5 Barters Walk Pinner HA5 5LU
T 0203 583 3131 www.augustinas.co.uk
If you love tea or coffee and delicious cakes Augustina’s is the perfect place to go.
Walk along the unassuming covered walkway from Pinner Metropolitan Line Station that leads through to the Village High Street and there you will find Augustina’s Tea Room and Cake Shop; a little gem in the heart of the pretty village of Pinner. Do not hesitate, in the hope that you will find somewhere better but go straight in and secure yourself a comfy settee by the window or bag yourself a table and prepare to be delighted.
Being a tea fiend, this is the perfect place for me as the variety of tea Augustina has to offer is endless and I will be returning frequently to try them all out. On the menu there are eight black teas, from English Breakfast to Yunnan, five green teas, for example the mysterious sounding Royal Ceylon Gunpowder, as well as herbal tea, fruit blends and white tea such as Pu erh Oolong tea.
If you prefer coffee you won’t be disappointed as Augustina has Guatemalan, Sumatran and a decaffeinated to choose from. Whatever you decide to drink be sure to accompany it with a delicious slice of cake, all homemade, and such variety it was hard to choose. I can recommend the mango and coconut. If you feel you need more than cake Augustina has a lunchtime menu, with delicious sandwiches and wraps, all freshly made to order.
Augustina makes the tea in glass teapots and brings it to your table with a timer so you can let the tea brew to your preferred strength. She then lays out beautiful bone china cups and saucers, a china milk jug and sugar bowl. The presentation is wonderful. If you decide to order coffee you will have your own pot and equally beautiful china to drink it from.
Augustina opened the Teashop in September 2016, she told me when we chatted, ‘it was something I wanted to do,’ and although it is her business she stressed “all of the family are involved in some way or other”. Augustina sources all of the tea and coffee herself, another reason why going there for a pot of tea feels so special.
The atmosphere is cosy with a combination of seating, two comfy settees with cushions and blankets as well as tables for two or four. Paintings done by a local artist are displayed on two of the walls, the proceeds from sales of the paintings goes to charity, a nice touch, whilst on the opposite side jars of tea adorn the shelves.
I suggest booking a table if there are a number of you as at busy times of the day Augustina’s fills up quickly. When I queried Augustina about the clientele she said, people from all walks of life and all ages come here,and I can see why it would appeal to everyone. Augustina is the perfect hostess.
16 February 2020