It was like a breakfast dream come true – or was it brunch, as my friend, Shobha, and I sauntered into Crabtree and Evelyn, a cosy little tearoom that looked as if it had been transported from England, replete with blue china and a menu that belonged there. The specials were on a blackboard that was cleverly decorated with chalk illustrations.
It took us time to look around and take in the colourful decor all around us. The most eye-catching corner was a wall covered with framed pictures of flowers of every kind in the most attractive frames. Flowers formed a motif across the room, offset by sparkling chandeliers, coffee table books and quaint artifacts.
By now, we were feeling rather peckish, and the centre table made our mouths water, as it boasted of an array of ornate cake dishes that housed what appeared to be mouthwatering slices of cake. By then, Suchitra, our friend had turned up and we turned our attention to the menu.
As we sipped on orange juice and apple juice, actually a combination of both, scrambled eggs, omelettes and goat cheese salad arrived at their own pace, followed by crumpets and a delicious scone with whipped cream and preserve.
It was while we were soaking in the ambiance that Suchitra told us that this sweet little tea room was closing down soon. It had been a lovely outing and the realisation that this would be our last visit made our hearts sink.
By the time we left, I had clicked a number of photographs just so that I could keep memories of the wonderful time we had. As we walked out, Alexandra Stoddard’s apt quote came to my mind. “When you leave a beautiful place, you carry it with you wherever you go.”
Photographs: Deepti Menon