THE ORIGINAL MAIDS OF HONOUR
288 Kew Road, London TW9 3DU
- Kew Gardens Station (0.4 km)
- Richmond Station (0.6 km)
- Kew Bridge Station (0.9 km)
- Contact us:
020 8940 2752
- Opening hours:
Tuesday - Saturday
(last orders 2.15pm)
9.30 am - 1.00 pm
9.30 am - 6.00 pm
9.30 am - 12 noon
12.30 pm & 1.30 pm
2.30 pm - 5.30 pm
13 reviews of THE ORIGINAL MAIDS OF HONOUR in English
They serve nice coffee that together with something to eat is just the best start of another day.
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By miles the BEST scones you’ll ever eat. Housed in a traditional Tudor house on busy Kew Road, you’ll find friendly staff serving baked goods ranging from éclairs, strawberry tarts, quiches and…have I mentioned already?: the best scones you’ll ever eat!! I went all the way to the Cotswold in search of good scones, and I personally prefer them at the Original Maid of Honour.
The quaint decor might not be everyone’s cup of tea but I love it.
Lovely place for cream tea :)
Went here with my friend and you automatically do feel like you have gone back in time. Waitresses wear old style clothing and the decor is very antique in a unique and quirky way.
Nice sized scones and healthy portions of cream and jam! Definitely one to visit.
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Probably one of the only places in the country where you can actually imagine you have gone back in time. I love it. I am addicted to the Original Maids of Honour cakes and could ashamedly eat four. tea is served our of proper 'ancient' pots in the way my grandmother used to serve it...just tastes so much better and I am a real tea-lover. The decor is very old-fashioned and could do with a light spruce (never been a fan of pink to be fair) but not too much as it will scrub all of the history and nostalgia away. In this day and age when everything is just SO pre-fabricated, over-hyped and manufactured mediocrity, it is fabulous to find a place which is not pretentious at all and makes their own products from scratch - I will choose that every time. Its a little pricey and I go about once a month but I feel like its a treat and I always enjoy myself and relax - even if its really busy. Just wish they did proper bread...I am assured its coming soon!!
Blinking AMAZING scones. I make my own so shop-bought are usually a disappointment, but MoH scones are outrageous - light, fluffy, tasty, gorgeous. And the eponymous MoH itself (a rich, buttery, salty-sweet custardy kind of thing) is truly a thing of great beauty indeed.
Now, the decor is another matter. Last time I was there I amused myself by counting tiny pink fringed lampshades and I believe if I am not mistaken there are over 40. Along with the patterned carpet and cottagey Tudorbethan theme and crowds of tea-takers, it makes for a slightly claustrophobic atmosphere.
Not fussed about anything but the food though. When the standards are this high it's best to shut up and enjoy. (Oh, and they do a decent pot of tea too.)
Right across the street from Kew Gardens, so a good alternative to have tea or a light snack than what is on offer inside Kew Garden. Their claim to fame is the “Maids of Honour” cake made from some original and highly prized recipe. It would be irresponsible not to warn others that in reality the whole affair is a bit of a novelty; however, it is an ideal place to bring any tourists or visitors who are after a drop of 'authenticity’.
This is a nice old fashioned cafe that I stumbled upon when i was visiting the Kew gardens. The interior and the cafe itself looks very old fashion and the waitresses still wear a maid’s costume. It feels as if you went back in time.
I had tea with scones, and my friends had their famous cake which looks and taste very delicious. Their pies and pasties are also very good, due to the tried and tested recipe. prtions are actually quite tiny, so you will need to order a bit more if you are hungry.
If you have guests or friends visiting from other countries, then this is a very good place to take them to, as it is very impressive. Note though: you will need a table booking in advance, because they are normally crowded especially during the weekends.
This is a very traditional tea rooms, situated on the Kew road, which runs alongside Kew Gardens. They sell the famous, and unique, Maids of Honour cakes here (apparently eaten by Anne Boleyn). The tea rooms have a history that dates back to 1850. I have to say though, despite this history, I have never been particularly impressed with the Maids of Honour. The décor inside the tea rooms is almost cloyingly traditional, and sort of twee. The food served is also only average and the staff are not particularly friendly. Maybe I went on a bad day but I feel that the Maids of Honour does not compare well with other tea rooms in Kew, such as the Greenhouse and the Orangery in Kew Gardens.
Simply the perfect place for afternoon tea after a visit to kew. All the cakes are home made, and delicious. They are now really emphasising the local green campaign, but frankly the ingredients here have always been tip top. Good for either young children, who love the old fashioned cakes - or the maiden aunt!
This place is really famous as its been there so long, still run by the family and making Henry VIII Maids of Honour cakes.
They are also quite eco-minded and are taking part in the Greener Kew campaign to ban plastic bags and they also use free range chicken in the chicken pies.
This is a quirky little tea shop just near Kew Gardens. I’ve not had meals there but go there for tea and scones and snacks and they are nice. The history and setting and staff make it a great novelty for anyone new to London. It is like going into a time warp in there. Well worth a visit.
If afternoon tea is your thing then this the place for you,over the road from kew gardens its just the place for a nice cup of tea and one of their cakes.They make everything on site and their famous maids of honour cakes have over the years caused much debate over how they are made,even delia has had a go.
The history goes back about 300 years i think and there is nothing they dont know about cakes!
Apart for many cakes to choose from they also do lovely steak slice's and lunches,great wine list and they kid friendly.
If you go with friends please book as they get so busy and after around 11 there is a queue.
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