No, this isn’t a parody of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, but rather a fine family-friendly cafe tucked away in the village of Little Chalfont, Buckinghamshire. Given the number of families in the area, it’s something of a surprise that there aren’t more businesses with play areas so it’s always a joy when one comes along.

Despite it’s name, the Hidden Tea Room isn’t too difficult to track down, being located on the main road through Little Chalfont, however it is situated further toward the station than the main parade of shops. Parents of small children would do well to make the effort, however, as they’ll be rewarded with a charming cafe with an area set aside for play.

On entering the Hidden Tea Room, you’re greeted by a counter heavily laden with cakes and pastries. There are high ceilings making for an airy atmosphere and a choice of sofa or family table seating. In the middle of the cafe is the play area offering a range of toys for under 5s.

Hidden Tea Room play area

Our visit to the cafe was during the morning and we tried out a few of the options from the breakfast menu, which wasn’t badly priced.

Hidden Tea Shop breakfast

Smoked salmon and scrambled egg on toast

We didn’t sample the cakes, being quite full from the breakfast but they did look excellent and I’d be keen to try them on another visit for a treat.

There’s a wide selection of teas and hot chocolate on offer, the latter I can imagine will be popular as the colder weather sets in.

All in all we enjoyed our visit and Tilly was entertained by the toys. This made it much easier to enjoy the food and drink than in other cafes, where keeping the children occupied is always more of a challenge. One of our group did comment that the drinks were priced nearer to those of coffee houses than independent cafes, although you do get a decent-sized pot of tea for your money. Nevertheless we look forward to searching out the Hidden Tea Room again in the near future.

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