lavishly decorated cakes makes Curiositea a little different.
- Historic surroundings. Soak up the surroundings of historic Coventry Cathedral, and dip into an afternoon tea featuring luscious home-baked desserts and lashings of hot refreshment at Rising Café.
What's the difference between afternoon tea and high tea?
There are some essential differences between afternoon tea and high tea, which are often confused. Afternoon tea evolved in upper class circles in the 1840s to bridge the long wait between meals, and quickly became a social event that consisted of dainty sandwiches, light cakes and tea. High tea was more of an evening meal for the working classes, who would tuck into a hot meal with vegetables and sometimes meat after a hard day’s work, followed by cakes or bread and tea. Today afternoon tea is enjoyed at hotels, country houses and fine cafés as a special treat.
What are the most popular types of tea?
There are many different teas to experience, each with their own distinct properties and delicious flavour. Except for herbal teas, most tea comes from the same Camellia Sinensis plant and the type of tea depends on how the leaves are processed. Here are some of the most popular types you are likely to enjoy at your local café.
- White tea. Made from young tea leaves that are dried naturally with little or no processing, so the flavour is very light and delicate.
- Green tea. Made from tea leaves that have not been oxidised or fermented, this tea is best steeped in cooler water for a shorter time to avoid a bitter flavour.
- Oolong tea. This semi-oxidised traditional Chinese tea has many different varieties and can vary widely in flavour.
- Black tea. This popular oxidised tea has a strong flavour and is often mixed with other plants to produce different types of tea, such as Earl Grey.
- Tisane tea. Herbal teas or infusions of herbs and spices steeped in hot water offer a great alternative for those seeking a caffeine-free hot drink.