February 26, 2024

A Taste of Britain in San Antonio: The Old English Tea Shoppe Opens its Doors

In the heart of San Antonio, at 20122 Stone Oak Parkway #105, a dream conceived in Manchester has blossomed into reality — The Old English Tea Shoppe. Dr. Robb Kelly, originally from Moss Side, an inner-city area of Manchester, England, and later from Sale, Cheshire, envisioned the creation of an authentic British Tea Shoppe experience. Now, with the recent relocation of his sister Sandra Marley and brother-in-law Peter Marley from the UK to San Antonio, that dream has come to fruition.

A resident of Dallas, Texas, for the past 18 years and a San Antonio local for the last 4 years, Dr. Robb Kelly passionately expresses his desire to bring a genuine taste of England to the heart of Texas through The Old English Tea Shoppe. The mission is clear — to provide patrons with the REAL English experience, offering more than just a menu but a complete cultural immersion.

What sets The Old English Tea Shoppe apart is its unwavering commitment to authenticity. Dr. Robb Kelly, Sandra Marley, and Peter Marley, all natives of the UK, ensure that visitors are greeted by a full English staff, cooks, and a menu featuring traditional English cuisine. From hearty Full English Breakfasts to comforting Sunday roasts, every dish is meticulously crafted to transport patrons across the Atlantic.

The tea shoppe, open daily from 7 am to 3 pm, invites guests on a culinary journey throughout the day. The breakfast menu, available from 7 to 11 am, showcases a selection of traditional morning delights. The lunch menu, served from 11 am to 3 pm, brings a taste of Britain to San Antonio with classic dishes prepared with love and expertise.

For those seeking a heightened experience, The Old English Tea Shoppe offers the famous authentic afternoon tea by appointment only. Priced at $49.95 per person, the afternoon tea includes a delightful array of sandwiches, cakes, and teas — all prepared individually for a truly authentic adventure.

The heart and soul of the culinary offerings at The Old English Tea Shoppe are crafted in-house by the talented cook and baker, Sandra Marley, bringing her culinary expertise from Manchester to San Antonio. The commitment to quality extends to all pies, pastries, and desserts, ensuring that every bite reflects the genuine flavors of England.

Reflecting on the journey that led to the establishment of The Old English Tea Shoppe, Dr. Robb Kelly shares, “It started 8 years ago with an idea. I always wanted to open a tea shoppe after I relocated to Dallas Texas. When I moved to San Antonio, I knew it was going to happen. Then my sister and brother-in-law visited a year ago, and the plan came to fruition.”

The Old English Tea Shoppe warmly invites San Antonio residents and visitors alike to experience the authentic warmth of British hospitality and the richness of English cuisine. Open seven days a week from 7 am to 3 pm, the tea shoppe is poised to become a cherished destination for those seeking a genuine taste of Britain in the heart of San Antonio.

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