By Tracy Roth-Rotsas
Hiding away in plain sight in the old town of Limassol is the unique Metropole Hotel Vintage Tea Room, which has become a beacon for tourists meandering around the cobblestone streets of the area and a not-so-well-kept secret for the local British community.
I’d like to say that its appeal lies with the friendly welcome you get when you pop in – return visitors are often greeted by name – the huge display of homemade goods, or the eclectic array of photos or the cute florals in different colours everywhere, however for me, it’s not.
Nor even, is it the amazing collection of vintage China: teapots in varying shapes and sizes, adorned in gorgeous patterns of old. Ditto the pretty floral tablecloths, vintage cutlery, napkins or the bunting.
Admittedly, it’s a glorious setting, extremely cosy, and just as inviting in the winter as it is in the summer, with a handful of tables inside and a few more popped out on to the pavement sheltered slightly by a small awning.
Today I’m here for the special celebratory High Tea. Yes, there are scones with locally-made jam and “lashings” of clotted cream (the only way to have it, in my opinion), cakes and an intriguing selection of tiny sandwiches. And yes, there is a nice, large pot of perfectly-brewed English tea. And yes, it’s excellent value for the price.
But my very favourite, is the oh-so-cheeky tipple. With all of this today is a Bellini or Kir Royale. And on a regular day, it could be a Gordon’s pink gin, or a Pimm’s, both of which are quite delicious! Or maybe a local wine… or a beer. In fact, in addition to the lovely food, wonderful selection of teas (including blooming teas, which are fabulous to watch if you haven’t seen one before!), and very homely atmosphere, the more “spirited” drinks on offer are well-worth exploring.
And there you have it! One of the best reasons for visiting this little tea room: for that little ever-so-slightly indulgent afternoon tipple or two… oh, and if you really must, a freshly-baked scone as well!
Metropole Hotel Vintage Tea Room
Where: 127 St. Andrew’s Street, Limassol
Contact: 97-689062, FB: www.facebook.com/oohlalalimassol
When: 8am-3pm Monday-Saturday
How much: high tea: €15pp