A Cambridge institution, Afternoon tea at Fitzbillies January 2016


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Fitzbillies old-school bakery and cafe in Trumpington Street

This week a friend and I enjoyed a classic Afternoon Tea at a Cambridge institution to start this New Year off in fine style. Fitzbillies is an old-school bakery and cafe which is famous for it’s sticky Chelsea Buns, made and sold on the premises since 1921.

Fitzbillies famously sticky Chelsea Buns
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Inside the decor has a retro feel and …..
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a lovely warm ambiance
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I loved the stylish lights……
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which gave a mellow glow
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The service was prompt and friendly, and although it was busy there was no wait for a table
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Conveniently served from 12 noon, we had the Afternoon Tea in place of lunch

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We enjoyed a traditional Afternoon Tea, which was beautifully presented on the classic three-tiered stand with a pot of tea from a selection available

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I loved the top tier of delicious mini-cakes
The sweet treats were very moreish!
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Fitzbillies has a classic and distinctive Art Nouveau frontage and ….
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serves traditional pastries with artisan coffee and East Anglian fare

The Fitzbillies Afternoon Tea consisted of a tier of white and brown freshly-made finger sandwiches with fillings of egg mayonnaise, smoked salmon and cream cheese, ham and whole-grain mustard, and cheese and chutney. This was followed by a fruit scone with home-made jam and clotted cream, and a selection of mini-cakes. It was served with a pot of tea from a variety available, and we were offered a second brew free of charge. My only slight criticism was that the scone was served cold, and a bit dry for my taste. At £18 per person it’s great value, especially if like us you have the Afternoon Tea as a meal substitute.

Granny Apples says  – Fitzbillies is possibly the best cafe in Cambridge for a quality Afternoon Tea in lovely surroundings, with prompt and friendly service. Highly recommended.



51-52 Trumpington Street



Tel: 01223 352500






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