Afternoon delights at Thea Caffea


Tucked away down a narrow alley in the heart of the city, you’ll find a secret courtyard home to a very special cafe: Thea Caffea.

With its chessboard tiling, lemon yellow walls, chandelier and fresh flowers, it offers a stylish sanctuary away from the busy shopping streets which surround it, making it ideal for a relaxed lunch or a traditional afternoon tea.

My friend and I visited Thea Caffea for lunch on a Thursday recently, as we were due for a catch-up and we love any excuse to spend time at this quintessentially English tearoom. Our visit coincided with their Spanish ‘Englishman Abroad’ week, so we also had the opportunity to sample some of the Spanish-themed specials on offer.

I decided to try the Spanish platter, which featured patatas bravas, cold meats, sardines and Spanish salads, while my friend ordered from the regular offer, opting for the Eggs Royale from the brunch menu, which is served until 2.30pm.


My plate was the perfect taste of Spain for a weekday lunch, it was fresh and authentic and felt like a real treat. We also both enjoyed some of the wonderful loose leaf teas on offer, which came in beautifully quirky teapots for each of us, and we couldn’t resist a slice of the freshly baked lemon poppyseed cake to finish. It was gorgeous!

As well as seasonal specials, the Thea Caffea menu features delicious salads such as the warm goats cheese, spinach and beetroot salads, open sandwiches, homemade tarts and light meals such as the Lincolnshire Poacher Rarebit, made with delicious local cheese.

Whether you’re looking for a cosy place to relax over tea and cake, a lunch date venue or the full traditional afternoon tea experience – complete with tiered serving platters and specialty teas and champagne – Thea Caffea is the ideal place.

Find out more about the seasonal specials at Thea Caffea on their Facebook page or here.


Posted on 01 October 2015
Featured author: Erin

Australian now calling Nottingham home. Piano playing, cake making, bicycle riding lady who loves travel.

Comments (0)

Post a comment

Our monthly pick


Nottingham’s New Independent Shopping Trail

More often than not the best things in life take a bit longer to discover, and it is certainly something to keep in mind when getting to know a city. While Nottingham is splendidly compact to get around, if you roam a little beyond the bustle of the main city streets you’ll find a true…

Your favourite places

Featured authors

  • Sarah Louise

    A very lucky marketeer in her dream job. Passionate about all things Nottinghamshire and firmly believes if you work really hard and are kind, amazing things will happen!

  • Kinga

    Addicted to music and learning languages. Loves reading, gardening, travelling and everything new media related.

  • Alistair

    Originally from Preston – but now calling Nottingham home – Alistair’s a St Helens rugby league fan who loves travel and music.

  • Natalie

    Proud to represent the county I grew up in. Travel loving devoted mum of two who carries a torch for the city’s unsung hero, Captain Albert Ball VC.

  • Sophie

    Writer and amateur local historian with an affection for English eccentrics. Returned to Nottingham in 2013, only to fall in love with the creative and cultural goings of the city.

Have a go...

c. Ash Bird

Fun and Games at The National Videogame Arcade

Videogames are a pastime that easily splits opinion. Often hailed in the media as advocating negative behaviour, the focus on the beneficial aspects of gaming as a new way to learn, develop skills and have fun can be very much overlooked. Along with its annual festival Game City, The National Videogame Arcade in Hockley is…