It's always time for tea...

by Lauren Abbott

“Now, here, you see, it takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place. If you want to get somewhere else, you must run at least twice as fast as that!”

And that somewhere else is definitely Kent's newest themed cafe - Alice and the Hatter - in Herne Bay.

And judging by the amount of people turned away while we took tea in Wonderland you really do need to move fast to make your reservation.

Alice and The Hatter, Herne Bay

The tea rooms are a magical whimsical trip down the rabbit hole where everything from the table numbers to the toilets have an Alice in Wonderland theme.

Who doesn't want to take tea with Alice?

You can take tea, cake, afternoon tea with lots of cake, sandwiches, salads and other various lunchtime offerings.

A chair fit for a birthday girl?

And having celebrated a rather important 4th birthday this week, we had definitely not had, in any way shape or form, enough cake.

Piece of cake!

And the cake ...oh the cake.

Liv (who appears to be under the impression birthday celebrations last a week), Oscar and their friends reveled in the chance to pick and tuck into Alice themed cupcakes - decorated with either the Mad Hatter's hat or Alice's flailing legs as she goes headfirst down the rabbit hole.

In fact it's a blessing the cake was good - because the surroundings are so glorious it can take quite a lot of effort to get four little people to sit still.

"You're entirely bonkers. But I'll tell you a secret. All the best people are.."

It's tempting to try every tea cup or toadstool chair out for size, run little hands along the grass on the walls, stroke the rather large flamingo, stand alongside Alice, pull faces in all the looking glass or stare longingly at all the trinkets, tea cups, and themed decorations that adorn every space.

It's not just the children that couldn't resist a wander..

In fact we spent an unhealthy amount of time in the two toilet cubicles alone purely because we were distracted by every piece of unusual wall paper, frame and even door handle!

Anyone for cake?

And the less said about what the adults chose from the menu the better.

Safe to say it'll do my waistline a favour if the tea room's is fully booked for a while yet.

For further information and where to find Alice and the Hatter visit the website.

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