5 Spots For A Cup Of Tea In Maidenhead, Henley & Wallingford (…and everywhere in between!)

If you are anything like us here at Home Instead, you love a good cup of tea or coffee. Here's some of the places we have enjoyed a good coffee break in the local area;

Stubbings Garden Centre, Maidenhead.

Stubbings Garden Centre, just on the outskirts of Maidenhead to the west, boasts the very popular Glasshouse Café. We often accompany our clients to Stubbings – a stroll around the garden centre followed by a coffee and sweet treat normally go down very well. Seating is indoors, outdoors and a covered outdoor area with heaters for those who want something in between!! All tables overlook the plants in the garden centre, tucked within the walled gardens and the atmosphere is very relaxed, especially on a sunny day. Customers can enjoy coffees, teas, smoothies (very popular on warm days) cakes (including vegan options) and delicious cooked food, like toasties, soups and more. They are also licenced, so you can enjoy a glass of something stronger if the mood takes you! It’s a great stop off during a walk in Maidenhead Thicket (the café is dog friendly outside). There is plenty of parking and this popular garden centre and café are very accessible for all.

H’artisan, Wargrave.

You are always assured of a warm welcome by the team at H’artisan. Independently owned and run by Sarah and Nick Hart (see how they got their café name?) who live in the village of Wargrave, this coffee shop has a big community heart (have you seen what we’ve done there?), welcoming everyone – even those with four legs or on two wheels (the café has bike racks for cyclists). The shop serves up an enticing mix of healthy lunches (Sarah is a nutritionist) and calorific cakes, produced locally. Well, everything in moderation, so we are told!

Food can be enjoyed either inside or in the lovely garden under parasols… or take away and sit in the sunshine down by the River Thames (access near the George And Dragon restaurant).

Toad Hall Garden Centre, Henley.

Toad Hall is another lovely garden centre we are lucky enough to have in our local vicinity and a big favourite with our clients living in their own homes in Henley. Take some time to look at the great selection of plants – they are surprisingly good value for money, we find – before heading to the coffee shop, which is piled high with delicious snacks. Cakes, hot drinks and light lunches can all be enjoyed in the comfortable coffee shop or outside overlooking the plant nursery. As well as eating in, the café also has a wonderful selection of locally sourced produce to take home. This includes a range of delicious local cheese, charcuterie, relish, chutneys, crackers plus a selection of locally sourced alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.  Toad Hall is located just outside Henley, on the road leading to Marlow.

The Cheese Shed, Nettlebed.

Like cheese? Well, why not mix two of our favourite things – cheese and a coffee shop – and head to The Cheese Shed in Nettlebed Creamery, just off the main road in Nettlebed. The Cheese Shed offers light snacks and baked goods, as well as stocking an award winning array of local cheese, named after local villages, such as Bix, Highmoor and Witheridge.

There is parking and disabled parking. The ground of the coffee shop is woodchip so not the easiest surface for wheelchairs as it is a little uneven but there is a wheelchair-accessible toilet. Staff are always happy to help if you require special assistance.

The Cheese Shed is not only dog friendly, but also horse friendly!! They are in the process of creating a rail to tie horses to! All appear to be welcome at The Cheese Shed!

Mollies, Wallingford.

Mollies is a great option if you need a break whilst shopping in central Wallingford and want to “shop local”, supporting local businesses rather than going to the usual coffee shop chains we find in most town centres. We often meet our care team in Mollies for a catch up so know from experience the coffee is great! Mollies offers a range of home cooked classic favourites including many vegan, vegetarian and gluten free options. The tearoom has a lovely rustic feel but is a little on the cosy side, which may make it difficult for guests with wheelchairs, but simply ask for help and the staff will do what they can to make everyone feel comfortable. You can find Mollies on St Martins Street, just off the main square in the centre of town.