Foraging Forays

There is something particularly satisfying about finding delicious things to eat that are growing in the wild – and all free! Here at the Parlour we are lucky to have our own small holding brimming with wildlife, bountiful hedgerows and surrounded by ancient woodlands. We have also teamed up with the wonderfully knowledgeable Lucia Stuart, author, chef and illustrator, to offer foraging forays that explore the fantastic coast on our doorstep.  We have enjoyed cooking with seaweed, nettles, Elderflowers and berries, blackberries, hawthorns, sloes, wild damsons, buckthorn, wild garlic, dandelion, roses and violets and much more.  Look out for more foraging opportunities in the Parlour!








Festive opening hours 2016

We are open every day, as usual, 10-6 until 23rd December

24th December 10-4

25th and 26th December Closed

27th December 12.30-6

28th December – 2nd January 10-6

3rd January – 16th January – we are closed for a break

17th January 2017 – open every day 10-6

Thank you for all the custom in 2016, wishing you all a happy and healthy 2017 full of tea, cake and laughter

Welcome to Bessie’s Tea Parlour

Welcome to Bessie’s Tea Parlour, a little touch of nostalgia in Broadstairs. We opened our door on 4th August 2014, just in time for the very busy Folk Week and we haven’t stopped since! After three months of renovation to our old cellar I now have a lovely place to bake and it’s wonderful to see the newly decorated Parlour buzzing with locals and visitors alike. We really appreciate everyone’s support and custom in our opening few months – long may it continue.