So, I know, Tradescant Road beat me to it, and discovered that the Tea House Theatre had opened(ish) earlier this week. He has a fantastic post with photos here. Not to be done outdone, I had to pay a visit myself.
Well, wow. What can I say? The place is positively spiffing. I even visited twice in one weekend (once for breakfast and once for afternoon tea). Food is absolutely top notch. Cakes are to die for (even rivalling @CakeHoleLondon at Oval Market). Decor is exquisite (if still receiving finishing touches). The other SE11 Lurker was insistent that I mention the fabulous finish in the lavatories too. So, there we are... Staff are friendly and welcoming. It was a little quiet, but that's to be expected, and business was reportedly good over the weekend. And they're experimenting with the menu (of which I have a "this will continue to evolve") version to upload later. It's currently the only place (I think) it's possible to get a cream tea (ingredients all fresh, homemade jam too) in Kennington or Vauxhall.
Tea House Theatre is currently open from 9am - 6pm, seven days a week. They'll also be opening from 6pm-9pm on a Monday for Knitter Natter, for folk who want to knit, chat and drink tea. They're happy to open on other evenings too for special-interest groups and would obviously like to build up a fanbase of actors, artists and general tea-drinking Kenningtonian layabouts...
You'll love the teapots in their hand-knitted tea-cosies, and there was a great selection of tea which increased between visits on Saturday and Sunday. If you don't like, tea, I recommend the smoothies. Apparently, they will eventually offer coffee, but that won't happen for a while yet:
And if tea isn't enough, you can purchase some old fashioned sweet-shoppe goodness, weighed on old fashioned real scales (none of that digital nonsense here, thank you):
By one of the fire places (just out of shot as not quite finished) is this fabulous gentlemen's drinking corner... Looking forward to winter already. Pass the port old chap:
The new logo, to be emblazoned all over the shop. They've not yet finished the lettering outside, but I expect this to feature prominently. What I want to know is when the Tea House Theatre old-school-tie will be created. And preferably a scarf in blue and gold too.
All I can say is that civility has returned to Vauxhall. Fine bone china, and, dare I mention it, linen napkins. Yes, linen. This is a major competitor with Oval Market for lazy Saturday morning custom now.
In my bid to deliver you every last detail, I even photographed the rather attractive new bathroom. You're right. That probably wasn't strictly necessary, but with Tradescant Road hot on my heels, I'm clearly going to have to go just that bit further:
Tea House Theatre is slightly tucked away behind Vauxhall Spring Gardens, based on the site of the former Queen Anne strip pub, just next to Glasshouse Walk playground.