Betty Blythe

What do you do when you have a collection of over 200 vintage china tea cups? Lulu Gwynne decided the best thing to do was to open Betty Blythe a “fine food pantry” and tearooms in Brook Green. Lulu invited me to come in for lunch one day and have a chat to her about Betty Blythe. Over a pot (vintage of course) of Slurpee tea this is what we talked about…

Stylish and charming Betty Blythe owner, Lulu Gwynne
Who is Betty Blythe?
We called the tearooms Betty Blythe as we are on Blythe road in Brooks Green and Betty Blythe was the name of a silent movie star in the 1920′s.
What’s on offer at Betty Blythe?
I try to keep the really popular products in all the time but I do love to flirt with different products. We have a strong focus on English products. In the morning we have lovely croissants, then at lunch time we move onto sandwiches and in the afternoon the kids come in for their treats. Groceries are available all day such as organic eggs, bread and milk
How did you become a tea room owner?
I have a background in marketing and events. It took me about four years to establish Betty Blythe and we have now been open for a year and a half. Betty Blythe is a great platform for events and we have a lot going on. We do afternoon teas (£15.50) with finger sandwiches, scones, cakes and unlimited tea. We also do hens parties and jewlerry making and afternoon tea parties for children.
Where do you stand on the pressing issue of when the milk should go in for a cup of tea?
The traditional way is to put the milk in first. I think this started when people used to drink tea from very fine china so putting the milk in first meant that there was less risk of cracking the china with boiling water.
Goodies on offer at Betty Blythe including sandwiches and gingerbread men
I tried one of Betty Blythe’s sandwiches, which Lulu describes as “the type of sandwich you would like to make for yourself at home”. It was filled with lovely thick ham carved off the bone and lettuce and tomato (£4.50). To be truthful I think it was a little bit nicer than the sort of sandwiches I make for myself at home.
Betty Blythe is a really charming little store, the only problem is that seating upstairs is very limited (there are only two tables) so if those seats are full you will be relegated to the seating in the basement seating which is a little dark and musty. It’s probably a better option for a takeaway sandwich or a quick cup of tea from some of the lovely vintage crockery.
Essentials
Details: 73 Blythe road, Brook Green W14 OHP (Ph 0207 602 1177) Tube: Shepherds Bush
Damage: Reasonable
6/10
Links
If you liked reading this you might be interested in reading about afternoon tea at Sketch in Soho. If you want to make your own afternoon tea this recipe for berry tartlets would fit the bill perfectly.
Gourmet Chick was a guest of Betty Blythe.

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Posted by: on November 23rd, 2009     8 Comments »

Category: Interview, Restaurants - Tea House, W14
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8 Comments on “Betty Blythe”

  1. Sarah, Maison Cupcake said at 3:38 pm on November 23rd, 2009:

    Darn! I used to live right by there and I would have been popping in all the time. Thanks for letting me know about it, I will pop along next time I’m in the area.

  2. Ibzo said at 6:43 pm on November 23rd, 2009:

    If I may, it’s Brook Green. No s :) It’s a pretty good place, I lived about 10m away and went in a few times for a few things. Never tried the afternoon tea but the cupcakes were always good.

  3. LexEat! said at 7:38 pm on November 23rd, 2009:

    How adorable!

    By the way – spent 3 hours on the train on Sunday engrossed in Michel Roux Jnr’s book – it’s fascinating – thankyou!

  4. Gourmet Chick said at 11:43 pm on November 24th, 2009:

    Sarah – It is sort of tucked away so you may not come across it unless you knew it was there

    Ibzo – thanks – corrected!

    Lex Eat – good to hear you are enjoying it

  5. Katriona MacGregor said at 2:42 pm on November 25th, 2009:

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  6. Kat MacGregor said at 2:43 pm on November 25th, 2009:

    It looks like such a great little place, such a fun idea, can’t wait to try it out. Really enjoy your posts.

  7. Gourmet Chick said at 7:38 pm on December 3rd, 2009:

    Thanks Kat

  8. Anonymous said at 9:15 am on July 15th, 2010:

    If you like betty blythe you might also like her sister shop Carousel!

    Carousel is a lifestyle shop situated on North End road, West Kensington and is an unexpected beautiful splash of colour, thrilling its customers with mountains of freshly baked goodies, flowers, furnishings, gifts and beauty.
    A fabulous creation of two established businesses Bliss fields and Betty Blythe of brook green, they have combined shopping, eating and rejuvenating in a quintessentially British shabby chic environment in which to experience all that is on offer.
    Splendidly stocked – our fine food and gift products sit nestled in the amazingly priced shabby chic furniture, try award winning cupcakes or order delightful ‘Bliss Fields’ bouquets from £10.
    Relax and enjoy a coffee in the garden – a sun trap which boasts an assortment of garden products, including plants, hanging baskets and window boxes.
    Then head downstairs to experience our beauty room, offering a full range of services, using dermalogica and O.P.I products.
    Located outside the congestion zone and near to Fulham Broadway, Barons court and West Brompton, with street parking – Carousel is in a conveniently located destination ready to cater for all who appreciate little indulgences in this unique boutique haven of colour and tranquillity.
    Carousel – a little bit of what you fancy does you good and that’s exactly what we aim to offer our customers; the variety of products and services provided are designed to offer a little bit of what everybody fancies, in a beautiful environment, convenient location, and all at an affordable price.
    Tel: 0207 3854683
    Open every day
    Carousel
    220 North end road
    Fulham London
    W14 9NX


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