Update – Jan 2018 | Sadly tsp closed it’s doors for the last time in 2017, but they have re-branded as a retail store called ‘The Marzipan Pig‘ – we are not sure whether this shop is dog friendly, please check with the owners if you visit and let us know!
tsp is an independent coffee shop based in Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent. They serve tea, coffee and a range of sandwiches and cakes… but the sweetest part is that they are also dog friendly!
We have been following tsp on Facebook and Instagram for a while now, drawn in by the photographs of their cupcakes, hot chocolates, cupshakes (a milkshake with a cupcake in it!) and delicious looking sandwiches. As soon as we saw that they had started serving afternoon tea the temptation became too much to resist…
tsp recommend that you call to pre-book afternoon tea since all the food is freshly prepared. It is normally served in the new seating area upstairs.
When we asked about taking Elsa with us we were told that she’d be most welcome, but that dogs were only allowed downstairs in case of any emergencies. We didn’t have a problem with this so we decided to take her along…
When we arrived we settled Elsa at a table by the window. Although the downstairs seating area is small it is very well laid out and we didn’t feel crowded, even during the busy lunchtime rush. Elsa had plenty of room to make herself comfortable.
Elsa loves people-watching and the window seats are perfect for this… a passing French Bulldog got her very excited but she soon settled down when we gave her a treat that we’d picked up from Hounds on the way there…
She was kindly offered a bowl of water but we had gone prepared with her travel bottle so that we could minimise any spillage.
Our drinks arrived first, a pot of tea and an Americano. Very impressed with the lovely blend of loose leaf tea and we really liked the cute little milk bottle.
We didn’t have to wait long for our food to arrive and it was very impressive!
On the bottom layer we got:
- Chicken and bacon Caesar buns
- Steak, brie and spring onion buns
- Houmous, red pepper and caramelised onion buns
- Egg and rocket buns
- Smoked salmon, cream cheese and cucumber mini bagels
And then to finish us off (literally!):
- Clotted cream and strawberry scone cupcakes
- Mini macarons (strawberry, raspberry, butterscotch and lime)
We have had our fair share of afternoon teas over the years… but we have never enjoyed one as much as this!
The quality of the food was really evident; everything was so fresh and full of flavour. The bread was fluffy and the bagel perfectly firm but not too chewy. There were all of the traditional elements that you would expect from an afternoon tea, but with a modern twist. The mini scones on top of the cupcakes are a fantastic idea, the icing is replaced with cream so the sweetness is balanced out. We’re not huge fans of macarons but these ones were absolutely delicious and we had no trouble polishing them off! Again, the cream inside was fresh and light. The only thing I struggled to finish was my brownie, but only because I was so full, honest!
We went to tsp with high expectations and left feeling very full and satisfied. This is definitely somewhere that we will go again as there are quite a few things on the menu that we’d like to try including the unicorn pink hot chocolate!
The only thing that would have topped our visit was if there had been something on the menu for Elsa to enjoy too… maybe some pupcakes or a puppuccino? Perhaps this is something that we can suggest the next time we visit…
- The afternoon tea for two cost £26 and we felt like this was very good value for what we got. A small deposit is taken when you pre-book. They can also adapt the selection to suit different dietary needs and tastes on request.
- Parking nearby can be a bit tricky so make sure to give yourself plenty of time to find somewhere suitable, particularly if you are taking a dog with you.
84 Piccadilly, Stoke-on-Trent ST1 1HX