This year I made a decision about gift giving. From now on, I’m giving experiences rather than stuff to the people I love. So when one of my best friends — the amazingly talented Zoe — had a birthday, nothing seemed more appropriate than inviting her out for one of my favourite treats: high tea.
Seriously, who wouldn’t love scones piled high with jam and cream, dainty cucumber sandwiches, a bottomless pot of tea and good friends to share it all with? Let’s go!
After quite some research, I settled on the small cake shop Bloem for our high tea. We could have gone for the luxurious Hotel des Indes, which is probably the most famous for high teas in The Hague, but frankly I wasn’t that impressed when I visited a couple years ago. I’d heard a lot of good things about Bloem however. Everything is homemade by a mother and daughter team in this cozy, adorable café.
When I call this a ‘cozy café’ I mean it. It’s tiny. There’s no way you’d get a baby stroller in here and reservations are definitely recommended. Tables are very limited. When we visited Bloem on a Saturday afternoon it was packed full of cake-eating, tea-loving Hagenaren (well-to-do people of The Hague).
After a friendly welcome from our server, our table was soon laid full with warm pastries, sandwiches, a selection of cakes and of course the obligatory pot of tea. Yum! Unfortunately my pictures of the cakes didn’t turn out so well in the low light of the tea room but trust me, they were yummy!
We feasted for an hour and then emerged out into the fresh air with happy bellies and a smile on our faces. The verdict? Delicious food and a real ‘English tea room’ feel means I’d come here again.
There were only a few things I’d change next time. It would have been better to have the food arrive in courses, instead of being laid on the table all at once. The day we visited Bloem was also very busy, so we only saw our server at the beginning and then never again. A quick check back to see how we were doing would have been a nice touch.
Despite this, the yummy food and atmosphere means I’d come here again. Recommended!
Where to find it: Korte Houtstraat 6, Den Haag, 2511CD (just off Het Plein).