Bosworth’s Tea Room – Finchingfield
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Bosworth’s is a tea room to suit most tastes, right on the green in Finchingfield. This beautiful listed building offers comfortable surroundings, traditional table service and a wide range of the very best food. Why not treat yourself to a ‘Tiptree’ English afternoon tea - three tiers of delicious cakes, signature scones and sandwiches.
With three thousand years of history, Finchingfield today has around 1,500 inhabitants. Its claim to be Britain’s most photographed village is no surprise to visitors: there’s a green, a duck pond and a beautiful 14th century church. Before stopping at Bosworth’s for tea and cake there’s plenty to see and do in Finchingfield; perhaps a stroll around the village admiring the windmill and medieval Guildhall (which houses the village museum), or just an indulgent ice cream on the village green.
This tranquil place was the home and final resting place of Dodie Smith, author of ‘The hundred and One Dalmatians’ and has connections with the writer Ian Fleming. In 2014, Finchingfield hit the headlines when thousands of noisy spectators cheered on cyclists as the famous ‘Tour de France’ raced by.
A darker side to this Essex village uncovers the 18th century ‘Witch Sticks’, linked directly to Finchingfield. ‘Goofy Mumford’, the villages very own witch possessed these ‘sorcery and healing sticks’ and as a result, in 1780 was savagely stoned to death by angry locals. In the 1960s, Goofy’s “witch’s cottage” became a tourist attraction, visitors making a wish at the garden well and inspecting the infamous witch sticks, today nowhere to be found.
Many locals have fond memories of what is now Bosworth’s tea room. Once known as Ye Olde Nosebag, more recently Jemima’s, ten years ago this acclaimed tea room was renamed Bosworth’s, the name deriving from previous owner Rita’s family-run butchers and signifying their reputation for outstanding quality.
Finchingfield can be found 8.9miles from Great Dunmow (approximately 20mins). The B1057 links straight from Great Dunmow, through Great Bardfield and then on to Finchingfield. For accurate directions, use postcode ‘CM7 4JX’ when using satnav. Limited wheelchair access to tea room.