Avoncroft Museum of Historic Buildings near Bromsgrove is a favourite destination for days out but the Museum’s Tea Room is also a popular attraction in its own right.

Whether you’re taking a little time out for yourself or visiting with friends and family, the Tea Room provides a welcome break in beautiful surroundings and delicious food.

There are scrumptious sandwiches, scones and cakes, including gluten-free options, and a wide selection of loose leaf teas to choose from, all served on pretty mismatched vintage crockery.

The Tea Room is located in a lovely black and white timbered building with a colourful past.  Originally based in Shrewsbury, it was built as a mansion in 1576 for a rich family, went on to become an inn called “The String of Horses” between 1828 and 1907 and then became the Shrewsbury Co-operative Society.

It suffered a serious fire in 1912 and was finally endangered by a new road project in Shrewsbury in the late 1960s.  At that time it was decided that the whole structure should be rescued and rebuilt at Avoncroft Museum, and work started on this in 1973.

Having such a rich history, it only seems right that the Tea Room has also incorporated some modern day conveniences.  Despite the traditional surroundings, you can order a frothy cappuccino or delicious latte and check your email via wireless internet access.

Today the String of Horses houses the Tea Room and the Long Room, which is available for hire for parties and corporate events.

The opening hours of the Tea Room due vary seasonally, so please check the website: www.avoncroft.org.uk for current opening times or call on 01527 831363 to book one of our special afternoon teas.