I hadn’t intended to write about the tea at Little Georgia, but a comment on my last post, Tinderbox cafe, gave new insight into the significance of the site.
As a tea lover and cricket fan, it is fantastic to discover I am living yards away from the site of an 18th century tea-garden, and the original site of Lord’s cricket ground; so I thought it worth a mention.
Rob Smith from Footprints of London kindly took the time to write:
‘Not far from where N1 is now, used to be one of the most fashionable tea gardens in 18th century London, the White Conduit House. Crowds would gather at the gates, eager to get the best seats to be served tea, cream and the house speciality White Conduit Loaves, which were small sweet buttered rolls. People like the poet Oliver Goldsmith visited, and Thomas Lord played cricket there, before moving his cricket club to Marylebone. Fashions change and the White Conduit House was built over in the 1820s. A Victorian pub stands on the site on Barnsbury Road, now a Georgian restaurant.’
The food at Little Georgia is fantastic and is my favorite place to eat in the area. It is a lovely old pub interior with an old fireplace, wood panelling and stained glass. The owners have created an interesting space hung with Georgian film posters. Fruit and freshly baked cake on the counter give it a warm, welcoming feel.
I have also been for tea and cake. To be honest the tea was pretty average, but the home-made warm apple cake (below, left) was divine and Little Georgia is a pleasant place sit, with windows on both sides. Outside you can still make out the letters White Conduit House from the Victorian pub.
I’ve now got quite a fancy for a White Conduit Loaf, sounds lovely with a cuppa. So if anyone knows the recipe…?
|Price of a Cuppa :||£2-ish|
|Leaf or Bag :||bag|
|Crockery :||red and yellow china|
|Service :||Welcoming and friendly|
|Kitty says:||I loved this place before, but a bit of history makes it better|
|Address:||14 Barnsbury Road
+44 207 278 6100
Cricket Tours of Lord’s
The 274 bus will take you from the Barnsbury site of Thomas Lord’s original ground, to the present day ‘Home of Cricket’ at St John’s Wood.
The tour of Lord’s is fantastic and well worth doing.
Details: Lords Cricket Ground Tours
Places for a cup of tea in Islington and Lord’s Cricket Ground